Shower storage ideas have come a long way since the time when the main option was a humble shower caddy. While there’s nothing wrong with a chic shower rack, there are plenty of clever ways to create shower storage solutions that will also offer a design-driven aesthetic.
‘In the bathroom, it’s important to keep toiletries easily accessible,’ says James Lentaigne, Creative Director at Drummonds. ‘Each area of the bathroom – sink, bath and shower – should feature some form of storage in order to keep toiletries close to hand when needed.’
Storage is an important part of your walk-in shower ideas and are a fine detail that shouldn’t be overlooked.
‘When we design bathrooms, we are always mindful of storage, towels and toiletries that all need a practical and stylish home,’ says Tom Cox of design studio HÁM interiors. ‘We often use vanities with deep pull out drawers not just because they look good but are a practical option. Inside the shower we like to create recesses for the toiletries, it’s visually more harmonious to continue the repeating tile pattern and a practical space-saver, too.’
12 Shower storage ideas
1. Create an in-built bench
If done cleverly, a bench can easily be incorporated into small bathroom shower ideas, taking up only the dead space inside the shower area.
‘An in-built shower bench offers a handy, easy-to-reach space to store shower products away from the floor and is also useful if you’re looking to future-proof your bathroom as it gives you a place to perch,’ says Richard Fox, a senior designer at Ripples. The bench need only be the depth of one tile, and doesn’t need to be a place to sit on. The shower installer can easily create this while remodelling the space, and it doesn’t need to encroach more than about 2 inches into the floor area.
Combine the bench with extra storage solutions, like a recessed wall niche, to optimize the space.
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Not only does ladder storage look cool, it also offers a versatile space for all your shower essentials, and works perfectly in wet room ideas.
You can hang your towels, body brushes or gels, and, if you invest in a ladder with rungs and shelves, there’s also space to sit your bottles, or place a wire basket for even more storage.
Opt for a cocooning, dramatic industrial vibe (above), with matte black finishes, or choose a modern rustic look with earthy materials (below).
Original Style’s Sylwia Jacob says: ‘The above minimalist scheme with matching floor and wall tiles works to give the impression of a larger space, and looks chic paired with natural textures, simple storage in the form of a practical ladder, and stylish accessories – all lending a Japandi vibe to achieve a calming atmosphere.’
How do I add storage to my shower?
‘Incorporating inset shelves is a great way to add storage to your shower that works seamlessly with the space,’ says Xander Shreenan, interior designer at Dowsing & Reynolds.
He adds: ‘For a quick update to your storage, fixing wall-hanging metal shelves or racks that have been sealed could be a great solution. These can come in an array of finishes and colours so can be a fantastic way to add personality to your space, for example, a pink metal shelf.
What can I use instead of a shower caddy?
‘Wooden footstools and benches are a popular alternative to shower caddies because they’re practical but also have a lovely aesthetic,’ comments Senior Designer at Ripples, Richard Fox. ‘Not only do they give extra surface space to place products but they double-up as the perfect resting spot!’
How can I hide my shower products?
‘Hiding products can be tricky, especially if they’re in brightly coloured packaging as this can jar with an otherwise cohesive scheme,’ states Xander Shreenan.
‘Instead of hiding your bathroom products think about dispensing them into pumps and containers that complement your room style… Think brown glass bottles or smoked green containers, [as seen in the beautiful bathroom by Bert & May above]. These can even be personalised with tags or simply taking a marker pen in a contrasting colour and writing on them.’
And if you’re happy to move your shower products as needed, you can place them in a cupboard. Ripples’ Richard Fox says: ‘An easy place to add storage in a shower room is underneath the washbasin; these deep drawers are great for hiding away cleaning products, shampoo bottles and other shower products.
‘If you have internal stud walls, space can be maximised by installing a recessed mirror cabinet which not only adds extra storage but also lighting and a charging socket (some even have speakers).’