The 2′ x 7′ Storage Space You’re Probably Overlooking

published Jan 15, 2018
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(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

When it comes to storage, most people will agree that the more you have, the better. In small spaces, especially powder rooms and washrooms, you’re forced to problem-solve and reconsider all available real estate — including that 2’x’7 slice of vertical space above your toilet. Here are a few of our favorite ways to maximize this special spot in your loo, in ways that are both useful and decorative.

1: Ladder Up

(Image credit: Our Fifth House)

We love this pretty pink washroom by Our Fifth House. With a limited area to work with, Carmel opted for a bamboo ladder in lieu of a towel bar. It became the perfect spot to hang cloths to dry and add some life in the form of greenery — a creative and refreshing use of space.

(Image credit: Hooked on Houses)

We also love this take on over-the-toilet ladder storage by Brittany at Hooked on Houses. Here she’s added a wire basket that houses her toilet paper rolls. (And we can’t get enough of that floral focal wall either….)

2: Double (Or Triple) Down

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Go for variety by adding both a towel rack, as well as a shelf or cabinet, stacked on top of each other. With space for hand towels, makeup brushes, and more, we think is an excellent use of this area.

(Image credit: Carina Romano)

For a non-traditional spin, suspend storage from the ceiling. It can be as easy as informal wire baskets on a hook, as seen in this Pennsylvanian home..

(Image credit: Amber Interiors)

Or DIY something custom, like this rope shelving from Amber Interiors. Add as many tiers as you like, depending on the height of the ceiling.

3. Built It In

(Image credit: Cathy Pyle)

Of course, if you’re building or renovating your washroom, consider something more permanent as an option. Not only will it be functional, but can add architectural interest and character as well. Above, in this London bathroom, the toilet is built into a protruding wall, which provides space for a shelf above. They increased storage with some additional closed wall units to stash stuff out of sight.