Because of their smaller size, bathrooms can be a great place to try out daring decor trends like bold tile or colorful wallpaper. At the same time, because washrooms are not typically very large (at least not in relation to the other rooms in your home), they can accumulate clutter quickly, even if you've made the most of smart bathroom organization ideas. (All the organization hacks in the world can't help if you don't have enough storage, after all.)
Fortunately for bathrooms that are bursting at the seams, these bathroom storage ideas will help you fit all those must-have bathroom toiletries, but still have room for details like plants, candles, or art.
From floating shelves to boho-style storage baskets and clever tricks for keeping essentials out of sight but still in reach, these creative bathroom storage ideas will help your bathroom be a place for peace (and not clutter).
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Use a Storage Ladder for Towels
A storage ladder brings a rustic touch to any room, but it works especially well in a small bathroom when designed to fit over the toilet, an area which is often just wasted space. This ladder is actually a DIY project (for just $10, too), and in addition to towels, adding a wire basket to one of the rungs is a clever way to increase storage.
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Hang a Magnetic Strip for Bobby Pins and More
A magnetic knife rack may not seem like it belongs in a bathroom, but this simple strip is a great way to make the most of blank wall space. Stick anything from tweezers to nail clippers and bobby pins to the bar, which will keep countertops clear and prevent the rust stains that happen when metal clips get wet.
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Use a Wire Basket for Hot Tools
Whether your bathroom is large or tiny, it always seems difficult to find a place to store cumbersome blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. This smart storage solution hangs a wire file box to the side of the sink to keep hot tools organized without using precious drawer space.
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Make Use of Under-Sink Space for Storing Anything
The space under the sink can become cluttered quickly, especially since the pipes make it such an oddly shaped spaced. Enter under-sink storage ideas: These metal baskets in various sizes keep washcloths, extra products, and brushes organized and out of sight.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Use Modular Bathroom Drawer Organizers for Daily Items
Shallow vanity drawers can benefit from small organizing bins. Get a variety of sizes to keep products stored properly, and you'll know exactly where to find everything on rushed mornings.
Organized Bathroom Drawer from @neatbymeg / Instagram
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Put a Bookshelf in the Bathroom for Odds and Ends
A bookshelf isn't always for books. This leaning shelf has the look of a chic ladder, but with more function because it has deeper shelves. A narrow bookcase can be used to keep towels and products organized, plus it's a way to style the bathroom with candles and plants without it looking cluttered.
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Add Over-the-Toilet Built-Ins
Contrasting colors add dimension to a space, which can make it look bigger and brighter. Here, the farmhouse shelves pop against the forest green wall that's just the right width for storing a mason jar full of Q-tips or a candle vessel full of brushes.
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Use Clear Storage Bins for Everything
Clear storage bins have taken pantries by storm, but they work equally well in bathrooms. These see-through bins are aesthetically pleasing, yes, but they also allow you to easily see what you have so you don't have to go digging.
Under Sink Storage from @breathing.room.organization / InstagramContinue to 9 of 30 below.
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Label Bins for Small Essentials
You can take those pretty clear storage bins to the next level by adding printable labels, which you can find in this tutorial. It looks cute, but more importantly, it helps maintain your storage system by giving everything an easy-to-find designated spot.
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Do a Bathroom Ladder IKEA Hack
This IKEA hack for a compact towel rack and shelf system may be based on a discontinued item, but you could apply the same thinking to many types of racks. Some of the metal rungs get upgraded into wooden shelves, so you have space for extra products, folded bath mats, and pretty plants, and still have a few metal rungs to hang towels.
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Make DIY Mason Jar Storage for Smaller Accessories
Repurposed mason jars do more than just hold flowers or smoothies. This mason jar organizer is a fun DIY project that looks rustic and adds a point of interest to the bathroom, but it's helpful in keeping smaller, loose items stored neatly.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Pick Bathroom Mirrors With Shelves for Added Storage
If you're renovating a bathroom with adding storage in mind, an easy upgrade is to look for medicine cabinets that have both a mirror, inside storage, and a bottom shelf. You can keep the products you reach for daily organized and easy to find.
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Bring in a Shallow Storage Closet for Extras
If you keep your extra products in a linen or bathroom closet, you know how hard they can be to find (and so you may end up buying something you already have that's just out of sight). This shallow closet is a beautiful way to see everything you have, and it blends into what would otherwise be a blank wall.
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Organize Drawers With Spacers
It's easy to let a deep drawer become a graveyard for old products and expired sunscreen, but drawers are some of the most prime real estate in a small bathroom, and dividers help keep everything neatly in its place—and can help you store more than you ever imagined.
Organized Bathroom Storage from @neatbymeg / Instagram
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Bring in a Small Storage Table for Soothing Items
There is so much to love about this lively yet serene bathroom: the small table that serves as a spot for candles and crystals but also towels, the hanging shelf, the beautiful bath. Keep a bathtub caddy up at all times if you need a little extra surface space.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Put Storage Baskets Under the Vanity for Larger Items
Storage baskets are a cute way to store anything from throw blankets to kids' toys, but they also work well in the bathroom. These woven bins are an easy and neat way to store extra towels, washcloths, and loose items, and it's an especially brilliant idea in a kids' bathroom, because no one will know (or care) if nothing is folded.
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Put a Glass Bookshelf in for a Little Storage Pizzazz
Bookshelf and bathrooms don't often go hand-in-hand, but a tall slim bookcase is a wonderful way to add storage to a smaller bathroom. Pick shelves that are wide and tall enough for perfectly folded towels, and notice how the face cloths are neatly rolled into a wicker basket.
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Try Inside-the-Cabinet-Door Storage for Toothbrushes
If you're tired of the toothbrushes taking up counter space (and creating crusty puddles on the vanity), then this is a genius solution that keeps everything organized and out of sight. You could even add velcro strips to the cups and inside the cabinet door so kids can pull out their whole cup when it's time to brush.
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Use a Wire Bin for Towel Storage
It's not uncommon to see throw blankets rolled into logs and nestled together in a basket, but you can do the same with towels. Rolling them takes up a lot less space, and it looks homey and warm when stored in a wire basket, or whatever storage bin you love.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Consider Dual Storage Options in an Apartment Bathroom
Hanging towels from a ladder helps save space in your linen closet and on any bathroom shelves. If there's room, a ladder next to a shelf is a great way to make the most of a small space (and add plenty of storage potential).
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Secure a Floating Shelf Above the Tub
Stunning with its farmhouse style, this bathroom looks minimalist while still being full of detail. Space above a tub is often underused, and it's a perfect spot to hang an extra long floating shelf. Another smart bit of storage are the hanging wire baskets that descend from the ceiling; they look airy and interesting but can hold towels.
Floating Shelf from @milkandhoneylife / Instagram
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Pick a Vanity With Drawers and Shelving
Not only is the walnut wood of this vanity stunning, but it also offers a ton of storage because there are both shelves and drawers. This beautiful set-up makes a good case for installing a larger vanity, even if you have a single sink.
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Install a Narrow Hanging Shelf
Even if you're tight on space, you can still find room for a narrow shelf. This one has cool industrial vibes, and while it may not be very wide, there's plenty of space for storing products, candles, perfume, plants, or other things that are functional but can be part of the decor.
Los Gatos Bathrooms from Cathie Hong InteriorsContinue to 25 of 30 below.
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Make the Most of the Vanity
A large vanity is the easiest path to chic bathroom storage. Find one that fits your vibe, and make the most of it by putting in drawers or shelves that are deep enough for towels, products, and all your other must-haves.
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Install a Medicine Cabinet That Doubles As Art
How cool is this incognito medicine cabinet? Add a print onto the front of a narrow storage cabinet to maximize space without having mirrors on every wall. There's no rule saying there has to be just one medicine cabinet per bathroom, especially when you need all the storage you can get.
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Put Baskets on a Built-in Shelf for Clunky Products
Often, you'll find narrow swaths of wall in bathrooms that are smaller or built on an angle. If there's room for shelves, like in this storage idea, adding them and storage baskets is an easy and cute way to make the space more usable.
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Install Built-in Shelves for Anything and Everything
Built-ins are a great way to maximize space in any bathroom, whether it be big or smaller. This guest bathroom doesn't have a vanity, but there's plenty of storage with the built-in shelves and lower cabinet.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Use DIY Bathroom Shelves for Decor
Don't forget to look up when considering bathroom storage. Often, one of the best spots for floating shelves is on the forgotten space above the toilet. This tutorial explains how to make these out of wood (you can stain it any color you like), and then it's up to you to decide what to store on your new bathroom shelves.
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Use Deep Drawers for Hair Stuff
If you're lucky enough to have deep drawers in the bathroom, use them wisely. More shallow drawers are perfect for makeup and smaller items, but a drawer with depth is best used for more cumbersome items like blow dryers and hot tools, which are notoriously difficult to store.
Deep Drawer Storage from @afreshnest / Instagram