10 Ways to Maximize Bathroom Space

Organize your sink area and make the most of your bathroom with these tips


Sinks and vanity countertops often end up as the most cluttered spots in the bathroom. Let these helpful hints guide you to keep these spots clutter-free and maximize your bathroom:

Picks by Arlene Sanchez-Maslog. Photographed by Jun Pinzon. Production by Dagny Madamba.

Read the original article ("Think SINK!") in the November 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

1. Use side tables or shelves.

An old side table with drawers or shelves can serve as storage for bulky items like bath supplies and towels. This is an excellent storage solution if you have a freestanding sink without a countertop.

2. Use smaller and decorative containers.

Placing jumbo family-size bottles of lotion and hand soap by your sink will eat up precious countertop area. Dispense them in smaller, more decorative containers to save space. They look better this way, too. A tip: you can use cleaned-out hotel toiletry containers for this.

3. Bring out the towels.

Another space-saving way to store hand or face towels is to roll or fold them and place them in baskets standing up. If you wish for these to be used by guests, don’t forget to place a little “hamper’’ for used ones nearby.

4. Use open shelves.

Open shelves are ideal for towels. Keep them stacked in a pile. Always keep them neatly folded (or for face towels, rolled) so your bathroom will look orderly.

5. Use boxes and baskets for storage.

Sturdy storage boxes are versatile in bathrooms—they can be piled one on top of another to make vertical storage, hide toiletries and magazines, and can be stashed neatly under a sink.

6. Use clear glass jars.

Cotton swabs and cotton balls look better out of their original packaging and placed in clear containers for easy identification. These are great for vanity tables, too. (Find similar jars at Rustan's Department Store)

7. Affix shelves.

If you have a freestanding or pedestal sink with no countertop, affix shelves in your bathroom (glass shelves are best) to hold your supplies. Since they are transparent, they won’t eat up space visually. These are inexpensive and can be easily installed by a glass supplier.

8. Choose the perfect hamper.

A double-purpose hamper with a tray or a simple hamper with a flat lid can be another extra surface to pile on your towels and bathroom supplies if you lack countertop space. (Find a similar hamper at Rustan's Department Store)

9. Choose pieces that go with your bathroom's theme.

You’ll always find clean-up kits below your sink, but they don’t have to be ugly. Place all your supplies in a bucket and keep everything else in a nice basket. This way your kit is inconspicuous, yet accessible at the same time.

10. Utilize holders.

No space even for your toothbrushes? Hang them in holders like these, attached to the wall with a suction cap. Your toothbrushes are also protected from dirt and being dripped on.

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