22 small bathroom storage ideas – how to declutter even the tiniest of spaces

These small bathroom storage ideas are sure to make your space feel neat and tidy (and possibly even bigger)

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If you are looking for small bathroom storage ideas, we are here to help your out. Because we totally get that in small bathrooms, finding the space to squeeze in storage can be tricky. But it's also one of the most important parts of small bathroom design as clutter is only going to make the space feel smaller. 

Lucky for all us small space dwellers,  there are plenty of storage options out there designed specifically for small bathrooms. So, whether you are after a space-saving built-in solution or just some small accessories, even the smallest bathroom can be made serene and clutter-free with just a few inventive ideas. 

For loads more inspiring small bathroom ideas check out our gallery of beautiful looks you can copy.

1. Double-up small bathroom storage baskets as furniture

Green bathroom with small bathroom storage baskets

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When it comes to small bathroom ideas, you need to look to every surface – it all 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 tabletop for your hand soap and towels, too. 

2. Choose slimline small bathroom storage ideas to save floor space

Godmorgon and Ragrun storage units from Ikea

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If your room lacks floor space, a tall, narrow unit will pack a punch in the small bathroom 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. 

3. Use shower walls for small bathroom storage too

Wayfair shower caddy

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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 small bathroom storage idea: shower caddies.

This stylish black caddy from Wayfair hangs over the top of your shower, looks cute and is great for storing toiletries.  

4. Hide small bathroom storage behind a mirrored wall cabinet

Jarrow mirrored wall cabinet is perfect for small bathroom storage

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Revamping the room from scratch and looking for some small bathroom storage ideas? 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. 

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5. Build small bathroom storage into unused space

Proctor House: Anna and John used their skills as an artist and architect in a colourful transformation of their Battersea home

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One of the best ways to maximize the potential of small bathroom storage is to use the otherwise ignored space beneath existing bathroom fittings for storage. A storage 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.

6. Accessorise with smart storage baskets

H&M Home bed and bathroom collection

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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 all the baskets over on H&M Home but their wicker baskets are particularly cute. 

7. Ladder racks aren’t just for towels

Small bathroom storage with a ladder shelf from Ikea

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A ladder rack can - and, we think, should - double up as a shelving unit. That way, you can store all your toiletries in the same place as your hand and face towels, the perfect small bathroom storage idea! We love this affordable option from Ikea

8. Declutter with freestanding bathroom storage

Ikea bathroom storage

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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 bathroom storage solutions for a space-stretching effect; wicker looks light and dainty, too. 

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

Slimline freestanding bathroom storage

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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 – is the ideal small bathroom idea, it will hardly take up any room at all, but will still cope with all your bathroom basics. 

10. Pick a cute laundry basket to double up as storage

Muuto Restore Round BaSket

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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 colors from Nest. 

11. Create a chic display with glass jars

Sainsbury's Home

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Jars make for great small bathroom storage ideas. 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.

12. Add slimline shelving above a sink

Pale pink bathroom

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When space is really tight and you don't have room to wall mount any bathroom storage, look to the area above the sink. It's usually a dead space anyway and you can afford to wall mount storage that would stick out too far elsewhere in the room. Opt for open shelves if you want to add some personality and decoration to the space, or choose a slimline cabinet if you need somewhere to hide potential clutter. 

13. Use a trolley for handy portable storage 

Small bathroom with ikea storage trolley

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You know how we feel about the Ikea Raskog trolley. It's just so versatile. It's perfect for small bathroom storage, organizing your toiletries and hair styling tools. Plus you can obviously move it around the room so won't feel like a bulky permanent piece of storage furniture.  

14. Choose stylish bathroom accessories 

H&M towels

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Just because your bathroom is small doesn't mean all your storage has to be super practical! It's important to have some stylish pieces in there too (that double up as handy storage obviously). H&M have some gorgeous small bathroom storage accessories for all the odd bits that float around your bathroom, so check those out for a quick stylish update. 

15. Add shelving along a picture rail 

Small bathroom storage ideas

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Another lovely small bathroom storage idea that isn't all about practicality. Shelves that are a bit higher up in the room won't clutter the room as open shelving might. Use them to store essentials in nice glass jars and mix in prints, houseplants and your prettiest knick-knacks. 

