Here’s Where to Put all That Toilet Paper in Your Teeny Tiny Bathroom

updated Oct 18, 2022
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One of the most troubling things about a tiny bathroom is the lack of storage, and one of the most troubling things about the lack of storage is: Where are you going to put all the toilet paper? Best to only buy what you really need, especially in this current situation. But even still, you’ll probably want a spot to stash those extra few rolls away. Here are some creative solutions that will help you squeeze in a little more storage space into your small bath.

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Toilet Paper Stand

This toilet paper stand from Japanese brand Yamazaki only holds three rolls, but what it lacks in capacity it makes up for in looks. It also has a small footprint and will only set you back about $20.

Buy: YAMAZAKI Toilet Paper Stand, $25 from Amazon

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Over-the-Tank Roll Reserve

If you don’t have any extra floor space to dedicate to storage, consider leveraging your toilet itself for a spare roll or two. This sturdy metal holder slides right onto the tank and can hold up to two rolls.

Buy: Metal Over-the-Tank Toilet Paper Roll Holder, $44.99 from Walmart

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Toilet Paper Stocker

If you prefer closed storage, Yamazaki also makes a toilet paper stocker with a lift-off lid. This is basically a small cabinet that dispenses rolls discretely from a little hole at the bottom.

Buy: Yamazaki Toilet Paper Stocker, $56 from Amazon

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Montanez Twist Rectangle Metal/Wire Basket

Sure, you could just stack rolls of toilet paper above the toilet right on the top of the tank. But putting them in a basket, like this wire bin, makes this strategy look like more of a deliberate design decision. Using a basket will keep this area neater by providing a physical limit to what you can fit here. In other words, the less overflowing your basket, the less cluttered your bathroom will look.

Buy: Montanez Twist Rectangle Metal/Wire Basket, $21.78 from Wayfair

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Seagrass Paper Holder

This rattan and abaca basket is available in four different colorways. So no matter your bathroom decor, one of them should work. What’s great about this model is that it’s both a toilet paper dispenser and a toilet paper holder. Genius.

Buy: Seagrass Paper Holder, $59 from Pottery Barn

24 inch Tall Glass Cylinder Vase

Like a good home hack? Find a tall glass vase, and stack a few rolls right up in it. The key is using something clear. That way, there’s no excuse for not spotting supplies—and restocking—a new roll.

Buy: 24 inch Tall Glass Cylinder Vase, $15.20 from Wholesale Flowers & Supplies

Bathroom Storage Cart

This little cart is big enough for a roll of toilet paper (and for multiples on the lower tiers, if you stack them) but still small enough to tuck into the narrowest spots. It’s a nice way to fill the gap between the toilet and a vanity or the space between the toilet and the wall.

Buy: Bathroom Storage Cart, $35 from Urban Outfitters

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Sydney Floating Wall Shelf

Mounting a simple shelf above your door will provide you with a spot for spare rolls. Make sure you have a step stool handy, so you can easily access them when you run out. You can also use a shelf like this above the toilet or anywhere near it if you want to make replenishing even easier.

Buy: Sydney Floating Wall Shelf, $45.99 from Wayfair

IKEA TRONES Storage Cabinet

IKEA’s super-versatile TRONES shoe/ storage cabinets are only about seven inches deep, which makes them perfect for TP storage—and perfect for tucking into small nooks and crannies. These wall mount solutions are sold in sets of two, so you’ll have an extra to use in your entry or near a closet. Or you can build out an above the toilet storage unit with two pairs, as shown above. This homeowner even worked a visible shelf for toilet paper into the setup.

Buy: TRONES shoe/ storage cabinet, $39.99/Set of 2 from IKEA

Componibili 2-Element

My toilet paper solution for my own tiny bathroom is a Componibili, a slightly strange and very useful little cabinet that tucks neatly into tight corners. It also provides a convenient spot for stacking other things on top.

Buy: Componibili 2-Element, $188 at Perigold