35 Genius Small Bathroom Storage Ideas

updated Oct 2, 2022
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When you have a super small bathroom, every little nook and cranny counts. And that goes for both bathroom storage and design ideas. There’s no need to feel like your bathroom has to remain sparse and boring just because it’s small. Here, we’re bringing you some of our favorite storage ideas for small bathrooms so you can still live out your retro or boho design dreams.  

Below, 35 of our favorite small bathrooms that incorporate design elements and storage ideas we love. 

1. Keep it minimalist.

When you’re working with a small bathroom, sometimes the best option is to keep it as bare and minimal as possible, to avoid clutter and misplaced items. This minimalist bathroom does just that, incorporating a vessel sink.

Credit: Chase Daniel

2. Use a shower stool.

Need additional storage space in the shower for often-used items? This bathroom from an Austin, Texas home does just that with an attractive wooden stool.

3. Utilize under-cabinet storage.

Don’t forget about the space underneath the cabinets when it comes to small bathroom storage. The bathroom in this California home definitely gets it right, with an attractive console sink that incorporates ample storage in the form of drawers and an open space at the bottom. 

Credit: Jo Chattman

4. Add some baskets.

Baskets are another great idea if you’re looking for small bathroom storage ideas. They’re a great way to cut down on clutter and store small tools and toiletries. Seen here in this ceramacist’s Massachusetts home, there’s no limit to how you store your baskets and what you put in them. 

5. Use attractive storage.

Just because you’re working with a small bathroom, doesn’t mean your storage can’t be on point. We love how the bathroom in this Nashville home incorporates a geometric-shaped basket for toilet paper.

Credit: Sandra Regalado

6. Use built-ins for décor and storage.

We love how this built-in exhibits a plant and perfume, but also offers toilet paper storage.

7. Add a shelf that’s stylish and provides storage.

This small shelf totally adds to the boho vibe of this bathroom while also offering additional storage space.

8. Utilize the space above the toilet.

In a small bathroom, it’s a missed opportunity if you don’t utilize the empty space above your toilet. This shelf looks great decorated with plants, but also creates a home for towels and toilet paper. 

9. Fit it all in.

This Cape Town bathroom is a study in getting creative with a small footprint. It makes room for a freestanding tub. Also of note is the art, interesting light fixture and paint color that make the compact space feel design-forward.

10. Add a towel rod above the toilet.

If you’re short on space to hang your hand towel, why not install a towel rod in that unused space above the toilet? In this home there is even a small shelf above the towel rod too for an added décor opportunity. 

11. Utilize a ladder shelf.

Ladder shelves are both a décor statement and storage opportunity. We love how this one’s colorful vibe matches the rest of the bathroom. 

12. Change out the hardware.

In this petite bathroom, the black-and-brass found in the shower curtain are echoed throughout the space with matching knobs, hooks, and even outlet covers, tying everything together.

13. Try the shelf + towel rack + toilet tank-décor combo.

Don’t waste any potential storage or décor space in a tiny bathroom. This Chicago apartment has both a towel rod and a shelf with frames and foliage above the toilet, as well as décor on top of the toilet tank.

14. Install a long shelf.

For more storage and décor space, install a shelf that runs the length of one wall, as seen in this Chicago condo

15. Go wild with plants.

A small bathroom can sometimes feel claustrophobic, so breathe life into the space with live plants. Greenery that requires low light and humidity tends to thrive here.

16. Utilize wall space.

Open wall space in a bathroom is prime real estate. Here, a series of small open shelves provide storage, while a long mirror provides function.

17. Display plant clippings.

If your bathroom doesn’t get enough sunlight, but you love the look of plants, display clippings from your healthier house plants that can survive periods of time in water—like these monstera leaves.

18. Don’t forget art.

Many of us consider the bathroom a 100% functional space, forgetting that we have to spend a lot of time in it. Give yourself a pretty painting or print to look at while you brush your teeth.

19. Decant functional items.

Cotton balls and Q-Tips look prettier in decanters, plus putting them there clears up cabinet and drawer space.

20. Create counter space.

If your counter space is limited, try adding a teak bathtub caddy to store your display-worthy toiletries.

21. Go high.

Go as high as you want with a wall shelf. Utilize all available space when necessary, like this cleverly positioned shelf which doubles as a towel rod. Bonus: the toilet can be used as a step ladder for easy access.

22. Go for a wall-to-wall vanity.

Many bathroom vanities are not custom built for the space they’re in, resulting in unused space on either side. If you happen to be redoing your vanity area, consider a wall-to-wall unit. This beauty houses aesthetically pleasing bathroom accessories and requires no doors.

23. Utilize unexpected spots.

Take note of every empty space in your bathroom. You can take advantage of any bare walls by installing shelves.

24. Decorate with color blocking.

Color blocking doesn’t have to mean bold and bright. This little loo got a face lift with some trés Parisian color blocking in a pastel and black that makes for a calm and classic bathroom experience.

25. Go dark.

Some spaces are so small, there’s no hiding it. Instead of using airy, bright colors to reflect light and make a space feel open, embrace your teensy toilet room with a moody color palette.

A \Boho (Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

26. Add fresh flowers.

Again, we often neglect our bathrooms and forget just how often we have to look at them. Just a sprig or two of fresh herbs or blossoms will brighten your day and make a world of difference.

27. Use that space next to the toilet.

Most bathrooms have a sliver of space next to the toilet. Why not squeeze in a skinny magazine rack, ladder shelf, or rolling shelf?

28. Go bold.

This bathroom refuses to be defined by its size. Big, bold patterns create a huge impact in a small space. Just go for it!

29. Install hooks.

Towels and jewelry lend themselves well to being hung. Whether you’re looking to display your goods or maximize space efficiency, hang them up on a variety of hooks.

30. Install a round mirror

Some mirrors are too big and bulky for a small space. The softness of a round mirror is a great alternative.

31. Try out a curved curtain rod.

Curtain rods that curve outward take advantage of unused open space to give you a couple of extra inches of elbow room in your tiny shower.

32. Find the perfect temporary storage.

There are so many options for small storage units. Measure your open spaces and search for the perfect fit to slide into them.

33. Corral items on top of your toilet.

Gather toiletries and décor on top of your toilet. It’s basically extra counter space, and if you use a tray or decorative bowl/basket it creates a barrier between your things and the toilet.

34. Go all-white.

Bright, neutral colors are great at reflecting light and making a space feel bigger than it is. Sticking with natural materials like stone and porcelain will also help to elevate your wee WC.

35. Wall-mount the faucet.

Renters may not have this option, but if a remodel is in your foreseeable future, opt for a faucet that mounts to the wall to create extra counter space.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann