DIY Bathroom Towel Storage in Under 5 Minutes

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Hey there, friends!  We had a rare weekend at home with no commitments, which only means one thing to me: time to knock some stuff of my DIY to-do list!  My husband has been traveling and working something fierce, so he promised to watch the kids while I got things done all weekend long.  He’s a keeper, y’all.

We’re still waiting for the kitchen cabinets to get painted, but I decided not to let it stop me from pulling off some of the projects on my list.  Those tutorials will be posted over the next several weeks, but if you want a sneak peek check out today’s guest post over at The CSI Project– 10 DIY Ideas to Spice Up Your Kitchen.  All ten are easy and inexpensive ways to spruce up your kitchen whether you are renovating it or not.  I’d love to hear what you think!

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Back to Saturday morning.  As my DIY weekend revved up, I grabbed the cordless drill and started to get to work.

Noodle asked, “Mommy, why do you have Daddy’s drill?”

Oh no she didn’t.

There was a time I wielded that thing on a daily basis.  After kids?  Not so much.  Time to fix that by tackling something that’s been annoying me for years.

The Problem:  Not enough space to store hand towels and washcloths in the master bathroom.

First on the list was a project that’s been in my brain forever– adding in some storage for towels in our master bathroom.

Our master bath is really small.  I mean, really really small.  We have some open shelving filled with my husband’s beauty products, brushes, hair dryer and straightening iron… ahem, okay, those are mine… but they get filled really quickly.  We needed a spot to store hand towels and washcloths without having to close the door, move stuff around and dig.

Here’s an {awkward} before photo.  As much as I love this framed photo of a starfish I took on a trip to Florida, it was time for him to move over and make way for some towels.

Easy Bathroom Towel Storage Idea- before photo

The Solution:  Hang inexpensive baskets for quick open shelving and easy towel access.

After a fun hunting trip to HomeGoods I found the perfect baskets to create shelves.  They were sturdy and rectangular, but lightweight.  All it took was a quick hit with the cordless screwdriver in four spots on the back of the baskets.  I made sure not to push the screws all the way in, just far enough to hold it tightly to the wall:

Easy Bathroom Towel Storage Idea

Leaving about an inch so the top basket didn’t sit on the bottom one, I added the smaller basket above.

Easy Bathroom Towel Storage Idea

5 minutes later, and we have storage!

Easy Bathroom Towel Storage Idea

Such an easy project.  So cost effective.  Yet, such a space saver!

Easy Bathroom Towel Storage Idea

We love the ease of grabbing towels without having to search through the shelves hidden behind the door.  It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?

Easy Bathroom Towel Storage Idea

Now I have a pretty way to store those pesky towels, plus it cost under $20 and took 5 minutes.  Problem solved!

What’s your biggest space issue?  Anyone else have a teeny master bathroom?  Any storage tips to share?  And how about that Noodle– time for her to learn that girls can handle power tools as well!
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  1. Great idea! I will be passing that along to some friends. Thanks.

  2. nice!!~

  3. We only have one bathroom and it’s TINY, so we’ve really been hunting for towel storage. This is a perfect solution! Now to hope that HomeGoods still has some of these in stock! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  4. super cute and easy! love it!

  5. Looks great!!

  6. Those are super cute. You want to be careful about too much weight or they will pull out of the wall (or tear through the back of the baskets). I did the same thing only I used L brackets to support the weight and I have been able to increase what I can store in them.. You can also add washers to the screws to distribute the weight a little more.

    I love the baskets you chose.. they are great.

  7. Good idea! Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend!

  8. Your baskets look so cute up there!! What a great idea!

  9. Ha! I love it!! I would have never thought of such an idea, and so much better looking then wooden shelfs to put stuff on. Genius idea.

    -Solomon Berkovitch

  10. Jennifer Marks says:

    Great Idea and I have similar baskets — so much better that the cheap looking metal rack we have — I was gonna use wine rack but this is even better.

  11. polly plum says:

    I love the baskets-as-shelves idea!I also have a teeny master bathrm.. I bought a funky hatbox on the cheap with a 50 % off coupon at Michael’s to store extra rolls of tp., then 2 cylinder shaped boxes at dollar tree, for feminine stuff. I keep them all on the floor in front of the toilet, because no room for a shelf or cabinetMight look a bit strange as you walk by my bathroom when the door is open, but looks better than having a box of tampax and a bah of stay free on the floor.Don’t know how to post photos on this particular site, or I would.I don’t see a button.

  12. This is such a great storage solution and it looks fantastic too. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I found a pretty wine rack at garage sale, rolled a few towels. It’s pretty and functional

  14. Theresa Clemmer says:

    Love this idea! To even be more spend thrift I will head to my local thrift store and look for baskets. If they aren’t the same color I will spray paint them a nice bright white. Love this idea. Will definitely be doing this! Keep up the AWESOME tips :)

  15. I would recommend the candles be moved away from the baskets — heat rises, so if someone lights them in place, your baskets will get blackened at best — or worse, scorched or even catch fire.

    • Thank you, you raise a really good point– but truthfully I never light the candles and they’ve been there for 6 years. :) I have young kids, so the only candles we actually light are the flameless, battery operated ones. But thanks for commenting, you are absolutely right!

  16. GeeWillikers says:

    Beautiful! Can you tell me the color of that bathroom, I’m doing a remodel and i just love that.
    What do you have on the floor? Hope you don’t mind a copycat :)

  17. I love the basket/shelf idea!I’ve seen something similar with using window boxes to store vertically in a sm. bathroom.I think I’ll head to goodwill and salvation Army and see if I can get a few baskets or window boxes.

  18. Just Curious…the towels in your basket, are they bath towels, hand towels, or wash cloths? It seems like the space inside the baskets would be too small to hold bath towels. I love this idea though and am looking for ideas to create more space in my bathroom!

    • Hi Dori, they are handtowels and washcloths. I have my bath towels on a shelf but there wasn’t enough room for the smaller ones, so this solution works well. :) But you can put anything in the baskets, as long as it isn’t too heavy.


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