Towel Storage: 18 Great Ideas For Small Bathrooms

Small bathrooms make it challenging to have towel storage solutions like freestanding cabinets or large shelves without overcrowding the area.

Luckily, there are plenty of creative options available! Let’s check out some clever ideas that save space and keep your towels tidy, even in the smallest bathrooms!

Vanity Drawer with a Towel Rod

Under the sink drawer for towels

This vanity, complete with a built-in towel rod, solves two problems at once – providing storage and a spot to hang your towels all in one.

With the attached rod, grabbing towels or washcloths is a breeze, keeping them conveniently close by for quick use after washing up.

I like how the vanity’s finish harmonizes with the bathroom’s overall decor. Accent pieces like small potted plants, scented candles, and decorative jars atop the vanity also infuse personality into the space.

Tiered Wall-Mounted Shelves

Tiered wooden towel rack on wall

The shelf, tailor-made for rolled towels, presents a chic and practical solution to tidily store linens while making the most of the space you’ve got.

Positioning these shelves close to the sink makes it super handy to grab fresh towels right after washing up or getting ready for your daily routine.

Just make sure to install them at a reachable height near the sink, keeping them out of the way so you can move around freely.

Tiered floating shelf for towels

Here’s another traditional bathroom with a floating shelf to store towels. This time, it’s situated above the bathroom sink and offers ample storage space for neatly folded towels.

The floating design keeps the area below the shelf free, maintaining a sense of openness and preventing clutter on the countertop.

Like in the photo, you can place some key items on the shelf, such as hand soap, a little potted plant, or decorative jars, for a practical yet stylish setup.

Tiny Bathroom with a Compact Corner Shelf

Wooden floating shelves on bathroom cornerINSTAGRAM @Crateno.8

Specifically designed to fit snugly into corners, these shelves provide a dedicated area to keep towels organized, easily accessible, and neatly displayed.

I suggest installing the corner towel shelf near the sink or bathtub for convenient access. Mount it at an appropriate height to ensure easy reach.

I also really dig how this shelf makes the most of that otherwise unused space. It’s a clever way to add both practical storage and a spot for decorative touches.

Shelf Above the Doorway

Towel storage above the doorINSTAGRAM @All_things_ola

This shelf that makes the most of the space above the door is a real game-changer. It adds extra storage without taking up any precious wall or floor space.

This smart spot makes it perfect for small bathrooms in need of storage that won’t get in the way.

If you’re thinking of doing this in your place, make sure the shelf is installed firmly and won’t mess with the door swinging open or shut.

Narrow Built-In Towel Holders

Wooden towel storage on above the bathtubINSTAGRAM @Visitnumber7

In this cozy spa-inspired bathroom, you’ll find a slim custom shelf crafted from light wood, offering a perfect spot for storing towels without disrupting the serene ambiance.

The custom shelf seamlessly blends into the bathroom’s serene aesthetic. Neutral tones such as whites, soft browns, and earthy hues create a soothing backdrop that complement the overall spa-like decor.

Add scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or potpourri with calming fragrances for an even more soothing and relaxing environment.

Wall cubbies for storing towelsINSTAGRAM @Home_sweet_morris_home

This traditional bathroom uses vertical space to offer ample storage for towels while complementing the bathroom’s timeless design. Unlike the previous photo, this one features a floor-to-ceiling recessed wall shelf, optimizing storage without taking up any floor space.

I love how the shelf’s design seamlessly blends in with the bathroom’s wallpaper, giving it a unified and polished appearance.

If you want to use the towels as part of the bathroom decor, choose ones with intricate borders or monogram detailing.

Wall cubbies on an odd bathroom spaceINSTAGRAM @The_hen_homestead

Sometimes, it’s easy to miss areas that can be used as storage but even the most narrow walls can be used to their full potential! This bathroom proves just that.

This minimalist bathroom utilizes a recessed wall shelf as a discreet yet efficient towel storage solution. The shelf has clean lines and a sleek silhouette that align with the bathroom’s understated style.

I suggest choosing towels in coordinating colors to create a harmonious look within the storage space.

Vertical Towel Shelves with Multiple Tiers

Tiered ladder shelves for towelsINSTAGRAM @Houseandhomeproject

This ladder shelf adds a touch of modern elegance while maximizing the bathroom’s storage potential.

Besides towels, you can also use the ladder shelf to display or store other bathroom essentials such as toiletries, decorative plants, or small baskets for additional organization.

