Welcome to our site where you will find beautifully decorated bathrooms with practical and creative storage solutions. Bathroom storage enables you to tuck essential items like toothbrushes, medicine, makeup, towels, cleaning supplies, and more out of plain sight. The best storage methods are not only functional, clearing up valuable space, but they also add to the overall look and charm of the room. We’ll look at each specific storage type, including over-the-toilet, vanities, medicine cabinets, and much more, below to help you find the right option for you.
Be sure to scroll through our curated interior photos so you can read all about the details of each design. We hope to inspire and ignite creativity on your design journey.
1. Over-the-Toilet Storage
Over-the-toilet storage is one of the absolute best ways to add more space to a small bathroom. As the name implies, over-the-toilet storage consists of a shelf or rack that’s placed overtop your toilet. The base of the product simply sits behind and at the sides of your toilet. The main benefit of these products is their space-saving design. Most people don’t utilize the space above their toilet – so why not make better use of it.
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2. Bathroom Vanity
A bathroom vanity not only adds valuable organizational space to your bathroom, but it also spruces up the look of the area as a whole. Choose from a wide range of vanities to find the model that best suits the room’s overall design, whether that be modern, contemporary, traditional, or something else altogether. Vanities without a countertop simply include a sink. These are a great choice for very small bathrooms. The downside is limited storage space. Vanities with countertops include a sink and additional counter space. These are best for large bathrooms, especially those that multiple people use on a daily basis.
3. Medicine Cabinet
A medicine cabinet is another very effective way to add additional storage space to your bathroom. Use it alone or combine it with a vanity for even more space. It is best for small items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and prescription medications. The three most common types of medicine cabinets to choose from include:
- Recessed Cabinet – Set back into the wall, this type gives the illusion that there’s nothing behind your mirror.
- Surface Mount Cabinet – Mounted to the wall (rather than set inside), you can tell there’s something behind the mirror with this type, but it’s the easiest to install.
- Corner Mount Cabinet – Installed in the corner of a room, this type utilizes the often underused spaces in the corners of bathrooms
4. Linen Tower
A linen tower is a type of bathroom storage designed for storing towels and other linens, though they can be used to store any toiletry items. Think of a linen tower as a tall, narrow freestanding cabinet. They stand in the range of 4 feet to 8 feet in height. However, most linen towers are only between one and two feet wide. They’re around the same dimensions deep. The tall, narrow design of linen towers gives them a lot of organizational space without creating much of a footprint. Though they’re more intrusive than over-the-toilet products, they’re still a good option for smaller rooms.
5. Wall Cabinets
Wall cabinets are a stylish and functional way to add more storage space to your bathroom. Wall cabinets are mounted on a wall and tend to be more permanent and easier to install them in a place that they’ll stay. There is a vast selection of cabinet styles available. Some have doors that hide all shelves while others have one or two exposed shelves. This particular wall cabinet is modern with a wood base and has open shelving on the right side.
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6. Wall Shelving
Not all bathrooms have the space required for free-standing storage options that sit on the ground. Wall shelves are the perfect solution for bathrooms with a minimal footprint. Simply mount them to a free wall for a place to store all your important items. In addition to increasing storage space, wall shelves look great. They can add that touch of character you need to take the room’s style to the next level. Most wall shelves are exposed and floating like the wood ones in this bathroom. Because of their exposed nature, many people prefer to use wall shelves as a place to set decorative items. Mason jars, small plants, and other décor pieces are great ideas.
7. Decorative Ladder
Decorative ladders look great in any room – especially bathrooms. Though they also offer plenty of additional storage space, the drawback is that all of this extra space is visible. A decorative ladder is usually not the best place to store toiletries and other such unsightly items. However, they do work well when paired with other storage methods such as hampers, baskets, jars, and containers. The rungs on most decorative ladders are flat, more similar to shelves. Some do have more traditional round rungs. Round rung decorative ladders offer a style place to hang towels.
8. Storage Baskets
Dirty clothes and towels quickly pile up when there’s no place to put them. A hamper or a woven basket offers a perfect solution for your bathroom. Easily move it to your laundry area when it’s full. They are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and styles to match your needs and preferences. The ones you see in this bathroom can store towels, washcloths or dirty clothes, while still looking chic and stylish.
