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22 Creative and Useful Bathroom Closet Ideas

By: Sara Shores

We’ve all experienced it — there are bottles lining the sink, towels in a pile, and the whole bathroom is a mess. Eventually the problem gets bad enough that it necessitates an organizational solution. And what better way than with a bathroom closet? 

Whether you have a standard closet, an open closet, or no closet at all, there are plenty of ways you can get the organized closet of your dreams. That being said, here are 22 different bathroom closet ideas to make your space both beautiful and neat. 

Keep It Simple With Some Shelves

Bathroom closet shelves are very versatile. Not only can they be used for both open and closed closets, but you can also put pretty much anything on them. Towels strewn about, begone! 

All jokes aside, shelves are also versatile because you can put them in any layout. Perhaps you enjoy stacking towels on top of each other, so you could put more space between the shelves. Or, if you have a bunch of small items lying around, you could put less space between them. It’s up to you! Now you can customize the perfect closet, all with a plank of wood or two. 

Use a Shelf With a Closet Rod for Greater Versatility

Much like the normal shelves from the previous example, shelves like this one are also very versatile. This one just comes with the added bonus of a closet rod at the bottom. 

Along with the obvious solution of hanging towels, you can even hang up your clothes for the day. It might actually be a time saver since you’re already getting ready in the bathroom anyway. 

Go Custom With a Customizable Shelving Unit

If you’re unsure about the current shelves on the market, that’s a sure sign you should go custom. Thankfully, you can still go with premade shelves– you don’t need to be a shelf-building veteran or anything. 

This solution lets you arrange the shelves in any way you like. You can stack them on top of each other with any height between them, or you can put them side-by-side for one long shelf. If you’re looking to maximize your space, you can always add more shelves or some closet rods. 

Use a Hanging Closet Organizer for Easy Installation

If you don’t like wall mounting shelves or cabinets, you’ll like this option. A hanging closet organizer just requires assembly, then you hang it in your closet and go. And if you clean your closet often, you can just take the whole thing out and put it back when you’re done. 

Not only will your closet be organized, but you’ll also save time in the process.  

Use a Retractable Drying Rack To Save Space

If you’re not satisfied with the simple closet rods from some of the previous solutions, you’ll definitely like this one. A retractable drying rack allows you to hang up everything from washcloths to pants with ease. 

Of course, if you’re putting it in a closet, you don’t have to dry anything on it. (No thank you, mold!) You can simply use one or more of them to hang up whatever you’d like. It’s a great space-saving solution for a linen closet in a small bathroom. Along with being retractable, it’s capable of hanging many different items at once. 

Add a Taupe Shelving Unit for Stylish Storage

If you want a bathroom closet storage solution that’s both practical and stylish, a shelving unit might be the thing for you. Shelving units tend to come in more colors and be more sturdy. It’s a great option if you have the space for it. 

If you get one with multiple shelf sizes like this one, you can store both folded towels and tall shampoo bottles. And if you have even more room to spare, you can stack shelving units together or put them side by side. 

Go For Versatility With a Cube Storage Organizer

Stackable organizers like this one are one of the best ones in terms of versatility, both in practicality and design. In terms of practicality, you can stack it in nearly any arrangement to fit in your existing closet. 

In terms of design, well, that’s the fun part. Along with being able to put it in a stylish arrangement, you can also mix and match other cube organizers for a standout design. In this one’s case, it comes in black, white, and transparent. You can probably already imagine the possibilities for modern storage layouts. 

Add a Bright Red Over the Door Organizer for a Bit of Flair

Who says organizational solutions have to be boring? We definitely didn’t. This over-the-door organizer comes in a bright red color, perfect for spicing up your closet decor. With its six baskets, it’s perfect for cleaning up all the clutter in the bathroom you just don’t know what to do with. 

And, since it hangs over the door, you won’t have to worry about installing shelves. Just put it on the door and organize away!

Add Some Woven Wicker Storage Baskets to a Small Closet

Small bathroom closet ideas can be hard to find. You’d love to add in a sturdy shelving unit or a stylish bookcase, but if space is limited, there isn’t much you can do. Luckily for you, though, there are plenty of smaller-sized organizational options– no closet reno required. 

These storage baskets are a great example. The largest one is only 11 inches wide, not even a foot. Unless your closet is impossibly small, these are sure to fit in there. 

Put Some Large Fabric Bins in the Closet for Long-term Storage

Have some items in your bathroom that you don’t use often? Large fabric bins are perfect for this. You can easily shove them in the bottom of your closet keep them out of sight, out of mind. 

Or if you do have items you use often, you could keep them in the bins as well. It’s a great way to keep them from getting dusty. Also, ecor-wise, these black bins are perfect for adding some contrast if you have a predominantly white closet. 

Use a Hanging Storage Cabinet for a Minimalistic Bathroom

Whether you’re a long-time minimalist or you’re trying your best to be one, you probably don’t need large shelving units. The empty space would just make your bathroom feel incomplete. Instead, you can go with a small hanging storage cabinet instead. 

It has just enough space for some towels, washcloths, and a few essentials like soap, shampoo, and conditioner. You could refer to this as a closet alternative, although, while rare, some people do actually refer to cabinets as closets. 

