Bathroom Storage Ideas: 15 storage ideas for a tidier bathroom

Take inspiration from these bathroom storage ideas for a tidy and clutter-free bathroom.

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As these bathroom storage ideas show, great storage is the key to keeping your bathroom tidy and clutter free. As it's rare to have oodles of room for cupboards, great planning is essential in order to maximise your space.

If your aim is to keep everyday practicals tucked discreetly out of sight, then push-click drawer units and handle-free cupboards are your friend, particularly if they can be housed in a recess.

Prefer a more characterful look when considering bathroom ideas? Consider a vintage medicine cabinet or an up-cycled chest of drawers, like the examples ahead.

On the other hand, you might want to make a display of perfumes and potions, particularly if they're contained in pretty packaging – in which case show off your favorite or most used bottles and jars in a decorative glass cabinet or on open shelving.

If staying tidy doesn't come naturally to you or others in your family, make it easier for them by installing a vanity unit with drawers or a cupboard rather than just a basin. Those that are wall hung rather than positioned on the floor still give the illusion of space and the storage space will ensure there's a place for towels, toiletries and other bathroom essentials.

If space is a particular issue, or you have an oddly shaped room, then commission bespoke storage – the designer will use every centimetre in the room wisely and you won't regret the investment.

No space for a towel rack? Hang them from a wall hook on the back of the door or on an otherwise empty wall, alternatively, you could mount a shelf above the door, or go for an edgy industrial look with pipe-style towel rails. Look around and you're bound to find some dead space – be it on the wall above the loo, above the bath, beneath the basin or in an alcove.

Get your bathroom organised with these clever bathroom storage ideas...

1. Built-in wall cabinets

Marie Kondo eat your heart out. Clever carpentry is the secret to this glamorous and well-ordered scheme. The shelves provide ample space for towels and bathrobes, while drawers are perfect for nail varnishes, toiletries and make-up. 

bathroom storage ideas - a white bathroom with built-in cupboard

Get the look: The en suite was designed by Vincent Van Duysen.

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2. Up-cycle a vintage piece of furniture

A mix of antique pieces and modern touches, such as the Chinese cabinet and contemporary patterned floor tiles give this master bathroom a bohemian face-lift. 

upcycled chest of drawers used as a bathroom vanity

Get the look: The basins are from Ksar Living, Ibiza. The wall lights are by Vaughan. The ceiling light is the Z1 by Ay Illuminate. The mirrors are by Pomax. The antique Chinese cabinet is from October Interior. The Lazy Sofa bath is by B Dutch. The tiles are by Popham Design.

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3. Use bathroom storage to add a pop of colour

A full length narrow cabinet provides all the storage you need for a family bathroom. The zingy yellow colour (and the funky red taps) break up the white bathroom scheme.

bathroom storage - tall yellow cabinet in white bathroom

Get the look: The taps and shower are by Vola. The bathtub is from Ma Salle de Bain. The double basin is from CP Hart.

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4. Recessed cupboards

Cupboards built into the recesses either side provide ample storage for towels and toiletries. The cupboard doors were given a blue finish to add a pop of colour to this marble bathroom, and ties in with the roll top bath. The centrally placed tub and walk-in shower, accessed from both sides, create a sense of spaciousness.

bathroom with built in storage behind floor to ceiling blue doors

Get the look The wall, cupboard doors and bath – a reclaimed design bought from Lassco – are all painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The marble splashback and floor tiles and glass shower screen are from Fired Earth.

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5. Recessed handles

Here, bespoke units with recessed handles subtly echo the geometric mood of the mirror and lights. Recessed handles offer a clean and contemporary bathroom look.

bathroom storage with recessed handles

Get the look: The vanity unit was made bespoke by Studio DB. These are Aurora pendants by Oregon brand Cedar & Moss. The mirror is by New York-based Matter.

