If you’re in the market for small bathroom storage ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Squeezing everything a bathroom needs to be functional and practical into a small space is tricky at the best of times, and when you add storage on top of that – crucial for family bathrooms in particular – it can be hard to know where to start.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up our favourite storage solutions for genuinely small bathrooms. And it’s not all about installing shelving or building in storage units, either, for all the renters out there: there are easy updates you can pull together in minutes that won’t take a chunk out of your deposit.
Read on for our pick of the best clutter-clearing, space-saving solutions, then head to our bathroom ideas gallery for more great ways to spruce your space.
1. Add a wall-hung vanity unit for a space-enhancing illusion
Vanity units are the holy grail of bathroom storage, doubling up as worktop space and somewhere to stow away your favourite beauty buys all at once. The most compact designs are perfect for smaller spaces, but we’ve got an extra bit of trickery for you, too: opt for a wall-hung unit like this homeowner and the flow of the floor underneath will create the illusion of more space. You’re welcome!
2. Use built-in shelving for a seamless finish
One for the bathroom renovators out there, built-in shelving can add much-needed storage and display space without impeding too much on a small room. This homeowner used shelves built in over the toilet (also wall-hung – told you it was a good trick) to store toilet paper and add personality with decorative items, but you could also add an alcove in your shower to keep shampoo bottles to hand.
3. Choose a mirrored cabinet for beauty bits and bobs
A mirrored cabinet is one of the most valuable items you can have in a small bathroom thanks to its multifunctional nature – and modern designs can be pretty stylish to boot. They’ll store a deceptively large number of items away and are perfect for keeping everything from toothbrushes to makeup to hand. We like the Godmorgon cabinet from Ikea for its simplicity.
4. Create instant storage with ladder shelving
Sleek, slimline furniture is the order of the day when it comes to small bathrooms, and ladder shelving in particular is a godsend when it comes to storage – as shown by this homeowner’s neat ‘n’ tidy display. They take up very little floor space, can fit in the smallest of gaps and will keep everything from bottles to toilet rolls tidy – as well as giving you extra display space for your houseplant collection that’s getting out of hand.
5. Add decorative details that double up as storage
Wall hooks, pegboards and baskets will all add extra storage capacity to your bathroom while looking stylish, too, as this set-up from George Home shows. Baskets in particular are an on-trend accessory and are great for stowing away towels or toilet rolls, while wall hooks can be used to dry towels and keep tools like bath mitts and body brushes to hand.
6. Buy a slim floor to ceiling bathroom storage unit
This might be the last on our list but it’s got to be one of the most important. When it comes to floor space, this unit from Ikea – and others like it – barely takes up any… yet it packs in tons of hidden storage. What else is clever about this small bathroom design? The furniture is the same colour as the walls so it blends away, helping the room feel less cluttered.