Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

DIY Lite: Double Bathroom Storage with Easy-Build Box Shelves

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

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The bathroom can be a nightmare to organize, with all of its towels, soap bottles, grooming supplies, and other toiletries—and when you’re sharing the space, that’s double the stuff to store! To keep everything at arm’s reach while still clutter-free, try assembling an open storage system. Boxy wall shelves can be a good option, providing double the ledges for with each unit in case supplies start to overflow. The best part? Assembly is easy. Just follow those simple steps to set yours up ASAP.

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– 1×6 lumber, 8footlong (4)
– Wood glue
– Clamps
– Drill
– 1½inch screws (36)
– Sandpaper
– Wood stain
– Varnish
– Brush
– Level
– Pencil
– 2½inch metal brackets (6)
– ½inch screws (24)
– 4inchwide tins (optional)


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The dimensions for these 6-inch-deep shelves are easily adaptable, so you can shorten the length if necessary. To make three, we cut our lumber into the following dimensions: six pieces at 4 feet each, and six more at 9 inches each. (You can get these right at your home improvement store where you pick up your wood, if you don’t want to handle a saw.)

Position a 9-inch piece perpendicular at each end of a 4-foot length plank, then join them with wood glue.


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Apply glue to the exposed ends of each 9-inch plank, then lay a 4-foot board across. Maintain pressure at the glued joints of this box until the glue dries. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to construct two more boxes.


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Glue alone will not be strong enough to support the weight of all items to be stored on your shelves: guest towels, toilet paper rolls, spare shampoo bottles, and more. Once the adhesive has cured, reinforce the shelves with three 1-½-inch screws at both ends of each 4-foot cut. Tip: Pre-drill small holes and then insert screws in order to prevent the wood from cracking.


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Sand all of the new boxy shelves, particularly along the edges, to remove splinters. Start with a coarse 100-grit sandpaper, and finish smoothing the surface with a finer 150-grit paper.


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Color your assembled shelves with a wood stain of your choice, following the package’s instructions to a tee. After one or two coats have dried, seal with a coat of acrylic varnish.

If you’d rather, you can paint the shelves a color that blends your shallow shelves in with your bathroom walls—just be careful to choose a satin or semi-gloss finish that resists water, as the bathroom will ly to be very damp after steamy showers.


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Time to hang your new wall shelves! Determine where you’d to position the set, exactly how high above the floor and how far apart from one another. (Our lowest shelf is 30 inches above the ground, and we left 4 inches of space between each level.

) Hold the first shelf in place, checking that it is completely horizontal using a level. Mark the inside of the two top corners on the wall. After you set the shelf down, affix a 2-½-inch bracket to the wall at each mark using ½-inch screws.

 You will need one bracket at each corner of the box.


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Lift the box shelf so that its top rests on the brackets. Pre-drill through the brackets’ holes into the wooden shelf, and secure with screws.


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When you go to hang the second shelf, try this trick: Place three emptied tins that are the same size as your desired distance between shelves (ours are 4 inches wide each) across the lowest shelf, then rest the next shelf atop of them. These helpers will keep your hands free!

Rest a level on the whole stack to ensure the second shelf is horizontal and also aligned with the one beneath. Mark the inside top corners, remove the second shelf, and screw the brackets into the wall at these marks. Hang the shelf over the two brackets, and screw it into place.

Repeat this step to hang the third shelf at the top, and you’re all set to fill the 6-inch-deep ledges with all of the toiletries that you can’t cram underneath your sink any longer.

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Bathroom Shelf Ideas: 15 Clever DIY Bathroom Shelves for Bathroom Storage

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

Bathroom Shelf Ideas: Looking for clever ideas to maximize your bathroom storage? These clever DIY bathroom shelves and ready-to-buy bathroom shelves will provide great ideas for small bathrooms! No more wondering where to store all the bathroom necessities! Read more to see all the ideas!


Most small bathrooms can benefit from a little more storage–whether it’s for decorating your bathroom (see my bathroom decorating ideas here ) or providing more storage and organization–creating more storage in your bathroom is essential! We all have things we need to store in the bathroom, and creating spots for them is the key to making a small bathroom look larger small bathroom look larger (see my tips here)! Below, I’ve rounded up my favorite bathroom shelf ideas for creating more storage and decorating your bathroom walls!

And while we haven’t made DIY bathroom shelves in this house, we did paint all our bathroom cabinets (see how to paint bathroom cabinets and vanities here! ) 

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We all have things that we need to store in our bathrooms–so why not make it stylish and affordable? I’ve rounded up my favorite DIY bathroom shelf ideas from 15 different bloggers and all my easy to buy bathroom shelf ideas–some of them have me rethinking my bathroom storage choices! These bathroom shelves solve a myriad of problems–from adding decor to an otherwise sterile bathroom, all the way to the very functional problem of providing the toilet paper storage. Whether it’s over the toilet storage, or an accent wall to display some meaningful artwork and decorative accessories–these DIY bathroom shelf ideas will have you pinning away!


Sustain My Craft Habit did a lovely nautical themed DIY Rope Bathroom Shelf here with her DIY Rope Bathroom Shelf here–I love the mix of driftwood and rope! 

House By The Bay Designs installed fantastic DIY Pipe Shelves DIY Pipe Shelves!

Hearth and Vine showed how lovely simple DIY wood shelves simple DIY wood shelves can be when decorated well!

Polished Habitat used Ikea brackets but totally glammed up these fun bathroom shelves with decorative paper. 

Love Create Celebrate showed how chic mimialist bathroom shelves can be.

Blue I Style showed how to glam up DIY bathroom shelves with marble contact paper. See her DIY bathroom shelves with marble contact paper here !

Two Feet First shares how to create DIY bathroom shelves in farmhouse style in a corner DIY bathroom shelves in farmhouse style in a corner. 

Charleston Crafted shows you don’t need walls to create DIY bathroom shelves! See how they created their cedar DIY bathroom storage over the toilet here.


Bathroom shelves don’t just have to go over the toilet! Below, find more ideas to maximize your storage using wall space! You can go over windows, or even doors!

Craftivity Designs shared her faux weathered DIY bathroom shelves here.

Anika’s DIY Life shares how to make a DIY Floating Ladder Bathroom Shelf here complete DIY Floating Ladder Bathroom Shelf here with plans!

The Handyman’s Daughter shares how to create DIY recessed bathroom shelves here.

Simple Practical Beautiful shares how to make an over the window DIY bathroom storage shelf.

Artsy Chicks Rule shows how lovely a simple floating bathroom shelf is.

Rain on a Tin Roof shows how you can make Built in Bathroom Shelving for under $25..

Bower Power shows how you can make chunky bathroom shelves here. 


  • Create towel storage by installing hooks! We installed four simple coat hooks in our kids’ bathroom and we finally have a place for everyone’s bath towel! 
  • Corral bathroom necessities toilet paper in decorative baskets we did in our small bathroom makeover!
  • Simplify your bathrooms by inspecting what you actually need down there. When we had a medicine cabinet in our downstairs bathroom, we found we didn’t really use it–so we relocated its contents elsewhere (the upstairs bathroom) and put a decorative mirror up instead!


If you are making over a bathroom, make sure you check out all these bathroom makeovers posts!


How To Build Bathroom Floating Shelves

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

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No matter the size of your bathroom, you could always use more storage, right? It is the same thing in the kitchen, right?! Bathrooms and kitchens always need more storage for some reason!

We had some (hideous) shelves about the toilet in our bathroom before we started this farmhouse master bathroom renovation that you will see below. They provided some bathroom storage, but I knew I had ditch them. So we decided on adding bathroom floating shelves. I love that they give us that farmhouse style we desperately needed!

It’s been a while since I posted an update about our farmhouse master bathroom renovation! You guys loved the shiplap wall tutorial I shared and I can’t wait to show you the rest.

I have been bursting at the seams with things I’ve been wanting to share with you on the blog, so our farmhouse master bathroom room is getting revealed slowly. I promise a full reveal of our farmhouse master bathroom is coming. Hehe.

There’s a little sneak peek at the full reveal in the video at the bottom of this post!  (UPDATE: The wait is over!! Check out the full room reveal for our farmhouse master bathroom here!)

You may remember from the shiplap wall post, but here’s what the bathroom looked when we moved in. Yuck, yuck and more yuck!

U-G-L-Y…. (ok, tell me that you didn’t start singing that cheer?… no? ok maybe I’m the only former cheerleader and Bring In On fan in the room).

