Here's how to fit more towels and toiletries into a tiny bathroom.
Whether you have a small bathroom—or are simply struggling to fit in every last towel and shampoo bottle into a room you share with your kids—these smart ideas for sneaking in more storage will help. When we took a tour of Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess's gorgeous Nashville home renovation for the May 2018 issue of Real Simple, we couldn't help but admire the paint colors and patterned wallpaper, but the second we stepped into the bathroom, it was the storage solutions that caught our eye. Below are three genius storage ideas Larson worked into the space, and that you should consider copying for your own mini home makeover.
Add a Shelf (or Two) Above the Toilet
Typically, the space above the toilet is an underutilized area. But in a small bathroom, every inch counts. Adding a couple shelves turns a blank wall into an extra storage spot for plants, towels, art, and toiletries. Follow Elsie Larson's lead and choose minimalist shelves and pretty brackets.
Don't Forget the Under-Sink Cabinet
Many homes already have an under-sink cabinet, but if yours doesn't, adding one will be a total game-changer. Rather than rely on your medicine cabinet to hold every last toiletry, you'll be able to divide all of the essentials between both cabinets. And if you already have under-sink storage? Make sure you're maximizing it by following our tips for organizing cosmetics and toiletries.
Sneak in Extra Shelving
If you're planning a remodel, chances are there's a spot where you could sneak in some built-in shelves. The beauty of built-ins is that they tuck into the wall, saving you valuable space. Larson added shelves behind the shower, providing a convenient spot to stash towels. No renovations in the near future? Imitate the look by installing a column of slim floating shelves. They'll take up slightly more space than a built-in unit, but will offer just as much storage.