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Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Check out these stylish storage ideas for keeping a small bathroom or powder room organized and efficient

Written and produced by Debra Steilen
  • Laura Moss

    Small Bathroom Storage

    You’ve barely got enough room to place the fixtures, much less a huge armoire to store linens and bath sundries. That’s why you need to check out these ideas for turning slivers of space into efficient storage. 

  • John Granen

    Take storage up high.

    Put the walls to work by installing shelves for fresh towels above the tub. (But keep them narrow enough to minimize the danger of collisions when getting in or out.) Note that this tub also boasts a generous deck for storing sundries close to the action.

    Interior designer: Susan Marinello

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Install recessed medicine cabinets.

    Want to maintain a sleek profile while storing medicine and make-up close to the sink? Install recessed medicine cabinets between the studs and gain plenty of storage space for sundries.

    Interior designer: Ryan Brown

  • Emily Followill

    Make your vanity do more.

    Don’t just set your sink in a pretty surface. Set it in a furniture-style vanity with cabinets and/or drawers for storing make-up, hair products, and other grooming supplies. Keep in mind that the deeper the deck around the sink, the more room you have on top for priority products.

    Tip: If your goal is to go glam, consider a vanity with mirror-covered drawers. Their reflectivity will make your bathroom look larger.

    Get ideas for beautiful vanities.

  • James Yochum

    Bring in the baskets.

    A vanity’s open shelf calls for baskets to keep towels, paper products, and grooming supplies organized. This furniture-style unit also includes small drawers to hold brushes, combs, make-up, and jewelry.

  • Alise O’Brien

    Stay organized with drawer dividers.

    Don’t let your vanity drawers turn into junk drawers. Use clear acrylic drawer dividers to keep make-up, combs and brushes, and other gear visible and accessible for another day of grooming.

  • Kritsada

    Slide in a slim storage unit.

    The reality of pedestal sinks is that they’re prettier than they are practical. Where do you put your make-up? Your medicine? Your grooming gear? Recessed medicine cabinets can help, but a tall storage tower can do more to store bathroom staples close to the action.

  • Michael Partenio

    Let there be storage.

    Kitchens face the same conundrum: windows let in natural light but diminish the amount of wall space available for cabinetry or furniture. Get the best of both worlds by adding a window seat below the sill: you get a soft place to sit on top, and drawers or cabinets below the cushion to store linens or bath supplies. A bonus: Decorative pillows add color and pattern while softening the bathroom’s hard surfaces and angular lines.

  • James R. Salomon

    Open up a niche.

    Even the tightest space gains storage potential when you go between the studs to add a storage niche. This somewhat claustrophobic tub alcove, for example, becomes much more functional with the addition of a built-in niche for towels, soap, and lotion within arm’s reach of the bather.

  • Laura Moss

    Borrow space for built-in storage.

    Sometimes it’s possible to do more than add a small niche or recessed medicine cabinet. Take this tiny bathroom, for example. By borrowing space from a staircase behind the sink wall, the owner was able to add a large alcove with glass shelves for holding bathroom staples. 

  • Tria Giovan

    Shape up your shower.

    Shower surrounds offer another option for adding accessible storage between the studs. This tile-lined niche wraps around a corner to create an opening for soap, hair products and other shower staples.  

  • Brie Williams

    Climb the walls.

    Your bathroom may not have room for cabinets, but chances are it has enough wall space to support hooks and shelves. Use a combination of both to keep towels handy and jewelry safe from falling in the sink when you get ready for your day—or your evening.  

  • Emily Minton-Redfield

    Do everything you can.

    Short on floor space? Install a hotel-style shelf up high, and a slim cabinet with a glass-front door on the floor to handle your everyday storage needs. Still coming up short? Add in some of our other smart ideas: a recessed medicine cabinet, a sink with a generous deck, and a vanity with cabinets or a storage tower. Now you’ve got it covered.

  • King Au

    Hide clutter behind a skirt.

    Blessed with a pedestal sink or a wall-mounted sink that can’t accommodate a vanity? Attach a gathered skirt using hook-and-loop tape (the adhesive-backed kind) and gain a graceful disguise for plumbing, paper products, and cleaning supplies. 

    Take a peek at our favorite powder rooms.

  • Jeff Herr