Bathroom storage ideas

12 bathroom storage ideas

Creative solutions for a sleek, uncluttered space

By Paula Woods | 2 March 2023

Make the most out of your space with these savvy bathroom storage ideas, from multifunctional furniture to built-in shelving and creative design solutions.

1. Flexible storage

Ideal for stowing dirty laundry, children’s bath toys or clean towels, this box on castors slots in beneath the matching vanity unit, offering flexible bathroom storage.

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Nest Trendy washbasin with single drawer unit, laundry unit on wheels and tall unit from Vitra

2. Double unit

Twin basins save you waiting for a lone basin to become free in a shared bathroom, and there’s room for a pair of cupboards beneath so you can organise belongings separately.

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Crosswater Infinity double vanity unit and countertop in matt black and Windsor oak with Circus countertop basins from Sanctuary Bathrooms

3. Erect a false wall

Fitted towards the front edge of a half wall, this wall panelling includes a handless door that opens to reveal a shallow cupboard to hide bathroom clutter.

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Whole-house restoration project, including bathroom with concealed storage and timber slat cladding, by Jeffrey Interiors

4. More than warming

Towel rails are a storage staple, but you can upgrade to a design with a shelf and hanging space to store bathroom essentials where space is tight.

bathroom storage: towel heater with shelves

Rebel vertical carbon steel radiator in two sizes and eight finishes, with one or two integrated shelves and chrome towel bar, from Viadurini

5. Recessed shelving

Internal stud walls allow for alcove shelving that won’t impose on the rest of the space. Combined with floating furniture, it’s a great way to claim back floor space and create the illusion of a bigger bathroom.

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The Finion collection from Villeroy & Boch seamlessly integrates technology to keep clutter at bay

6. Choose home couture

Commissioning built-in furniture means it’s tailored to your precise needs and space. Turn a recess or alcove into a cupboard or wardrobe with custom-made doors and shelving. Make an inventory of everything you want to store so the design is configured accordingly, then look for a joiner on a trade directory such as Rated People.

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Complete renovation project, including bathroom with bespoke fitted timber and mirrored furniture, by Kitesgrove

7. Team of two

A small vanity unit with a mirrored cabinet offers a versatile combination of storage space in limited areas. Lightweight designs in pale colours have a space-enhancing effect.

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Cielo Marcel washbasin with cabinet in natural or black ash and natural Vienna straw, plus mirror with storage, from CP Hart

8. Mirrored wall cabinets

Mirrored wall cabinets with lift-up doors offer easy access and a full view of what’s inside. Adjustable shelves are a great bathroom storage idea, accommodating tall and short items.

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Curvo Elevate mirror cabinet with lift-up function, adjustable LED lighting and touch-free control, IP44 rated, from Dansani

9. Sliding doors

A wall cabinet with sliding doors or a mirrored unit with open shelves at the side saves space because it doesn’t need any clearance room in front, unlike with a hinged door. This is a great bathroom storage idea for small spaces.

bathroom storage ideas: mirror cabinet with sliding door

Subway 3.0 mirror unit with fixed shelves to one side, shelf and hanging hook on the other, plus vanity unit and washbasin, all from Villeroy & Boch

10. Leverage ledges

Ensure you’ve got somewhere to put the soap or shampoo by choosing a freestanding bath or basin with a ledge. Alternatively, buy a bath bridge or leave space for a small side table to store bathroom essentials.

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Agape Vieques steel bath in white and dark grey with iroko shelf and backrest, plus steel column washbasin with iroko shelf, from Kitchen Architecture

11. Use the height

Utilise the wall space rather than cluttering the floor with too many low-level cabinets. Ladder shelving is ideal for displaying accessories and keeping towels close to hand. If space is tight, try adding wall shelves.

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Bronte Grey Metro Wall Tiles from The London Tile Co.

12. Multifunctional tub

The extra 300mm length of this bath, compared to a 1,700mm standard tub, is taken up by a handy integrated shelf and drawer. Alternatively, the Storage Lovers freestanding design from Aquatica has shelves along one side.

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Modo solid-surface bath with City Oak drawer and open shelf, from Roca


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