9. Towel Racks
Towels have a way of piling up in the bathroom where you don’t want them to. Solve this problem by adding a towel rack to your bathroom. These racks offer a perfect, space-saving place for you to hang your towels to dry. There are freestanding models that stand on the ground on their own. Then there are wall mounted models that connect to your walls, like the one in this bathroom. Some towel racks also come with built-in shelves. These are a great place to store clean towels or other items.
10. Door Organizer
In small bathrooms where extra space is minimal, a door organizer is an efficient way to add more storage. The most basic models simply consist of a small hanging basket to store items in. Other models incorporate towel rods or hooks to hang towels. Most door organizers fit over the actual door to the room. However, models are available that are designed to fit over the inside of cabinet doors.
11. Make-Up Organizer
As anyone that regularly wears makeup knows, the amount of makeup supplies you own can quickly get out of control. Invest in a makeup organizer to keep all of your makeup products together. Countertop, standalone, and wall-mounted models are all available. Some models display your items while others keep them hidden away. You can even buy makeup organizers with built-in mirrors and lighting.
12. Shower Caddies
Organizing your shower items with a shower caddy reduces clutter and keeps your shower essentials in one place. One type of shower caddy mounts over your showerhead fixture. It comes with several wire shelves to store items like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The wire design allows water to run through the shelves without pooling up. Another common model is the wall-mounted shower caddy, similar to the brass one shown in this bathroom. These attach to your shower walls with suction cups.
13. Jars and Containers
Not everything you need to store in your bathroom is large. For those small items, consider jars and containers. These jars and containers are perfect for little items like cotton balls, Q-tips, Band-Aids, etc. Keep the jars and containers on your counter or vanity. Or place them on a shelf or in a cabinet.
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14. Built-In Closet
The last type of bathroom storage is a built-in closet or wall unit. If your bathroom comes with one of these options, there’s no reason not to make good use of it. Add shelves, hampers, and organizers inside the unit to make the best use of the space available. Adding any built-in unit to a bathroom is definitely worth consideration if you’re already planning to do a remodel anyways.
There are a few important factors you should keep in mind beyond the type of bathroom storage.
First up is design options. These range from color to style (modern or traditional or somewhere in between) to size and more.
Next up is installation type: do you prefer DIY or hiring a professional? Finally, we discuss how all your decisions affect the final price you pay for your project.
A. Design Options
The same design considerations that come along with selecting any furniture also come along with choosing bathroom storage.
After you select the general type of product that’s right for you, it’s time to think about materials, color style, and size.
Materials range from metal to plastic to wood and everywhere in between. The specific materials depend upon the specific type of product you buy.
The color is mainly related to the type of materials. For pieces constructed from wood, you’ll have a broad range of wood types and finishes to choose from. Plastic and metal pieces can be found in just about any color imaginable.
The final design element to consider is size. Not only does the size of the piece affect how it looks and functions, but it can also affect the usability of the rest of your bathroom.
The difficulty of installation depends on the type of product you’re adding.
In fact, some types don’t require any installation at all. Shower caddies and makeup organizers are two examples.
Other types require so little work to set up that it can’t really be considered installation. Door organizers are a good example.
Those products that do require some installation include over-the-toilet shelves and medicine cabinets. Over-the-toilet products usually come in several pieces that must be put together. A medicine cabinet must be securely mounted to a wall.
The most complex installation comes with vanities and cabinets. Though these are both doable DIY projects, it might be worth investing in professional help, especially if you don’t own the tools needed for the job.
Lowes is a good place to learn how to install a vanity or sink.
Of course, a built-in closet also requires an installation of a sort. However, this is more of a construction project as it usually requires at least a partial remodel.
Hire a professional contractor if you decide to create a built-in closet.
C. Cost and Budget
Every individual type of bathroom storage costs a different amount upfront.
The cheapest form of storage runs between $10 and $100 for a towel rack. Over-the-toilet products are available from around $25 to $150. Linen towers are slightly more expensive, generally between $100 and $500.
Finally, you have vanities at the upper end of the scale. Just the base will likely cost between $250 and $2,500. Custom countertops, sinks, fixtures, and mirrors all add to that price.
Expect to add between $500 and $750 to your vanity for professional installation, according to Homewyse.
Where to Buy Bathroom Storage Online
A quick Google search for “bathroom storage” comes back with dozens of results for retailers hawking all kinds of vanities, medicine cabinets, shelves, and more.
We’ve narrowed down your options to a handful of the very best. These online retailers have the best selections at the best prices. Helpful search tools enable you to select specific search terms to find what you need faster.
Here are five of our favorite places to buy bathroom storage online: