Under Sink Storage: Super-Smart Ways to Organize the Space Under Sink

Under sink storage is a problem due to weird plumbing angles, and is usually dark and dingy. If you have a bathroom vanity, use the cabinet as storage. If you have a pedestal sink or a wall-mounted sink, use a sink storage shelf that fit specifically underneath both sides of a pedestal sink. Take a look at these creative under sink storage ideas, which turn wasted under sink space into organized storage.

1. Under Sink Storage Unexpected Places

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Raise your hand if you hate fake drawer doors. Here, the homeowner transforms theirs into a pocket hole with a hinged door that creates a under sink storage nook just big enough for a blow dryer and flat iron.

2. Under Bathroom Sink Storage Stack Clear Bins

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Get the most out of this tight area by taking advantage of vertical space under sink storage. See-through bins ensure that you’ll never lose track of extra kitchen sponges or cotton balls.

3. Under Sink Bathroom Cabinet Caddies Outside Of The Shower

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That same bin that’s super handy when it comes to under sink storage for holding shampoo and conditioner is just as useful when hung on the back of your cabinet door to hold your hair tools. Or, stick with bottles and pack it full of lotions and nail polish remover.

4. Under Kitchen Sink Storage Tension Rod

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Keep everyday cleaners well within reach by elevating them on a smartly-placed rod. This leaves under sink storage room below for catch-all trays and bins.

5. Under Kitchen Sink Pull Out Storage TP Separate

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Instead of letting your less than appealing toilet paper take over this valuable storage space, limit your fluffy white essential to just one container (no more and no less) for your under sink storage. This way you can keep the rest of the area open for all of your other beauty items.

6. Kitchen Sink Organizer Ideas Spin Move

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Tuck a lazy Susan under sink storage to keep a collection of cleaning supplies at your fingertips, just like you would a spice rack.

7. Under Sink Pull Out Storage Pretty Pieces

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This utility zone might be hidden from guests, but you still have to look at under sink storage every day. Choose furniture-like pieces (like this blogger’s green drawer-turned-tray) and wrap the interior with patterned contact paper to inspire you to stay tidy.

8. Under Sink Storage Drawers “Don’t Forget The Door”

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Narrow shelves and baskets are great for holding bottles, under sink storage, and accessories. Plus, when you open the door, you can instantly see everything you own without actually moving anything from its dedicated spot.

9. Under Bathroom Sink Storage Ideas With Office Supplies

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Corral bottles in paper trays, stash makeup brushes in pencil boxes, and store hot tools like hair straighteners in a magazine holder.

10. Under Kitchen Sink Organizer Focus On Compartments

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Something about cubbies and shelves just makes everything look instantly in order — and we love this blogger’s genius under sink storage tower of pull-out baskets, which she built herself.

11. Stacking Plastic Bins Under Bathroom Cabinet

These stacking under sink storage containers from the Dollar Tree stack vertically very well. You can even clearly see what is in the bins without labeling these organizers.

12. Roll Out Trays Under Sink

The under sink storage space is usually dark and dingy. These roll-out trays will get everything out in the open and let you find exactly what you need at a glance.

13. Under Sink Desk Organizers

Store hair dryer and curling irons in under sink storage desk organizers to maximize storage space in a small bathroom.

14. Organize, Organize, Organize!

Keep things organized under sink storage with the storage baskets. Put similar items together and label these organizers for finding items easily.

15. Addis Under Sink Storage Unit

Under sink storage is a problem due to weird plumbing angles. With this storage unit, you can ajust the shelves to fit almost any space.

16. Hidden DVD Storage

Keep movie DVDs, toys and books organized under sink storage. Hang the plastic storage baskets from the pipe or just use some cardboard boxes for storage.

17. The Cords

PVC pipe storage for curling irons and cords. Use the space over the vanity cabinet door for under sink storage. Avoid the messy look of curling irons lying on the vanity or the toilet tank.

18. Hidden. Just Hidden.

Use hidden pull out panel below kitchen under sink storage to store sponges and accessories.

19. Toilet Paper Storage Under Sink.

Put a wooden board under the vanity to store the toilet paper rolls. The vanity made from a salvaged wall cabinet and the board under sink add a vintage touch to your bathroom.

20. Sink Drawer Surround Plumbing

The under sink storage drawer is adjustable to fit around the plumbing and disposal below. It’s a great spot for all the sponges, dish soap, trash bags and cleaning supplies that usually get lost in the dark corners.

21. Suspend Spray Bottles Under Sink

Install a curtain rod across the cabinet. Suspend the spray bottles by their spray triggers, and free up storage space for bathroom or kitchen essentials.

22. Curling Iron Holder Under Bathroom Sink

Install the storage unit behind your bathroom cabinet’s false front around the base of your sink basin. Free up wasted space in your cabinets and drawers and help clear off your countertops.

23. Over the cabinet towel holders

Hang your cleaners from over the cabinet door towel bar and free up space under the sink.

23. Multitier Storage

Install a curved multitier storage unit along the undersink plumbing. Free up space for everyday items in the vanity of the bathroom.


