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10 Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas

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Almost everyone I talk to needs more storage in their bathroom, or at least more attractive storage in their bath. The great news is that functional bathroom storage need not cost a lot, can look great and can fit in just about anywhere! These creative, fun and frugal bathroom storage ideas will help you fit more storage and style into your square footage.

1. Hang a Vintage Basket on a Hook

Photo © Hammers & High Heels
This beautiful hanging vintage basket storage idea featured on Hammers & High Heels has made the rounds on Pinterest, with good reason. What a creative place to stack towels, or anything else! (Psst... buckets work as well as baskets, as in this idea from Better Homes & Gardens.)

2. Attach Baskets to the Wall

Photo © I'm Busy Procrastinating
The blogger over at I'm Busy Procrastinating shared this marvelous and frugal idea for bathroom (or any room!) wall storage. Simple screw baskets to wall studs. (DIY Tip: You may need to add a larger washer or two to keep the screw from pulling through the basket's weave.) I've also seen a similar idea using painted wooden crates, so feel free to be creative!

3. Can It

Photo © Whole Living
Glass canning jars are oh so practical... and oh so cheap! And glass looks oh so pretty sitting in a window or on a shelf like in this photo from Whole Living. Use them to hold soaps, stack washcloths, or so much more. For more fun looks, check out this painted jar tutorial from Pretty Handy Girl or learn how to tint them blue at Craftberry Bush.

4. Repurpose an Old Drawer for Wall Storage

Photo © BH&G
The gang over at Better Homes & Gardens shared this fun idea for bathroom storage. It's eco-friendly and looks great. (Be sure to follow the link to see more of their fun bathroom storage ideas!)

5. Use Budget Handles for Hangers

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Forgo fancy (and expensive!) hardware and hang your towels on trusty handles. Towels won't slip off like they will on hooks. For another fun idea, Three Scoops of Love shares how she made towel and toilet paper holders out of fitted pipe - perfect for a water closet!

6. Spray Paint Terra Cotta Pots

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Small terra cotta pots sell for a dime, but you don't have to settle for their natural orange color. Spray paint them and use them to store small toiletries like in this idea from Better Homes & Gardens. No room to spray paint? Look for small glazed pots at your local garden center, or search flea markets for vintage pottery, milk glass and more!

7. DIY a Built-In Toothbrush Holder

Photo © The Family Handyman
The Family Handyman must be one creative guy, because the practical ideas on this website are fun, cheap and easy to do. This hanging toothbrush holder is just one idea - simply use a rotary tool to create small notches in a bathroom shelf. Visit the link and scroll down for more ideas, like how to DIY a glass shower shelf or a PVC pipe curling iron holder.

8. Install Fake Built-Ins

Photo © Martha Stewart
The team at Martha Stewart shares this idea on how to add wood brackets to existing shelving for organizing and storage. This is a great idea and will keep towels and other items in their place. However, if you are lacking existing built-ins, purchase bracketed shelves and hang them upside down to create faux built-in storage.

9. Fashion a Peg Board Organizer

Photo © The 36th Avenue
The 36th Avenue shares her how-to on making this fabulous peg board organizer that would be perfect in a bath with a bit of wall space. Use it to hold jewelry, toothbrushes, toiletries and more. You can also use 36th Avenues tutorial on crafting attachable bins out of soup cans, or for another alternative, try out these fun little IKEA containers.

10. Borrow It From the Kitchen

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Repurposing storage containers, serving dishes or other various kitchen paraphernalia into bathroom decor isn't a bad thing. After all, there are no rules that say one must use an object for only one purpose. In decorating, what works isn't always what someone says should be. For example, in the bathroom pictured, a utensil storage caddy also perfectly holds hair products and electrics. Blissfully Domestic uses her tiered dining server in her bathroom, while House of Grace stores her garbage bag liners in a repurposed coffee can. And I love this idea: A Thousand Words uses coffee beans to hold her make-up brushes. What a great wake-up call!
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