Design ideas: Bathroom storage

Make sure your bathroom’s style isn’t compromised by clutter. Discover the storage options that’ll keep it looking fabulous.
If every surface is packed with plastic bottles, the laundry basket’s overflowing, and towels are strewn around, that’s all you’ll see. The best way to make sure you can appreciate the designer style of your suite, or bath and basin combo is to ensure you include plenty of storage solutions.

Built in storage
Built in storage pieces will give your bathroom a sleek look, as they’re fixed in place to create the most efficient arrangement for your room. You can choose the colour and finish that suits the overall look you want for your bathroom with black, white or wood effect finishes available – if your room is small, a light-reflecting white will help the space feel bigger.
These units can also make your bathroom super space efficient if you choose a design that combines cupboard or drawer space underneath with a basin above – this is Janssen from Bathrooms.com – or basin and countertop above, or accommodates storage around a toilet cistern, as you’re fitting two essentials in one area.
There’s a variety of sizes available, from super slim tall designs that’ll work in a small bathroom to wider multiple cupboard arrangements that’ll cope with the demands of family bathrooms.
Think about how you’d like your storage arranged, too. Cupboards are great for tall bottles, or towels, but for smaller items, drawers have better dimensions and make it easier to get to the items at the back.
You can also get dedicated units for laundry – so you don’t have to look at a wobbling basket lid until you’re ready to tackle it. 
Wall hung or floorstanding storage? 
Consider both wall hung and floorstanding furniture when you’re buying.  
Wall hung pieces will:
Create a contemporary look
Make the floor look bigger as it’s on show from wall to wall
Work with pieces such as wall hung toilets and wall hung basins
Floorstanding furniture will:
Create a sleek scheme
Make a feature for your room
Work with pedestal basins, back to wall toilets and close coupled toilets
In a small, or awkwardly shaped bathroom, corner units can help you add in storage where none seemed possible, combining basin and useable cupboard space.
Wall hung bathroom cabinets
However many bigger storage pieces you include in your bathroom, a wall hung cabinet is convenient for smaller essentials. If you’ve been putting up with a plain box on the wall, you’ll be delighted to see that the latest bathroom cabinets have designer style and clever features. Look for elegant curvaceous mirrored cabinets that will complement the lines of your bath and basin, as well as contemporary minimalist versions.
Open bathroom shelving
There are many bathroom essentials you’ll want to keep behind closed doors for good reason – no one wants to look at a bumper pack of soap bars, or last year’s suntan lotion. However, including open shelving means you can show off some of your lovelier lotions and potions, or make a space for good-looking pieces like bath brushes. If your folding skills would get you a job in Gap, a pile of fresh, fluffy towels can also look fab on show.
A peg shelf is great for a modern country bathroom scheme, and earns its place with space for hanging as well as the shelf itself. This Shaker-style star shelf is from The Painted Broom Company. For a more contemporary effect, go for a sleek white shelf.
Freestanding storage
For a more casual effect, add freestanding storage into your bathroom. Freestanding pieces can include everything from furniture such as cabinets, cupboards and shelving sets, through to laundry baskets and caddies. There’s a huge choice of finishes from woods and wicker in different tones that’ll bring an organic element to your room, to gleaming silver and glass finishes for a cool, modern look. These buys are from Dunelm Mill. Although using a range of pieces can look fabulous, make sure they have design features in common – for example colour, or texture – so you don’t end up with a random collection of materials in your room, which will do nothing for your style credentials.
Although using a range of pieces can look fabulous, make sure they have design features in common – for example colour, or texture – so you don’t end up with a random collection of materials in your room, which will do nothing for your style credentials. 
Add in small storage
Every bathroom needs a place for soap, toilet roll, shower gel and more to be stored where they’re needed. Opt for design details that work with the rest of your room, teaming a curvaceous suite with equally shapely accessories. 
Don’t forget the other small necessities you need to find a home for, either, as they’ll help bring a unique look to your scheme. Clear or coloured glass jars or patterned pieces will hold the things you need each day so you can dispense with their unlovely packaging, and look great on a countertop or shelf. Likewise, a make-up bag can be a fantastic way to add a decorative motif to a bathroom that’s lacking a touch of personality. This wash bag and make-up bag are from Magpie.
Take a look at brilliant bathroom storage solutions on our Pinterest board.
Check out the best storage for family bathrooms.

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