However, remember to maintain a minimalist approach to styling. Avoid overcrowding the ladder shelf with unnecessary decor or items. Focus solely on functional and essential towel storage.

Colorful pallet boxes for towels

This white-tiled bathroom has a colorful tiered shelf with multiple compartments in the form of crate boxes. The compartments are deep enough to accommodate several towels and wide enough to prevent them from bulging out.

Its vibrant design not only offers practical towel organization but also serves as a decorative accent!

To even out the vibrancy of the shelf, mix in some neutral or matching decor bits in the bathroom. Think neutral-colored bath mats, towels, or simple wall art to keep everything looking balanced.

Minimalistic basket for towels

A metal shelf in this finish will complement the decor of a contemporary or industrial-style bathroom.

If you want a shelf like this in a traditional bathroom, you can balance its metallic appearance by introducing other materials. Wooden accents, such as a bamboo bath mat or woven storage baskets, can soften the metallic aesthetics and add warmth to the bathroom.

Feel free to add baskets or containers on the shelf for smaller items like hand towels or toiletries.

Storage Rack Attached to a Cabinet Door’s Interior

Cabinet with door shelves for towels

This bathroom gets clever with space, using the inside of cabinet doors to stash towels, washcloths, and linens – a spot that’s often forgotten. It’s a clever move that clears up shelf and drawer space while keeping towels within easy reach.

If you’re planning on adding a rack like this to your cabinet, choose one designed specifically for cabinet doors, ensuring it doesn’t impede the door’s closure.

Additionally, consider racks with multiple tiers or adjustable shelves to accommodate different-sized towels.

Compact Hand Towel Baskets

Tiered shelves with baskets for towels

These hand towel baskets are designed to fit snugly in narrow or confined areas, such as atop countertops, shelves, or vanities.

These baskets serve a dual purpose of functional storage and decorative appeal. They are perfectly sized to hold rolled or folded hand towels.

I suggest going for designs that align with your bathroom’s overall aesthetic, such as woven textures for a natural or rustic look or sleek wire designs for a modern ambiance.

Towel Racks with Hooks

Towel holder on wallINSTAGRAM @Jhmech_avery

The hooks on this towel rack make it easy to hang up several rolled towels, ensuring they’re easy to grab.

I like the strategic placement of the towels between the sink and shower area. It ensures the towels are easily accessible, neatly hung, and readily available for use.

You can totally spruce up the top of the rack with some Zen-inspired decor, like indoor plants or even a little bamboo statue, to bring in a vibe of calm and nature.

Stylish towel hooks on wall

This vintage-style bathroom has a towel rack with a classic design that offers both exquisite aesthetics and efficient towel storage.

The intricate metalwork, decorative details, and aged finish contribute to its timeless allure. It’s an eye-catching feature that can become a focal point in a vintage-themed bathroom.

From my experience, adding warm lighting fixtures, such as vintage-style sconces or pendant lights, will create a welcoming and cozy atmosphere in your bathroom.

Minimalist Towel Dividers

Minimalistic tower towel organizerINSTAGRAM @Yamazakihome

The dividers’ slim profiles and minimalist aesthetics make them an ideal addition for those seeking a clutter-free and modern bathroom ambiance.

I love how you can simply slide the units to lock them together, creating two or three sections. You can also easily store and stack an assortment of towels with no fear of them toppling over.

Their slightly glossy black design also complements the all-white bathroom. The dividers stand out without overpowering the space.

Towel Storage Above the Toilet Area

Towel and paper roll rack on wallINSTAGRAM @Thesnekkershow

This wooden towel shelf optimizes otherwise unused space above the toilet area, transforming it into a convenient storage spot for storing towels and hanging them to dry.

Its natural grain and texture add visual interest to the plain walls of this corner.

Don’t miss the space up top for keeping your toilet paper rolls handy! You can also use this spot for practical decor, like candles or potted plants, to mix style with function.

Over the toilet cabinet for towelsINSTAGRAM @Prdcustomhomes

As an over-the-toilet storage solution, this cabinet eliminates clutter on countertops or within cabinets. Its compact design ensures that towels are readily available without overcrowding the bathroom.

Feel free to introduce bathroom decor elements that match the style of the storage cabinet. For example, use matching or complementary colors in accessories, wall art, or rugs to tie the design elements together. As you can see, that basket beside the toilet is a nice touch!

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