Having a small space doesn't mean you have to compromise storage. Check out these hacks for ways to use every square inch of your small bathroom.

By Jessica Bennett and Hannah Bruneman
Updated March 12, 2020
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Bathrooms are one of those home features (along with closets and pantries) that never seem to have enough storage space. Between your morning makeup routine and nightly shower, your bathroom serves many functions in a limited space. If you're tired of battling your tiny bathroom but don't have the time or budget for a full remodel, use these quick tricks to make the most of every square inch of space you've got. These creative small-space hacks will boost bathroom storage, helping you keep your makeup, toiletries, and linens organized. With the right storage, even the smallest bathroom can feel luxurious.

Marty Baldwin

1. Mount a Towel Rack

Use vertical space to help clear out space in your bathroom cabinets or linen closet. A wall-mounted rack or storage unit with individual open cubbies is ideal for storing extra hand towels, washcloths, and small bathroom essentials. Try rolling larger towels so they fit inside the small slots.

Cameron Sadeghpour Photography

2. Add Storage to the Medicine Cabinet

Boost the storage capacity of your bathroom wall cabinet with this behind-the-door hack. Attach a magnetic memo board inside the door to turn the surface into a storage hub for small grooming tools and beauty products. Use slim magnetic containers and hooks to hold items, or attach magnets to the backs of cosmetic products to stick them right on the door. Make sure to arrange items so the door can still shut completely.

Adam Albright

3. Hang Basket Shelves

For an inexpensive storage solution, mount a set of baskets on your bathroom wall. The raised sides keep lotions, small towels, and makeup products contained, while the open tops provide easy accessibility. To install these basket shelves, stick nails through the basket's weave and hammer into the wall.

Jacob Fox

4. Separate Bathroom Storage Items

Instead of fumbling around in drawers to find your moisturizer, sort items into separate containers for more streamlined, easy-to-access bathroom storage. Sew a few of these DIY fabric storage bins to corral beauty products, cosmetics, and other bathroom essentials. These open bins are pretty enough to keep out on open shelves or your vanity countertop, so you can save drawer space for less frequently used items.

Werner Straube

5. Designate a Cleaning Supply Cabinet

Take advantage of roomy under-sink cabinets to keep bathroom cleaning supplies at the ready. Add a tiered organizer to make use of vertical space and a bucket or caddy so you can easily grab all the supplies you need at once. A paper towel holder and trash bag dispenser are also handy to store in a bathroom cabinet.

Ann VanderWiel Wilde

6. Use Adhesive Hooks for Tools

Make use of behind-the-door space inside vanity cabinets. Attach adhesive hooks inside the door to keep hair tools, such as your hairdryer and brushes, organized and out of the way. Mount a wire rack below to store hair products in a convenient spot.

Brie Williams

7. Hang an Organizer in the Bathroom

Hanging organizers can corral your shampoo and conditioner in the shower, but they also work well in the main bathroom area. Choose a wire shower organizer that combines multiple storage options, such as a basket or shelf with a horizontal rack, so you can use it to dry towels and store toiletry products. Hang it from a hook or peg in an easy-to-reach spot.

Jay Wilde

8. Mount Magnetic Strips

Adhere a magnetic strip to the inside of a cabinet or side of a counter to help you keep track of bobby pins and hair clips. The metal pins will stay attached to the strip until you need them next! The magnetic strip can also be used for small tools like tweezers and nail clippers.

Elaine St. Louis

9. Find Unusual Storage Spaces

Take advantage of every storage opportunity, including unusual spots like the awkward under-sink area. This drawer's U-shaped design accommodates plumbing fixtures to make the most of vanity storage space. The clever drawer conveniently holds extra paper products and soaps near the sink area.

Jay Wilde

10. Choose a Dual-Purpose Mirror

This two-in-one mirror is a great storage solution for small spaces. When closed, it's an on-trend round mirror perfect for last-minute makeup checks. Swing open the door to reveal shelves that can hold all your health care and beauty products.

Adam Albright

11. Store Bathroom Essentials on a Cart

Repurpose a bar cart into a roll-away bathroom storage cart. Replace shakers and glasses with towels and lotions, or create an on-the-go hair-styling or manicure station. When you need extra space, just roll the unit into a closet until you need it again.

Adam Albright

12. Add Cleaning Product Storage

Repurpose a wall-mounted file folder or magazine rack as small bathroom storage for cleaning products. Hang it on the side of a vanity or the inside of a closet door to keep cleaners, sponges, and other tools at an arm's reach. Label each file with its contents to boost organization.

Adam Albright Photography

13. Repurpose Furniture in the Bathroom

Furniture intended for living spaces can also function as extra small bathroom storage when cabinets and drawers aren't enough. Tucked between the vanity and wall, this slim glass display case holds extra towels near the sink. A basket on top can be used to store items you'd rather not display, such as extra toilet paper or cleaning supplies.

Cameron Sadeghpour

14. Utilize Kitchen Items

Vertical storage is the best way to maximize counter space, so stack up your bracelets on a paper towel holder for a pretty display that doubles as decor. This would also work well for keeping hair ties in one place. If the item is reading too kitchen-oriented, paint it to suit your style.

Comments (3)

Anonymous
September 10, 2019
#7 and #9 how do you close the doors? The racks will be hitting the towels and stuff in the cabinets?
Anonymous
January 4, 2019
Fantastic ideas!
Anonymous
January 4, 2019
Very interesting. Milwaukee, WI