Whether your nail polish collection contains ten or 50 colors, those bottles have to go somewhere in your home. When it comes to organizing nail polish in particular, professional organizer Gayle Goddard says, “Volume is always a factor.” How many bottles you plan to store—and where you plan to store them— will determine the best kind of nail polish organizer case for you.
To successfully organize a nail polish collection, Goddard says that the first question to ask yourself is: “Is it going to be stored away, like up on a shelf or in a cabinet or is it going to be displayed out on a counter?” Where you plan to store your nail polish will help you determine whether to look for racks, shelves, or freestanding organizers. Goddard also recommends giving yourself room to add to your collection, too. “Planning for growth of a collection is buying more display space than you have objects…You don’t want to buy a display case that’s 100% full once you install it, because immediately you’re out of space.”
Since many storage solutions are available, we did a deep dive of the best nail polish cases and organizers in a range of categories. Take a look at these options while your polish is drying, and have your new organizer in place before your next touch-up.
Sorbus 360 Rotating Makeup Organizer
Adjustable and customizable
Rotates for easy viewing
Easy to clean
Not as sturdy as other styles
This rotating rack from Sorbus is equal parts form and function. We can see it looking lovely on a bathroom counter or atop a vanity—and thanks to the rotating base, it can even be nestled in a corner while still providing access to your entire collection of nail polish. The cylindrical tower includes four trays that you can slot into any of the 15 slots, allowing for easy customization or adjustments if and when the need arises. On that same note, there is some assembly required, but it’s fairly quick, and no tools are necessary.
The top tier is divided for storage, and the built-in brush cup can also double as a holder for files and other manicure tools. It’s great as a classic cosmetics organizer, too, if you want to combine collections or switch up your storage at any point.
With three colors to choose from (transparent, pink, and purple), you can coordinate with your decor or go for something a bit more neutral. It’s worth noting that the plastic material is durable and easy to clean but doesn’t feel quite as high-end as some materials. Still, we think its tiered, rotating design and relatively budget-friendly price make it a versatile, attractive option that can suit collections big and small.
Price at time of publish: $27
Dimensions: 8.75 x 10.75 inches | Material: Plastic | Colors: Clear, pink, purple
iDesign Tiered Cosmetics & Nail Polish Organizer
Tiered design with four rows of storage
Holds dozens of nail polish bottles
Does not rotate
Need to be careful not to knock over bottles
Like our best overall pick, this three-tiered organizer is made with sleek, durable, and transparent plastic. It has a contemporary aesthetic that’s ideal for a dresser or countertop—or anywhere where you want to be able to see dozens of bottles at once. Two sizes are available, but we’re partial to the larger size since it has more room for a larger collection. And, like our best overall organizer, you have some flexibility if you want to use it to store other cosmetics in the wide compartments, too.
Now, if you’ll be reaching for bottles frequently, you’ll want to be extra careful not to knock anything over. Each row, along with the outer edges, has small dividers and edges to keep everything organized, but you still run the risk of knocking bottles from the side. This issue isn’t unique to this particular organizer, though, which is why we still don’t hesitate to recommend it for displaying your favorite polishes.
Price at time of publish: $17
Dimensions: 13 x 6.5 x 3.46 inches | Material: Plastic | Color: Clear
Pottery Barn Teen Simply White Beauty Cart
Lots of room for large collections
Rolling design with caster wheels
May need additional bins or containers
Size and style might not suit all spaces
For an all-in-one piece that can hold large collections and then some, this beauty cart from Pottery Barn Teen is the stuff that dreams are made of. While it might be geared towards younger shoppers, we see lots of potential with the minimalist, modern aesthetic that can be on display or tucked into a closet for extra storage. With multiple shelves, compartments, and cups (and even a tissue holder!), it can serve as an all-in-one stop for all your nail and beauty products. The cart is also on caster wheels, so you can roll it from room to room if the need arises. We also like how the top folds open for more storage, and that the top of the organizer can be a shelf on its own–we especially like the idea of using it with a decorative tray.
Unlike some of our other choices, there’s little room to customize this cart—unless you add those aforementioned bins or containers. It’s also on the larger side so it may not suit all spaces. Still, we’re fans, and see lots of organization potential.
Price at time of publish: $349
Dimensions: 23.75 x 12 x 26.25 inches | Material: MDF/engineered wood, iron, mirror, acrylic | Colors: White
Best Carrying Case
DreamGenius Nail Polish Organizer Case
Adjustable side compartment for accessories
Plastic not as sturdy as other materials
Separate compartments laborious to clean
The best nail polish organizer case you can take with you is this DreamGenius option. With perfectly sized slots, a built-in handle, and a visible exterior that gives you a clear view of its contents, it’s a great case for at-home storage or on-the-go transport. (If only we’d had this for sleepovers when we were younger!). We also like that you can adjust the side compartment to accommodate files, clippers, or other accessories.
