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5 Storage Ideas for Your Compact Bathroom

Here are unconventional but surefire ways to add that needed storage in any cramped bathroom

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Having additional storage units in your small bathroom can be tricky. The cramped space makes it harder to place shelving without facing the risk of knocking your toothbrush right into the toilet.

Not to mention, you want to keep as much space free as you possibly can while still being able to keep extra supplies out of sight. Unless, you’re okay with having rolls of toilet paper stuffed together with your shirts or linens, having a place to keep all your bathroom needs in its designated area is ideal. So how do you add storage in such a tiny space? Let these ideas show you how.

Main photos from mysocalledhome.com and marthastewart.com.

Place shelving units overhead.

If you’re insistent on installing shelving in your bathroom, you can place them overhead instead of at eye level. By doing this, you don’t have to worry about bumping into those sharp corners and still be able to display neatly folded towels, candles, and decorative soaps as added décor. Try to explore the space above your bathroom door. 

Photo from mysocalledhome.com.

Use pocket shower curtains.

Yes, these actually exist. If your shower space isn’t very big either, pocket shower curtains are great alternatives to shower shelves. This is a great option, too, if you have roommates and want to separate shampoos and soaps. Make sure the pockets are facing outwards to avoid filling them with water from the shower.

Photo from apartmenttherapy.com

Double up your shower curtain rod.

If pocket shower curtains are too unsightly for you, you also have the option of adding a second curtain rod on the opposite side of the shower. This lets you hang plastic baskets on S hooks for your shampoos and soaps. This option is actually better because you can hang a number of baskets that you can fill with multitudes of bathroom products.

Photo from buzzfeed.com.

Hang rods instead of hooks.

Your actual bathroom door is a great place to find added storage space but normally this is where you would hang your bathroom towels on hooks. Before you install those towel hooks, place rods instead. Two or three rods behind your door allow you to hang your towels as well as baskets and tin buckets on S hooks. You now have a place to put extra bars of soap, loofas, and other bathroom essentials.

Photo from marthastewart.com.

Install a medicine cabinet in lieu of a mirror.

If you think medicine cabinets are outdated, they’re actually not. Many home interior stores offer beautifully designed medicine cabinets with wooden framing that can add class to your bathroom—and of course, storage space. Depending on the size of the cabinet, you can store a number of items like toothbrushes; face cream tubes, makeup, etc.  Not only do you have a nicely framed mirror but you can also keep your bathroom clutter at bay.

Photo from thepleatedpoppy.com.

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