If you aspire to a relaxing bathroom that's free of clutter, storage solutions are a must. Take time to purge your bathroom of unused products, before getting organised with the help of effective storage ideas and practical bathroom furniture.
Whether you're designing a small bathroom and are looking for storage ideas that maximise space or need stylish, but affordable options that suit your budget-friendly bathroom, there's a storage solution to suit all.
1. Choose a stylish laundry basket
Adding texture to a bathroom is a great way of breaking up its hard, shiny surfaces. A rattan wash basket, with its elegant and characterful charm, serves this purpose effectively whilst functioning as a practical space to store clothes that are waiting to be washed.
We love this Inya rattan laundry bin from Kalinko.
2. Maximise vertical space with a ladder shelf
Ladders, with their vertical proportions, are a stylish but functional addition to a bathroom, particularly if space is at a premium. Whether as a purpose-built shelf perfect for storing bathroom essentials or an actual ladder that's ideal for storing towels, there are different widths designed to suit every bathroom.
With its slimline design, this wood finish ladder shelf from Dunelm is a practical option for storing towels when propped against a wall.
3. Choose a bathroom storage chest for a relaxed, unfitted look
Looking for an unfitted solution? Pretty storage chests with simple silhouettes are a stylish choice for larger bathrooms. Opt for a unit with deep drawers if you're looking to store generous quantities of bathroom essentials, or fresh towels.
We love this Angelique wide chest from Willis & Gambier.
4. Is your bathroom multifunctional?
Multipurpose pieces are a must if your bathroom is small and serves more than one purpose (for example, if you use it to dry laundry).
This extending clothes dryer, available at Garden Trading, has a pull out section of 10 zinc rails for drying clothes on, in addition to a shelf suitable for bathroom essentials and space to hang towels or bath accessories.
5. Fit in-shower storage
Looking for a simple and inexpensive way of tidying up your shower? Versatile and easy to install, shower caddies are designed to help you get organised quickly.
We love this chrome plated Three Tier Wire Caddy from Next.
6. Hide clutter in hanging baskets
This affordable and ingenious idea ensures that bathroom essentials are easily at hand, yet up and out of the way. Understated and stylish, they're an easy addition to any bathroom and make the perfect hair tools and make-up storage.
7. Keep a bathroom caddy to hand
The ultimate tidying aid, caddies are a great idea for saving space and will fit a modern scheme perfectly. For ease, make sure to choose one that's wipe-clean and water resistant, before stocking up with bathroom bits and bobs.
Find this three tier Bathroom Caddy at The White Company.
8. Choose slimline solutions for small spaces
Designed with narrow spaces in mind, slimline shelving is a must for small bathrooms. A combination of open shelving and closable cupboards is the ideal, allowing you to display prettier pieces and hide away the more unsightly bathroom necessities.
If you like the look of this Stow tallboy bathroom cabinet, find it at Noa & Nani.
9. Clear the floor with wall shelves
Keeping clutter off the floor will take you one step closer to a neater and more spacious bathroom. Arranged with a combination of lovely looking bathroom essentials and more decorative pieces, a shelving unit is a simple yet effective solution.
Inspired by old-school railway carriage shelving, we love the industrial style of this Farringdon Double Wall Shelf from Grace & Grey.
10. Achieve an unfitted look with fitted furniture
If you need the storage space offered by a fitted vanity unit but want to maintain the more relaxed appeal of unfitted furniture, there are compromises that can be made. Choose an under-mount washstand with an open shelving unit, dressed with wicker baskets and folded fresh towels.
Available in three sizes, we love this Edinburgh Undermount Open Washstandfrom Neptune.
11. Use under sink drawers for space efficiency
The downside to built-in sink units can be the sink taking up too much room, leaving minimal storage space underneath. When choosing a unit, it's important to opt for something with deep drawers and ample storage potential.
The City Furniture Range, available at The Pure Bathroom Collection, is cleverly designed with its shallow sink to allow you plenty of storage space in the two drawers below. Its stylish wood finish is perfect if you want your bathroom to have a contemporary feel, too.
