Small Bathroom Storage

Bathrooms are called upon to store a lot of things, and when your space is small, organizing all of these items can sometimes cause clutter mayhem. Stop disorganization in its tracks with a few simple small-bathroom storage strategies.

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    Mix and Match

    A mix of open and closed shelves allows for both display and storage functionality. Map out where each item should go and decide what storage supplies you need, such as bins, baskets, wall shelves, or freestanding storage units.

     

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    Vanity Fair

    Corral clutter in bins and baskets. Matching storage bins on open shelves beneath a sink will streamline storage and add color and pattern to any vanity.

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    Shower Spruce-Up

    With little square footage to spare, it's important to put every inch of available space to work in a small bathroom. Take advantage of the unused area beneath a shower bench with a set of deep drawers. It's the ideal hideaway for extra toiletries and accessories.

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    Hang It Up

    A magnetic memo board mounted to the inside of a cabinet door turns an overlooked surface into a storage workhorse. Complete the solution with slim magnetic containers that hold bath accessories but still allow the door to shut completely. 

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    Undersink Shelving

    Utilize every inch of space underneath a wall-mount sink by installing a floating shelf below plumbing. Tuck away folded towels and washcloths or add baskets for small items.

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    Small Bath Storage Hacks

    Bring order to toiletries, linens, and bath necessities in your small bathroom with these smart storage tricks.

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    Dedicated Details

    Keep linens and sponges nearby with wire baskets that hang above the bathtub on miniature towel rods. A floating shelf creates space to showcase artwork, while repurposed glass kitchen jars and a fishbowl hold bath salts and soaps on the tub ledge. 

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    Step It Up

    Take advantage of vertical space by enlisting a ladder-style shelf unit as an easy-access linen closet with bonus display space. Paint it in the room's accent color to make it really stand out.

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    Tucked Away Towels

    Swap a traditional cabinet drawer for a door that tilts out to reveal a wire hamper. Not only will you save space, but the slanted storage unit easily conceals dirty towels or clothes in style. 

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    Smart Wall Space

    Limited wall space? Make use of the area surrounding your bathtub. Chair rail molding and paint that is a shade darker than the wall color helps define this towel area that incorporates antique hooks as a stylish towel bar substitute. 

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    Secrets to Maximum Bath Storage

    These mini-but-mighty bath storage ideas will help you trick a slim setup into handling everything from accessories to oversize purchases.

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    Flea Market Chic

    If your small bathroom lacks built-in storage, look to a stylish vintage trunk to stow linens. Sturdy wire legs keep the trunk at a convenient height and allow for a functional surface to display decor.

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    Overhead Storage

    Tap the space above your vanity mirror for extra organization. Incorporate a cabinet box into the mirror frame and create cubbies for extra towels as well as a stowaway compartment for infrequently used supplies.

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    Employ Extras

    In small, narrow bathrooms, add a slender dresser for additional bathroom storage and extra counter space. Hang a mirror above the dresser to create a makeup vanity and extra primping space for shared bathrooms.

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    Bank on Built-Ins

    A pair of built-in cubbies included in a window seat provides clever display and storage space. Baskets store bathroom necessities below, while the marble surface provides a sunny spot to sit after showering.

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    Custom Towel Bar

    Help a basic wall shelf pull double duty by adding a wooden dowel to create a towel rod. Use a mixture of clear and white glass containers to gather bars of soap, nail polish, and other small toiletries. 

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    Go Vertical

    Control countertop clutter with upper vanity cabinets, which conceal items behind closed doors. While they take up counter space, it's worth the trade-off in a small bathroom. The vertical units extend storage upward, providing more shelves for stashing bathroom necessities. Instead of extending all the way to the edge of the counter, the cabinets in this small bathroom are shallow enough to leave a sizable area of counter space in front of them.

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    Watch Your Back

    Be sure to look at the backs of cabinet doors as prime real estate for storage. Over-the-door organizers make it easy to corral hair tools or baskets of toiletries, while adhesive or magnetic organizers can also add organizational value.

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    Find What You Need with Ease

    Another key under-the-bathroom-sink element is to install pull-out storage solutions. Items can easily become lost in the back of a deeper bathroom cabinet, and pull-out drawers and organizers allow you to quickly access your daily necessities. Tiered options also make the most of the cabinet space.

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    Floating Shelves

    Make the most of the vertical space throughout the bathroom. There are a few ways to do this, and one of the easiest is by adding shelving to open wall space, typically above the toliet.

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    Think Thin

    Etageres and slim shelving pieces have a similar use of vertical space impact. Although compact, these tall pieces of furniture can pack a lot of storage punch.

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    Not Just for Reading Material

    Bookcases are narrow enough to be tucked into awkward spaces (and they are also very renter friendly). Often times they can even squeeze behind a bathroom door to floor to ceiling linen and toiletry storage.

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    Get Hooked

    Ditch the towel bars for hooks, or add hooks to the towel bars to maximize their abilities. Hooks are easier for family members to use for hanging towels and daily supplies, and they also allow you to expand the storage options with the ability to hang caddies, baskets, and personal care items in a simple way.

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    Tuck In a Bench

    Benches can be surprisingly helpful in a bathroom, and even more so if they boast secret storage for extra towels and personal care products.

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    Don't Forget the Medicine Cabinet

    Although they technically should not be used for storing medications (heat in the bathroom can impact medication effectiveness), these slim wall cabinets take up very little space. They allow you to keep your daily cosmetics right within reach, yet also double as a functional mirror that conceals the clutter. Anything that performs multiple tasks is always a win while playing the storage game. 

    Bonus tip: Line the inside of your medicine cabinet with decorative paper to bring a smile to your face first thing each morning.

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