The ugly bathroom did get a little (and I really mean little) better when we skim coated (made the texture smooth), painted, and put in some wire shelving.

But, I hated those shelves. And because I hated those shelves, I also hated styling them. I just couldn’t get them to look cute. They always looked outdated and cluttered.

The master bathroom really started to transform when we added the faux shiplap wall! Don’t you think?

But, we definitely need some storage!! I’ve always dreamed about having nice open shelving above the toilet to style up real cute and provide extra storage. Who doesn’t need extra storage in their bathroom?

Oh ya, did I mention this is the smallest master bathroom I’ve ever seen!? I was such at a loss for storage solutions when we moved in, I even shared my favorite small bathroom ideas here. These DIY bathroom floating shelves are just what we needed.

This bathroom floating shelves post contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Step 1. Build your base

Using 2x3s, first you will build the base of your shelves. For each shelf, cut the 3 boards to the approximate desired depth of your shelf and 1 board to the width of your shelf.

Attach the three boards on each corner and one in the middle using 2.5 inch wood screws and some wood glue. Be sure to use a square to make sure everything is lined up accurately.

Step 2. Cut and attach sides and top to the base

Cut two side pieces from 1×4’s and the top from common pine board. Next, you can add a little bit of wood glue to the top of the base. Next, you will attach the top of the shelf using a brad nailer with a few nails where the top of the shelf meets the base.

Then, you can attach the side boards of the shelf with the nail gun. The side boards should hang over the bottom edge of the base about 1/4”. This is because once you attach the bottom to the shelf, it will be flush.

After you’re done nailing them in, fill the holes with wood putty and scrape or rub smooth.

Step 3. Cut boards for bottom and front panel

For each shelf, you will need to cut 1 piece of 1×4 for the front panel of the shelf. Once cut, set this piece aside.

For each shelf, you then will need to measure the opening on the bottom between the side boards (already attached to the base). Cut the bottom from 1/4” underlayment. Once cut,  set this piece aside. This is for the bottom panel of the shelf.

Step 4. Sand bathroom floating shelves

Using a hand sander and 220 grit sandpaper, give both the shelf base with the sides and top attached, as well as the boards you cut for the bottom and front panel a good sanding. Definitely make sure you get the places where the wood putty is on the nail spots really well so the surface is smooth.

After you’re done sanding, wipe down the wood with a slightly damp rag to get all the sanding dust.

Step 5. Stain bathroom floating shelves

Using a stain rag (or just a piece of cut up old t-shirt), you will stain the shelf base with the sides and the top attached. You only need to stain the top and sides, of course.

Step 6. Attach shelf to wall

Now it all starts coming together, it’s time to get the shelf on the wall! First, you definitely want to find the studs in your wall and then screw the base into the wall using 2.5 inch wood screws (about 2 screws on each stud).

Step 7. Attach bottoms and front panel to the shelf

Next you’ll move on to the unstained pieces for the bottom and front panels to the shelf. Attach the bottom first by just lining it up on the bottom of the shelf and adding some nails using a brad nailer.

The front panels will go on to the shelf in the same way, with the brad nailer.

Once everything is nailed, fill in each nail hole with wood putty and lightly sand the area until it’s smooth.

Step 8. Stain bottom and front of bathroom shelf

First you will tape off the wall on the sides and bottom of the shelf using painter’s tape. Then apply the stain to the front panel and bottom of the shelf using a stain rag.

You may be wondering “why in the heck didn’t we stain the bottom and front of the shelf before we attached them to the shelf?!” That’s a great question!! You probably COULD, but once you add the nails, there will be a hole where the nail went in that needs to be filled with putty. By staining the front of the shelf last, there’s an even color to the front…so nice and pretty!

Step 9. Smile!

Once you’re done with this guide on how to build bathroom floating shelves, there’s no reason not to step back and smile!

The farmhouse style floating shelves in our master bathroom provide that extra bathroom storage and, of course, a place to decorate!

The video of our shiplap wall and bathroom floating shelves in our farmhouse master bathroom literally went VIRAL. It was so cool to see something that we did get noticed by SO many people. If you are not one of the 20,000,000 people that saw this on Hometalk’s page, here’s a little time lapse version of our transformation (and a sneak peek at the super cute farmhouse decor)!

Looking for more of our farmhouse master bathroom renovation?


