When designing your bathroom, it can be easy to focus all of your attention on the fancy new fit-out, the colour scheme, patterns, tiles and all of the other style elements. But one of the most important, yet often overlooked, is the bathroom storage space. So many people simply skip over this essential element, leaving them frustrated when it comes time to find a place for everything to go.
To avoid running out of space, spend some time planning out your storage solutions. Here are a few essential items you should consider.
The amount of space you can allow for in your vanity will totally depend on the size of your room. If you have a large bathroom, you may have the freedom to include a large vanity with plenty of drawers. However, if you have a tiny bathroom, it may not be practical to have any storage at all. In this case, you might want to think about keeping your toiletries and other essentials to a minimum or including a nifty niche in the wall.
Add extra storage with handy cabinets. I personally think a thin tall cabinet is the best use of space, especially in a smaller room. You can use a cabinet to store all of your fresh towels, so they’re in close reach when you need a new one!
These are a great choice if you want to put some pretty decor or other nice items on display. While you can use floating shelves for displaying your towels, I’d make sure they’re your nicest, newest towels (not the old ones with the tears in them!). And add other little additions like candles, diffusers, soaps, and more.
With these three storage solutions in mind, let’s take a look at some beautiful designs for inspiration.
1. Clever shelving
You may be squashed for space with a small bathroom, but my bet is that there’s probably a slither of space that can be used for storage. In this design, thin vertical open shelving has been installed into the corner of this bathroom. This makes for a great place to store anything and everything – from towels to makeup to toiletries and everything in between.
2. Stand-alone tiered shelving
If you have a spare wall or nook, add in a three-tiered stand-alone shelving unit like this. It’s super handy because each shelf is like a drawer, so things won’t fall out! You can stack all sorts of things in here – from towels to soap to toiletries.
3. Natural touches
Create a more natural-looking bathroom by including greenery, woven baskets and other rustic elements. By sticking to a consistent colour palette (green, green and more green!), you’ll create a beautiful finish.
4. Long vertical ladder shelf
This floor-to-ceiling shelving is perfectly suited to this space! It has enough space for everything. And I really love how this design incorporates plenty of plants. We tend to think that plants should only belong in the living room… but this is proof that they can work well in the bathroom too. They not only look great but they create fresh air too!
5. Handy dividers
Have you looked at the state of your vanity drawers recently? If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t take much for your drawers to get in such a mess that you can’t find anything when you’re looking for it. Hairbrush? Nope. Soap? Nope. Makeup? No!
Avoid the frustration of misplaced items by installing handy dividers in your drawers. IKEA is a great place to start – it has plenty of amazing options for a bargain.
If you want to change up your vanity, here are plenty of other bathroom vanity ideas to consider.
6. Make it look good
When we hear the word ‘storage’ we can so easily think of boring plastic containers. But storage doesn’t just have to be a practical solution, it can be a pretty one too! Take this example. There are two beautiful baskets in different sizes and a thin timber stool for extra bench space. And I love how beautiful they look against the textured grey wall.
7. Clever shelving
This is one way to make the most of every nook and cranny in your bathroom – use the corners. This smart open shelving is a practical solution to a tiny space. You can use it to stack up everything that won’t fit inside your cupboards.
8. Makeup storage
If you’re anything like me, then your makeup is probably stashed away in your vanity drawer where you can hardly see it. (Sigh, the frustrations of small bathrooms). But if you have the privilege of owning a large bathroom, make the most of your space by creating a dedicated area for your makeup! You can do this by setting up a makeup table or simply by prioritising one half of your vanity countertop to display your pretties!
9. Linen cupboard
If you have a larger bathroom, why not set up an entire linen cupboard inside? This will mean that you won’t have to walk down the hallway to find your towels, hand towels and other important items – they’ll be within arm’s reach, yipee!
10. Vanity and shelving in one
Make your bathroom design look consistent by using the exact same style of timber and colour for your vanity and vertical shelving. I love this design – it’s both glamorous and relaxed.
11. Floating shelves
Add timber floating shelves to your white bathroom to add warmth and a spot to put things. This is a really easy way to create extra storage space when your room is lacking good solutions.
12. Versatile shelving
If you’re looking for additional storage for your bathroom, then you should turn your attention to standalone pieces. Purchasing something that you can move around is a practical solution because then you’re not limited to only using it in your bathroom!
13. Little nooks
How adorable are these two little niches in this brick wall? They’re actually on one side of a shower area. I like how the top one includes a little vase and plant that pretties up the space, while the bottom nook holds shampoo, conditioner and a scrubbing brush.
14. Stick-on holders
Don’t have a permanent caddy in your shower? No problem. Check out your local storage store to find plenty of great solutions. These small containers actually stick on the wall with suction pieces, so you can move them about wherever you like!
15. Shelving either side of your mirror
Your bathroom mirror doesn’t have to sit on the wall alone. You can create an entire practical storage solution around it by installing handy shelving. I like how this piece completely encases the mirror for a seamless finish.
16. Mirrored wall cabinet
Are you renovating the bathroom from scratch? If your bathroom has a cavity wall, you could create a pocket within it into which you could install a storage cabinet. Better still, if the cabinet has a mirrored front, the bulk of the cabinet will be reduced and neatly disguised!
And this handy cabinet is doubly functional: not only does it contain multiple, customisable shelves, but it also has a mirrored front that just looks like a mirror! You wouldn’t know there was shelving behind it unless you lived there.
If you’re looking for a bespoke solution, it’s best to get a custom bathroom cabinet maker to get the right storage for your needs.
17. Floating shelves
This bathroom design is full of fun! I love the gorgeous floral bathroom wallpaper – it makes the room so feminine. But on to the storage… Timber floating shelves climb all the way up this grand feature wall, providing plenty of space for toiletries, plants and decor!
18. Ladder towel rail
This is a cheap buy that can make a big difference to your space. While your small bathroom may not have much room for a large cabinet, you can lean a timber ladder against the wall which can be used to hold towels or clothes.
19. Freestanding storage
If you would rather have all of your toiletries out of sight for a streamlined look, you can’t go wrong with drawer units. Units in dark wood tend to look bulky, so choose whitewashed finishes for a space-stretching effect; wicker looks light and dainty, too.
20. Pay attention to the details
When you’re designing your new bathroom, it can be easy to focus so much on the big picture that you forget about the small things. Choosing a streamlined toilet scrubber, soap dispenser, soap holder and toothbrush holder is one way to make your bathroom look finished. I love this grey stone look – it stands out nicely against the textured light grey-white wall.
21. Vanity drawers
Keep your drawers nice and tidy with plenty of dividers. The good news is that there are so many types of choose from. So whether you have a super-luxe vanity (like this one) or a more casual simple vanity, there’s bound to be something for you.
22. Woven basket with towels
I know, we’ve looked at so many woven baskets. But I love this solution! If you don’t have drawers or cupboards in your bathroom, simply use woven baskets to store fresh towels.
23. Keep the countertop clear
A clean space is a clean mind, and this is very true for your countertops. If they’re filled with bits and pieces, it can feel overwhelming. Keep everything simple and minimal by only placing the essentials on your benchtop.
24. Hooks in the shower
This is one of the smartest bathroom inventions ever. No-one likes going out of the shower to grab the towel, and sometimes your towel can get soaking wet if it’s just hanging over the top of the glass (or fall on the ground). Hooks in the shower keep both of these things from happening!
25. Add a stool
Maximise your surface space with the addition of a little stool. You can choose from a simple three-legged stool or a small timber step, like this one. Whatever you choose, make sure you select something that ties into your existing design. In this case, everything is timber and white, and it looks great!
26. Maximise the space over the toilet
Sure, this spot isn’t exactly front of mind when it comes to styling your bathroom space, but it can be a great place to install a handy storage solution. And these dark timber floating shelves are not only practical (they hold plants, baskets and other items), but they look great against the patterned teal and white design on the walls of this room.
27. Round basket
I’m all about baskets at the moment. Why? Because they’re just so easy! You can pop them in the corner of your room, you can use them to hold house plants, or you can store them underneath your open vanity for extra detailing!
28. Hooks for towels
Display your towels with ease using nicely crafted hooks on the wall. You can’t see them very well in this picture, but this design uses matte black hooks to match in with the black hardware and touches throughout the rest of the bathroom. This keeps things modern and fresh!
29. Step-style vanity
If you want to make your bathroom feel like a more natural space, then take inspiration from this design. The vanity almost looks like it could be a small timber step – but it’s not! It’s a double layer of timber slats that create a beautiful open shelving space below the sink. And it’s the perfect place to store towels.
30. Brass holder
How’s this for a nifty storage solution? If you’re pressed for space, install a floating shelf, like this one, above your vanity and below your mirror. This is a great place for keeping your soap, toothbrushes, and other day-to-day hygiene items.
Plus, I love how the brass of the holder ties in nicely with the brass mirror, wall lights and tapware – perfect!
Also if you’re a fan of these tiles and want to see more, check out these top bathroom tile ideas – you’ll love it.
This brass plate proves that the little details can make the biggest difference. I like how something like this adds character and warmth to this bathroom. And the brass really stands out against the white marble benchtop!
32. Floating vanity
If you only have a small space to work with for your new bathroom, then you need to be very careful to make sure it doesn’t look squashed. Introducing overly large pieces of furniture can make your environment feel awkward.
But this little bathroom design has hit the right mark. It incorporates a cute timber floating vanity with an open shelf for storing essentials. And I love the hand towel rack that sits in front of the vanity. This allows the hand towel to cover up any mess that may be sitting on the shelf.
33. Baskets under vanity
Natural material is all the rage right now and it’s no wonder why. People are tired of overly done-up spaces, and just want to return to a breath of fresh air. And that’s just what natural materials do – they allow your space to breathe, bringing in feelings of calm and serenity.
If you have open space beneath your bathroom vanity, like in this one, consider adding simple woven baskets.
34. Behind the doors
Your bathroom can easily become a cluttered space with towels, products and clothes lying around. Keep everything in order by storing it behind closed doors! This way you’ll never have to worry about anything being out of place – everything will have somewhere to go. You can even add baskets and other dividers to keep things sorted by category inside.
35. Include a shower niche
Gone are the days of the old steel or plastic toiletries holder that would hang over your shower taps. While it may be helpful for holding all of your essentials, it can also become a hotspot for mould, grime and old products.
Instead, trade it out for a smart shower niche that’s built directly into the wall. This not only looks great (it’s seamless!) but it’s also very practical when it comes to cleaning time. And we all appreciate an easy clean!
There you have it – 35+ bathroom storage ideas. I hope you were able to draw on some inspiration for your own design!
But before you go, I’d love to hear from you – which style stood out to you the most? Was it the handy shower caddy, natural baskets, large vanity drawers, timber steps and stools, clever floating shelving, or something else? Comment and tell me!