Keeping your home looking and feeling wonderful doesn’t stop in any one room, so upgrading your bathroom accessories is a great way to keep things looking excellent. According to Whitney Jones, an interior designer and owner of Whitney J Decor, Iinvesting in cute bathroom accessories can make your bathroom feel more ‘finished,’ functional, and organized.”
In addition to speaking with Jones, we spoke with Mollie Renteria, an interior designer at Mollie Makes It Pretty, and Lara Apelian, RA at Lara Apelian Studio, to glean expert insight about the purpose of bathroom accessories, what to look for, and how to optimize your space. After that, we researched dozens of brands and scoured customer reviews to find companies that cover a wide range of needs. In the end, some of our favorite brands include West Elm, Wayfair, and Parachute for their unique styles and range of prices and the overall quality of their products.
5,000 locations to go in person
60 day returns
Limited color options
limited options for smaller accessories
If you’re looking for a way to make your bathroom spa-worthy and luxurious, Parachute has you covered with bathroom accessories that are as luxurious as its sheets. You can purchase items like shower curtains in very neutral colors, as well as rugs and mats, to keep your bathroom looking beautiful. You can also find items like soap dishes, but while sleek, they're limited. Where Parachute really excels is with its towels, bathrobes, and slippers—all of which are designed with luxury and comfort in mind.
One drawback with Parachute to be aware of is that the colors are all very neutral (think: grays, taupes, and various shades of white). While they do look great, if you are hoping for some more pops of color in your bathroom, you may want to look into other stores.
Price Range: $$ | Return Policy: Free returns online and in-person at over 5,000 locations | Return Window: 60 days | Delivery Timeframes: Standard, expedited (3-4 days)
Free returns and exchanges
Great modern style
Not great if you want something other than modern, not many color options
AllModern is a great option if you’re looking to spruce up your bathroom without spending too much money. The modern furniture brand sells everything from stylish vanities to mirrors to toilets. If you’re looking for light fixtures, it has those, as well as faucets. In addition to the bigger objects, AllModern offers a slew of accessories, such as tissue box covers, soap and lotion dispensers, and even soap dishes to make sure that every part of your bathroom looks great. All of these things come in stylish, modern designs in more neutral and subdued colors.
While AllModern is a great place to purchase from, it’s worth being aware that the items will have a modern flair. If you’re looking for something more traditional, you might want to look elsewhere.
Price Range: $$ | Return Policy: Free returns and exchanges | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 1 day to 2 weeks, generally
Made with durable materials
Has many physical stores
Sells accessory sets
Non-refundable delivery fees
It should come as no surprise that Pottery Barn has made our list, as the home goods store has been a dominant force in retail for years. In regards to bathroom accessories, it doesn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for more substantial pieces of furniture, like vanities, they sell those. But if you are looking for the finer details to just make your bathroom all-around better, you can find everything from robes and slippers to coordinating bathroom sets, like the Black Handcrafted Marble Bathroom Accessories.
One thing to be aware of with Pottery Barn is that it is slightly more expensive than other options on our list, but that is for a reason—the products are very high-quality and often handcrafted.
Price Range: $$$ | Return Policy: Delivery fees are non-refundable | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 4 days to 2 weeks, generally
More affordable options
Wide array of styles and designs
Features both large- and smaller-scale items
Some materials are poorer quality
Have to pay shipping fee to return
With over 14 million products being sold on Wayfair, there’s no shortage of great choices to help complete your bathroom. A simple search of “bathroom accessories” yields over 10,000 results. While there are more stylish options available, we love Wayfair for its basics and lower price points. If you are looking for affordable methods to store your cotton balls and q-tips, this is the way to go. That’s not to say that Wayfair doesn’t offer more expensive items like toilets and bathtubs, but we just love the basics.
One drawback with Wayfair is that you get what you pay for; if you spend less money, you may end up with a product that is made with cheaper materials and may not last as long. Overall, though, a 30-day return policy gives you ample time to see for yourself whether what you ordered is right for you.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Refund, but you have to pay shipping fee | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 1 to 3 weeks
Well made products
Has physical locations
No larger-scale items
Pricier than other places
Yes, that’s right: Urban Outfitters’ eclectic style also extends into the bathroom accessory realm. It’s a great place to shop for fun and stylish choices for things like shower curtains that have unique and funky patterns on them and bath mats that are shaped like animal prints. Urban Outfitters is your choice if you’re looking to add some unique pops to your bathroom that aren’t tacky. Just be aware that you won’t be able to purchase larger-scale items like toilets, but it does carry smaller items, like tumblers.
