Ideas for Bathroom Shelving

One of the easiest ways to increase the storage space and enhance the look of your bathroom is with the proper shelving. Even if you have a very small bathroom, there is usually some extra wall space or floor space that you can make the most of. Traditional shelving usually takes up too much space, so here are a few alternative ideas for your bathroom shelving.

ladder shelving


Rolling ladders. Rolling ladders are a great way to store linens, soaps, toilet paper and other necessary toiletries. Or you could display your favorite candles or potpourri and make the ladder a more decorative piece rather than a functional one.

medicine cabinet shelves


Vanity shelving. Bathroom vanity cabinets offer more than just a mirror to use for daily grooming, they also function as a built-in shelving unit. You can store all your smaller necessities (skincare products, makeup, or even medicine) so they are at an easy reach. Since these vanities are covered by a door, you don't have to worry about guests seeing all of your toiletries out in the open.

recessed shelves


Recessed shelves. Recessed shelves make the most of your small space since they don't jut out from the wall. Keep your towels and toiletries packed away and organized easily with this type of shelving.

floating shelves


Floating shelves. Floating shelves add a handsome decor to your bathroom while providing a place to store your favorite items. Make sure that you install the shelves at a height that is easy for most people to reach, since these shelves aren't just for looks.

roll-out shelves


Roll-out shelves. Roll-out shelves can help to simplify your storage needs as well. Simply install them into your existing cabinets or pantry and place your necessities inside. These pull-out shelves usually include dividers or tiers so you can get the most storage space out of the shelves.

drawer shelf


An old drawer. If you have an old drawer laying around, you can repurpose it into a shelf for your bathroom. You may have to repaint or sand the drawer or line the inside to make it appear cleaner and nicer, but that is a simple and affordable update. After sprucing up the drawer, hang it on your wall using hardware and place a few items on the new shelf. If needed, add some drawer dividers at different heights to store both tall and short items.

corner shelving


Corner shelving. The corners of bathrooms are one of the most ignored spaces in the home. If they are empty, try installing a shelving unit specifically made to fit corners. This makes the most of every crevice in your bathroom and makes those awkward spaces stand out- in a good way.

toilet shelving


Toilet shelving. The space above your toilet is usually either bare or dedicated to a piece of artwork. Why not use this empty space to store washcloths, cleaning products or grooming tools? There are a variety of shelving types that will work in this space, including wire racks, standing shelves and more.

How to Install Shelving in Your Home

An easy way to add storage and give your room a new look is to add shelving. While certain home remodeling projects should be left to the professionals, installing basic shelving in your home is fairly easy if you have a couple hours, a little cash and some DIY talent. Here is a basic guide on how to install shelving in your home.

What you’ll need:

a level

adjustable shelf brackets


wall standards



stud finder

electric drill and drill bit

tape measure


1. The first thing to do is to measure and prepare. Figure out how many shelves you want and what size each needs to be (width and depth). Choose what type of material you want your shelves to be (wood, MDF, metal, etc.) and if you need to sand, prime or paint them before installing.

2. After all the preparations are done, it’s time locate the wall studs. Use a simple electronic stud finder to locate the studs before you start to install the shelving. You can find these at your local hardware store for a reasonable price. The sensor will beep or light up when you have indicated the stud’s edge. Repeat doing this on opposite ends of the wall and mark these spots with a pencil. Typically studs are located either 16 or 32 inches apart from one another.

3. Now it’s time to install the standards, which are the bars that hold the shelving brackets. After you’ve located and marked the studs, use your electric drill to screw the first standard to the wall corresponding to the stud locations. After the first standard is installed partially, use a level against the edge of the standard to make sure it is vertically centered. Put screws in the bottom hole, then the rest of the holes to finish installing your standards. Make sure you install enough standards to hold the contents that will be placed on the shelves- you don’t want the shelves to sag (twin-track standards will take more weight than single-track ones).

4. After the standards are in place, it’s time to install the brackets for extra support.

Make sure that they are wide and long enough to support the shelves, and that you install two or three for extra support. These can be screwed in with an electrical drill right into the standards or hooked into them depending on how they are made. Again, make sure you use a level in this process before securing the screws in all the way. If you want to add drama to your shelving unit, install corbels and supports with intricate details and carvings.

5. Place the shelves on the brackets and screw them in to the front of the bracket for added support.