When space is at a premium and you need a hamper, pantry or cabinet, sometimes the only solution is narrow furniture. To truly maximize the space available in a small room, the furniture you choose should also be tall, providing more total storage space. Unfortunately, narrowness means that you can’t store anything too wide in these cabinets, but for small items they will be more than adequate.
Here are three examples – the one on the left is kind of nice, but the other two are rather dull, I think:
Tall cabinets for small spaces pictured:
Left: Mission Single Door Pantry Cabinet by Ameriwood
Middle: Sauder Homeplus Storage Cabinet in Dakota Oak
Right: Prepac Elite Collection 16-Inch Broom Cabinet
When buying a tall cabinet, make sure to check how many shelves are in it, and whether this number suits your needs. In some cases, some of the shelves are placed far apart. The idea there is that it leaves space for storing taller items. If this is not something that you need, and the extra space between the shelves goes unused, then it is just a waste of storage space. In other cases, the shelves can be moved to different heights. This is the most practical option, since it allows you to space them at distances that are best suited to your needs.
Two more examples – rather boring – but at least the fact that they’re white makes them less noticeable:
Left: 4D Concepts Storage Tower, White
Right: Ameriwood 16-Inch Cabinet
Since these cabinets are often placed in cramped spaces, you should make sure that any doors or drawers can be opened fully when placed in the room, and not hampered by a sink, a toilet tank or even a towel bar. You may also want to look carefully at the materials the unit is made of. In a bathroom, the floor can easily get wet, be it from the shower or an occasional leak. Press-board absorbs water like a sponge. It expands, and in the process deforms the unit. So much so that if it absorbs a lot of water, the press-board will expand to the point where it will actually crack the laminate finish. The marring is purely aesthetic, but if it’s there, there is pretty much nothing you can do to fix it. As a preventive measure, if need be, you could put some furniture risers on the cabinet’s feet. This will keep the feet off the floor, but of course, it may affect the overall aesthetic appeal of the unit.