(Closed) Storage Ideas for Towels and extra toiletries — no Linen Closet

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I lived in an apartment without a linen closet for years and now it’s my favourite part of my new house HAHA!!!!!!

For towels we put up shelves high up above the sink as far away from the shower as possible and stacked the towels neatly on the shelves and got nice baskets to keep under the sink for the extra toiletries in one house.

In the other house we did not have a cabinet sink we had a pedestal sink and still no linen closet but we did have room in the bathroom for a small wire shelving unit and so we put of the shelves and stacked the towels on the bottom and middle racks and put nice baskets with the toiletries on the upper rack and then nice decorative items on the very top.

Hope this helps to give you some ideas you can use for your condo!

Post # 4
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our apartment didn’t have a linen closet, either so I bought this piece to go on the wall between the bathroom and bedroom http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Hampton_Bay_6-Door_Tall_Cabinet/410/ At only 14″ deep, it isn’t intrusive, but provides storage for all of our sheets and towels. You have to assemble it, which it a bit of a pain, but it has served us well for the past 2 years.

Post # 5
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We just bought a bathroom etagere… it’s a piece of furniture that goes over your toilet.  I thought we were going to have to spend like more than $50 on it but Target had a college brand one for $20.  Considering when we do buy a house, we probably won’t need it so it’s a great price for serving its purpose for the time being.

We got the one with doors.  Fits our towels perfectly and now the linen closet can be used to fit other stuff.

Post # 6
11824 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

We bought a pretty woven basket, and we nicely roll up our towels and store them in the basket.  The basket sits right outside the door to our bathroom, in our bedroom.  One day we will install a shelf over the toilet, but for now this works!

Post # 7
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

haha it was totally a man!! We almost bought a house with no linen closet and I was like… wtf? I love having one in our new house. What I was thinking though was doing pretty baskets if you have floor space. Not ideal, but its something.

Post # 8
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We bought these pretty bamboo wall shelves from Ikea that R put up in out bathroom. I don’t think I need to tell you that city apartments often lack space, closet or otherwise! We have two regular towels and some hand towels folded decoratively on the shelves, and then we also put a few candles and lotions up there. That freed up all of the under-sink space for a few rolls of TP and other toiletries. 

Post # 9
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I use woven baskets for everything due to a lack of storage (not having too many clothes!).  They work great, just have to tidy them up every once and awhile if you shove things in, like I tend to do.

Post # 11
3587 posts
Sugar bee

Sorry about the linen closet. I live in apartment and I have no linen closet. That’s one thing I look forward to in a house.LOL

I use a metal shelf that is on my floor for now. Not much space in my bathroom, but I have no choice. Where there isn’t a closet is beyond me also.

Post # 12
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I second the shelf unit on top of the toilet! They’re unbelievably useful!

Post # 13
1454 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We don’t either and have NO room for shelves, or cabinets/baskets outside the bathroom. We live in a TINY (around 850 sq ft) house in a sought-after area. Smart. UGH.

We just have an over the door towel rack in addition to the towel rack that’s in our bathroom. We have room to hang six towels so that gets us through the week until we wash them. We have a spare set of towels that are under our guest bed (along with our spare sets of sheets) so when we have guests, we can lay them out on the guest bed for them to use so they don’t have to use our towels.

I have a small college-like 3-drawer thing that is in our spare bedroom for storing spare toiletries that are used infrequently (sunscreens, shoe polish- RANDOM stuff). If you could add a small drawer system (like $10 at walmart or a place like that) in a corner of your walk-ins that would help you store things that you’d normally put in a linen closet (cotton swabs, medicines, first aid, etc)

Post # 14
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You could always do the cabinet that goes over the toilet… I’m not really sure what they’re called, but Bed Bath and Beyond carries them :o)

Post # 15
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our house is 100 years old and has 3 closets total…one in each bedroom. No coat closet, no storage for the vacuum, no linen closet…you learn to be very creative. I have done the nice basket with the towels rolled up for year (also lived in 100+ year old city apartments) and somehow still get complimented on it. Go figure.

Post # 16
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Did you move into my apartment? lol 

Our place is ooooooold! We have one walk-in closest in the master bedroom and the equivalent to a coat closest in the second bedroom. We have to use the walk-in for linens as well. We have used some wicker baskets in the bathroom to help because there are no cabinets in the bathroom! Sounds like the bees have some good ideas, you just have to think a little outside the closet (box) on this. 

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