Carving out extra storage space in your home can definitely be tricky, but coming up with ways to create more storage in a bathroom can be downright difficult. Bringing furniture into an already small bathroom might seem counterproductive, in reality, there are several surprisingly storage-savvy furnishings worth making room for. From bar carts to bookcases, here are seven snazzy furniture pieces that make magnificent bathroom storage hubs.
A decorative ladder
Above: It’s funny how something as simple as a decorative ladder can transform your entire bathroom, but that can happen when you opt to use one instead of a conventional towel rack like designer and blogger did Sarah Sherman Samuel above. Whether you find a sleek one online or DIY your very own, they’re a stylish way to create more storage in your bathroom.
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A bar cart
A chic bar cart is always useful to have at home for pop-up happy hours, but who knew how helpful they could be in your bathroom? Along with offering extra space for stashing towels, beauty products, and other toiletries, these four-wheeled wonders can move around your bathroom and fit into cramped corners with ease. Bonus points if it’s as pretty as this brass version from Design Meet Style .
A short bookcase
A compact bookcase can work wonders for just about any room of your home—and that includes your storage-deprived bathroom. Whether it’s a small open bookcase or double-door cutie, bookshelves are a design-savvy way to forge more bathroom storage without taking up a ton of floor space. This one in particular is available from Crate & Barrel .
A tall dresser
Believe it or not, an extra tall dresser (like a lingerie dresser; the one shown here is from Maine Cottage ) can do more than just double your closet space. A well-placed dresser in your bathroom—think: in a tight corner or against a narrow wall—can offer endless storage opportunities for keeping your toiletries out of plain sight.
A cabinet with a hutch
While it’s not ideal for a tiny bathroom, if you’re lucky enough to have a larger lavatory then by all means, consider investing in a cabinet with a hutch like the one in this bathroom from The Cottage Journal (you’ll likely have luck getting a cheaper second-hand piece at a thrift store). Not only will it provide ample room for storage, it offers a well-balanced blend of both open and closed shelves, as well as plenty of drawers for hiding unmentionables.
A rolling cart
If you’re searching for a petite and inexpensive way to score some extra storage space for your bathroom, take a cue from A Beautiful Mess and use a cute rolling cart. Along with supplying cubbies for storing towels, cosmetics and other personal products, these mobile charmers can squeeze just about anywhere inside your bathroom—and hardly cost a thing.
Slatted bed base
Okay, so I know this one seems kind of wild but stay with me for a moment. Not only does hanging a slatted bed base on your bathroom wall create tons of vertical storage space, this unbelievably stylish IKEA hack via ICH Designer will only set you back 10 measly bucks.