A bar cart is an easy solution for anyone who's ensuite is short on storage.

Updated February 25, 2020
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Finding the right place for all of your bathroom essentials can oftentimes feel like a game of Tetris. With space dwindling and your skincare regimen growing, now is the perfect time to rethink your bathroom storage. Consider bringing in a bar cart—a stylish option with a modest footprint—placing a bar cart ($349, westelm.com) in your porcelain palace is a simple way to add multiple shelves and surfaces for your products to reside. Plus, the furniture's wheels make it easy to move out of the way when you want to clean the floor, or even transport to a different room when not in use. Ahead, we explore ways in which a bar cart can change up your storage-challenged bathroom.

Joseph De Leo

Hang a Hand Towel

The handlebar on a bar cart is the ideal place for hanging a hand towel. We recommend having a clean backup at the ready for guests.

Use an "S" Hook

It's difficult to find a natural home for the hair dryer, with its awkward shape and unwieldy cord—especially when you don't have a vanity with a cabinet. An "S" hook solves the conundrum, making it easy to hang up the dryer when you’re done (many models have a loop). If you have space constraints, consider one with a retractable cord.

Organize with Trays

Store items you use every day on the top shelf of the cart, and sort with trays. For example, place your eye makeup on one tray and your skin-care products on another. Stand makeup brushes, eye pencils, and other tools in a cup.

Add Levels

Go a step further with your bathroom organization by adding small shelves, placing your favorite perfumes and scents below and your nail polishes below.

Rein in the Washcloths

While bath towels should be kept to a maximum of two per person, you'll probably want more hand towels and washcloths. Put extras close to the sink, in bins on the lower shelf of the bar cart—out of the way but easily accessible.

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