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6. Concealed

Integrated and concealed built-in cupboards provide floor-to-ceiling storage in this small bathroom space.

bathroom storage built in cupboards

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7. Open shelving

Open shelving keeps this bathroom feeling spacious – you could store smaller items away in tidy boxes. The minimalist mood in here brings a welcome note of calm. All soothing lines and textures, while the veins of the marble are almost hypnotising.

bathroom storage with open shelving

Get the look: The bath and basin unit are made in Arabescato Paonazzo marble, similar to that used in the kitchen. The custom-made brass stand was designed by Peter Mikic. This brass wall light is by Collier Webb. The taps are by Lefroy Brooks. The towel rails are by Bard & Brazier.

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8. Alcove nooks

Instead of one long uninterrupted alcove above the bath, there are several – each one a slightly different height and shape. This helps to break up the wall, and add interest. 

bathroom storage alcove nooks in the wall

Get the look: The bath is a concrete trough from Mole Valley Farmers. The white pottery is from The bathroom sink is an old wood dough bowl from eBay.

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9. Mirrored

You can just about make out the built-in mirrored shelving, cleverly blending into the mirrored background. A curtain rail below the sink makes it easy to grab things, while keeping clutter out of sight. The mirrored front disguises the cupboard doors, helping them to blend in to the rest of this master bathroom scheme.

bathroom storage with mirrored doors

Get the look: The marble double-basin and mirrored cupboard were designed by Charlotte Crosland Interiors and made by Nick Hilliard at Redhouse. The ceiling light is by Hector Finch.

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10. Etagere

A brass open shelving unit is a glam way to store towels and trinkets. 

bathroom storage etagere with towels

Get the look: Etagere by Bernhardt

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11. First Aid Box

The red cross is an old pharmacy sign and adds a pop of colour to the bathroom. It's a handy box for first aid – but it can also be used for other bathroom essentials.

bathroom storage wall cabinet pharmacy sign

Get the look The concrete floor tiles were brought back from Morocco.

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12. Chest of drawers

This room has a contemporary feel, but careful use of materials links it with the more traditional elements elsewhere – the metro tiles lend a fresh feel and the natural wood of the cabinets adds warmth. 

bathroom storage vanity with drawers

Get the look: The bathroom cabinet was designed by Stephen Akehurst. Try CP Hart for similar. Head to Mandarin Stone for limestone floor tiles. The Jade lamp table (used as a stool) is by Wilhelmina McCarroll for Zuster in Melbourne. Try Objekten for similar.

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13. Brass detailing

A vintage chest was transformed into this gorgeous vanity unit which incorporates brass handles for a glam look. It was also given a marble counter top with his and hers sinks

white bathroom storage with brass handles

Get the look Get a custom-made leather headboard like this one from The Headboard Workshop. Find other versions of this Traccia Bird Leg side table by Meret Oppenheim at 1stdibs. com. Designs by House of Honey.

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Meanwhile the metro tiled bathroom below also incorporates brass touches, including brass handles on the vanity and brass towel rails above the bath (to keep towels handy while staying relatively out of the way). 

Brass Details

Get the look: The wall tiles are from Waterworks, the roll top bath is from Sunrise Speciality and the tap is from Waterworks. The sink unit was custom-made, the basin is by Kohler and the Henry tap is by Waterworks.

14. Floating

A floating vanity will give the illusion of more space in a bathroom, and creates a clean and modern look. It is also quite a hygienic option, and stops the bottom of your cabinet from sitting in any puddles of water.

bathroom storage floating vanity

Get the look: The basins and bath are from Victoria + Albert. The taps and bath filler are by Bagno Design. The marble is from Venice Marble. The bespoke vanity unit features Buster + Punch handles. The mirrors are from The White Company.

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15. Wall-to-wall vanity

Wall-to-wall drawers provide ample storage, keeping this black and white bathroom scheme serene and clutter-free. 

bathroom storage with drawers

Get the look: The statuary marble tile design, framed mirrors and washstand are by Tamzin Greenhill Designs.

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Meanwhile the wall-to-wall vanity with under sink cabinets gives a his and hers area for their separate bathroom essentials. Painting the cabinets in a pale grey helps showcase the beauty of the marble surface and create a serene, spa-like feel. 

bathroom storage under sink cabinets

Get the look: The bath, basins and taps are all by Duravit. The marble surface is by Valter Eklund. The photograph reflected in the mirror is by Andreas Von Gegerfelt.

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