12 Quick and Easy Water Bottle Storage Ideas

Tired of having to duck your head every time you need a water bottle out of the cabinet? If you’re struggling with water bottle storage solutions you’re not alone.  Today, I’ve rounded up 12 quick and easy water bottle storage ideas.

water bottle storage ideas

First things first though, just like with any organization project, I highly recommend starting with decluttering your water bottles.  Click here to see the process my family used to purge a few water bottles and only keep the ones we really loved and actually used.

Which water bottle storage system is right for you?

Your personal situation will determine which storage solution is ideal.  What works for one family may or may not work for yours. The following are three areas to consider:

Number of Water Bottles

The number of water bottles you decide to keep will determine the amount of space required.  The more you can downsize the easier it will be to store and organize.  

Family Needs

Ideally, you want to create a system that everyone in your home can utilize.  Where do you need to put the water bottles where they’re easy to grab and put away?  The top shelf in the cabinet may not be the best solution, especially for the vertically challenged! 

Storage Space

Take a look at your space to help determine what is practical for your situation.  You’re likely to find room to store water bottles either on a shelf, in a drawer, or on the back of a door.  

The following are my favorite water bottle storage ideas based on the type of space you have:

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Shelf water bottle organizers

Most of these ideas will work in a cabinet or on a shelf in your pantry.  Some will also work on top of a counter.

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1. Storage racks designed for water bottles 

These types of storage racks come in either adjustable or non-adjustable styles.  Your water bottle collection will determine which style is best for you. 

If you have mostly standard-size water bottles then the non-adjustable style will work just fine.  What’s great about this option is you can buy multiple sets and keep stacking them on top.

This design comes in multiple sizes and colors. Click here to learn more.  

mDesign Plastic Free-Standing Stackable 3 Bottle Storage Holder Rack

However, if you have a variety of shapes and sizes then I would go with an adjustable rack system instead.  This will give you the flexibility you need to accommodate your collection. This one comes in multiple two sizes and colors. Click here to learn more.

X-cosrack Water Bottle Organizer

2. Bins & Baskets

Bins and baskets are an inexpensive way to store your water bottles.  Ideally, you want to purchase one that has tall enough sides so that when moved the water bottles don’t fall out.  It’s also best to buy a bin that doesn’t have tapered sides allowing you to store more water bottles upright and not at an angle.  

You can conceal your water bottles for a cleaner look using a solid bin or basket like the one pictured below. To learn more about this product click here.

Acrux7 5 Pack Plastic Storage Baskets

Or you can use a clear container making it easier to locate a specific water bottle.  These bins come in different quantity packs. To learn more click here.

ClearSpace Plastic Storage Bins 

3. Placing drawers on shelves 

This is ideal if you like to store your lids separately from their containers.  If that is you, the two-drawer system may be a good option.  Store your lids in the bottom drawer and place your water bottles on top. To see more product details click here.

SimpleHouseware 2 Tier Sliding Cabinet Basket

4. Magazine Holder 

One of my favorite things to do is repurpose items I already have around the house when organizing.  Have a spare magazine holder around?  Turn it on its side and you can contain a few water bottles.  The width of your magazine holder will determine which sizes of water bottles will fit. Click here to see all the pretty colors these come in.

Alfion Magazine File Organizer 

5. Lazy Susan 

This is another item that you may not have originally considered.  Using a lazy Susan on a shelf is another ideal way to store water bottles.  Make sure the lazy Susan has sides and is not flat.  This will keep bottles from falling out when rotating. Click here for more details.

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6. Wine Racks 

Even though I thoroughly believe wine racks should be used for wine, they can also store your water bottles.  If you choose this option, make sure you find a wine rack that is solid so small water bottles can’t fall through the openings.  Here’s one I found that also has a sleek, modern look to it and would look great sitting on top of a counter. For more details click here.

Bariboo Wine Rack

Drawer water bottle organizers

If you’re lacking in shelving space then drawers may be the perfect option. Again, it all comes back to your actual space and what it can accommodate. 

1. Kitchen drawers

In some rare cases, you may have a drawer that is narrow and tall enough to accommodate water bottles.  This was a fun surprise when we moved into our house and I was organizing our kitchen.  It’s just deep enough to fit my tallest water bottle without the lid on.  I store the lids in a small container within the drawer.

The kids have easy access to them and they’re conveniently located right next to the sink A win-win!

2. Larger Kitchen drawer with dividers or bins

If you have a larger drawer that you’re thinking about using then I suggest utilizing dividers or bins to keep the water bottles contained.  This will keep the water bottles upright and organized without falling over when opening the drawer.

Click here to learn more about these easy to use drawer dividers.

Drawer Dividers Organizers

Click here to see the different sizes and quantities available in these drawer organizer boxes.

mDesign Long Plastic Drawer Organizer Box

Door water bottle organizers

If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in pantry then a door water bottle organizer may be the perfect solution.  Unfortunately, this will not work on bi-fold doors.  

1. Over the door shoe organizer

Here’s another creative storage solution.  Use a shoe organizer to organize your water bottles instead of shoes.  If you choose one with clear pockets it will make it easier to locate a specific water bottle. Click here to see product details and other colors this item comes in.

SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

2. Over the door water bottle organizer 

This is very similar to the previous idea except this was developed specifically for water bottles.  It comes with larger pockets to accommodate all sizes.  If you have a lot of odd-shaped water bottles then this may be the perfect option for you.  Click here to learn more.

Fajyaz Water Bottle Organizer

Other Ideas

Sometimes the ideal solution doesn’t require an organizer and utilizes something you already own.  Let’s consider using the refrigerator and freezer.

1. Storing in the Refrigerator

If you have the extra space in your refrigerator, maybe it makes sense to store your water bottles there.  This allows you to grab a cold water bottle when needed.  This works especially well if you’re a one water bottle per person kind of family.  

water bottle storage ideas

2. Storing in the Freezer

Another idea is to store half-filled water bottles in the freezer at an angle.  When it’s time to go, fill the rest up with water.  This will ensure your water stays cold for several hours which is wonderful for long road trips or on a hot summer day.


Should I store my water bottle lids on or off?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question.  It’s more of a personal preference.  Like with most things there are pros and cons to every side.

Storing with lids on

Pros: easy grab and go, lids don’t get lost

Con:  need to make sure water bottle is completely dry before storing

Storing with lids off:

Pros: water bottles can finish air-drying after washing, and eliminates the odor that can occur inside a water bottle

Cons: requires a separate storage solution, higher potential for losing lids

How many water bottles should each person have?

This also comes down to personal choice.  Some people believe one is enough.  Personally, this would never work for me and my family.  Ultimately it comes down to your needs and lifestyle choices. 

Do you have a busy family that’s constantly running off to various sporting events?  Do your kids keep a water bottle at school or do you like to keep one at work?  Maybe you ride your bike and only a certain shape of water bottle works.  Do you prefer to keep a water bottle in the car?

Typically, most people will find that one water bottle is not sufficient.

That’s it.  Those are my twelve water bottle storage ideas based on the type of space you have.  Hopefully one of these solutions will be ideal for your situation and you won’t have to duck your head next time you open the cabinet where the water bottles are stored!  

Drop me a comment and let me know which water bottle storage idea you’re going to try.

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