Boost your bathroom's form and function with storage ideas that will serve your closed- and open-door needs.
Shelves are far less costly to construct than drawers and cupboards. Topped with fabric-lined baskets, they offer drawerlike accessibility and partially conceal contents. For the same function but a different look, try wire office- or locker-style baskets, or use brightly colored or translucent plastic baskets.
A wedge of wall space becomes a built-in hutch that swallows masses of linens--clean and dirty--on shelves and in drawers. The multidrawer facade at the base conceals a deep pullout laundry bin. This hutch replaced a door-front linen closet similar to those found in many older houses. This unit also could be built on unused floor space. Drawers and pullouts provide better access to deep spaces that are otherwise difficult to reach and use.
A restaurant-style steel shelf unit turns an open wall into storage for towels, washcloths, and shower supplies. Small items are corralled on trays and in baskets. Pegs screwed into the trim board are handy for hanging robes, towels, and clothing.
Purchase an armoire from a finish-it-yourself company or at a flea market. Look for one with adjustable shelves to store various types of toiletries. Take off the doors, if you like, for easy access, and paint it as desired. Then have fun filling it with items your family or guests will need for their bathroom routines. On the armoire's top shelves, place items only needed by adults. Display cotton balls and swabs and bath salts in attractive glass jars.
Slide-out bins can hold rolled-up washcloths and hand towels. Wire storage units on the shelf above help organize piles of bulky towels.
This modern shelf offers ample storage without using a lot of wall space. Oversize baskets maximize the amount of stuff each shelf can hold. For a symmetrical look, top each shelf with matching storage boxes or baskets.
A simple divided plywood box covered in newsprint tells the story of creative storage. Petite jars and boxes make the most of otherwise limited storage areas.
Gain storage without losing space by building shelves right into the walls. An unused area above the tub fitted with simple glass shelves offers ample space for towels and accessories. Near the sink, a shallow space sandwiched between studs houses small items such as lotions. Building between studs increases space without the expense of a major remodel.
Items stored on open shelves naturally look tidier when they're a compatible size or style. Find a brand you like and stock the whole collection.
When selecting a vanity, look for convenient storage solutions such as built-in drawers, shelves, and pullouts. This compact unit is both attractive and functional.
When space gets tight, go vertical--the ceiling is your only limit. This storage unit uses a small footprint to fill a tall order.
While pedestal sinks offer distinction and charm, they lack undercounter storage. A large basket brimming with towels commandeers the available space.
Store items near their point of use. If you shave in the tub or shower, for example, locate a mirror and razor close at hand. Stow towels in multiple places for easy access.
Makeup, lotions, and other bath products are off the counter and out of sight in medicine cabinets between sinks. The false door above conceals retractable lights that illuminate the mirrors, but it could be fitted to hide extra supplies.
Repurpose items originally designed for other uses. This cabinet--the kind used to protect doctors' supplies and equipment--now keeps bath salts and cotton balls dry.
What could be easier than lining up baskets on a shelf? Often the most straightforward ideas are also the best. Before you throw down money on a fancy solution, scout the house for everyday items you can press into service: pottery bowls, silver platters, baskets, tins, and glassware offer practicality and character. Group items into containers by type (hair products, cosmetics, cleaning supplies).
A well-proportioned drawer can handle items of various shapes and sizes. Here, homeowners saved valuable floor space by building in drawers between wall studs.
The simplest way to make sense of bathroom supplies is to group like items. Store soaps with soaps, keep towels together, and stash cleaning supplies in the same spot.
Clutter will take less of a toll on your bathroom if you group items in a logical spot. For example, keep extra rolls of toilet paper near the toilet, shampoo close to the shower, and bars of soap in a sink drawer.