Use under-sink storage to turn that unruly jumble into an organized model of good bathroom behavior.
An inexpensive ($3) wire wall rack combined with plastic storage boxes ($6-$14) adds up to well-organized under-sink storage. The rack puts everyday-use items right at your fingertips, and the clear storage boxes let you easily see what’s inside — aided by decorative labels. The individual boxes let you configure storage around plumbing pipes.
Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsBin There, Done That
The heart and soul of this well-sorted sink cabinet are stackable plastic bins ($8-$15) that allow easy access to makeup, toiletries, and supplies. Smaller bins in the center let you avoid plumbing pipes at the back of the cabinet.
Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsSkirting the Issue
Got an open cabinet and no place to hide bathroom supplies? Add a skirt that’ll keep stuff out of sight. Tack the skirt in place, and some fun fabric goes a long way toward sprucing up your bath.
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Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsPipe Dreams
A bit of 1-inch PVC pipe with end caps is all that’s needed to corral your brood’s collection of toothbrushes and keep your countertop clutter-free. Cut pipe 4¼ inches long, and drill holes in the back of the pipe to hang them from stick-on hooks. Don’t glue the caps on so you can remove them now and then to clean out the pipes.
Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsSecret Litterbox
A small access hole in one side of this sink cabinet leads to a hidden litterbox where Kitty can conduct her business in private. The main door swings open for cleaning and changing litter, and a plug-in air cleaner ($21) keeps everything smelling sweet. Short partition walls prevent litter bits from scattering.
Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsSneaky Storage
A fixed panel covers the upper part of a sink cabinet because the bottom of the sink bowl makes the space useless — or does it? Vanity sinks are often shallow enough that you can sneak in some storage behind a hinged, drop-down panel. Retrofit your vanity with a pair of cabinet hinges ($5) and a curling iron holder ($40) – a plastic shelf that’s made specifically to fit this narrow space (also fits hair dryers!).
Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsGlide-Out Shelves
Heavy-duty custom-made shelves glide out at the touch of a finger. These are configured to fit around plumbing pipes and can support up to 50 pounds when fully extended. A good-quality glide-out shelving system costs $100-$250 each; add another $50-$100 for professional handyman installation.
Smart Ideas for Under-Sink Storage in BathroomsHooks & Holders
Find a home for odd-shaped stuff on the back of a cabinet door. Here, a chrome wall-mount cup holder ($15-$35) keeps a hair dryer and curler away from the door surface so you can stash them while still hot. Two clothes hooks facing away from each other are a great way to wind up those loose electrical cords.