10 space-saving storage solutions for every type of bathroom

Whether you have a tiny bathroom for one, or a fully fledged family bathroom, these storage solutions will quickly clear your space of clutter

Ludivine Broch:
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Was your New Year's resolution to declutter your home for 2020? No surprises there as it's one of ours too! And because we want to practise what we preach, we've rounded up some quick and easy bathroom storage solutions that will help you achieve the organised bathroom that you've been dreaming of.

We've divvied up our ideas into specific types of bathroom – because we know that a diddy bathroom for one has very different storage requirements to a well-used family bathroom – so, keep scrolling to find the easiest bathroom storage ideas to suit every type of space...

The best bathroom storage for small spaces 

Let's start off with small bathrooms. These ideas will help open up a compact space, but they work equally as well in bigger bathrooms, should you be so lucky to have one! After all, we could all do with a bit more handy storage.

1. Up your wall mounted storage

Convinced you don't have any more room for bathroom storage? Look to the walls people! Ikea has many fab wall storage options, from larger cabinets to super cheap accessories.

We really like the Ikea Immeln shower baskets as they stay on with suction cups, which means no drilling is necessary (great if you are renting) to get them up in minutes. 

2. Create more surface space with just a stool 

Ikea bathroom

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Yes, just a stool. You must have seen the Ikea Bekvam stool on Instagram? If you look closely, it always seems to be creeping in the corner of almost every Instagrammer's room.

It's not surprising, really, as it's a super versatile piece that looks stylish and is only 20 quid. You can use it as a stool, a step ladder or – as seen and recommended here – as bathroom storage. It just adds a handy bit of extra surface space for storing toiletries or keeping folded towels, ideal.

3. Go for a stylish pegboard

Peg board storage in a white bathroom

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It's no secret that we are big fans of peg boards. A peg board is super versatile, looks great and doesn't take up much space – perfect if you are working with a smaller bathroom.

This pegboard is from Kreisdesign, and it comes in natural birch plywood, white, green, grey or blue. It also comes with a shelf and six pegs, but you can add on more accessories to suit your bathroom storage needs.

Fancy a bit of DIY? You can buy pegboard and dowels at your local DIY store to make your own.

The best bathroom storage for a shower room 

If you have the luxury of a shower room, you will still need a bit of storage in there to store your toiletries and a couple of towels. So, here are some ideas to keep everything neatly stored but still accessible. 

4. Squeeze in some ladder storage

Ikea bathroom storage

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This ladder style shelving is everywhere at the moment! And it's easy to see why. It looks gorgeous, doesn't take up a load of room and makes for perfect shower room storage.

The Ikea Vilto unit is only £55, too. Which is a great price compared with similar storage solutions we've seen elsewhere. Use it to store your spare towels and add some interest with baskets, jars and candles. 

5. Hide your clutter in hanging baskets 

Storage baskets from Ikea

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Ah, baskets, the prettiest bathroom storage going. And no one need know they are filled with reels of floss, dried-up face cream and more Vaseline than one person can possibly use (what was that about decluttering?).

We like these Ikea baskets, as you can hang them to make all the essentials easily accessible making them perfect for a shower room. 

The best bathroom storage for an en-suite

Obviously with an en-suite bathroom you can use all the small bathroom storage hacks we suggested above. But given that you might be working with a bit of an awkward space – or perhaps even stud walls – which might make it difficult to mount large cabinets, here are some alternatives...

6. Use a picture rail as practical – yet pretty – storage

Pale pink bathroom

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If you've got a small bathroom and need all the storage space you can get. Or if your en-suite bathroom walls aren't strong enough for a heavy cabinet, this a great hack. 

Picture rails are super cheap, barely take up any wall or floor space and can be used to store toothbrushes and other small toiletries. Pinch this idea and pop yours above the sink. You can mix in some decorative bits, too. 

7. Optimise storage with built in units

Ludivine Broch:

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If maximising storage is essential in your en-suite, it may be worth considering a built in or bespoke storage unit – we'd recommend opting for a sleek and minimalist style to prevent an en-suite from feeling boxy. No space? An under-the-sink storage unit can fulfil most storage needs.

The best bathroom storage for a family bathroom 

Just because your bathroom is big, it doesn't mean it doesn't get cluttered. Once used towels dropped on the floor, a million different types of body wash filling up the shower, more tooth brushes than you have family members on the side of the sink. Sound familiar? Just check our these quick and easy storage ideas. 

8. Declutter your bathroom shelves 

Let's start off with something really easy – organising your stuff into aesthetically pleasing storage boxes, baskets and jars. Those bathroom shelves that are overflowing with half-used products, stray cotton buds and a slowly disintegrating pumice stone would look a whole lot better if stuff was hidden away. 

We love the Ikea Rabbla range which has been used in this bathroom, mixed with some simple glass jars it creates a really serene look. 

9. Organise your bathroom drawers 

Ikea bathroom storage

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Oh how satisfying is that? And your bathroom drawers could look the same, just get yourself some small boxes or drawer organisers to keep your toiletries in.

You will be able to see where everything is and won't stab your hand on the nail scissors as your scrabble around looking for your moisturiser. 

10. Turn old furniture into bathroom furniture 

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Shop your own home for this one. Look around for old pieces of storage that are going unloved and unused in a bedroom or living room and see if you can repurpose them in your bathroom.

Got a set of chest of drawers you were thinking of sticking on Gumtree? They could totally work as storage for all those hair masks you claim to be part of your 'self-care' routine. Sometimes, all the drawers need is a lick of paint or a sand down and there you go – instant bathroom storage. 

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