To state the obvious, bathrooms are challenging to organize. Everyone has an abundance of skincare products and linens to stow, so it's no surprise that renters and homeowners alike are constantly in search of creative bathroom storage solutions. That's where these ingenious ideas come in. Whether you're looking to make the most of a rental or you're planning a full-blown remodel, here are 18 clever bathroom storage solutions to bookmark, stat. Keep scrolling for inspired ways to maximize your bathroom's storage potential, courtesy of some of our favorite interior designers.
Opt for a Dresser-Style Vanity
This bathroom—designed by Los Angeles-based interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel for French photographer, writer, and style icon Garance Doré—certainly doesn't skimp on storage. The vanity, which boasts nine (!) large drawers, is more akin to a dresser than a bathroom vanity, offering up plenty of space for everything from skincare products to spare towels.
Install Floor-to-Ceiling Shelving
In this bathroom designed by Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY, floor-to-ceiling shelving offers up plenty of storage in a previously neglected corner. Chic baskets corral clutter and double as décor, drawing the eye up to make the space feel larger than it really is. (Psst... take the full tour of the bathroom makeover for even more creative bathroom storage solutions.)
Add Vertical Storage With a Decorative Ladder
Make like Shea McGee of Studio McGee and add some much-needed vertical storage to the bathroom with a decorative ladder. Here, McGee ingeniously places a decorative ladder filled with fluffy towels next to a freestanding tub so that fresh linens are conveniently within arm's reach after a relaxing soak.
Forgo a Traditional Medicine Cabinet
Take a page from Joyelle West and forgo a bulky medicine cabinet in favor of recessed open shelving above the sink. This clever bathroom storage solution makes it easy to access oft-used items like perfume and also makes it possible to display purely decorative items like potted plants.
Use a Bath Caddy to Pick Up Your Vanity's Slack
If you're lucky enough to have a freestanding tub in your bathroom, take a cue from interior designer Anita Yokota and use a bath caddy to pick up your vanity's slack. Rather than stashing jars full of pretty bath salts and aromatic candles under the sink, put them out on a bath caddy to double as décor instead.
Add a Floating Shelf Just for Linens
In this bathroom designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel for actress Mandy Moore, the interior designer ingeniously installed a floating shelf just for storing linens beneath the floating vanity, making the most of that oft-overlooked space between the floor and the vanity. Genius.
Opt for Recessed Shelving Above the Sink
This bathroom designed by Jennifer Siegal of Office of Mobile Design makes another case for recessed shelving above the sink. Here, built-in shelves offer a creative solution for storing pretty perfume bottles out in the open and within arm's reach rather than hidden behind a medicine cabinet.
Go for a Medicine Cabinet With a Built-In Shelf
Make like Molly Madis of Almost Makes Perfect and get the best of both worlds by opting for a medicine cabinet that boasts a built-in shelf. This way, you have the option of stashing unsightly items behind closed doors while retaining the ability to keep Instagram-worthy items on display.
Select a Vanity With Built-In Shelving
To optimize storage in a small-space bathroom, gain inspiration from Shannon Tate-Giordano of Shannon Tate Interiors and select a vanity with built-in shelving. Fill the cubby-like spaces with decorative baskets to keep various odds and ends stashed out of sight in style.
Install a Floating Vanity Spanning the Space
Allow interior designer Carisse Lynelle to demonstrate how to masterfully make the most of a small space bathroom. In this attic-turned-bathroom, a vanity extends from the wall to the shower, offering up plenty of concealed storage in a space with limited square footage.
Incorporate Seating Into Your Vanity
This bathroom designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel boasts a convenient space to apply makeup in the morning and indulge in a lengthy skincare routine in the evening, complete with a freestanding mirror and a plush sheepskin-covered stool to sit on, of course.
Turn a Vintage Dresser Into a Vanity
Another case for turning a vintage dresser into a vanity boasting tons of storage, let this bathroom designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors inspire you to stop scrolling through IKEA's inventory and start hunting for a unique find at your local flea market instead.
Free Up Counter Space With Wall-Mounted Fixtures
This tiny bathroom, which used to be a closet (!), is proof that it is possible to have plenty of storage in a small space—with a little creativity, that is. Take notes from this space designed by Emily Henderson in which wall-mounted fixtures free up precious counter space. In a small space, every inch counts.
Create a Dedicated Shelf for Towels
Follow Nicole Davis of Nicole Davis Interiors' lead and incorporate towel storage into your vanity. This clever storage solution not only frees up space in your linen closet but also ensures that you'll have fresh towels on hand when you need them most (aka when you're dripping out of the shower).
Add a Floating Shelf for Decorative Items
If you live in a rental and can't make too many costly updates to improve your bathroom's lack of storage space, take a page from Brady Tolbert and install a floating shelf to put decorative items on display. It's an easy way to instantly elevate the space and make it feel custom without a major overhaul.
Opt for a Double Vanity, If Possible
Max out storage space by opting for a double vanity, if possible. In this bathroom designed by Joyce Downing Pickens of JDP Interiors, a symmetrical double vanity complete with spacious cabinets under the sinks and a column of drawers makes a compelling case for renovating.
Invest in Custom Built-In Cabinetry
If you have the budget to go all out, overhaul your space with custom built-in cabinetry where everything has its place. Gain inspiration from this space designed by Shea McGee of Studio McGee and incorporate vertical shelving—complete with a hidden laundry hamper for storing linens that need washing—into your space.