While you won’t find things like mirrors or vanities and sinks, Urban does sell storage bins, should you need to upgrade your space-saving. Items can be returned within 30 days of purchase, and the good news is that with over 180 locations in the U.S., you may very well be able to just return your items to a store near you.
Price Range: $$ | Return Policy: $5 restocking fee | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 1-2 business days (rush) to upwards of 2-4 weeks by truck
Prime gets you one- or two-day shipping on many items
Vast number of products and brands
Many customer reviews to glean from
Some products are made with lower-quality materials
May require assembly
As America’s largest online retailer, it only makes sense that Amazon is a great place to go for your bathroom accessories. If you are looking for the basics to keep your bathroom afloat, such as shower caddies and toilet brush-plunger combos, there is no shortage on the company’s site at incredibly affordable prices. But to take it a step further, the retailer sells more major items like vanities, sinks, showerheads, and even shower doors. To put it simply, if you need it, odds are that Amazon has it.
While Amazon may be the go-to place for convenience and, well, almost anything, it’s important to note that the affordability that draws you in may also lend itself to items that are less durably made. Fortunately, with a robust ranking system, you’ll be able to see for yourself in an array of customer reviews just how good the products may or may not be for your needs. A Prime membership is $139 for the year and can get you free two-day shipping (and sometimes even free same-day) on many items.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Items under 50 pounds have a free return option | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 1 day to 8 days
Affordable and simple options
Plenty to choose from
Sells both large and smaller scale items
Longer return window
Assembly of items can be tedious
Need receipt and ID for returns
Scandinavian home furnishing retailer IKEA is a great place to go if you’re looking to stock up on stylish or even minimalist pieces for your bathroom on a budget. If you're looking for items like robes and slippers, IKEA has you covered. It also sells shelving units, storage containers, towels, and even toilet paper. If you’re looking for a bathroom revamp, IKEA also sells larger items like vanities and bathroom countertops. Showerheads, lighting, and mirrors are available as well, and everything is designed in the more understated style of the brand.
One thing to be aware of when ordering from IKEA is that the products are often made with lower-grade materials, and while most of them are fairly universal in design, if you are looking for something more ornate, you may want to shop elsewhere. Just be aware that with IKEA, returns are no small undertaking. You are required to have your receipt and your government ID with you to make them. And when ordering, if you decide to get delivery, it will cost at least $19.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Receipt and government ID required | Return Window: 180 days (for opened) 365 days (unopened) | Delivery Timeframes: Standard (delivered within date range you choose), or scheduled for a specific date
Sells both large- and smaller-scale items
Plentiful retail locations
Some locations feature a design center
A lot of the decorative items are bland
Return shipping only covered if the issue is Home Depot’s fault
It should come as no surprise that Home Depot is a great place to go if you’re in search of larger items such as a toilet, a sink, or a shower. But what may surprise you is that the home improvement retailer also sells items like towel sets, bathmats, and bathrobes. The other good thing about shopping at Home Depot is that you can purchase entire matching hardware sets if you're really starting from scratch.
One drawback with Home Depot is that while you can find other items such as tumblers, they are all very basic in design, so if you're looking for something more ornate, then you may want to shop elsewhere. However, with close to 2,000 total retail locations, returning is a breeze at Home Depot, should you want to swap for something else.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Refund, and shipping refunded if it’s Home Depot’s error, can return to a store | Return Window: 90 days | Delivery Timeframes: 3-10 days
Numerous storefront locations
Plenty of accessories to choose from
Colors tend to be more neutral
When it comes to sleek style, West Elm really has it nailed down. The sustainable company is known for its furniture that is as comfortable as its crisp lines are elegant. And when it comes to bathroom accessories, the brand excels there as well. With matching hardware sets, mid-century cabinets and vanities, and elegant mirrors, you’ll be sure to find something that really complements your space. The company also offers excellent towels, including this plush micro-soft one we adore. And if you’re on the lookout for other basics that will still stand out, like bath mats, or ceramic and marble accessories like soap dispensers and tumblers, West Elm has you covered.
One thing to be aware of with West Elm is that the products are made with more luxury materials, and as a result they are more expensive, but they may also last you longer.
Price Range: $$$ | Return Policy: Pre-paid return label depending on reason for return, non-furniture items can be returned to a store for free | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 4-5 days with standard
Longer return window
No shortage of storefronts
Some items are less durably made
Often made with imitation materials
With all of the brands that Target sells, including its own Threshold line, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find whatever you need at the retailer. It’s a great place to shop if you’re looking for affordable and stylish basics like towels, curtains, and bathmats. What you won’t be able to find at Target are heavier-duty things like a sink, a vanity, or shower doors. But if you're looking to get the basics to keep your bathroom looking sharp without breaking the bank, it’s a great choice.