Add a Bookshelf for Simple Storage

Not DIY-savvy? No problem. You can use a bookcase to organize your closet if you have the space for one since besides assembling it, all the work is done for you. (Or just hire someone to assemble it for you, and all the work is completely done! No judgment here.) If you dread having to space shelves just right or get analysis paralysis with customizable shelves, using a bookcase is a great alternative. 

And no, bookcases aren’t just for books– you don’t have to create a bathroom reading nook. Along with the previous items mentioned, like towels, you can put storage bins and baskets to fine-tune your bathroom closet organization system even more. 

Put a Rolling Storage Cabinet in Your Closet for Easy Accessibility

Rolling storage cabinets like this one are most commonly used in offices for pens, paper, you name it. But, as with the other options on this list, you can use it in your bathroom closet as well. 

It’s great if you like to sit down while you organize things– rather than having to sit on the floor, you can roll it over to a chair and get organized. It has plenty of space for small bathroom essentials you don’t know what to do with, keeping your bathroom clutter-free. 

Install a Corner Closet Into a Closet-less Bathroom

Have a spare corner and don’t know what to do with it? Enter the corner closet. Most of the ideas on this list assume you have a closet already, but if you don’t, you can always just add one in. 

It has some closet rods for hanging up towels and other items and some space at the bottom for storage baskets and more. 

Make Your Bathroom Trendy With a Bathroom Wardrobe

Like bookshelves, closet storage units like these take the guesswork out of your closet organization. Everything’s already designed to fit in a specific way– shelf there, closet rod here. 

Plus, you can be a part of the emerging trend of bathroom wardrobes. The solution has its pros and cons, but some have determined it’s the best solution. And if you get a stylish closet storage unit like this one? You’ll be all set to have the most functional and stylish bathroom closet around. 

Use a Tall Storage Cabinet as a Closet Alternative for Smaller Bathrooms

Skyscrapers tell us that when you don’t have any room to go wider, you build up instead. That’s the logic behind many small bathroom storage solutions. You might not have room for a grand and gorgeous bathroom closet, but with just a little bit of floor space, you can still find something that fits plenty. 

This freestanding closet alternative is perfect for fitting hygiene supplies and linens. Of course, if you do already have a closet, you could add this inside for an extra bit of organization. 

Go For a Farmhouse Look With an Elegant Storage Cabinet

Plain white shelves and cabinets are nice and all, but what if you just want that extra bit of flair? That’s where this cabinet comes in. With the wooden panels on the front door in a traditional farmhouse style, it’s perfect for adding a rustic flair to your bathroom closet. 

Plus, being white, it’s more likely to match with your existing bathroom decor and any other storage solutions you want to add to your closet. 

Use a Tall and Thin Racking Organizer for a Small Closet

If you have a small closet, you might have difficulty finding the right storage solution for it. Maybe those shelves you bought are too wide, and that beautiful open bathroom closet idea you saw in a magazine is just a pipe dream. 

But all hope isn’t lost if you have a small bathroom closet– enter the tall racking organizer. Once you put it together, you’ll have plenty of adjustable shelving space for all your necessities. Plus, the metal sides have stylish holes in them, perfect for adding a bit of visual texture. 

Switch up Your Storage Options With a Stylish Bookcase

Bookcases really can be used for anything. Many homes are moving away from using them for books and are instead putting nostalgic photos, elegant art pieces, and more. One lesser-known way to use a bookshelf, though, is to use it as a bathroom closet layout. 

It’ll give you much more design versatility since bookcases come in nearly every style, from industrial to rustic to futuristic. Or, in this case, modern. This bookcase’s geometric design through its offset rectangular shelves are sure to make your closet stand out. 

Make the Most of Extra Wall Space With a Hanging Closet

Not all closets are ground level. In fact, there are many wall-hanging ones available today. If you don’t already have a closet and need one, this is a great way to get some extra storage space. Or you can hang it up in your existing closet above some other space-saving solutions, like shelves. 

No matter what you end up doing with it, it has both shelves and drawers for some extra storage space, which is something that almost every bathroom needs. 

Use a Spice Rack as an On-the-Door Storage Option

Spice racks are incredibly versatile– you can use them for more than just spices. If you have a bunch of small bottles and are unsure how to keep them organized, putting a spice rack on the inside of your bathroom closet door will do the trick. 

Along with bottles, you can also store razors, vitamins, and so much more. Having five shelves, you’ll have plenty of space to store whatever small items are cluttering up your bathroom. 

Use a Stackable Shoe Organizer for More Than Just Shoes

There are truly endless ways to organize your bathroom closet. In this case, your next bathroom closet organizer might be lurking where you least expect it. Yes, this one is a shoe organizer. Why limit it to just shoes? 

Each box comes with a small door, making each one like a mini locker. You can put pretty much anything you want inside, and since the door is clear, you’ll be able to find things quickly. It also is great for customizability. You can stack them in any arrangement you choose, so whether your closet is tall and narrow or wide, you’ll be able to fit some of these inside. 

Final Thoughts…

It turns out there are plenty of bathroom closet ideas out there, from standard shelves to elegant closet layouts. There are even unique options such as corner closets and bookcases. All of them are great in terms of practicality, of course. You can fit plenty of items. 

But each one is also capable of reflecting your unique style, whether you prefer rustic farmhouse cabinets or bohemian wicker baskets. We hope this list gave you plenty of ideas to personalize your bathroom closet.