Bathroom storage is essential for keeping your bathroom tidy and clutter free. If you’ve got a small bathroom or a large family – or both – then you are probably in need of some clever bathroom storage ideas to help keep clutter behind closed doors and more attractive items out on show.
There’s so many essential bits and pieces in a bathroom that you just can’t store elsewhere: razors, hairbrushes, cotton wool pads, loo roll, spare soaps, toothpaste… All of these must-haves need somewhere to live and sometimes more than one set of bathroom storage is needed.
With a little careful planning it’s easy to keep the clutter from getting out of control. If you have a lot of lotions and potions, consider a fitted bathroom, which tends to offer maximum storage capacity. Think about bathroom furniture, storage cabinets, vanities and shelves. A bathroom storage cabinet is the most obvious way to store everything from towels to bath oils. Freestanding bathroom cabinets are a versatile option and can be taken with you if you move out. They also give you the option of repurposing vintage or antique pieces.
Made-to-measure bathroom shelves will make the most of any space. Or look for shelving units – freestanding or wall-hung shelving units work in a variety of bathrooms spaces – and as well as storing the essentials can display your prettier trinkets. Shop around for smart bathroom accessories too: towel stores, bath racks, soap holders, shower caddies, loo-roll holders and brushes – even light pulls – can add the perfect finishing touches.
Whether you need one, two or all of these storage ideas, our tricks and tips for squeezing a little more space out of your bathroom aren’t to be missed. Read on to see how to de-clutter your bathroom…
Combine a sideboard and modular wall shelves for oodles of storage and display space and a glamorous look in the bathroom. With coloured glass bottles and silver trays this arrangement looks for all the world like a boudoir dressing table, especially with the addition of a velvet buttoned footstool.
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Introduce shelving where ever you can in a bathroom. The twin washstands shown here incorporate a lower glass shelf for towel storage, while floating wall shelves between basin and mantel mirror provide handy perches for toiletries. A lovely scheme made gorgeous by symmetry.
Use a bookcase for instant freestanding storage in the bathroom. This design is clean and simple and provides eye-catching practical storage and display space for towels, baskets, toiletries and vases. A deep wall shade and white woodwork will allow bathroom shelves, furniture and sanitaryware to stand out.
Go for a vanity unit for cupboard-sized storage. This smart furniture incorporates a worktop and basin in one for easy cleaning and streamlined looks. Include a glazed wall cabinet above and line the wall between to create a wipeable splashback.
In a compact bathroom you can’t beat built-in furniture. Here a WC unit and basin unit have been teamed with drawer and shelf sections. Standard units are 600mm wide, but look for slimline 500mm versions for sanitaryware and narrower ones for storage. A shower bath is a great choice if you don’t have the space for a separate bath and shower.
Don’t forget the often unused wall space above a bath for potential storage.In this modern bathroom, a metal design provides both shelf and hanging storage in luggage-rack style. Seek out slimline cupboards for narrow wall spaces and go for wall-hanging rather than floor-standing versions. This tall white cabinet is a smart addition.
If space restrictions make fitted bathroom furniture difficult, look for other ways to create storage space. Tongue-and-groove panelling houses the cistern in this small bathroom, but also provides a shelf for baskets and toiletries. Keeping the panelling below window height allows the sill to provide a second shelf for storage and here houses a mirrored cabinet. Fit rows of hooks nearby for handy towel storage next to the basin.
If you can, use any space either end of a bath to incorporate a false wall – you may be adding one anyway to house water pipes- into which you can then fit alcove shelving. These neat glass shelves are ideal for storing shampoos and couldn’t be handier to reach from the bath.
Consider freestanding storage – it is more flexible than fitted cupboards and can be moved around your space to suit. This curvy tiered basket has a decorative feel. To prevent it looking messy, colour co-ordinate your accessories and separate into categories.
This sleek bathroom has a neutral palette of white, grey and cream. A floor-to-ceiling tiled splashback behind the basin creates a focal point. The shelves beneath the basin have also been tiled to keep the look streamlined.
Convert a console table into a twin bathroom washstand with a pair of counter-top basins. Give the table a lick of paint to complement your room’s colour scheme, then ask your builder to cut a waterproof countertop to size. Oval countertop basins and wall-mounted taps look sleek and contemporary.
Pick a floating vanity unit that will keep a compact bathroom clutter-free. Floating fittings visually maximise the space as more of the floor can be seen. Deep drawers allow you to store everything from shampoo bottles to towels and toilet rolls. Check that your walls are strong enough to support a floating unit before you buy.
It always pays to box in water pipes in a loft bathroom because the sloping walls are naturally accommodating and can be used for little else. The resulting surface will make a much-needed as a storage and display area for pretty bottles, flowers and other accessories. Maximise the space by tucking the end of the bath under the lowest point of the ceiling.
When floor space is at a premium, make use of every available inch of wall instead. Here, a trio of shelves above the bath and tucked neatly under the eaves holds towels, keeping them close to hand for when you stand up in the tub.
When space is at a premium, consider recessed shelves. Line them up in a neat row to turn them into a design feature in their own right. Here, the contrast between the wood tones of the shelves and the white of the walls adds to their visual impact. To create recessed shelving, you’ll need to build a false wall, which can also be used to keep plumbing out of sight.
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Make a feature of bathroom storage. This striking towel rail has an almost sculptural appearance and adds a glamorous touch to the neutral country scheme. The reflective finish of the towel rail is echoed in the wall lights, the drawer knob and the bevelled mirror above the basin, ensuring a harmonious feel. A low shelf on the vanity console stores clean, dry towels.
Bathroom furniture doesn’t have to mean traditional fitted designs. If you’ve space, why not include a freestanding chest of drawers, normally reserved for a bedroom? You can paint it to match your bathroom accessories for a cohesive look, or choose a bright shade if you’ve a monochrome bathroom for a pop of colour. Why not be inspired by this scheme and sand the corners and edges of ready-painted drawers for a vintage feel?
Spacious vanity units don’t necessarily need built-in cupboards to provide you with the storage you need in a bathroom. Here, simple woven baskets for toiletries and folded towels have been placed on a shelf for a relaxed look. Plus, there’s plenty more space on the floor under the vanity unit for extra baskets if needed. Having your storage on display in this way also encourages you to keep essentials tidy.
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Got a compact bathroom and worried you can’t fit in storage? Make use of walls and put up simple shelves – either on brackets, seen here, or a floating design. They look super stylish filled with neatly folded, colourful towels or beautifully packaged toiletries. If you plan to put heavy items on your shelves, check to make sure they can take the weight and use the correct wall fixings.
It’s important that your bathroom furniture meets your storage needs but isn’t bulky and doesn’t overpower the room. The best way to achieve this is to go for wall-hung storage, such as this smart wood-effect vanity unit. Its deep drawer means you can hide all manner of items inside, yet the room remains spacious because the floor can still be seen. Illuminated cubby holes make eye-catching display shelves.
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A show-stopper roll-top and ornate mirror are perfect in this beamed and whitewashed bathroom. If you haven’t lots of wall space, consider hanging open shelves rather than a chunky cabinet. This opulent country bathroom suits its beautiful vintage-style wrought iron shelving, which is made for displaying luxury toiletries.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to bathroom storage. You can add character by sourcing old cabinet doors from a reclamation yard to create a homely, lived-in look. Don’t be put off from sourcing salvaged wood – even when damaged, wood can be restored to its former glory.