One thing to be aware of with Target’s bathroom accessories is that they may not be made with materials as durable as with other retailers. Things like towels are built to last, but if you purchase a marble-looking tray, it likely won’t be made of marble. But the good news about Target is that if you can’t find it in the store nearest you, it's probably on the company’s website.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Refund or exchange | Return Window: 90 days | Delivery Timeframes: 3-5 days
Sells both large- and smaller-scale items
Features items made of good materials
Longer return window
Won’t find the most stylish pieces here
Very basic looking options
Lowe's, much like Home Depot, is a great place to shop if you’re in the market for larger-scale items, such as vanities, toilets, light fixtures, and showers, but it may surprise you to find out that it sells much more than that. The brand offers a range of bathroom accessory sets made of different materials, such as ceramic and bamboo. It also sells items like shower curtains in a variety of colors with different patterns on them.
One thing to be aware of when purchasing from Lowe's is that while you may find something stylish and affordable that catches your eye, it is not a brand known for its style, so it can be hard to find uniformity among other pieces. And while it has great basics, they may basic, and they may not hold up well over time.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Refund or exchange | Return Window: 90 days | Delivery Timeframes: 1 to 7 days
More ornate and stylish choices
Numerous storefront locations
Wide range of products and styles
A bit pricier
Fee for online returns
If you are in the market for bathroom items that are more unique and stylized, Anthropologie is a great place to check out. With subtly ornate flower-printed bathroom curtains and hand-tufted bathmats, you’ll be paying more, but you’ll get something that really completes your space. Anthropologie also sells more robust products, like vanities that match the styles of its other offerings. More ornate styles of toilet paper holders and towel rings are available, as are colorful and unique towels, and even tiles if you're looking for a whole new look.
One thing to note with Anthropologie is that it can be pricier than other options, but free shipping on orders over $50 and free in-store pickup at some locations are great options that make it all worthwhile.
Price Range: $$ | Return Policy: Can be done online or in a store | Return Window: 30 days | Delivery Timeframes: 1 to 8 business days, depending on which shipping you select
Plenty of storefronts to go return to
90-day return window
More affordable options
Things may be less durably made
With over 4,500 retail locations in the United States and with ninety percent of Americans living within 10 miles of one of its stores, Walmart is a great choice on our list for its accessibility and its products. You can really renovate most of your bathroom at the store, which even sells toilets, vanities, and shower doors. But if you’re in the market for the basics like towels, you won’t be short-changed either; simply entering “towels” into the website’s search function yields over 1,000 different colors and materials.
Walmart is a great place to shop for affordable products, and it also features sets, in case that's something you’re interested in. One thing to be aware of, though, is that while the store may have a plethora of options, they aren’t as durably made as other products on our list.
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Free returns online and in store | Return Window: 90 days | Delivery Timeframes: 2-5 days
Crate & Barrel
Longer return window
Contemporary and modern style
Shipping not refunded on returns
Known for its contemporary and modern furniture, Crate & Barrel carries that aesthetic over into its bathroom items as well. While you won’t find more substantial pieces like a vanity or a bathtub here, there’s no shortage of stylish items like towel racks and ladders to add some personality to your bathroom. The brand sells fun products like towel warmers and rattan handwoven items like wastebaskets and hampers. It also has its own line of products, including hand soaps and lotions. And if you want towels, Crate & Barrel has no shortage of those.
One drawback to be aware of when ordering from Crate & Barrel is that the shipping isn’t included, so things can get a bit costly in that regard. However, the brand does provide free curbside pickup, should you live near one of its stores.
Price Range: $$$ | Return Policy: Shipping not refunded | Return Window: 90 days for non furniture and 30 days for furniture and rugs | Delivery Timeframes: 3-14 days
The Container Store
Great options for storing your items
Longer return window
Does not offer things like towels or other accessories
Not particularly stylish
As the name implies, The Container Store is your go-to place if you’re looking to make the most of storing what you already have. From drawer organizers to complete under-sink storage kits, it’s a great choice for anyone who is struggling to figure out just where to put everything. You can expect to find apothecary jars to hold things like q-tips and cotton balls as well as the real basics like toothbrush holders and covers.
Of course, The Container Store isn't your best bet if you’re looking for things like bath towels or a new vanity, but if you’re looking to store or organize the things that you do have already, then this place is your best bet!
Price Range: $ | Return Policy: Name, address, phone number and ID required to return without a receipt | Return Window: 120 days | Delivery Timeframes: 3-5 days
If you’re looking for high-quality bathroom accessories that are made with durable materials, we highly recommend brands like West Elm and Pottery Barn. If you’re looking to spend less money, brands like Amazon, Wayfair, and IKEA all offer stylish products that won’t break the bank.
