The (Small) Bathroom (Storage) Challenge

Bathrooms may seem like a difficult design task to take on, however with a little thoughtful planning it is possible to create a small sanctuary with plenty of storage.  Creating a beautiful and yet, functional and storage-friendly bathroom, may be just what your home needs.

Here are some ideas.

Showcase your towels in open shelving, to add warmth and display your textured or colorful towels in your space.  Stack floating shelves to add storage in a fashionable way.

Functionality is key for a small bathroom.   Smaller bathrooms can easily lead to unwanted clutter, so make sure you’re adding only design elements that are functional.  Storage ladders showcase personality and are a great place to store containers.

For a City Farmhouse look in your bathroom, try these wooden crates for storage.  They are low cost and environmentally friendly (re-use) DIY project you can easily do.

For easy, budget-friendly storage, you can purchase and paint inexpensive crates from a craft store to create a decorative and functional storage solution. Hang them on a wall to save space.

For a Rustic feel, this over the sink caddy DIY project is ideal to hold toiletries.  Another option is looking for a similar storage piece at local auctions or thrift shops.

A peg rail is simple and yet provides plenty of room to hang towels, toiletries and other bathroom items.

Adding a vanity that has open storage, then utilizing baskets is a beautiful and functional way to show off a vintage vanity piece.  (notice the towel ladder behind the toilet)

Leaning a ladder against the wall is an unexpected way to hang towels. It’s an ideal small storage solution as it doesn’t take up a lot of room.  Notice in the above photo how they are using a ladder to hold a basket for storage and also for the towel for the sink.  Clever and stylish.

If you have a tiny bathroom with no room for storage containers, use the space underneath the sink.  The SINK SKIRT allows you to add several storage containers without making the space look cluttered.

Stacked wicker baskets are a simple, efficient way to add storage and visual interest to a small bathroom. Place the baskets underneath a pedestal sink to save room and to allow easy access to toiletries.

Real estate is precious in a smaller space so a vanity with full cabinets and drawers is idealLeaving the counter top bare and storing away items will help to give your bathroom a clutter-free feel.  


Add a medicine cabinet above your toilet.  I think this is a great alternative to large, built-in cabinetry.  A medicine cabinet is the perfect depth to allow decent storage, and above the toilet keeps it out of your way.

With many bathrooms, there is always a nook or cranny, that with some thoughtful planning, could be well utilized for storage.

Custom-made built-in shelving is one of the best options for an irregularly shaped bathroom. The different-sized shelving compartments allow for storage of a variety of items without making the space feel cluttered.  If this is not a realistic DIY project for you, then you can hire this done for a reasonable rate (shop around for competitive quotes).

Hope these small bath storage ideas give you some inspiration!

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