25+ Brilliant DIY Bathroom Shelf Ideas Sure To Redefine Savvy Storage

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

Clutter is a common problem in the bathroom, with even the most sophisticated layout prone to accumulating the debris of personal effects.

While most of us can’t do without our precious toiletries, we can absolutely utilize the many stylishly savvy ways to store and display them.

Bathroom shelves may not seem a noteworthy way to spruce up your washroom, but these 32 DIY shelving ideas prove that even the most unly spaces can benefit from some creative upkeep.

25+ Bright DIY Bathroom Shelf Ideas To Declutter And Dazzle

From repurposed ladders to wall-mounted glass paneled cabinets, there are a number of clever editorial-worthy ways to add some edge to your bathroom while eliminating cumbersome clutter.

Reconfigured wire baskets and washtubs add instant utilitarian charm, while slab-style wooden shelves offer easy and eye-catching convenience.

No matter the size and scale of your bathroom, there’s something for every interior scheme.

These carefully selected and curated 32 DIY bathroom shelf ideas are just the beginning; who knows what kind of magic you’ll make with a little imagination and elbow grease?

28. Cape Cod Beach-to-Bathroom Pegged Shelf

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Our Favorite Farmhouse Wall Storage Items to buy on Amazon


45 Hanging Bathroom Storage Ideas for Maximizing Your Bathroom Space

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

Small bathrooms are tight and cramped, and they are often lacking in space for all the items you might need there. Unfortunately, those that have a tiny bathroom space know that storage can often be a huge issue in such tight areas.

Those that have several things to keep and store in the bathroom know that storage is an issue, especially when you barely have room for your necessities.

When it comes to finding better storage options, wall hanging bathroom storage ideas are actually a great way to get extra storage for your bathroom without sacrificing actual space.

Wall hangings have been known to create a more organized and efficient space.

However, if not done correctly, these can be an eyesore, which is why many people avoid them. Luckily, there are several ways to get a great wall hanging bathroom storage ideas that match your bathroom décor, give you the space you need, and don’t look tacky at the same time. If you have a small space, there is no need to feel cramped or cluttered in your bathroom.

In this gallery, we will look at 45 unique and interesting storage ideas for your bathroom walls that will turn your space into an efficient area for your needs. With these ideas you can avoid feeling cramped and finally enjoy your bathroom once again.

Our Favorite Farmhouse Wall Storage Items to buy on Amazon 1 – Mason Jar Organizer | 2 – Hanging Basket | 3 – Wire Baskets | 4 – 2-Slot Organizer | 5 – Coat Rack Organizer | 6 – Hanging Rack | 7 – Wall Shelf | 8 – Ladder | 9 – Kitchen Rack | 10 – 3-Tier Wood Rack | 11 – 4-Tier Wire Rack | 12 – Jewelry Organizer | 13 – Kitchen Rack | 14 – 3-Tier Bronze Rack

Rustic DIY Floating Ladder and Wire Basket


DIY Floating Bathroom Shelves

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

I’m sharing how to make 3 floating shelves that is ideal for a bathroom but could be used anywhere in your home. Materials cost around $20-$30 and you can customize them with stain, paint, or size.

This tutorial has been a long time coming. Ever since my master bathroom makeover a few years ago, I get asked about floating shelves on a regular basis.

In the past I just referred people to this tutorial by Shanty 2 Chic, because it was the same basic idea.

Finally I decided to show you exactly what I did (and a small improvement I made) and the measurements since I think they are pretty perfect for above a toilet!

Shelf dimenions: 22″ long x 6 1/2″ deep x 1 1/2″ thick

Tools I used:

Miter saw (although you could use a circular saw)

Cordless drill

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (small version works great)

Cordless brad nailer (you could just use hammer and nails instead)

Shopping List:

3- 1×2 select pine (or whatever wood you want) @ 8′ (you only need two feet of that 3rd piece though)

1/4″ plywood @ 2′ x 4′

33- 1 1/4″ brad nails (18 gauge)

36- 3/4″ brad nails (18 gauge)

9- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws

Cut List:

6- 1×2 @ 6 1/2″ with 45 degree mitered angle on one end so that the longest side is 6 1/2″ OR cut all of them at 5 3/4″ if you don’t want to miter the corners (sides)

3- 1×2 @ 22″ with both ends cut at 45″ angles so the long side is 22″ OR if no mitered corners then just the full length will be 22″ (front pieces)

3- 1×2 @ 20 1/2″ (back pieces)

9- 1×2 @ 5″ (supports)

6- 1/4″ plywood @ 20 1/2″ x 5″

Step 1: Attach Supports to Back

One one long edge of the back piece, measure and mark 1/4″ down on either end and in the middle. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes in the support pieces and attach them to the back piece (at the marked points) using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Do not use glue.