12. Upcycle a towel storage cabinet
If your bathroom is large enough to allow it, rustic style cabinets make for great towel storage solutions and can be acquired for relatively little at reclamation yards and antique auctions.
13. Decorate a space with pretty small storage solutions
For a neat and tidy bathroom it’s important to give everything a place, not forgetting the smaller items.
This smart Japanese designed toothbrush and toothpaste holder, £7, has deep slots for six toothbrushes and one tube of toothpaste. It comes from Store, which has really great storage solutions (as you'd expect from the name).
14. Get a two-in-one wall unit
It’s always a bonus if you can find a bathroom storage solution that serves more than one purpose. Mirrored cabinets do just that, storing bathroom essentials whilst making a space seem larger and lighter.
If you have a classic style bathroom, the Hemnes Mirror Cabinet from Ikea is a great option.
15. Free up wall space with a heated washstand
This clever washstand also works as a heated towel rail, mini radiator and shelving unit, making it a four-in-one solution suited to small bathrooms.
With its sleek and stylish design, this Large Basin Wash Stand from The Pure Bathroom Collection would be equally suited to a traditional-inspired bathroom as it would to something more contemporary.
16. Position a towel holder within arms reach
Simple, yet practical, a towel rail is a must for an organised and functional bathroom. Choose something with simple silhouette and mount within arms reach (literally) of your sink.
Find this modern Balugen towel rail at Ikea.
17. Search for a simple stool
The humble stool is a great addition to a bathroom. It’s a fantastic little seat if you’re watching over your youngsters at bath time, or can be used for keeping freshly washed towels within easy reach.
This dipped teak stool is handmade and available at Out There Interiors.
18. Choose a wire storage unit for an industrial feel
With an industrial feel, wire storage units are on-trend and make a great addition to more minimalist bathrooms. They're easily attached to the wall and provide ample storage for more attractive bathroom essentials.
This unit has three good sized compartments that can be used for storing flannels, spare soap and perfume bottles. Find it at Not on the Highstreet.
19. Free-up floor space with a floating storage unit
Floating storage units are an effective option for creating the illusion of space and work particularly well in more minimalist spaces. Opt for a model with plenty of shelves for storing folded towels and bathroom bits and bobs.
We love this Easy Oak option from Tikamoom, with its modern oak finish and generous shelving.
20. Find an alternative for storing toilet roll
Toilet roll is a bathroom essential that requires an effective storage solution. If you can't stow them away in a cupboard, why not make them a design feature?
Looking for a solution that makes a statement? How about this Cloud toilet paper shelf from Limelace.
21. Invest in built-in storage to maximise space
Purpose-built units are a great way of maximising space you have, no matter the size or shape of your bathroom. Bespoke options can be fitted floor-to-ceiling, with their sleek finish helping to hide pipework.
For a similarly sleek finish, try Britton Bathrooms.
22. Beautiful bathroom storage baskets
If your bathroom is large enough, consider grouping pretty rattan or wicker baskets together- they make the perfect home for towels as well as hair and skincare products, whilst adding colour and texture to your scheme.
We love these charming baskets from Soak & Sleep, which can be easily stowed away when they're not needed.
23. Make the most of bathroom wall storage
It's important to make sure you're maximising wall-space, especially if your bathroom is small. If you lived in a rented home, easily attachable shelving might be worth a thought as it effectively declutters a space without causing any structural damage.
John Lewis’ House range has a great collection for bathrooms; we love these contemporary style wall-mounted storage boxes and shelves that come in blue, grey and navy.
24. Traditional bathroom? Match your vanity unit
Opt for storage solutions that match for a cohesive look that will make your bathroom seem more considered and less cluttered.
Bespoke designers Scrumble Goosie are a great starting point.
25. Don't forget over the toilet storage
Fitted furniture is a great option if you want to make the most of the space you have, particularly around the toilet where the cistern can be hidden and extra storage space created.
Inspired by Scandi-style design, the Aruba Alpine Elm range has a light and airy feel.
26. Build an under-sink storage shelf
Designed a minimalist bathroom and wondering where to put all your bathroom bits and pieces? You can retrofit a smart shelf like this easily – it's the perfect spot for everything from towels to bottles. Towels and accessories, George Home.