Practical and Stylish Bathroom Storage Ideas
As far as general household tasks go, anything related to the cleaning or organizing of a bathroom is usually enough to make you turn your nose up.
But as painful as you might remember the process to be, it’s a painfully necessary one. Of all the rooms situated within a home, the bathroom is the one that simply has to be hygienic and clean.
For that to be possible, proper bathroom storage solutions are absolutely essential. In this article, we’ll highlight some key bathroom storage ideas that will not only keep your space clutter free, but also enhance the aesthetic of your bathroom.
What’s more, we’ll touch upon storage options that will be well and truly on trend heading into 2021…
On-Trend Bathroom Storage Hacks
So, from the obvious to more concealed tips and tricks, here are some of the very best on-trend storage hacks to consider implementing in your home…
1. Bring on the Baskets
A phrase that evokes memories of one of my football team’s favoured chants in the build up to derby day! While the actual lyrics to that ditty are unpublishable, the sentiments attached to this mantra are far more cheerful.
Although you might not ever find the recipe for a pretty looking stack of toilet roll, it will look a damn sight better tucked neatly away in a wicker basket.
Stick your basket nearby the toilet in a traditional bathroom area to add a touch of classic authenticity, and keep the space clutter free.
2. Touch up with Trays
As well as sprucing up your bathroom style, diminutively sized trays will also greatly aid your quest for bathroom organization of the highest order!
Perfect for housing perfumes or aftershaves, makeup, shaving foam and skincare products, trays can be sourced in any sort of material and finish to suit your surroundings.
Shiny surfaces tend to work especially well for bathroom spaces – silver or gold touches will serve to accentuate your bathroom interiors whilst providing a practical storage solution in tow.
3. Extra Space with an Etagere
In case I’m not alone in initially wondering what an etagere actually is, fear not, the moniker is far more sophisticated than the storage option’s design. Essentially, an etagere is a furniture component featuring open shelving, usually reserved for decorative figurines and ornaments.
For smaller bathrooms especially, it can be worthwhile investing in a tall vertical etagere. This will not only maximize moving space, but provide valuable extra storage room for all sorts of bathroom essentials.
Count towels, toiletries, bath robes and more amongst the elements suited to etagere storage in a compact bathroom, in addition to the typical ornamental objects they’re usually associated with.
4. Creative Cabinet Options
Bathroom cabinets are available in a wide variety of styles to suit any bathroom layout and décor.
In order to achieve an eye-catching look brimming with both personality and practicality though, it is best to get creative with your cabinet choice.
The Milano Bexley open storage unit is an excellent option, for example. Available with or without an in-built LED light, the compact wall mounted box cabinet offers adequate storage room and sharp designer style to enhance any bathroom. It can be bought in multiple quantities to create a lovely ladder effect.
With a projection of just 300mm, the aforementioned cabinets don’t greatly impede on space at all. But for the ultimate in terms of maximizing room, an integrated storage cabinet could be the ideal pick.
Given their lack of projection, inverted cabinets help to keep elsewhere usable bathroom areas clear and clean. As such, you can divert your attention to styling out the space with perfect symmetry, on-point bathroom colours and space-enhancing shapes.
5. Shelving Beneath the Sink
An especially prudent hack for a tiny bathroom or en-suite, in which there might not even be sufficient bathroom wall space for an added storage solution.
In such cases, a floating shelving unit beneath the bathroom sink would work wonders. It won’t impact on other fixtures and fittings like toilets or shower enclosures, and will provide a superb storage space for the likes of hand towels, toothpastes, shower gels and other essentials.
All in all, it’s one of the very best small bathroom storage ideas.
6. Get to Grips with Handle-Free Drawers
It might be stating the blatantly obvious, but one of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep a bathroom space clutter free is via the introduction of handle-free drawers.
A wise move can be to reserve certain drawers for a particular type of item. For instance, hot appliances such as hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons can have their designated storage spot avoid the scalding risk they’d provide left on the countertop.
The other drawer(s) could be used to tuck away towels, bath robes, or even lesser renowned bathing elements like bath bombs, oils and bubble solutions.
Crucially, the design of customized, handle-free drawers mean they don’t intrude on their surroundings whatsoever, and offer a clean, seamless finish as well as ample storage room.
7. Find Space, Add an Alcove
You really don’t need much space at all to sneak this storage hack into an ultra-compact bathroom or en-suite area.
Just find a narrow gap, and fit a row of shelves, no matter how contracted the width of the alcove actually is.
You’ll be able to stack rolled up towels on your diminutive shelving, or house your smaller lotions and potions in a handy and convenient spot ready for when you head into the bathtub or make use of your shower system.
8. Magazine Racks Are Useful Hacks
Of course, this will only be applicable if you keep reading material in your bathroom, which in itself is a classic trend.
A simple magazine rack is a great means to keep books or magazines neatly organized, free from unwanted splashes and potential damage, and causing little to no impact on other bathroom fittings.
Furthermore, it’ll provide a neat aesthetic to fill up a little bit of space in a plain bathroom corner, for example.
9. Hampers Can Be Heroes
Somewhat innocuous perhaps. Nonetheless, hampers provide an ideal storage space for the likes of linens and towels.
Plus, a wicker hamper retains an innate sense of timeless style, so can prove a perfectly on-trend bathroom storage idea for 2021 and way beyond.
10. Squeeze in a Seating Stool
For a bathroom where space is at a premium, sometimes you need to think outside the box with regards to storage solutions.
Finding room for a round-top seating stool will ensure you have a useful extra surface area for storage. It will offer an ideal base for random and obscure items like hair gels and shaving foams, as well as toothbrush holders and other bathroom accessories.
You might be able to squeeze a stool into the gap between a toilet and sink or between the sink and bathtub or shower enclosure. And you could choose to spruce up the design any way you wish in line with interior design styles projected to be popular in 2021 and into the future.
11. Create a Shower Cubby
Now, this could prove one of the more invasive procedures to scope out added storage room and improve a bathroom aesthetic in one fell swoop.
Regardless, it’s still an excellent option to keep your shower neat, organized and clean, all the while maintaining a slick, smooth appearance.
Sharp design lines make for an ultra-modern look, so sticking with square or rectangular integrated cubbies is probably the best way to go to instill a contemporary bathroom flavour that is right on trend as we wave goodbye to 2020.
Show us your Storage Hacks
Now you’ve got an idea of some of the best tips and tricks to create more bathroom storage space, we’d love to see how you decide to implement the hacks yourself.
Please get in touch with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to show us how you’ve created extra storage room in your bathroom area. Or, if you would like any more help and advice on maximizing space whilst keeping all your essentials neat and tidy.
John has a background in sports journalism, and lists content writing amongst his primary passions. He provides expert bathroom trends commentary and analysis, as well as offering meticulously researched answers to the most frequently asked bathroom posers.