It comes in pink, purple, and clear styles. Made with transparent plastic, it’s durable but not quite as sturdy as some of the hardier materials (like acrylic) that we’ve seen on some other designs. Still, you can stand it upright to display or lay it flat to save space, and it’s easy to wipe clean as necessary. Though, we recommend keeping the case closed between uses to prevent the inner compartments from getting dusty or dirty, as those can be taxing to clean separately. We love the convenience and simple, no-frills design of a carrying case that can handle dozens of bottles.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 13.19 x 14.02 x 3.15 inches | Material: Plastic | Colors: Clear, pink, purple
Sorbus Nail Polish Wall Rack Display Holder
Saves countertop and cabinet space
Holds up to 90 bottles
Can be mounted as one piece or two
Raised edges keep bottles in place
To keep all of your polish in view but off your counters, a wall-mounted system is ideal. Enter this two-piece set from Sorbus, which you can install stacked one above the other or separately. If you want to take professional organizer Gayle Goddard’s advice to plan for your collection to grow, this is a great option; you can start by hanging one section of the organizer, then adding the other when you need more storage space. Each piece has three shelves, for a total of six that promise to hold up to 15 bottles apiece, so you have room for up to 90 bottles in total. And don’t worry about them toppling over—there are small lips on each shelf to keep items from slipping. So as long as you’re careful when you’re reaching in, your collection should be safe.
Like a number of our other selections, this organizer features acrylic construction, so the transparent material will easily blend into most bathroom or bedroom styles. You will need to mount the rack yourself, but buyers report that the process is smooth.
Price at time of publish: $40
Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 24 inches | Material: Acrylic | Color: Clear
J JACKCUBE DESIGN Acrylic Rotating Nail Polish Display Stand
Capacity for up to 117 bottles
Smooth acrylic construction
Two sizes available
Each shelf rotates separately
Some assembly required
With a three- or five-tier design to choose from, this rotating rack will make it feel like a nail salon has appeared in your home. We love the lazy Susan-style design, which allows you to rotate each shelf separately to view and access every nail polish color easily. You can store polish bottles two deep on each platform, which adds up to hold as many as 117 bottles, depending on the size you opt for and the type of polish you own. Unlike similar organizers, this design primarily features smooth acrylic that doesn’t draw attention to the organizer itself.
This rack does need to be put together when it arrives, but buyers confirm that this is an easy process. Once you’ve set it up, be warned that you might find yourself spinning it just to appreciate your collection and your good taste.
Price at time of publish: $36
Dimensions: 8.66 x 9.84 inches | Material: Acrylic | Color: Transparent/white
Best for Drawers
The Home Edit By iDesign Angled Expandable Drawer Organizer
Clear plastic construction
Not specifically sized for nail polish
Most bathroom and vanity drawers are below eye level, so an angled organizer like this one from The Home Edit By IDesign can be a great solution. Your collection will be neater and tidier than if bottles were stored flat, yet you have fat more visibility than if you were to store your bottles fully upright. Even better, this organizer can be expanded to suit your drawers, with an adjustable width that goes from 6.75 to 13 inches. In a perfect world, there would be other ways to adjust (or perhaps more sizes available), but we still appreciate this current version's practicality and versatility.
On the subject of its size, the compartments aren’t made specifically for nail polish. We’re okay with that, but we could see some nail polish aficionados seeing that as a disadvantage to this particular organizer. Still, if you intend to store your collection—or the most frequently used part of your collection—in a drawer for easy access, we think this is a great choice.
Price at time of publish: $18
Dimensions: 10 x 6.75 x 1.75 inches | Material: Plastic | Capacity: Not listed
Best for Small Spaces
The Container Store 12-Section Acrylic Nail Polish Riser
Raised back row
Separate bottle compartments
Trickier to clean
Pricey for its size
If you’re working with limited space, a compact organizer that makes smart use of its small footprint is key. We love this 12-bottle design from The Container Store, which has two rows sectioned for six bottles apiece. The back row is slightly lifted, giving you an extra bit of visibility to tell colors and bottles apart. Like many effective nail polish organizers, it’s made from transparent, durable acrylic for a sleek yet simple aesthetic and a clear view of your collection. Keep it out on your counter, or tuck it inside a vanity or medicine cabinet.
One area to note is that if the inner compartments get dusty or need a cleaning (as cosmetics organizers often do), the tall compartments and deep corners can take some effort to clean. The other potential downside we see with this organizer is that, as practical as it is, it’s not too different in price from some larger styles.
Price at time of publish: $14
Dimensions: 9.5 x 3 x 2.25 inches | Material: Acrylic | Color: Clear
Best for Bathroom Counters
Umbra Bellwood Cosmetic Organizer
Attractive two-tone design
Rounded tiered trays
Storage cup on top tier
Also has room for other beauty products
Not specifically sized for nail polish
Some assembly required
While the majority of our picks are well-suited for bathroom counters, there’s just something special about the Bellwood Cosmetic Organizer from Umbra. The smooth lines, two-tone design, and round trays add a touch of sophistication while still being entirely functional. While many nail polish organizers lean on acrylic (and for good reason!), we appreciate this one’s white trays and neutral wood accent. The top shelf also features a center cup, which works for nail files, emery boards, or other accessories, and you can position nail polish bottles around it. The cup is removable even after you set up the organizer. (This one does require some assembly). And the taller shelf at the base seems ideal for storing other go-to bathroom products, like hand lotion.
It’s also worth noting that this piece, while made for bathroom counters, isn’t specifically designed for nail polish. We still see tons of potential, but if you’re looking for small compartments or similar features, you won’t find them in this organizer. It’s a bit pricier than pieces of a similar size, but given how pretty and practical it is, we still think it’s worth consideration.
Price at time of publish: $45
Dimensions: 7.75 x 19.75 inches | Material: Wood, plastic | Color: White/natural
Best for Professionals
Rebrilliant Pylle Hill Cosmetic Professional Makeup Train Case
Wheels and handle for smooth transport
Plenty of space for bottles and accessories
Removable compartments, adjustable dividers
May need smaller containers for large compartment
Whether you’re a professional makeup artist, student learning the trade, or beauty enthusiast, this makeup train case will hold your nail polish, your supplies, and then some. Designed for professionals, this all-in-one organizer has three separate compartments for bottles and brushes galore. The bottom section is open, in case you have larger accessories or equipment, or you can toss smaller bags and bins inside, too. Four of the six outer clamps are lockable (keys included) so if you travel with your prized collection, rest assured that it’ll be safe and secure. The upper two sections have a combination of adjustable dividers and foam lining in different trays and compartments to give you countless options for storage and organization.
Now, you will be paying for the extra space and convenience that this nail polish case allows; it’s a pricier choice than most of the other styles we’re featuring. But we think the value is certainly there, especially if you have plans to travel with your collection.
Price at time of publish: $159
Dimensions: 30.7 x 14.1 x 9.4 inches | Material: Metal, plastic | Colors: Black, dark green
Best Drawer Dividers
Polar Whale Nail Polish Drawer Organizer
Multiple sizes available
Protects and organizes bottles
Can be used with drawers or other containers
Can make it hard to see polish colors
If you love the idea of protecting and separating your bottles but you already have a case or drawer in mind, have no fear—you can use a set of foam dividers like this versatile option from Polar Whale. They come in five different sizes to fit an array of drawers.
The one downside we can foresee with these dividers is that depending on your angle and the shapes of your bottles, the foam could obscure your view of the bottles, which means it could be hard to get a good look at your colors. You will also want to double-check your drawers or containers of choice—including their depth—to ensure you get a good fit. Some buyers do report trimming or cutting the foam, but that can compromise the integrity and look of your organizers. To avoid any frustration, it’s better to plan ahead and confirm measurements before purchasing.
Price at time of publish: $31
Dimensions: Varies | Material: Foam | Color: Black
Best for Sorting
IKEA GODMORGON Box with lid, set of 5
Separate containers for categories and colors
Lids for added protection
Includes five boxes in three different sizes
Coordinated pieces available
Not sized specifically for nail polish
One color available
Maybe you don’t want to keep all your polish in the same container—we get it. If you have plans to categorize your collection, this coordinating set of five bins from IKEA will do the trick. All the bins have the same bottle-friendly height of 3.75 inches, but the length and width come in three different combinations. Each has a matching lid to help keep contents tidy-looking and protected, with an easy opening for lifting. So, whether you want to sort by color, brand, season, or another category completely, these should work well. And if your collection is large enough that you need multiple sets, they’re a reasonable price at under $20 for five bins.
Now, we’re fans of the neutral smokey color of these boxes, but we could see that it may not suit all tastes. Unfortunately, it’s the only color option available at this time. If it is your cup of tea, though, we think you’ll find a lot to like about this set of organizer bins.
Price at time of publish: $18 for five boxes
Dimensions: Varies, ranging from 4 x 3 x 3.75 to 9.5 x 8 x 3.75 inches | Material: PET plastic | Color: Smoky gray
Caboodles On-The-Go Girl Makeup Organizer
Hard exterior protects contents
Variety of colors and styles available
Color schemes may not suit all tastes
May need smaller containers for large compartment
Peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, nail polish and Caboodles. Maybe the combination isn’t quite that ubiquitous, but it could be. Former ’80s and ’90s kids may remember these cases from their original run—and if you’re anything like us, you’re excited to see their resurgence. The popular Girl on the Go design has a latching lid, inner tray that lifts when the box is opened, undivided lower compartment, and flip mirror.
