Design Inspiration: Bathroom Storage Ideas

No matter whether your bathroom is large or small, you want to make the most of the area available without taking away valuable wall and floor space.

This means you need to generate some clever bathroom storage ideas. It can be easy for a bathroom to feel cramped, cluttered, and claustrophobic. This is especially true if your surfaces overflow with toiletries, towels, or bath toys, preventing you from truly relaxing.

So, Plumbworld is here to help you clear the clutter from your bathroom with some handy storage ideas that won’t make your space feel smaller. We’ve used our expertise to pick out some furniture to make your bathroom a relaxing retreat again.

Read on to find out the handy bathroom storage ideas to declutter your space…

Why clear walls and floors are important


When it comes to bathroom design one of the main things to consider is the space available. If your bathroom is particularly small then you can simply choose a vanity or storage unit just on its look, you also need to consider the space that it will take up.

Keeping as much visible floor space as possible will help to give your bathroom the feeling of more space. That's where wall-hung storage comes into its own. For example, a wall-hung vanity unit can provide just as much space as a floor-standing unit but has the bonus of keeping some of that vitally important floor space clear.

This is why open shelving is also important. Floating shelving can really open up the space in a bathroom, whilst also being useful for storing towels, toiletries, and cosmetics. Just remember not to clutter up your shelf too much otherwise you'll lose that spacious minimalist feel.

Bathroom corner unit

If there's one space that often gets completely overlooked in your bathroom, it’s the corner. Corners can be tricky, they’re often taken up by a bath or shower, but they can be used to your advantage.

A bathroom corner vanity unit utilises this space perfectly. They can either be for storage only or combined with your basin, freeing up even more floor space. A bathroom corner unit is perfect for a downstairs cloakroom or ensuite where space is much more limited.

Fitted bathroom furniture


Fitted furniture is not just for your kitchen or bedroom, you can also have it in your bathroom. It may not be something you've considered, but is another clever bathroom storage idea. Integrating your basin and even your toilet provides a seamless look while maximising the space.

Fitted bathrooms are ideal for ensuites and family bathrooms and will give your decor a clean and sophisticated look. You could integrate basins, tall cabinets, and back-to-wall toilets into one piece of fitted furniture. Done seamlessly, it will save space and create a stylish focal point.

Wall-mounted cabinets

Keeping your floor space clear is essential when looking for storage solutions in a small bathroom. If a mirror cabinet or small bathroom storage cabinets aren’t enough, wall-mounted cabinets could be the solution, especially taller models that can store larger objects.


Floating storage gives the much needed room you desire to store essentials, while freeing up floor space and giving your bathroom a more spacious feel.

Bathroom towel racks


Again, if you can spare the wall or even door space, a bathroom towel rack could be an excellent space saver if a storage cupboard is too large. Bathroom towel racks provide you with a useful place to store your fresh towels and somewhere to hang the ones that you’re using.

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Towel racks are especially useful for family bathrooms and also come in handy when you have guests around. They don’t have to be heated towel rails - as these can take up more wall space - but a simple small metal shelf that you can easily install yourself.

Now, if you're looking for something really simple then a clever over-the-door towel rack is perfect. Simply hook the rail over the top of your bathroom door, with no fitting required.

Storage boxes & baskets

Incredibly simple and effective, storage boxes or baskets are a quick and easy way to keep your toiletries and small items in one place. These are more versatile than small storage cabinets, especially when combined with a washstand or open-front shelving.



As mentioned earlier, shelving is a great way of keeping all your essentials in one place, without taking up any floor space. If your small bathroom has limited counter space, shelves are easy to install almost anywhere in your bathroom. Whether it’s a unit or a floating shelf, they provide plenty of space to cut down on clutter when combined with storage boxes or baskets.


However, if you have a spare corner in your bathroom then you might consider a corner shelving unit. Fitting perfectly into ant right angle a corner shelving unit, provides plenty of space to store your bathroom essentials or perhaps a house plant or two?

Over-the-toilet storage


Toilets are known for attracting dust and items, becoming a makeshift storage space. You can instead create a functional storage unit above the toilet to display towels or toiletries. This could be a shallow shelving unit so you don’t knock it while using your loo. 

Solutions, like over-the-toilet storage shelves, can make your bathroom feel less cluttered without forcing anyone to change habits through invasive furniture. These shelves come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours, so you can match them to your bathroom decor.

If you're looking for more bathroom storage ideas and advice, take a look at the following posts - Vanity Unit Buying Guide - Bathroom Accessories Buying Guide - Bathroom Organisation Ideas: Store more in your bathroom.

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