Bathroom storage ideas – 10 clever ideas to make the most of your wash space

Well-designed bathroom storage ideas will revolutionize your space, making the most of every inch for a clutter-free finish

An example of bathroom storage ideas showing a bathroom with fitted cabinets above a vanity unit
(Image credit: Emma Lewis / Futurea)

Clever bathroom storage ideas are essential to making the bathroom work. 

It has many demands put upon it, not only to be a practical, user-friendly room but also as a tranquil place to relax. 

Limited or awkward-shaped space can create a challenge when it comes to making the best of any bathroom. 

However, the items that need storage, like bulky towels and numerous toiletries, can also add to the decorative look of the bathroom, so it's worth thinking about how you can show them off to their best advantage.

Have a good look at your bathroom and see if there are any unused corners or, more likely, wall space that could be incorporated into a storage idea. 

It might be that you can clear out an old cupboard or replace it with one larger console or a one-off vintage piece. The trick is to add to what is already there without cluttering the main room. 

With these smart bathroom ideas, you can keep your space looking stylish and store the essential items, too.

Bathroom storage ideas

1. Reflect light and boost space with a mirrored cabinet

A dark blue shower design with gold hardware next to a white sink

(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

First port of call, especially if you're looking for small bathroom storage ideas, would always be a good mirror cabinet. 

Not only is it useful for those smaller everyday items, good cabinets are full of loads of extras to help you stay organized, such as internal drawers and compartments and even magnetic strips to hold your tweezers and scissors.

2. Fit storage that doesn't overpower the room

A bathroom with a freestanding wooden shelving unit featuring drawers and towel pegs

(Image credit: Future/2018)

Keep the furniture wall hung to create a sense of space and give a sleek, ‘floating’ look. Although hidden storage is practical, don’t be tempted to shut everything away. 

Instead use a combination of slim projection cabinets and bathroom shelf ideas to provide plenty of storage but without enclosing the space.

3. Opt for drawers with depth

An example of bathroom storage ideas showing a bathroom with a wooden vanity unit in a Georgian townhouse in London

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

At face value, a large under-basin cupboard may look like it offers heaps of storage space. But often a lot of space is wasted if the shelves are too far apart because most cosmetics and toiletries are quite small.

A smart bathroom storage tip is to install narrow depth drawers or more shelves closer together, as this will give maximum storage potential and make it easier to see everything at a glance rather than rooting around in the back of the cupboard.

4. Make the most of a vanity unit

A modern bathroom with a green paneled wall and a twin basin

(Image credit: James Merrell / Future)

If you invest well, furniture can easily become the main focal point. A key piece in every bathroom is a basin, therefore incorporating under-counter furniture is essential.

A large vanity unit underneath the basin with an additional internal drawer always helps to hide the daily clutter.

5. Go for bespoke bathroom storage

An example of bathroom storage ideas showing a gray bathroom with fitted storage shelves and a mirror on the wall

(Image credit: Davide Lovatti / Future)

It’s ideal in any room, but particularly in a bathroom where space is at a premium. In short, you will maximize storage by being able to manufacture furniture that makes the most of every niche, nook and cranny. 

This is particularly useful in a home where there is a ‘quirky’ corner or slanted ceilings, which make off-the-peg furniture an impractical option. You can also choose the finishes, internal features such as partitioned leather-lined drawers, handles and even the hinge design. 

Generally bespoke storage can be more expensive, and can involve lead times up to 12 weeks depending on the manufacturer’s order book. But you can save by selecting less expensive materials and keeping the design simple.

6. Master storage with a well-designed vanity

A gray bathroom with a large double vanity unit with drawers and cupboards

(Image credit: Polly Eltes / Future)

When there are so many beautiful and creatively-designed bathroom vanity ideas available today, opting for a standalone basin is nothing short of madness. 

'It's now possible to source a vanity unit to suit bathrooms of all shapes and sizes, all tastes and budgets. There's really no excuse not to enjoy the beauty and convenience that a vanity unit affords,' says Mark Walker of Bagno Design

A cabinet-style vanity consisting of cupboards, open-shelves, or drawers, or a combination of all three, will help maintain order in your bathroom. 

'As well as providing essential storage, exactly where it is needed most, it will also hide any unsightly pipework for a neat, professional finish,' adds Mark. 

7. Create space for a central island

An example of bathroom storage showing a freestanding central island next to a white bath and two sinks

(Image credit: David Cleveland / Future)

If space allows, take inspiration from the kitchen by including an island-style unit in your bathroom. Albeit unusual, this bathroom provides ample space for toiletries, towels and other paraphernalia, negating the need for bulky wall cabinets. 

8. Go for a freestanding trolley

A freestanding bathroom storage trolley with towels and a mirror

(Image credit: Simon Bevan / Future)

A trolley or table on wheels with a shelf underneath is a simple but effective way to gain extra storage. 

Find a basket or box to fit underneath to keep hand towels or body brushes in order and use the top of the table to keep more immediate toiletries to hand. The best thing is that it can be moved to wherever it is needed or pushed against a wall out of the way. 

9. Invest in a bathroom cabinet or cupboard

A glass-fronted bathroom storage cabinet containing decorative pots and towels

(Image credit: Simon Bevan / Future)

Customize your own furniture to suit the coloring and furnishing of your bathroom with a decorative cupboard, excellent for storing toiletries. 

Its timeless look will fit in with most bathroom schemes and is equally good for storing smaller towels and products. 

10. Make the most of dead space

An example of bathroom storage ideas showing a fitted storage unit with a marble surface

(Image credit: Emma Lewis / Future)

Making use of otherwise wasted space is all about being inventive. 

While freestanding furniture has its uses for both storage and display, there is nothing more efficient than well-designed, fitted furniture. It allows you to squeeze every inch of use out of even the most unpromising corner, and in a most streamlined way. 

‘Furniture designed specifically for a room will look as if it has always been there,’ says furniture designer and maker Claire Darwent

How do I add storage to my small bathroom?

Give the design careful thought and allocate space for all the items you intend to store. If you have children, provide space for cleaning products out of reach. 

Integrating smart bathroom lighting ideas will help you view contents more easily and can also be used for design effect. 

If you're looking at small bathroom ideas, choose mirror-fronted furniture to create a spacious feel and don’t waste the area around the sink – concealed built-in drawers are perfect for washing essentials. 

Also decide early on if you will use the bathroom to store spare bedding, extra towels or a laundry bin.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. 

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