Step 2: Attach Sides

Place the side pieces along the side supports and make sure the inner line of the mitered side piece meets exactly with the top of the support. Trim off minute amounts if needed. If you are not mitering the corners, the side piece should be flush with the top of the support. Nail the side pieces into the supports, making sure you have that 1/4″ space on both ends of the support pieces.

Step 3: Attach Front & Top Inset

Place front piece so it sits on the ends of the sides and supports. Drive nails into the supports, and also down into the side pieces. Place the top inset into the recessed spot you created (with those 1/4″ spaces) of the shelf, and drive 3/4″ nails from the top of the plywood down into the supports.

Step 4: Remove Screws and Attach to Wall

Remove the pocket hole screws from the supports so that the back piece comes loose.

This will enable you to easily attach the back piece to the wall, into the studs, then once it is level, reattach the shelf with the pocket hole screws.

Then take the bottom 1/4″ plywood insert and nail it on the underside of the shelf (this is the improvement of my original shelves where I didn’t have a bottom inset to cover my supports).

Finished product is so pretty! I love that the customization options are endless pretty much!

I think I will be staining these shelves for my sister’s bathroom and taking them with me this weekend as I head back up to Juneau for finish up her bathroom makeover!

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24 Small Bathroom Storage Ideas – Wall Storage Solutions and Shelves for Bathrooms

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Since the bathroom is where you clean up, it's only fitting that you try your best to make it the tidiest room in your house. That means no countertop clutter, towels on the floor, or rogue electronics and wires scattered about.

Give everything — makeup, cleaning products, extra linens, and more — a home and keep your everyday essentials at your fingertips with these small bathroom storage ideas.

While these DIY or easy-to-buy ideas cater to different styles and spaces, most of these space-saving tricks have one thing in common: They make the most of vertical spaces (think: above the door, in the shower, and under the sink) to bring cabinets, shelves, and other organizers into the small (but mighty) room.

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Add Hooks High and Low

You may not have tons of counter space or closets to work with, but you can stick hooks on the wall to hang towels, robes, and any other must-haves. Opt for hooks in metallic hues to add a slight sparkle to your space.


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Install an Over-the-Door Shelf

Perfect for anyone without a linen closet, nail a tiered shelf over the door frame to keep towels and linens within reach. Just keep a step stool nearby.


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Repurpose Your Bar Cart

Your favorite place to store your wine can double as the perfect linen closet on wheels. Keep spare towels, toilet paper, and washcloths in baskets and leave toiletries up top.


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Mount Magnetic Organizers

Stick these on the inside of your medicine cabinet to keep brushes and compacts neat — no more digging through a bag of lipsticks to find your favorite color.

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Try a Storage Ladder

A ladder provides a spot to hang towels and baskets full of extra toilet paper, but it doesn't protrude much from the wall, making it ideal for slim spaces.

See more at Twelve on Main »

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Stick On a Spray Bottle Hanger

Keep your most-used speciality bathroom cleaners within reach with an adhesive hanger. 

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Corrall Everyday Items on a Tray

We're all guilty of leaving our favorite sprays and products out on our sink instead of putting them away in our medicine cabinet. Keep your faves within reach and looking neat with a simple tray.

See more at Studio McGee »

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Make Your Makeup Spin

This tiered organizer rotates so you can speed through your beauty routine. Vertical storage maximizes limited counter space, too. Keep jars and sprays on the bottom and brushes in the compartment on top. 

RELATED: The Best Makeup Organizers You Can Buy 

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Store Cleaning Supplies on a Lazy Susan

Proof that it's what's on the inside that counts. Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies in a convenient spot, so that your space stays sparkling clean (or ya know, moderately clean).

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Stash Electronics Nearby

Say goodbye to messy cords and plugs! Store your electronics — razors, electric toothbrushes, and more — close to the outlet on this compact shelf.