In addition to the signature rounded corners and handle, we love the variety of color schemes, including pastels, brights, and even on-trend options like rose pink and funfetti. With Caboodles, it’s also worth mentioning that the lower compartment is open, so bottles could roll or bump into each other if they’re loose inside when you carry it. To keep bottles neatly organized in that section, you might need to snag some small containers separately. Still, there’s lots to love about these iconic cases.
Price at time of publish: $22
Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 5.7 inches | Material: Plastic | Colors: Multiple, including pastels, sparkle, and two-tone
Umbra Pirouette Cosmetic Organizer
Balances form and function
Each layer rotates separately
Standalone storage can be positioned anywhere
Need to exercise caution not to knock bottles over
Not designed specifically for nail polish
This five-tier organizer from Umbra is pretty and practical. We love the contemporary design and rotating trays that can be positioned to suit your space and style. Whether you want to create a color-coordinated rainbow of polish, group them by brand, finish, or a different category completely, this organizer gives you options. We’re also glad to see that the trays have low barriers to keep items in place—but depending on how you position them, you’ll want to be careful not to bump the other levels when you reach for a bottle.
Available with white trays and brass accents, or transparent trays and nickel accents, this is another option that’s made for cosmetics in general, rather than nail polish specifically. We see it worked well for collections big and small—if you don’t fill the shelves, you can use other sections for other products of your choosing.
Price at time of publish: $27
Dimensions: 9 x 14 inches | Material: Plastic, metal finish | Colors: White/brass, transparent/nickel
We love the Sorbus 360° Makeup Organizer Carousel for its elegant design, adjustable compartments, and practical rotating base. For something even more wallet-friendly, consider the iDesign Tiered Cosmetics & Nail Polish Organizer, which allows you to store and display dozens of bottles.
What to Look for in Nail Polish Organizers
Size and Capacity
When shopping for your nail polish organizer, consider the amount of polish you currently have, and be sure to give yourself room to grow your collection. “Whatever system you put in place…it needs to have excess space as soon as you install it,” says Gayle Goddard, professional organizer, so you don’t risk outgrowing your storage system before you’ve gotten any use out of it.
When in doubt, we recommend opting for more space than you think you need, or for one of the handy organizers with multiple compartments or trays, so you can make use of the extra space for other categories. The Umbra Bellwood Organizer, our “best for bathroom counters” pick, is a great example of a tiered organizer that can work well for multiple categories of products. The Sorbus Nail Polish Wall Rack Display Holder, our “best wall-mounted” choice, is a great option for a growing collection since it comes in two pieces, allowing you to install one and stow away the other until you finally need it.
Acrylic is undeniably having a moment when it comes to cosmetics and nail polish storage. We found so many smart and sleek designs made of this durable plastic material, which can often pass for glass from a distance. It’s a great choice if you like to keep bottles on display since it will give you a full view of them, and it won’t clash with the variety of colors you may own. We’ve picked a number of organizers made with acrylic, including the J JACKCUBE DESIGN Nail Polish Display Stand (our “best rotating” pick).
Following closely on the heels of acrylic is more traditional plastic. Both types of plastic are often lightweight, transparent, inexpensive, and durable—but not indestructible, for the record. Other popular household materials, like metal and bamboo, can make appearances in pricier nail polish organizers, as well.
If you paint nails anywhere other than where you store your nail polish, consider whether you want a case that’s portable, and whether that means you’ll be toting your favorite colors around your home or taking them with you farther away. For some, portability may simply look like carrying your collection from one room to another. But if you’re a professional or aspiring nail artist, you may want a larger option that’s practical for longer-distance travel. The most portable of our picks is the Black Pylle Hill Cosmetic Professional Makeup Train Case, which boasts wheels, a handle, and three different containers that can be latched together. If that’s more than you need, the DreamGenius Nail Polish Organizer Case is another great option with a built-in handle.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Dena Ogden is a lifestyle and commerce writer who’s been writing professionally since 2016, and with The Spruce since August 2022. She's written about everything from baskets and bins to carpet shampoos and robot vacuums. For this piece, she spent hours over the course of several weeks researching and assessing nail polish storage systems found at popular retailers, combing through product descriptions and weighing features like size, material, and design to pair down offerings to this list of recommendations. She also spoke with professional organizer Gayle Goddard about sorting and storing nail polish, and about general organizing tips and tricks. When it comes to organizing her own nail polish collection, Ogden’s favorite tip is to group bottles by brand for a cohesive look, not by color.