This idea is perfect if you share your bathroom with roommates or other family members. The photo here actually shows IKEA’s SATSUMAS plant stand with containers hung over the bathroom door. The white pots, normally used as planters, are repurposed into holders for toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other items—which helps to free up counter space. Plus, each member of the household gets his or her own container to stash personal items, so no one accidentally grabs someone else’s toothbrush. This storage idea works particularly well for families, because it helps to simplify the struggle of bedtime.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to keep you bathroom countertop clean, especially if you’re sharing it with others. One day you clear everything out and put it away, and the next day all the toiletries are scattered on the surface again. One idea is to clear your counter of non-essentials, or things you don’t use every day. Put those away in cabinets or on shelves. Once you have only the everyday items, get a wire tiered stand that you’d normally find in the kitchen aisle of a home goods store and place them on there. Everything will be accessible, yet corralled (if you remind the other inhabitants to put things back when they’re done).
If you find your toilet paper rolls are taking up too much space in your bathroom cabinet, or your space didn’t come equipped with under-the-sink storage, this idea is a stylish solution. Plus, by placing the rolls in this container, it will protect them and keep them dry. You can complete this project in less than hour with a cylinder vase that’s wide enough to hold average toilet paper rolls and copper foil tape (or any kind of washi tape). Try out different shapes depending on your design style—who knew you could get so creative with toilet paper storage?
If your bathroom doesn’t come equipped with shelves, you can easily make your own. The right shelving will keep things off the floor and provide even more spots to stash items. Plus, you can also use the shelf to display objets, like a candle or plants, to infuse more personality into your space. For the shelf, you’ll need a wood board, a dowel, flat braces, and tubing hooks. This particular shelf is minimalist, but if you want to go bold, try painting it in a bright hue or a shade that matches your shower curtain or rug.
These storage bags are made of heavy-duty fabric, so they can really keep everything contained and upright. They’re great for storing nail polishes, hair tools and brushes, and lotions and makeup. Just place them on your bathroom counter, shelves, or even on top of the toilet tank. These baskets have a modern feel with their iron-on metallic shapes, but you can also opt for patterned fabrics. If you use these bags for kids, give each one his or her own fabric pattern or color so they can tell them apart (and avoid any inevitable fights).
Here’s another way to free up counter space and keep everything corralled. The leather and copper materials make it super-stylish and trendy. Plus, if your bathroom feels a bit sterile, or you dealing with an outdated rental space, the copper will add a little bit of shine and bring in some modern details. To make this, you’ll need a wood board, copper tumblers (or you can spray-paint plain ones a metallic color), leather lace, and picture hangers. This idea would also work well in a home office to keep pens, pencils, highlighters, and other supplies organized.
While those shower containers with attached suction cups can be very useful, they can also get annoying when they fall down after losing traction. If you have enough room in your shower but very little shelf space, why not make your own rope swing shelf? The key to this shelf is using finish on the wood board so it doesn’t get ruined in the wet, moisture-filled bathroom. To keep items from falling, try placing it closer to the wall or applying adhesive strips to attach it to the bathroom wall.
The pom pom trend is ever present: in clothes, shoes, accessories, and of course, home décor. You don’t have to spend money on expensive accents, when you can create your own pom poms at home with some yarn. You can upcycle an old basket or purchase an inexpensive one at a craft or thrift store. To attach the pom poms, you’ll need floral wire. Experiment with different groupings (like just on one side of the basket or all over) and colors. When it’s finished, you can store guest towels, tissue boxes, lotions, or hand soaps in it. The basket will make any bathroom feel welcoming.