This Space-Saving Trash Can Doubles as a Storage Solution and Is Perfect for Tiny Bathrooms

published Nov 8, 2022
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There are some items around our homes that are just natural afterthoughts, and trash cans are typically one of them. More functional than fun, finding the “right” trash bin for different areas of your home feels more like a utilitarian quest than a design-forward one. In fact, I’d wager to say most people would prefer no one ever even notice their trash cans at home, especially in places where they tend to be stored out in the open, like the bathroom.

Still, they’re a necessary evil, so our outlook is pretty straightforward: Why not choose something as pretty (and functional) as possible? And, when it comes to marrying form with function, no company does it better than Yamazaki Home. The streamlined Japanese home goods brand has long won our hearts, thanks to their emphasis on creating useful yet minimalistic home goods that help organize our spaces — and look good doing it. If any brand out there could create a trash bin that actually made us utter the word “chic,” it would be Yamazaki.

And, well, they’ve done it! Enter: Yamazaki Home’s Wall-Mount Storage or Trash Bin. Perfectly sized at just under 10 inches tall and 8 inches wide, this sleek resin beauty (available in black or white) is the inconspicuous bathroom disposal zone you’ve been looking for (even if you didn’t know it). It mounts seamlessly to the wall with just three small pins, which will cause less wear and tear than traditional drywall screws, making this an excellent option for renters who want their security deposit back, too. When closed, this trash bin takes on the appearance of a handy shelf, offering a convenient place to stash room fragrance spray, a small bud vase, or a tray for phones (so you don’t risk that heart-dropping splash into the toilet IYKYK). Need to toss something? A hinged door tilts forward to reveal a spacious trash can interior that can be lined with a bag for easy, mess-free disposal.

There’s more than meets the eye with this bin, too. While the ability to mount it on your wall is super convenient (especially if you have pets and/or kiddos that tend to be trash pickers, or you just want to have it in arm’s reach while you’re on the throne), it isn’t your only option — it’s perfectly sturdy enough to sit on the floor if you prefer that instead. Another perk to this versatile design? You actually don’t have to use it as a trash bin at all. Instead, try using it to store any number of bite-sized items, including extra grocery bags in your pantry, LEGOs in the kid’s playroom, and pup accessories in your mudroom or feminine products in the bathroom (a thoughtful perk guests will certainly appreciate). It can hold up to 3.5 lbs., so as long as you stick within that range, anything goes!

If you love the simple and streamlined look of this piece and want to know what else Yamazaki has up their sleeve with a similar aesthetic, you’re in luck. It’s part of their Tower collection, which includes other AT faves like their stainless steel dish rack, towel storage organizers, collapsible bottle dryer, and more. Did we mention Yamazaki is the best?