Small Bathroom Storage Solutions

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Ladder shelving by Pottery BarnThis ladder shelving by Pottery Barn takes up very little visual space

Just because your bathroom is small doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on storage and style!

There are plenty of small bathroom storage solutions available that can store your essentials in clever and hidden ways.

When you add storage to your small bathroom, consider that everything visible should be appealing to the eye.

Anything that you add to a small space can run wind up making it look cluttered and smaller than it really is.

Keep reading for some small bathroom storage solutions that will add style and function, and help you overcome the limitations of your small space.



Small bathroom storage solutions

Open shelving

Bathroom storage shelfThis attractive bathroom shelf has two purposes; it's functional and decorative.

Open shelving is one of many small bathroom storage solutions that seems to open up space. How?

Open shelving in the bathroomClean and contemporary.

Unlike solid-door closed bathroom cabinets, your eye travels to the wall, extending your sight line.

Another term for open shelving is "floating shelves," for obvious reasons.

I like open shelving because they look clean and contemporary and take up less visual space than those with heavy corbels or ugly metal brackets.

When accessorizing your bathroom shelves, be sure to space objects apart. This creates an open, airy feeling. 

Focus on using just a few standout accessories on your shelves instead of a collection of small objects, because that can look cluttered.

Glass shelving can increase a room's sense of space because they appear invisible. Items placed on top seem to float in space.

Use vertical space for small bathroom storage

Hanging towel rack by Pottery BarnA towel rack is an attractive storage solution. Photo by Pottery Barn

Vertical space is an often overlooked option in many small spaces, like kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Create strong vertical lines with storage that goes from floor to ceiling. This is a home staging trick that seemingly “raises” a low ceiling. 

  • Take advantage of unused vertical space by replacing bathroom storage cabinets with tall ones that go all the way to the ceiling.
  • How about the area above the toilet? There’s a lot of potential storage space in this often neglected part of the bathroom.
  • Instead of hanging a picture above the toilet like most people do, add a storage unit. Hide daily essentials inside baskets and pretty boxes with lids.
  • Gain storage by mounting a practical bathroom unit that hotels have been using for years. Hang a metal combination hotel shelf and towel holder above the toilet or elsewhere in the room.

  • Lean ladder-style shelving unit over the toilet. Ladder shelving is a great way to add that vertical element.


Small bathroom storage solutions inside the cabinet doors

Spice racks used for bathroom storageMount spice racks inside bathroom cabinet doors for extra storage. Available at Lowes.com
Bathroom cabinet storage solutionThis product is available at Wayfair.com

Spend time at any home improvement center or kitchen and bath store and you will be overwhelmed by the selection of storage products available. You can spend hours trying to make your selection.

  • Mount  racks on the inside of bathroom vanity doors for storing lotions and potions.
  • Install a hanging device on the inside of bathroom cabinet cupboards to contain a blow dryer, curling iron, and other hair styling accessories.
  • If you have an open storage bathroom vanity, be sure to corral the clutter inside pretty baskets and canisters. 
  • Always remember... clutter makes any room look small and untidy, and if you are trying to sell your home, this is the last thing you want!

Behind the bathroom door storage

Towels bars behind bathroom door.Hang towels behind the bathroom door. Photo by Martha Stewart.

Behind the door storage is a practical solution for extremely small bathrooms with no available wall space.

  • Mount towels holders behind the bathroom door.

  • If you hang pretty, color coordinated towels, this can even become a decorative feature, as in this picture by Martha Stewart.
  • Install a shelf to fit along the top edge of the door. Store folded towels or pretty canisters overhead.
  • Hang an storage organizer behind the door to hold bathroom essentials like, shampoo, lotions, etc.
  • Or keep it simple. Just mount a pretty hook on the back of the door to hang a bathrobe, clothing, or wet towels.

Furniture for small bathroom design

Laundry hamper with seat.Dual-purpose furniture; a laundry hamper that doubles as seating.
  • Select a clothes hamper that doubles as seating.

  • Look for a chest, ottoman, or trunk with a lift-top that can provide seating and storage for towels and linens.
  • A picnic bench is narrow enough to fit nicely against a wall in your small bathroom.
  • Place a tall narrow piece of storage furniture in a corner. This will add a nice vertical element to a small bathroom.
  • An old school locker can fit snugly in a corner. Spray paint it a fun color! 
  • Look for a small vintage bedroom dresser, or nightstand for holding towels and other bathroom essentials.

Storage locker by IKEAUse vertical space with this pretty turquoise locker from IKEA.
  • Scour local flea markets, yard sales and antique stores for fun storage solutions.
  • Use one large piece of bathroom furniture rather than lots of smaller pieces that crowd the room. 
  • Too many small pieces of furniture will make a tiny space look cluttered.

Small bathroom renovation ideas

Like kitchens, bathroom renovations can really pay off in the end if you are trying to make a home sale.

If you are planning to do a bathroom remodel for the sake of adding more storage, here are a few bathroom renovation ideas that will increase the size of your tiny space:

  • Steal a bit of space from the closet of an adjoining room. Take only a portion of the closet if you're worried about resale value, because technically, a room without a closet doesn't qualify as a bedroom.
  • Remove a wall between an adjoining room to enlarge your small bathroom.
  • If you have a separate shower and tub, remove both and replace with one amazing walk-in shower with glass doors. You'll have that extra space where the tub was for storage. 
Small bathroom storage ideasSteal space from inside the walls by building recessed shelving between the studs. Photo by Lowes.
  • Replace the bathroom door with a sliding pocket door. This will give you more floor space inside the bathroom, as the old door will no longer swing into the room.
An open-legged style bathroom vanity will feel less bulky and take up less "visual space."
  • Open up a wall and gain extra storage by building recessed shelving or bathroom cabinets between the studs in a wall. 
  • Add a wide ledge to a window sill for extra storage. Place a basket of washrags or soaps, pretty colored bottles, or candles. 
  • Gain bathroom storage by replacing a pedestal style sink with a solid bathroom vanity with cupboards and drawers. 
  • If you’re worried about losing the “visual space”, install an open-legged style cabinet.
  • Add a shelf at the top of the bathroom door for extra storage. 
  • You can hide a lot of clutter inside a medicine cabinet! Opt for a recessed (fits inside the wall) instead of the style that protrudes into the room, taking up valuable space. 

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