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73 Creative Bathroom Shelf Ideas

73 Creative Bathroom Shelf Ideas

Couldn’t we all use more storage space in our bathrooms? It seems like no matter how big or small. There’s never enough room for all of your toiletries, towels, toilet paper, and bathroom essentials. Storage is a bathroom necessity, and adding extra storage could be as simple as adding a wall shelf or two. However, you shouldn’t add just any shelf. It needs to complement the design style of your bathroom. 

These bathroom shelf ideas will help you add much-needed shelves to your bathroom walls.

1. Design

Designing your bathroom recessed shelving is an art. The shelves need to be placed far enough apart to give you enough space for bathroom decor and storage They also need to be cut to the perfect size to sit snugly in the recessed space.

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It can help to look at bathroom shelving ideas to get an idea of the possibilities. You may already have a natural space to mount the shelves. If your bathroom architecture doesn’t allow for this, you can make your own recessed alcove.

2. DIY

You can build your own floating shelf for your bathroom. Check out DIY bathroom shelf ideas to get an idea for the best shelves to add storage space to your small bathroom. When you create your own DIY bathroom shelves, you have the freedom to make your shelf any way you want.

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You could give the shelf a decorative front edge. Or you could use distinctive hardware. Popular choices are industrial pipe, geometric gold-colored metal, hidden supports, or rope to hang the shelves.

3. Farmhouse

If you’re looking to add open storage to your farmhouse bathroom, consider floating shelf toilet storage ideas. You can then place a basket or crate on the shelf to act as towel storage. Stick with the bathroom storage ideas that have a farmhouse design style.

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They are typically wood shelves that have some thickness to them. They also look like raw wood. However, you should wax the wood to help seal it and protect it from the high level of moisture in the bathroom.

4. Freestanding

You don’t need a lot of floor space to have a freestanding shelving unit. You can buy a bathroom cabinet that fits over your toilet. Its legs are just wide enough to slide it back over the toilet. Look for a unit that fits your design style. They come in metal, wood, acrylic, PVC plastic, and wicker.

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Some have open shelving, and others have an enclosed cabinet with doors. A shelf and cabinet combo is nice because you can use the shelf to display decor and the cabinet for hidden storage.

5. Glass

If you have a tiny bathroom, you need to maximize your available bathroom space. Open shelves are the best option for your small space because they don’t close the bathroom in. For even more visibility, use glass shelves instead of solid ones. You can easily see through the glass, so they disappear into the bathroom.

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Glass shelves tend to have a sleek and modern look so they may look out of place in a farmhouse or rustic bathroom. However, choose a set with gold hardware accents, and they are the perfect addition to your vintage or art deco bathroom.

6. Metal

Metal shelves are durable and come in a wide variety of designs, making them perfect for use in your bathroom. You could add a freestanding metal shelving rack to sit over your toilet. Or you could add a metal shelving unit to hang on the wall.

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They also make the perfect addition to your DIY bathroom shelf project. Cut out the drywall between two studs and line the hole with fresh drywall. Paint the surface and mount a recessed shelf in the space.

7. Minimalist

Floating shelves are perfect for a minimalist design. They have a clean and streamlined design that’s the perfect addition to your bathroom. Taking a minimalist approach is smart because it keeps your bathroom feeling open and clutter-free. A thick piece of wood is best for a spa-like feel because it adds a natural touch to your bathroom.

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A black metal shelf adds a nice touch to your industrial, rustic, or vintage bathroom. Try to follow the other lines in your minimalist bathroom. For example, a modern bathroom typically has a long floating vanity. Your floating shelf could follow this line for a cohesive design. 

8. Storage

Your shelves need to be functional, so while tiny decorative shelves may look cute, they probably won’t be worth the trouble to mount them on the wall. Your shelves should be deep and long enough to give you enough space to use them for storage. You should also consider what you plan to put on them.

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An enclosed cabinet is a better option for hiding bathroom essentials. No one wants to look at your stockpile of toilet paper and cleaning products. It can also help to have several storage options throughout the bathroom. That way, your toiletries don’t have to share a space with your toilet scrub brush.

9. Wall

Start your project by measuring your available wall space. Measure the length and height of your bathroom wall. You can then use these dimensions to decide the size of your open shelf. In some cases, you may want to use one large shelf. In others, several small shelves will look better.

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Consider the placement of your shelves on the wall. Generally, eye level or higher is the best option. Lower than that, and someone could bump into them and hurt themselves. If you add a shelf to the wall above your toilet, it needs to be at least two feet higher than the toilet so that you don’t hit your head on it.

10. Wood

Adding a wooden shelf to your bathroom is a doable DIY shelf project. You can buy a plank of wood at your local home improvement store. Then you can leave it raw, stain, varnish, or paint it.

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The treatment you give the wood will depend on the type of look you’re going for and the overall design style of your bathroom. Adding a wood shelf is nice because you can customize it. Measure the space you have available for your DIY bathroom storage shelves, then cut the wood to fit. This could require you to cut both the length and width.