For loads of ways to style your shelves head over to our guide. 

16. Use a stool for some cute rustic small bathroom storage

small bathroom with bath and shower enclosure with blue splashback tiles

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There's a lot of great small bathroom storage ideas going on in this space. Note the shelf in the alcove the hook on the dividing wall, even though there is so little room for any storage, some has been squeezed in. What we love most in this bathroom is the stool – stools look great, but they also are a great place to store towels or toiletries and can be moved around the room too. 

17. Maximize the space under the sink

Bathroom with yellow under sink storage

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In the smallest of bathroom, say en-suites and powder rooms, you can't afford to waste the space under the sink. Be sure to pick out a unit that's compact but has as much storage as you can cram in – that means drawers or shelves. 

Within drawers, you can use organizers to make the most of the space and if you have picked shelves, add in shelf inserts to double up on the space. Add a towel ring to one side for handy towel storage too. 

18. No under sink storage? Add a basket

Extending upwards and outwards gave hands-on renovators Nicola and Barry their dream family home

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And if you just can't part with the chic look of a floating sink (we get you) then a simple basket with a lid can do a similar job. Pick a basket that's as big as your space can handle – they are perfect for storing towels and extra toiletries, plus they bring in some nice natural textures which is bang on trend at the moment. 

19. Use vintage finds to store make up 

Ikea bathroom storage

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Loving this small bathroom storage hack – repurpose your cute vintage finds to store makeup and toiletries. Crates, retro milk bottle holders, antique printer drawers and even quirky old tins can all work as storage in a small space plus bring in some personality.

20. Repurpose second hand furniture 

When renovating their run-down period terrace, Ali and Rob created an open-plan extension that works for everyone

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Another tip if you are wanting to bring some of your own style into a smaller bathroom is to create a vanity using vintage furniture. Hunt on eBay for a unit that fits into your space and then ask your plumber to sit your sink on top. You could actually DIY it by cutting a section out of the top and back but only try this if you know exactly what you are doing. 

21. Pick a mirror that also has storage

Bathroom storage ideas

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These two in one mirror/shelves are everywhere at the moment (check out Wayfair for affordable options). We love them because they look gorgeous, bringing that industrial vibe into the room, but they are also really practical for a small bathroom.

Use this shelf to keep your most-used toiletries, and if you can afford to give up the space add a hanging houseplant too for a touch of greenery. 

22. For quick storage hang wall shelves 

When renovating their run-down period terrace, Ali and Rob created an open-plan extension that works for everyone

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Can not believe we have got to number 22 and not mentioned wall shelves! The perfect small bathroom storage, especially if you are renting so can't do much else than put a few holes in the wall. 

Wall shelves are ideal for small spaces because they take up zero square footage. They are also great for adding a bit of color and style into your bathroom because you can style them up with plants, prints and just the prettiest toiletries. 

How do I add storage to a small bathroom?

If you aren't redesigning your small bathroom and just look for some quick fixes, freestanding units like ladder shelves and small sets of drawers are ideal. Look at any gaps there might be in your bathroom, maybe between units, under the sink, and fit a simple unit in there. Baskets are also going to be your friend for storing away any clutter you just can't find a home for. 

If you are doing a bit more of a revamp and have more of a budget make sure you pick pieces that maximize storage. So make sure your sink unit has plenty of storage, if you are wall mounting a cabinet above the sink, be sure to choose something that's slimline but has plenty of shelving within.

How can I make a small bathroom more functional?

Alongside getting your storage spot on, have a declutter. Yes, that means going through everything you currently have in your bathroom and getting rid or moving out anything you don't need in there. 

Then think about where is the best place to store everything. Towels on the back of a door, shower gels and shampoos in a caddy in the shower, spare toiletries in drawers or cabinets. Make sure everything has a place that works for you and stick to it. 

Where can you store makeup in a small bathroom?

Trolleys are great for makeup storage because you can take your loot from bedroom to bathroom as needed. You can also add hair tools in there too – think of it as an all in one getting ready station. Everything is at hand and accessible so no more smashed eye palettes, abandoned at the bottom of the drawer, or leaky foundations. Plus, a trolley can be a stylish addition to your bathroom. 

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

Anna is Consumer Editor across Future's home brands. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening.