Anyone with a bijou bathroom will know that keeping it tidy can be a challenge. But there's plenty of clever storage ideas for small bathrooms to get around that petite space problem.
Drawers under a vanity unit are a great way to maximise on space and keep bathroom (opens in new tab) necessities hidden. Try handleless cupboards for a sleek look if space is really tight. Wall-hung units are always a good idea in a compact bathroom, freeing up extra floor space that you could fill with more storage solutions, like baskets.
Bespoke units are fantastic for utilising awkward spaces and will definitely be worth the initial investment. Creating alcoves in the wall for your toiletries is a nifty – and rather funky – way of storing your soaps and shampoo, while hooks, shelving and rails make great spots for hanging your towels and dressing gown or for decorative displays.
Make sure your tub time is clutter-free and tranquil by rolling out some smart storage solutions.
STORAGE IDEAS FOR SMALL BATHROOMS
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Custom-built walnut shelves make the most of an awkward alcove space behind the door. The marble countertop ties in with the rest of the marble bathroom.
2. CREATE RECESSED SHELVES
Smart storage and a creative use of space are key components when it comes to storage ideas for small bathrooms. Make the most of a small recess with staggered shelves for storing bits and bobs and face towels.
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3. CREATE SPACE
You can create the illusion of a roomier bathroom if you allow for space – for example a floating basin or an open shelf under the basin, instead of cabinets fixed to the floor.
Integrated wall-hung cupboards under the sink are a brilliant storage idea for small bathrooms, especially when they are compartmentalised to make the most of every square inch of space (rather than having a tall drawer with wasted space above).
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5. IT'S A DRAWER
A simple, single drawer is deep and wide enough to store away all toiletries in this white bathroom. Drawer dividers and boxed compartments keep things tidy and organised, and within easy reach. Sleek, smooth tiling and curvaceous modern basins were the starting point for this bathroom. Matt-black taps were added to mimic the clean black lines of the bathroom wall lights and mirror.
6. ABOVE THE BATH
Maximise dead wall space above the bath with three shelves – ideal for storing towels or lesser used products.
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7. SEATING SHELF
Alcove shelving is low enough to be used as a seat in this practical wet room (opens in new tab) – handy when it comes to things like shaving legs, scrubbing or moisturising.
8. MIRROR MIRROR
Make your mirror work harder with shelves concealed behind mirrored doors. Larger items are stored away in push-open drawers under the sink here, which is a great storage idea for a small bathroom, too.
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9. URBAN EDGE
A metal-framed mirror, industrial-style tap and a vanity unit that’s seemingly on wheels pulls together the industrial theme. The open-shelving unit offers easy access to products and a great place to squeeze on baskets for storage.
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10. BATH-SIDE BLISS
A partition wall next to the bath has built-in shelves to make the most of the wall space and keep toiletries handy.
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11. SIDE TABLE SAVVY
If you haven't got room for cabinets, why not pop a small side table next to the sink, pop your essentials and perhaps a pretty plant on top, and use the bottom layer as a handy towel store? Genius.
12. COMPLETELY HOOKED
Make the most of your wall space with a stylish set of shelves and hooks to display plants, and hang your dressing gown and towels.
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13. WIRE BASKETS
Wire baskets are a super-stylish way to store your towels – simply roll them up and neatly stack them for a hotel-worthy look. Then pop them next to the sink or underneath out of the way.
14. SLIM AND SVELTE
It doesn't matter how small your sink or the space underneath it, there's always room for a skinny vanity unit to slot in underneath, adding much-needed storage.
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15. WALL-HUNG WONDERS
Need to free up some floor space? Wall-hung units are the perfect solution. Try a wall-mounted vanity unit and there'll be more room for storage basket underneath too.
1. How do you store towels in a small bathroom?
You're bound to find a wall, corner or ceiling space that's not being utilised to its full potential – for example a shelf above the bath or above the door. You could also consider a very slim, wall-mounted towel rail that doesn't protrude into the room too much. Alternatively you could see whether you could create more space by creating an alcove in a non-structural wall.
2. How do I add storage to a small bathroom?
You may be short on floor space, so think about wall space instead. Create a shelf above the door or above the bath, create alcove shelves in the shower, and use a window ledge as a shelf. Think about corners too; you can find corner shelves for above the bath, and you can create diagonal corner shelves in a shower space too, which don't encroach on your personal space as much.
3. How can I organise a bathroom without much storage?
If you can't find more ways to add needed storage, think about storing items elsewhere! All you need in a bathroom is a towel or two (a heated towel rail takes up less space than a shelf), a hook on the door for a bathrobe, and an area for the toiletries you use daily. Lesser-used toiletries could live elsewhere, for example in the bedroom, and unused towels should be stored in a linen cupboard together with bedding and linens.
Ruth Doherty is a lifestyle journalist based in London. An experienced freelance digital writer and editor, she is known for covering everything from travel and interiors to fashion and beauty. She regularly contributes to Livingetc, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, as well as titles like Prima and Red. Outside of work, her biggest loves are endless cups of tea, almond croissants, shopping for clothes she doesn’t need, and booking holidays she does.
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