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Tuck Towels in Baskets

Turn a problem (no linen closet) into a picture-perfect solution by sticking rolled bath and hand towels in cute baskets below your vanity. They're fashion and function all in one.


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Keep Hair Tools Organized

One way to ensure that you don't keep your flat iron plugged in (or worse, on!) all day long? Have a designated storage spot.

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Get Smart With Toilet Paper

Our bet is that your bathroom is tight on floor space. If that's true, then don't waste it on stand-up toilet paper holders. Instead, place a few rolls into a basket atop the toilet. Convenient and cute!

See more at Bre Purposed »

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Double Up on Rods

Instead of cramming conditioner on the tub edge, outfit the shower with a second rod near the wall. S-hooks keep loofahs and small caddies the way (and not falling all over the place).

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Take Advantage of Cabinet Doors

Don't neglect the back of your cabinet doors. Keep flat irons, blow dryers, and brushes at hand and sight in space-saving bins, which you can attach straight to the door.


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Stick Extra Products on a Turntable

Find the extra shampoo without knocking over the cleaning wipes by storing bottles on a spinning tray. Plus, it lets you see what you're missing in a glance before going on that Costco run.


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Try Inverted Brackets

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Install Magnetic Strips

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Roll It Out

If gutting your bathroom and getting a new vanity isn't in the cards, try this rolling shelving unit instead. Two shelves and two baskets will give you extra storage and hey, it doesn't look too shabby!

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Install Secret Shelves

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Stash Drawers Under the Sink



Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

I live in a small house with my daughter and one thing that I love to maximize is storage space!  I downsized A LOT when I moved from a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house to my 3 bedroom, 1 bath home, but I still have stuff!  These DIY bathroom shelf ideas are not only beautiful, but they are doable as well, and they all increase storage space.

If you have ever shopped for shelves you know that they are surprisingly expensive, especially when you want something stylish.  If spending 70+ dollars to store toiletries is not on your horizon you will most ly find something here in these creative ideas that catch your eye.

Often in a bathroom, you can create storage over the toilet. In general, this wall is open and ready to be used.  Use it in your small bathroom to accommodate decorative shelves!

Do not let yourself be limited by a small house.  I have found that when I let myself get imaginative I come up with all kinds of creative and pretty storage solutions!

Pinterest is a great resource when you are lacking ideas with flair.  Did you know you can search “bathroom storage” and add words “creative” and “cute” to get what you want?  Adding those words will take you beyond that basics and lead you to some great ideas and storage hacks.  Add “DIY” to your search and you will find tutorials for miles.

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DIY Floating Shelves {Thrifty And Chic}

DIY Turnbuckle Shelf {Lolly Jane}

DIY Corner Shelf {Home Depot}

Small Bathroom Shelf Ideas

My bathroom is not tiny, but my washer and dryer are housed in it, so they take up a lot of space.  This has admittedly been challenging for my daughter and myself since we both had our own bathrooms prior to living in this house.

Lucky for me my bathroom countertop is quite large and we each have our own side.  Between you and me, her side is always messier than mine!  And, to be honest, her mess often bleeds over onto my side.  Ah, teenagers!  Gotta love ’em!

I use the shelves behind my toilet to store extra towels and toilet paper (that keeps it handy for guests) and a few decorative items.  There is also a shelf that runs over the top of the washer and dryer that I use to store decorative items as well as using it as a table for detergent and fabric softener on laundry day.

Take advantage of the space you have to create the storage you need!

If you have a small linen closet, adding extra white wire shelves is a great way to add to your space.  They are inexpensive and simple to install and quite useful.  You can add baskets or crates to keep small items contained.

Floor space is useful for creating storage space as well.  Wooden crates stacked on top of one another become shelves and they look great!  Hobby Lobby carries wooden crates and they are priced well.  Keep an eye out for a 40-50% off sale to make them ultra affordable!

DIY Window Cabinet {The White Cottage Farm}

DIY Bathroom Shelf {The House Of Wood}

DIY Hanging Leather Shelf {A Pair And A Spare}

How To Build Shelves Next To A Shower {Home Stories A To Z}

Sunrise Floating Mirror Shelf {Remodelaholic}

DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelves {Craftsman Drive}

Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas

Finding storage space in your bathroom is not a sexy topic.  But if you are creative about it, it can be a fun adventure. I find that when I take the time to use space for function as well as beauty the finished product is quite enjoyable.