What to Look for in Bathroom Accessories
The space that your bathroom has will determine just what you can do with it. For larger bathrooms, that is less of a concern, as you will have more room to work with and can add more freestanding items. If you live in a smaller apartment with less space, you may have to consider buying space-saving furniture like a storage rack that goes above your toilet, adding some shelves, or implementing some under-sink storage. For those needs, we highly recommend looking into The Container Store, which has plenty of choices to help keep your bathroom perfectly organized.
Apelian tells us that “Bathroom accessories should speak to both function and the aesthetics of your bathroom design!” So be sure to look into products that are also good for things like organization. Deciding on the proper items to add to your bathroom should go beyond making sure they look nice; they should also have elements of functionality. For example, tumblers on the countertop can add some texture and color to your space, but they really should be used to hold soap or your toothbrush. Ladders to hang your towels on are another great way to add some style to your bathroom while also adding convenience. We highly recommend Crate and Barrel’s Jackson Black Towel Ladder for its sleek design and felt tips to keep your floor safe.
Because of the increased humidity and moisture in most bathrooms with showers and tubs, it’s important to be aware of the materials you are purchasing. Renteria recommends glass and ceramic. Other good options include bamboo, granite, marble, and porcelain. If durability is your main concern, we highly recommend products from Pottery Barn for its high-end and well-crafted materials.
Renteria notes that “a bathroom can be a spa-like retreat with the right fixtures and accessories.” There’s no shortage of brands out there that give you the opportunity to capture the best trends while keeping things from looking dated. If you prefer bright colors and designs in your bathroom, then patterned bath mats, shower curtains, and towels are great. But if you’re more interested in maintaining a specific style, such as mid-century modern, we would recommend West Elm, which sells numerous vanities and metal-framed mirrors to accommodate that style.
How do I choose bathroom accessories?
Renteria recommends finding ways to make everything work well together in your bathroom, telling us, “For good flow, you'll want to play off of the other elements of the bathroom. If you have brass hardware, it would be pretty to add in a bit of brass on your sconces. If your floor tile is forest green, find art or a runner that has the same color in it to create a well-designed space.”
In addition to factors like flow in your design, you’ll want to make sure that you find things within your price range. There is no shortage of great brands that offer duplicates of the stuff made by more higher-end brands.
What are the best bathroom accessories?
Jones tells us that her favorites bathroom accessories are “canisters for toothpicks, cotton balls, and cotton pads.” Renteria, on the other hand, says that her must-haves are “a durable runner, great-quality towels, a pretty soap dish or dispenser, and good lighting.” Overall, though, it’s important to consider what is important to you and to fit the accessories into your needs.
What material is best for bathroom accessories?
Depending on what you are aiming for in your bathroom, different materials can all make sense. From a practical standpoint, though, Renteria says that “You'll want to make sure that everything you choose is able to stand up to humidity if there is a bath or shower in the room,” adding that “Glass and ceramic are great materials for bathroom accessories.” Jones tells us that she likes “marble and other stone materials in bathrooms, because they can really make a bathroom feel more luxe.”
In addition to considering what material is best for bathrooms, it is important to consider what you should avoid. Renteria specifically says to avoid canvas art, which will warp, and also jute rugs, as they will get moldy and mildewy.
How do you accessorize a bathroom on a budget?
One very practical way to accessorize your bathroom on a budget is to do what Apelian refers to as "mixing." She explains, “We often pair-high end bathroom fittings with more utilitarian approaches for some accessories. For example, you can forego a towel ring for a simple hardware store hook (or two) and spray paint it a color. That way, you save on some accessories, but invest where it matters (at the shower head and shover valve).” Renteria also tells us that you don’t need to go all out with bathroom accessories, noting that “you can go a long way with new towels, a faux plant, and some fun art.” To take it a step further, Jones recommends turning toward the items you already have, “Your favorite drinking glass could also be used as a toothbrush/toothpaste holder, and your kitchen canisters could be used for hiding items on your bathroom counter.”
Why Trust The Spruce?
Jack Byram is a freelance writer who covers everything home-related. He has written dozens of articles with expert insight about different styles of furniture. For this piece, he spoke with Whitney Jones, an interior designer and owner of Whitney J Decor, interior designer Mollie Renteria of Mollie Makes It Pretty, and Lara Apelian, RA at Lara Apelian Studio to better understand the benefits of good bathroom accessories and just what to look for. After that, he used their insight to guide his research, narrowing the choices down to just 15 brands that cover a wide range of prices and styles.