Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas

bathroom shelf with clear organizational storage
Few rooms house as many small, assorted items as the bathroom. Keep them all in check and streamline your morning routine with these bathroom storage ideas for creating functional and stylish stowaways.

Easy to Access

A mix of drawers and open bathroom storage makes the most of this double vanity. Drawers store small essentials like makeup and toiletries, while the baskets below keep towels in sight and open up the feeling of the vanity. A collection of jars on the counter keep everyday essentials, like cotton balls and swabs, within reach. 

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Smart Shelves

The space between studs is perfect for uncovering extra storage. Painted in deepening shades of green, adjustable bathroom shelves are outfitted with bins to corral small items, and a laundry basket below is perfect for damp towels. Labels make it clear what items live in each of the bathroom storage baskets. 

Add-On Storage

Add-ons make a simple vanity a small bathroom storage workhorse. Hooks installed on the side provide a spot for hand towels and extra supplies to land. Center drawers were removed to create a pretty and practical display area.

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Access to Accessories

Utilize bathroom storage furniture to create a specialized place for makeup and delicate accessories. A countertop drawer works overtime with individual storage cups, perfect for corralling tiny items that would otherwise roll around in a drawer. As an added bonus, each container will catch any spills so you'll never have to worry about deep cleaning mascara stains out of your bathroom drawers again. 

Above-the-Counter Storage

For an easy and inexpensive bathroom storage solution, consider retrofitting an existing vanity with a storage unit placed on the countertop. Here, a slender but versatile piece of cabinetry sits between the vanity's two sinks, providing open and closed storage at arm's length. The bathroom storage cabinet was topped with crown molding to give it a built-in look.

Fancy Flip-Down

Fitting work surfaces in with small bathroom storage ideas can be a challenge. This cleverly integrated cabinet door provides in-bath access to the hallway linen closet. The door flips down over the toilet to reveal a quartz-topped makeup station. A lighted mirror and electrical outlet inside the cabinet provide vanity essentials.


The vanity or sink top is generally the only counter surface in a small bathroom. Maximize that space by utilizing smart bathroom storage solutions. Corral dental care items—ones that often gobble up counter space—in wall-hung containers that are dishwasher-safe, such as this kitchen utensils holder. Attach it to a wall using an anchor screw. 

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Multiple Storage Ideas

Managing all of your bathroom essentials might require combining several storage options. Wooden crates with a coat of fresh paint stack up as colorful towel storage. Attach the boxes together using wood glue or nails. Metal bins and glass jars placed in a few of the crates corral small items such as sponges, bath salts, and cotton balls.

Bumped-In Storage Cabinet

Investigate space between the bathroom wall studs, and you might discover hidden storage. Even if the space between rooms is shallow, bathroom wall shelves built floor-to-ceiling between studs can hold a large amount of supplies and toiletries. If desired, add doors to conceal the clutter. Glass-front cabinets help the bathroom feel open and airy.

Dandy Drawers

A built-in two-level table gives this bathroom the look of a dressing room. Drawers below the second level provide oodles of storage space for beauty products, hand towels, and more. The ledge above the drawers offers an area to display decorative elements and pretty toiletries.

Repurposed Storage

A small ladder beside the toilet offers a spot to rest hand towels, reading materials, and small decorative elements. With a fresh coat of paint, the old ladder is transformed into a stylish and contemporary piece of bathroom storage furniture. Plus, the ladder takes up much less space than traditional bathroom cabinets or organizers, so it's easy to sneak into tight spots. 

Pullout Storage

Clever bathroom storage units make it easy to stow an array of grooming items in a single cabinet. Introduce order by arranging all of your gear on a two-tier pullout shelf. The narrow top shelf glides easily past plumbing and allows space on the lower level for taller items. Group items by category to make everything easy to find.

Open and Closed Storage

Located near the shower, freestanding bathroom units provide a convenient spot to house fresh towels. Storing the towels on the single open shelf ensures they're always within reach, while closed cabinets and drawers can be used to stow away other toiletries and unmentionables.

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Smart Shelf

Maximize the functionality of a sleek console sink by installing a modern floating shelf below. This shelf provides easy-access towel storage right next to the shower and blends well with the bathroom's contemporary look. The shelf could also be used to house toiletries or small storage bins.

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Displayed Storage

Organizing doesn't always mean hiding. An attractive tray or basket can keep things in their proper place, displayed on a vanity or dresser. When storing items in the open, consider buying toiletries that coordinate with your bathroom decor for an extra, put-together touch.

Colorful Organizer

Small bathrooms call for creative storage solutions. In this bathroom, a painted etagere placed between a pair of pedestal sinks provides plenty of storage and display space in a small footprint. The striking yellow hue also lends a dose of personality to the freestanding bathroom storage fixture and otherwise neutral room.

Simple Shower Shelves

Put wall space to work with clever bathroom shelf ideas. Recessed panels in this shower provide the perfect bathroom storage spot to place a series of tiny glass shelves. The shelves fit snugly into the niches, which saves space that would have been eaten up by bumped-out pieces.

Tub-Surround Storage

Acquire hidden space in a tub surround with deep drawers or bathroom cupboards. These drawers were the perfect addition to this surround because they fit into the recessed area created by an in-shower bench. Use the space to store extra shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, and other bath-time essentials.

Built-In Convenience

Gain small bathroom storage without losing space by building shelves right into the walls. A bit of blank wall space in this bathroom beckoned to be filled with between-the-studs storage. Plentiful space between the walls allowed the homeowners to install a tilt-out bin that can stow away dirty laundry. Open shelving above the cabinet was filled with bathroom organizers that corral small items and hand towels.

Towel Hangers

Bathroom wall cabinets aren't the only way to put your walls to work. Towel and robe hooks are the perfect addition to a bathroom built for sharing. Here, pretty "his" and "hers" hooks blend well with the master bathroom's shimmering fixtures and decorative wallpaper.

Vertical Storage

Extend your cabinetry from the vanity countertop to the ceiling to capture vertical bathroom storage space. This above-counter unit provides shelving for a cache of cosmetics and other bathroom necessities. The lowest shelf includes a concealed electrical outlet.

In the Bin

It's always important to keep extra rolls of bath tissue on hand, but storing them can be a nightmare. Here, metal buckets provide the perfect stowaway solution for unsightly necessities. It's a budget-friendly solution that ensures your bathroom is always well-equipped.

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Playtime Storage

A mobile storage caddy provides a convenient spot to place toys, washcloths, and other bath-time essentials. When playtime is over, simply allow the items in the caddy to drip-dry over the tub. Thoroughly clean the caddy and toys once a week to prevent mildew. 

Seated Storage

Bathroom organization ideas that double as seating? Score! This cushioned bench comes complete with a wide drawer, which keeps extra towels and bathing necessities within arm's reach of the shower. The terry-cloth seat cushion is absorbent like a towel, so it's moisture-friendly and easy to clean.

On Display

Closed bathroom storage is appropriate for pills, cleaning supplies, and grooming items. But it's a shame not to show off your prettily packaged toiletries or colorful collection of towels. Here's an easy solution: Use an assortment of pretty glass jars to house and display soaps, bath salts, and other luxury items.

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