Take the time to really evaluate the space you do have and how you are using it.  Removing a picture from the wall and replacing it with shelves is a win in a small bathroom.  You can always add decorative items to the shelves along with the functional stuff.  Folded towels add color while providing a purpose.

Under the sink (in the cabinet) is another place to find great space.  Adding baskets, bins and pull-out shelves help to maximize what you have available.  And in a small house, that is always the point, right?

DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves {House Of Hawthornes}

DIY Bathroom Shelves {The Merry Thought}

Easy Rustic Bathroom Shelf {Remodelaholic}

Easy Over The Toilet Shelves ($22!) {320 Sycamore Blog}

Decorative Bathroom Shelf Ideas

These next couple of links are not as much tutorials as they are good ideas.  They are storage hacks that look great!

I love the idea of using a wire basket as a shelf! It gives your space a farmhouse, rustic look and provides space to store things.

And those crates are so cute, don’t you think?  That is the simplest way to create DIY bathroom shelves and I love that you can move the crates around to form different shapes for different uses!  How about using one crate for each child’s goods?  Or filling the crates with basics when you have houseguests? Of course, leave a bit of room for some pretty also!

Wire Basket Shelf {Hello Hayley}

Crate Shelves Bathroom Organizer {Beauty Dojo}

Did you find any creative bathroom storage ideas that you love?  I sure hope so!

Keep in mind when it comes to finding space in your small bathroom, it helps to really consider how you are using your space already.  A ladder shelf not only adds character, but it doubles as a towel rack.  You can even paint it a perfect color to match your space.

As with all DIYs I suggest that you pick one and try it out!  You may end up with a perfect project, but even if it doesn’t quite come out how you pictured, you will have learned something new for your next piece. 

And that is what DIY life is all about!

Happy DIYing, friends!

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DIY Bathroom Shelves To Increase Your Storage Space

Small DIY Hanging Bathroom Shelf

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bathroom can never have enough storage space. There are the stacks of towels and wash clothes that need a shelf. There are bottles of shampoo and bars of soap. Boxes of Q-tips spill over and bags of cotton balls are stuffed into the empty spaces.

And let’s not get started on the feminine necessities for health and beauty. Every bathroom needs a good set of shelves to store all these fundamentals, but you don’t have to empty your piggy bank for them.

Try your hand at one of these DIY bathroom shelves that will increase the storage space in your bathroom.

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Simple wooden floating shelves are possibly the easiest DIY solution for bathroom storage. You can build them however long you need them to be and they will match with a myriad of decorating styles. (via Shanty 2 Chic)

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We’ve seen photo ledges used as shelving before and here they are again. They make a really great option for tiny bathrooms that need storage without the bulk. Make sure you get the pretty shampoo bottles to display. (via 4 Men 1 Lady)

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Pallets are a dime a dozen. You might even have one or two sitting in your garage. Repurpose them into vertical shelves that will give your bathroom storage wherever you might need it.

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Everybody wants a rolling barn door nowadays. If you’ve been pining over a lack of funds, create yourself a miniature version for your bathroom! It’s a great way to hide bathroom necessities toilet paper and feminine products. (via Shanty 2 Chic)

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Thinking you need a storage solution that’s modern and simple? You found it right here. Straightforward boxes on the wall create a clean aesthetic that will flow with the rest of your modern home. (via Bob Villa)

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Sometimes, a DIY project can be as simple as using an object for a purpose other than what it was created for. Namely, the IKEA spice racks. They make a great set of shelves to hold bottles and boxes in the bathroom. (via Your House and Garden)

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Who ever complained about having an extra mirror in the bathroom? Especially when you live with girls. DIY this mirror cabinet that will also serve as a hidden storage space. (via Shanty 2 Chic)

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Pipe is an obvious choice for any DIY when you’re going for an industrial look. Keep it going even in the bathroom with these black pipe shelves. They’ll give your bathroom storage a sleek pop. (via 7th House On The Left)

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One bonus of rustic decor is that you can get away with leaving a piece paint chipped and a little discolored. using an old window as a door for shelving in your bathroom. The perfect place to display all your apothecary jars. (via Liz Marie Blog)

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Perhaps you’re on the market for a piece that will hide the unsightly bathroom fundamentals. Craft this clever shelf that will hide behind the sink and keep all your unmentionables within reach.