Whether your bathroom is large or small, these savvy storage ideas will help you add space and stay organized.
- By Farima Alavi
Making use of every inch of space is essential in a small bathroom. Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed hung an easy-to-make handmade cabinet to make use of the empty wall space. The different compartments store a variety of bathroom items while maintaining an organized look.
This built-in storage tower not only stores several towels, but it also brings visual interest to the neutral bathroom. Designer Lina Khatib placed rolled towels in the compartments to add color and texture to the space. The floating vanity has open shelving for even more storage.
Freestanding storage is a great option if you frequently change the design of your bathroom. Ana White of Ana-White.com built this simple storage ladder and stored different items at each level. Paint the ladder any color to match your bathroom design style, and fill the ladder with different types of containers to bring dimension to the space.
Designer Sarah Richardson placed two large wicker baskets on a vintage vanity shelf to keep bathroom toiletries at hand and to bring visual appeal to the all-white bathroom. The vanity’s vintage design provides a place to hang towels.
This Old World-style bathroom, designed by Thom Oppelt, is centered on a large vanity with oversize drawers for plenty of storage space. The vanity mirror is flanked by two deep niches complete with shelving to store towels for guests.
If you have a tiny bathroom with no room for storage containers, use the space underneath the sink.Marian placed storage bins underneath this pedestal sink and covered it with a patterned sink skirt. The skirt allows you to add several storage containers without making the space look cluttered.
A custom-made armoire adds a warm, inviting feel to your bathroom while providing plenty of storage. This cottage-style armoire, designed by Shane Inman, coordinates with the custom vanity for a seamless look. Drawers underneath the sink provide additional storage.
Stacked Wicker Baskets
Stacked wicker baskets are a simple, efficient way to add storage and visual interest to a small bathroom. Place the baskets underneath a pedestal sink to save room and to allow easy access to toiletries. Design by Judith Balis
For easy, budget-friendly storage, Ana purchased and painted inexpensive crates from a craft store to create a decorative and functional storage solution. Hang them on a wall to save space, or keep them at hand on the vanity.
Custom Shelving Unit
Custom-made built-in shelving is one of the best options for an irregularly shaped bathroom. The different-sized shelving compartments allow for storage of a variety of items without making the space feel cluttered.
Several pegs line a wooden rail in Dream Home 2006’s bunk bathroom, providing plenty of room to hang towels, toiletries and other bathroom items. A wooden shelf sitting atop the peg rail gives room for lotions and jars filled with toiletries.
Tropical-Style Towel Rack
Leaning a ladder against the wall is an unexpected way to hang towels. Designer Luis Caicedo chose this handmade tropical-style ladder because it doesn’t take up a lot of room, and the material is carried through to the framed mirror for a unified look.
HGTV. 12 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas, [Online]. Web address: http://www.hgtv.com/bathrooms/12-clever-bathroom-storage-ideas/pictures/index.html (Page consulted on July 06 2012)