Everyone has had a small bathroom at one point in their life.
Even if you own your own home, your bathroom could be lacking tons of space or available storage options.
Storage in the bathroom can be tricky for people! Bathrooms often have minimal counter space and are lacking in cabinets.
So what do you do?
Read on to get all sorts of clever ways to create more storage space, and how to better utilize the space you do have!
6 Places People Often Forget to Utilize for Storage in Bathrooms:
When you are first trying to tackle any bathroom storage issues, you will want to look at all the space that you are not taking full advantage of.
It’s uncommon for us to think about additional storage options besides the vanity and countertops, but those are not your only available options.
1. The Wall
The wall is a highly underutilized space in most bathrooms. There are many ways that you can take advantage of wall space in your bathroom.
One way is hanging storage shelves or a cabinet over the toilet. Space over the toilet is often not utilized and is a great place to put storage.
You can also utilize wall baskets, towel racks, and shelving to help use your wall space.
Using wall space is great for those who are renting and cannot do major renovations to the bathroom.
Another way to utilize the wall space, if you are able to do renovations, is to make the area between the wall studs into built-in cabinets. Usually, there are 16 inches between each wall stud in your home.
If you are able to, you can build small, recessed cabinets for more storage space.
2. The Mirror
Another space that you can use for storage is the bathroom mirror.
If you are able to choose the mirror for your bathroom, you should purchase a mirror that doubles as a cabinet.
This is a great place to keep small toiletries or other bathroom items that you use on a daily basis.
This is a great way to work with storage because you will want to have a bathroom mirror in your space anyway, why not have it double as storage.
3. Above the Sink
Above the sink and below the mirror is a spot that is not often utilized. If you have space, you could always put a shelve above your sink, and below your mirror.
Instead of a shelf, you could also build a divided box above your sink and below your mirror. This would help with separating and utilizing the storage space better.
This would be a great place to put stuff that you need daily and will help you to get more space out of any limited countertop space that you might have.
4. The Shower
The shower is a space that everyone has in their bathroom.
Whether you have a shower/tub combo, or just a small stand-up shower, there is a way for you to get more use out of your space.
You can hand a second shower rod in your shower and buy hooks to hang your shower items. This can include loofas, shower caddies, and many more items that you use while washing up.
You can also use suction cups with or without hooks to hold onto your shower items.
There are also shower caddies available that hang off your shower head and will allow you to put in shaving cream, razors, shower gel, and many other bathroom and shower items.
There are also stand-up shower caddies that can hold all your items and stay tucked away in the corner. These stand-up caddies are similar to shower rods but are used vertically instead of horizontally.
5. The Back of the Door
When you think about places to put stuff, you probably aren’t thinking about the back of your door.
While it is not ideal for multiple types of storage, the back of the door can be used to store certain things.
These things include robes and towels, or anything else that would not be too bulky to disturb the opening and closing of the door.
One way to use the back of the door would be to utilize an “over the door” shoe organizer for your bathroom items.
6. A Spare Room
If your bathroom is small, don’t be afraid to store some less necessary bathroom items in another room or another closet.
Towels, shampoo refills, extra toilet paper, and other non-daily use bathroom items can be stored in closets that are not in the bathroom.
By relocating the other items out of your bathroom, you will be able to save the small amount of space and storage that you do have in the bathroom, for the items that need to be in there.
Ideas for Storing Towels and Washcloths:
Everyone needs both towels and washcloths in their bathrooms. Towels can take up quite a bit of space.
So you might be wondering what you do to store your towels efficiently.
7. Towel Racks
Towel racks might seem like an obvious answer to towel storage, but there are many ways to use towel racks efficiently!
As mentioned above, using the back of the door as storage space can be a huge space saver, and towels are one of the best ways to use that space.
Hanging up towel racks on the back of your bathroom door can be a great way to store multiple towels, both wet and dry.
Hooks can also be a great way to store towels and gives you more versatility with where you can hang them because they don’t require as much space as a rack and can fit almost anywhere.
8. Decorative Baskets
If you are looking for a new way to store your towels and washcloths, you could always consider a decorative basket.
Rolled towels in a nice looking basket could be placed on the floor or hung on the wall. You could even have a smaller basket for washcloths stored on the back of the toilet seat or on any available countertop space that you have.
9. Wine Racks
Another cute and decorative way to store towels is to roll them up and store them in a wine rack.
Wine racks can be hung on the wall or stood up on the floor, and they come in multiple sizes and shapes.
If you opt for a wine rack that stands up on the floor, you could even use the top of it for additional counter space to store your washcloths or anything else that you might need to store.
Great Ways to Store Makeup:
For those of you who love makeup and have a hard time with your makeup storage, there are answers to help better store your makeup.
Makeup is one of the hardest things to store because there are so many products, small items, and brushes.
If you just throw them in a drawer, you could go mad with how they roll around and how tough it is to organize or find what you are looking for.
The good news is, there are other options.
10. Makeup Organizer
Makeup organizers can be the best and easiest solution to store your makeup. They are normally a clear plastic organizer designed to separate and store your makeup and brushes.
One of the downfalls to this type of organizer is that a lot of these makeup organizers are for the countertop. This can make it hard to find a place to put them, or they can take up countertop space that you do not have.
11. Makeup Board
A makeup board is a cute and decorative way to hang your makeup up on the wall.
To make a makeup board, you will need a board, an old picture frame, and any fabric that you choose. Then you can attach your makeup containers to the board and hang it on the wall.
Another type of board you could make would be a magnetic makeup board.
To put this together, you will need a metal sheet, an old picture frame, and any fabric that you like. Then, you just need to attach your makeup, or makeup holders to the board using magnets that you have attached to your individual makeup items.
12. Drawer Dividers
If you have a drawer that you like to keep your makeup in, you should look into utilizing drawer dividers. Drawer dividers can be a great way to add organization to your makeup drawer.
Not only will drawer dividers help with your makeup not rolling around in the drawers, but it can also help you to organize your makeup by type.
13. Small Drawer Set
If you are looking for a place to keep your makeup, a small plastic drawer set is a good place to put them.
You would be able to put different types of makeup in each drawer to help keep them organized.
This drawer set could be placed on the countertop, on a shelf, or in the cabinet space. If you put this in a cabinet, it can increase what you can store on your shelves.
Storage Ideas for the Bathroom Counter:
One of the hardest parts of keeping your bathroom organized it dealing with minimal countertop space.
It’s easy for bathroom counters to become cluttered with toothpaste, makeup, hair products, and other daily bathroom items.
14. Stackable Containers
Stackable containers or tiered storage bins are a cute and decorative way to organize cotton balls, cotton swabs, and other daily use items.
These containers can be clear or painted to match your other bathroom decor.
15. Cake Plate or Other Dessert Holder
If you are looking for raised or tiered countertop shelving ideas, you could use cupcake or cake trays.
You should be able to find these in multiple styles, or you could always paint them to go with your bathroom decor.
Storage Ideas for Bathrooms With Little to No Cabinet Space:
If you have a small bathroom, you probably don’t have a lot of cabinet space either. Even a vanity that offers cabinet space doesn’t have a lot of available space.
Your main goal if you do not have a lot of cabinet space, besides utilizing cabinet and storage space adding techniques, is to better manage the cabinet space that you do have.
If space is limited, the last thing that you want to do is to waste space with poor organization.
16. Below a Pedestal Sink
If you have a pedestal sink, you will likely be lacking in cabinet space. Besides utilizing wall space and the other tricks mentioned above, you can also add storage around your pedestal sink.
One way that you could do this would be to build a cabinet around the bottom of your pedestal sink. This will help give your pedestal sink more cabinet space like a regular vanity.
If you don’t want to build a full-sized cabinet, you can also build shelves around the bottom of your pedestal sink. Even though this option will be open, you will still be able to utilize it for storage.
If building a cabinet or shelves around your pedestal sink is not feasible for you, you could also hang curtains around your sink to hide basket storage on the floor under your sink.
17. Cabinet Doors
If you have a small amount of cabinet space, you could always utilize the inside of your cabinet doors to give yourself some more space.
Self-adhesive hooks can help you hang things such as hair tools or other under the cabinet products that you need space for.
You could also add enclosed shelves to the back of your cabinet doors to make sure what you store there will not fall out.
18. Expandable Organizer
If you don’t have shelving under your sink, you could always get an expandable organizer.
Expandable organizers can help to add additional shelving under your sink that would fit around your pipes.
Some expandable organizers are customizable for your space and can even pull out if necessary.
If you plan to use one of these for your storage solutions, make sure you measure the area and where your pipes are in your cabinet so that the organizer will fit properly.
Other Creative Ways to Add Storage to small bathrooms:
If you are still looking for bathroom storage ideas, there are some other ideas you could use.
19. Designated Bathroom Cabinet
Some places sell small, skinny cabinets that are made specifically to store bathroom items.
Because of how slim they are, they can fit in small places and are made to hold your toiletries and extra toilet paper.
These can be found anywhere bathroom storage can be found and can be found in a color that will fit your style.
20. Toilet Paper Storage
To save your cabinet and counter space, you should look into alternative places to put your spare rolls of toilet paper.
You can keep your main packs out of the way, but you always want to have a few rolls nearby in case you run out while in need.
One good place to store your extra rolls is right on the toilet. One place to do that is in a basket on the back of your toilet tank.
You could also buy a toilet paper roll hook. Most places that sell bathroom items will have hooks for sale that hang off the toilet tank and can store a few rolls of toilet paper.
There are also floor stands that can be placed next to the toilet to hold spare rolls.
21. Small Table
You could wedge a small table over your toilet paper roll holder the size of a shelf.
Not only is this decorative, but it can help you with any storage that you want right next to the toilet.
This would also bring some style to the area next to your toilet.
22. Side of Your Tub
If you have room around the sides of your tub, you can create a cabinet that surrounds your tub.
You could add drawers and keep towels, washcloths, or other bathroom items near your tub.
Doing this would also add a ledge next to your tub where you could keep any extra bubble bath, soaps, and shampoos.
You could also have a nice ledge for your tub if you feel like you want candles or a drink while in the tub.
23. Space Up to the Ceiling:
Finally, don’t forget to use all the space you have.
If you plan to use the wall space available, whether it is shelves or other storage solutions, don’t be afraid to extend your storage solutions all the way up to the ceiling.
Tall shelving units or built-in shelves should be able to take full advantage of the available space.
Ladder storage shelves are a great and decorative way to get more shelves in the bathroom.
Just because your bathroom is small, it doesn’t mean that you need to suffer.
There are a great many storage ideas that will work perfectly for your bathroom and can even work in other areas of your house.
If you have any other specific storage issues, and one of these doesn’t work, there are plenty of ways to find a solution that will work for you.
Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.