BONUS TUTORIAL

Add Storage In Unexpected Places Tutorial by Gray House Studio

This morning Brent and I worked on a quick little organization project that really made me happy! Our project was adding shelves in the bathroom cabinets.

I don’t have a ton of beauty products but I do have the typical necessities and not a lot of places to store them. Don’t most bathroom cabinets seem to have so much wasted space at the top?

All of my stuff was just stacked on top of each other in one big pile on the bottom and if stuff got pushed to the back of the cabinet…well…it might as well have been lost forever as far as I was concerned.

I’ve tried to organize this area multiple times but I have found that without the proper set up, such as a designated space for each item, it doesn’t matter how many times you organize it, it quickly turns into a big messy pile again.

I am kind of embarrassed to be sharing this photo but for the sake of showing the drastic difference I feel like the shelves made, I’ll do it. Below is the disorganized mess it looked like before.

Brent built me two shelves in my cabinet using stuff we already had in our garage. Score! He built me one on the bottom and one at the top.

We decided to take the faux drawer above the cabinet door and add hinges to it so it could open up to a shelf we would install behind it where I could store my hair dryer and curling iron.

We have seen a few photos of this floating around on the internet but wanted to attempt to figure out our own Gray House style of making it happen.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

1. First we popped off the faux drawer. It came off really easy.

2. Then using pliers we removed the brackets and staples from the drawer face and the cabinet.

3. The hinges we used came with instructions saying that the center of the hole should be 2 centimeters from the edge of the board and the diameter of the hole should be 35 millimeters. So Brent measured where he needed to drill and then used the appropriate size forstner bit to drill the hole for the hinge.

4. Brent marked a hole for the plastic screw anchor.

5. Then he used a piece of tape to mark the depth of the cut so he would know when to stop drilling. This would prevent the drill bit from going all the way through the drawer face.

6. With a soft faced mallet, Brent hammered in the plastic screw anchors and then attached the hinge to the drawer face with the screws.

7. After centering the drawer face on the cabinet, he attached the other side of the hinge to the cabinet frame. We now have a functioning door.

8. Then Brent started building the shallow shelf that would sit behind the hinged door. He used a piece of scrap wood that came from a shelf we tore down in our garage.

Bonus: it was already painted white! That was a huge time saver. He measured the width the shelf needed to be to fit in the cabinet in front of the sink.

9. Next, he cut the shelf to size using a miter saw.

10. He flipped the shelf over and clamped a Pocket-Hole Kreg Jig to the board and then used it to drill a pocket-hole on the bottom of the board.

A close up of what the pocket-hole looks like.

11. Finally, he installed the top shelf behind the hinged door. He used the same steps above for the bottom shelf as well.

I am now storing my hair dryer and curling iron behind this secret little door. I like having these items up higher and within reach so they don’t fall towards the back of the cabinet.

After Brent installed the bottom shelf, I finally got to organize this area like I have always wanted!

As you may be able to see, I found another use for my chalkboard tape. Ha. I found these little glass containers left over from our wedding and added some chalkboard tape labels to them and am now using them to store all my hair ties and bobby pins that were laying all over the place.

Hopefully by adding shelves in bathroom cabinets and having a place to store these things will keep them from getting lost and me having to buy new ones all the time.

Do A Spin Move Tutorial by Brittany

If you are like me, you might have stuff crammed under there that could be labelled as potential explosive material (because every time I open those doors I prepare myself for random cleaners and bottles to explode out after being shoved in.)

Finding anything in there required moving everything. After one too many frustrating episodes of not being able to find a clean sponge or dish detergent, I decided enough was enough! As a busy blogger and mother of two I don’t have time to try to find a clean sponge in my own cabinet!

First I cleared everything out of the cabinet and donated all the products that I don’t use. I purchased a plastic lazy susan and put it under one side of the sink.

All the frequently used products live on “Susan”. I had to play with the placement of some of the taller bottles so they wouldn’t hit the drain as they spun around.

On the left side, I store the larger items (compost bucket, napkins and paper towels.)

I also found two baskets to hold dish rags and kitchen towels.

But, there were three things that I reach for over and over again throughout the day: My cleaning spray bottles. I wanted them close at hand and easy to reach as I fought sticky counter syndrome (you moms of young kids know what I’m talking about, right!) I purchased a wire shelf that mounts to the inside of the cabinet door and installed it in a matter of minutes!

Difficulty:

Easy – limited power tool usage. A screwdriver could be used instead of a drill.

Materials:

  • Cordless drill
  • Cabinet rack
  • Safety googles
  • Pencil

Instructions:

1. Hold the wire shelf against the cabinet door to determine the height you want to mount it. Mark the location of one of the screw holes on the side of the rack.

2. Use a level to mark the second screw location on the other side of the rack.

3. Drive one screw into one side. Leave part of the screw protruding from the cabinet.

4. Insert the wire shelf underneath the first screw. Use the drill to drive the second screw into the opposite side. Tighten or loosen the screws as necessary.

5. Store cleaners or other products on the shelf.

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