Regardless of your bathroom’s size, you’d probably love to have an even bigger bathroom without paying for costly remodeling. Here to help you do that are these 42 brilliant bathroom storage hacks and solutions.
Try them out, and watch your bathroom transform into a spacious spa where everything is neatly organized and within arm’s reach.
If you’ve been hanging on to any old doorknobs, candlesticks, bottle caps, or tissue boxes, now’s the time to bust them out.
1. Build storage shelves into the space between studs
Fun fact: The space between wall studs is 16 inches, on average. You’re free to do whatever you please with those extra inches, but the best thing you could do is build a small recessed cabinet for bonus bathroom storage.
Want more awesome built-in storage ideas?
Check out this roundup from Apartment Therapy.
2. Hang baskets on the wall
As A Beautiful Mess discovered through this DIY project, wire baskets don’t have to sit on your floors or in your closets. In fact, they can make pretty excellent floating shelves for toilet paper and towels.
You just need a few screws, drywall anchors, and washers to anchor them in place. Oh, and a drill would also probably help.
3. Or hang a “wall of baskets”
“Wall of baskets” sounds like a project that could eat up your afternoon, but this Simply DIY 2 idea is actually quite easy.
First, hang two parallel towel bars. Next, cut some ribbon and thread it through your baskets, tying them to the secured bars.
Finally, take whatever bathroom supplies are crowding your cabinets and store them in your four new mini storage units.
4. Rope together a tower of buckets
This bathroom storage hack comes from Glamour, so the buckets in question are actually some pretty pastel IKEA FINTORP utensil holders. Once you’ve acquired those, just knot an all-purpose clothesline on the sides so there’s about eight inches between each bucket.
Double-knot the clothesline when you get to the last bucket and cut off the excess portion. Then, hang the finished bathroom storage solution from a simple hook on your wall or door, and toss in your hair straightener, hairspray, makeup brushes, hair brushes, and other beauty supplies.
5. DIY a hair tool organizer
As you already know from our guide to decluttering your bathroom, file organizers and PVC pipes can make excellent hair straightener holsters.
Janel from Nellie Bellie has another great solution for excessive hair tools with her DIY hair tool organizer. It’s essentially a vertical wood plank with aluminum slots, but you also get to customize this one with brightly colored duct tape.
6. Invest in a wrap-around shelf for your pedestal sink
Pedestal sinks look super sophisticated, but they barely have enough space to stash a bar of soap. To help your sink live up to its full potential, pick up a curved organizer like this tiered rolling organizer from Bed, Bath & Beyond or this custom-cut cabinet from Improvements.
7. Or dress your pedestal sink in a skirt, and hide baskets behind it
On the more DIY side, you could sew a skirt that matches your bathroom color scheme, attach it to your pedestal sink, and then stow a few storage bins underneath, where no one will ever see them.
8. Stick organizers to the inside of your medicine cabinet
For about $11, you can snap up a 3-pack of StickOnPods, which are small adhesive organizers designed to store Q-tips, nail polish, and more.
Attach the StickOnPods to your medicine cabinet door, and watch your bathroom storage space instantly increase while keeping your cosmetics neat and organized.
9. Convert bottle caps into toothbrush holders
Before you take out your recycling, save a 20L plastic bottle cap. Because once you’ve made a small notch in the cap with a boxcutter and slapped some velcro on its back, you have a new home for your toothbrush.
Hop over to Ohoh Blog for the full instructions.
10. Install an IKEA picture ledge above your sink
As HouseBeautiful notes, a slender picture ledge from IKEA can hold more than framed photos. Add one right between your bathroom mirror and sink, and rest your favorite perfume or cologne, hand soap and lotion, scented candle, and hair products on top.
It appears that this bathroom storage hack’s creator, Yasam Stil, went with IKEA’s MOSSLANDA, but feel free to shop the store’s entire picture ledge collection.
11. Install a divided box above your sink
If the picture ledge is too slim for your bathroom storage needs, take a cue from Itsy Bits and Pieces and spring for a more substantial slotted box.
12. Make a magnetic makeup storage board
Cosmetics can easily dominate your entire medicine cabinet. But thanks to these instructions from Allie Grace, you can easily dominate DIY-ing a magnetic makeup storage board with just an old picture frame, a metal sheet, fabric of your choice, and a few other common supplies that you probably already have at home.
13. Install a second shower rod in your shower
Don’t have any ledge space for shampoo?
By installing another tension rod inside your shower and then adding hooks, you’ve suddenly got storage space for loofahs, caddies, and even shower caps.
14. Build a recessed shelf in your shower wall
Provided you’re not afraid to get down with a circular saw, carving out a recessed shelf in your shower for storing soap and other toiletries is a very attainable goal. Here’s a handy visual guide from Apartment Therapy.
15. Suction cup shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner to your shower wall
Out of all the DIY bathroom hacks on this list, this one may be the cheapest and easiest. All you have to do is:
1. Lace hair ties through and around suction cups.
2. Stick the suction cups on your shower’s wall.
3. Slip your shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner through the hair ties.
Clearly, it’s called a “dollar store craft” for a reason.