15 storage ideas for small bathrooms

Make your small bathroom feel neat, tidy – and bigger – with our comprehensive guide to storage ideas

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Small bathrooms often suffer from little or no space for storage, and can be the most challenging step in a small house storage overhaul. But there are compact, narrow, wall-hung and all sorts of other small bathroom storage solutions to keep everything from towels to toiletries in check. And, whether a space-saving built-in solution or a handy portable accessory is perfect for your space, even the smallest bathroom can be made serene and clutter-free with just a few clever finds and inventive ideas. 

1. Double-up baskets as furniture

In a compact bathroom, every surface has the potential to be used as storage. So, choose a laundry basket to store clean towels and, if the lid is flat and sturdy enough, it can double up as a table top for your hand soap and towels, too. 

We like The Voyager Laundry Basket from Dunelm. 

Voyager Bathroom

(Image: © Dunelm)

2. Choose tall, narrow units

If your bathroom lacks floor space, a tall, narrow unit will pack a punch in the storage department, without taking up much room. In fact, you’ll be surprised by just how much you can fit in it. 

The Ragrund shelving unit from Ikea (shown below, on the right) is just 33cm wide and will fit even the narrowest of gaps. 

Godmorgon and Ragrun storage units Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

3. Use shower walls for storage, too

Whether you are renting (which makes drilling into tiles out of the question) or just don't want to make holes in your bathroom wall, there is an ingenious solution: stick on caddies. 

This No Drill Plastic Caddy from House of Bath will stick to your tiles with a clever adhesive without damaging your tiles, and is great for storing toiletries.  

No Drill Plastic Caddy

(Image: © House of Bath)

4. Hide storage behind a mirrored wall cabinet

Revamping the room from scratch? If your bathroom has a cavity wall, you could create a pocket within it into which you can sink a storage cabinet. Better still, if the cabinet has a mirrored front, its bulk will be further reduced and disguised. 

This compact Jarrow Wall Cabinet is doubly functional: not only does it contain multiple, customisable shelves, but it also has a mirrored front (that really does look like a smartly framed mirror. Available at Neptune.

Jarrow mirrored wall cabinet

(Image: © Neptune.co.uk)

5. Build storage into unused space

One of the best ways to maximise the storage potential of a small bathroom is to use the otherwise ignored space beneath existing bathroom fittings for storage. A console unit beneath a basin, however compact, is the perfect spot. Want an extra space-enhancing tip for free? Wall-hung furniture makes small spaces look bigger.

Catalano's New Light Basin (pictured below) is a smart option; for similar products, try Victorian Plumbing and Ikea.

New Light Basin with Door Unit

(Image: © Catalano)

6. Accessorise with smart storage tubs

Doing up a small bathroom on a budget? One of the least expensive storage options  is a plastic or canvas storage tub. Choose tall, narrow ones to save floor space, or shallow ones to tuck beneath a roll top bath.

We love these Nautical Storage Tubs by Gisela Graham; both functional and stylish, they will complement any bathroom style. 

Gisela Graham set of two nautical storage tubs

(Image: © Gisela Graham)

7. Ladder racks aren’t just for towels

A ladder rack can - and, we think, should - double up as a a shelving unit. That way, you can store all your toiletries in the same place as your hand and face towels. 

We have our eyes on the compact and affordable Two Tier Ladder Rack from Sainsbury’s. 

Sainsbury's Riviera Bathroom

(Image: © Sainsbury's)

8. Declutter with a drawer unit

If you would rather have all of your toiletries out of sight for a streamlined look, you can’t go wrong with drawer units. Units in dark wood tend to look bulky, so choose whitewashed finishes for a space-stretching effect; wicker looks light and dainty, too. 

This neat, four drawer unit by Water Hyacinth is the perfect find for a country style bathroom.

4 drawer wicker storage unit

(Image: © Water Hyacinth)

9. Hide cleaning products away

Cleaning products can be a distracting eyesore in a small bathroom, so storing them away in their own dedicated lidded box makes sense. 

We especially like the Shaker Style Cleaning Products Box from A Place for Everything; its slim proportions mean you can neatly tuck it between the loo and the wall.  

Cleaning products storage unit

(Image: © A Place for Everything)

10. Smallest bathroom ever? Still space for this...

For some bathrooms, even the smallest drawer unit will still be too bulky. For a really minimalist approach, downsize.

This Slimline Bathroom Storage Unit – at just 18cm wide – will hardly take up any room at all, but will still cope with all your bathroom basics. 

Slimline freestanding bathroom storage

(Image: © A Place for Everything)

11. Find fun toothbrush storage for kids

If you are raising kids in a house with a small bathroom, organising toothbrushes can be a nightmare. Avoid the mess and confusion that ensue from using tubs or glasses – and add a decorative element to the room – with fun toothbrush holders (that might actually encourage to put them away rather than discard them by the basin).  

These cute toothbrush holders are from A Place for Everything. 

All animals toothbrush holders

(Image: © A Place for Everything)

12. Makeup bags for those on the go

If you never know whether you’ll have time to do your makeup before leaving the house, attractive makeup bags may well double up as bathroom storage. 

These canvas makeup bags from Sophie Allport are sturdy and smart enough to be used as storage at home, but are easily portable when you dash out.

Makeup all over the place? Don't miss our 10 nifty makeup storage ideas.

Hearts makeup bag and washbag

(Image: © Sophie Allport)

13. Move from bathroom to laundry day - stylishly

If you want a laundry basket that looks just as good in the bathroom as it does by the washing machine, choose one designed for both its looks and practicality. 

The very cute Muuto Restore Round Basket is a neat, easy-to-lug option that can also be used for storing toiletries or clean towels. The eco-conscious will love that it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, too. In a variety of colours from Nest. 

Muuto Restore Round BaSket

(Image: © Muuto)

14. Create a chic display with glass jars

Even in a small space, it’s the small bits and pieces, like cotton pads and buds, that can create the most mess. Keeping tiny items in storage jars makes them easy to reach for – and the jars look very handsome on a shelf.

We like these storage jars from Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury's Home

(Image: © Sainsbury's)

15. The all-in-one cabinet solution

If you choose to have just one piece of bathroom storage, what should it be? If you ask us, nothing beats a narrow shelving unit with a cabinet at the bottom to hide away your less desirable bathroom products. 

Store all of your towels, toiletries and cleaning products in one place with the very good-looking Oliver Tallboy or Oliver Storage Unit from JD Williams. 

JD Williams Oliver storage units

(Image: © JD Williams)

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