Finding storage in a tiny bathroom can seem impossible. Don’t despair though, there are many creative storage ideas for small bathrooms to help you effectively use the space. With a little ingenuity, wasted space can become storage spots for all your bathroom necessities.
The bathroom in my first house was teeny tiny. I mean like so small that there was barely enough room between the tub and the sink to turn around! The house was built in the early 1940’s – back during a time when people had a lot less stuff.
Consequently the house had very little storage space. The bathroom had no linen closet and absolutely no storage space whatsoever. So I had to get extremely creative with finding storage for towels and all our toiletries – without making the space look too cluttered. It was challenging, but I ended up finding lots ways to utilize unused space so that there was storage for everything we needed.
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Are you pulling out your hair because you have a small bathroom and don’t know where to store everything? Here are some bathroom storage solutions that can help…
Make use of the unused space surrounding the toilet.
The area around the toilet can be a great space for additional storage. The very first thing I did in my first house was to install an over the toilet bathroom cabinet. You can find these cabinets in two different styles- either hanging or freestanding with legs. We used the type that had legs that went on either side of the toilet to help support it. Most of these over the toilet cabinets have a shelf or two which can hold quite a bit.
These cabinets are available in white, black, or in a variety of colors of stain so they can fit in with any decor. You can find over the toilet storage cabinets with or without doors. In a small bathroom, I would recommend the kind that have doors though to help the small space look less cluttered. If you don’t get the kind with a door, then I would recommend using decorative baskets to help keep the bathroom looking tidy.
Here are a few examples of the types of over the toilet bathroom cabinets that are available.
Make use of wasted space under a pedestal sink.
While I would have loved a big under the sink storage cabinet, there wasn’t the space for it in our first house. Instead we had a small pedestal sink with no storage at all. There is a lot of wasted space under a pedestal sink. Fortunately there are products that help you turn that wasted space into extra storage.
As I happily discovered, there are special cabinets made to fit perfectly around the pedestal. It makes a great place to store bathroom cleaning supplies and extra towels.
Here are a few examples of the types of under pedestal sink storage cabinets that are available.
Make use of wasted space in corners.
Our current bathroom has about a foot of space between the toilet and the wall. It didn’t dawn on me that I could actually use that as storage space until I came across a rolling shelf storage unit. Basically it is a skinny cabinet on wheels that you pull out when you need to access the contents and then push it back into place when you don’t. It provides the ideal space to store extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and bulk toiletries.
You can also find tall skinny cabinets that work well in tight spaces. Some of the cabinets are less than a foot wide. Because these slender cabinets tend to be at least 5 feet tall, you can fit plenty inside. Again, I would recommend getting the type with doors to give your small bathroom an uncluttered look.
Here are a few examples of the types of slim storage cabinets that are available.
Make use of extra space in the shower.
When you have a tiny bathroom, you have to make use of every available space for storage and that includes within the shower too. The shower is a great place to store items that you are going to be using there anyway – like soap, shampoo, and other toiletries.
Most shower caddies are made to get wet and feature excellent drainage. There are a few different types of shower caddies so you can pick the one that fits best with your shower design.
If you need a lot of storage in your shower, a tension rod shower caddy is an excellent option. It is a great place to store your soap, shampoo, and conditioner. If you have kids, you can also use it to store tub toys.
A tension rod shower caddy is held securely in place by the tension rod – no installation needed! They are typically made of plastic or another non-rusting material and they are self-draining so you don’t have to worry about standing water. A tension rod shower caddy will typically have 3-5 shelves to provide a lot of storage space. Some tension rod caddies are meant to stand on a tub, so make sure you check how far it extends before you purchase one.
If you only need to store toiletries for one or two people, you can get a shower caddy that hangs over your shower head. These types of caddies generally have space for a couple of bottles of shampoo and some soap. Some of the hanging caddies also have storage hooks which are handy for holding razors, shower poofs, or wet washcloths.
You can also get shower organizers that hang on your shower rod. Some of these are meant to hang over your existing shower curtain. However you can also get shower curtains with built in pockets that can provide a ton of extra storage space. We used one of these special shower curtains when my kids were little. All the pockets were great for storing their tub toys!
Here are a few examples of the types of shower storage caddies that are available. (Click on any of the images below for more information or to purchase.)
Make use of the back of your bathroom door.
When you are trying to come up with creative storage ideas for small bathrooms, don’t neglect to consider the backs of doors. There are many clever over door storage organizers that can help turn this often wasted space into additional storage.
An over the door towel rack is a great place to hang your towels to dry, especially if you don’t have any wall space to hang a towel rack. You can typically fit 4-5 towels on these.
If you have an under sink cabinet, there are small caddies that can be mounted on the back of the door with either Command Adhesive or suction cups. These are great for storing curling irons or blow dryers.
Here are a few examples of the types of door storage options that are available. (Click on any of the images below for more information or to purchase.)
If you have a very small bathroom, you don’t have to worry about not having enough storage space. By making use of wasted space and a few of these creative storage solutions, you will easily be able to store everything you need.
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