15 bathroom shelving ideas to add stylish storage to your space

Maximize your style and storage space with these clever bathroom shelving ideas...

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The best bathroom shelving ideas add both style and function to your space Whether you're working with a tiny powder room or an expansive master bath, shelving is a great way to add storage, corral beauty products, and display décor. Sure, a plain old shelf above the toilet is a great start, but we're loving these ultra-stylish, yet still oh-so-handy, bathroom shelf ideas. Time to get organized.

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1. Go simple with your bathroom shelving 

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More often than not, you don’t need to spend loads to get the result you’re after. This pared back style shelving could be made from some cut down wood from your local DIY store and some shelf supports. We love the simplicity of this design – it’s easy on the eye and has a Shaker style, it would suit any style bathroom scheme, be it plain walls like here, painted or wallpapered. 

2. Utilize vertical space

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For even the tiniest bathrooms, hang high shelving for a smart storage solution. Since it may be out of everyday reach, we love how this design uses the extra wall space to display décor (how cool is the antique train sign?), plants, and extra toiletries. Even a few rolled up towels add to the spa-atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Little Savage Life's Vikki puts more accessible items on floating shelves around eye level, and hanging from hooks attached to the wall and overhead shelving. Of course, there's some extra greenery for good measure. When in doubt, Command Wall Hooks are a great way to add storage without commitment. A renter's dream. 

3. Look out for more unique pieces 

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This unusual cane basket shelf caught our eye as it’s got a Seventies style feel, yet it looks great against these contemporary textured grey walls. Made from easy-to-clean rattan, the towel rail loop is genius and will easily hold a bath sheet plus a hand towel or flannel on top. Keep your essentials in it like shampoo, conditioner and bath lotion for easy access. 

4. Add rustic style with your bathroom shelving ideas

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A reclaimed wood floating shelf is the perfect complement to your farmhouse bathroom's shiplap wall. They can also help create a rustic mood on a plain white wall or anyplace else!

If you're feeling handy, you can DIY floating shelves for about $20. All you need are stock boards found at your home improvement store, a drill, screws, and wood glue. You will need to cut your pieces of board to length, so if you don't have a saw at home, be sure to ask an associate at your hardware store to do it for you. 

You'll build both spacers to attach to the wall and hollow box shelf to slide into the spacers.

5. Considered recessed shelving 

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If you’re having your bathroom remodelled and you love a streamlined look with bare walls then consider having recessed shelving put in. It’s stylish and suits modern schemes. You can paint them in the same color as the rest of your bathroom or make them a standout feature and paint the interior in a different shade. 

6. Go modular for a sleek style 

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This uber sleek system will have your bathroom paraphernalia organised in no time. The thin metallic shelves can be wall-mounted and there are panels that run horizontally for you to attach containers and extra shelves too - it’s a great way to design your own system that works best for you, and it allows you to change it up when necessary. We love it because it keeps everything contained and in one area of the bathroom - it zones the space perfectly. 

7. Create a luxury vibe with a bath tray

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A stylish bathtub tray is a must-have for those who love a soak. (And those who don't, it might just convert you.) Instead of balancing your kindle on the edge of the tub risking disaster, these smart designs have a place for everything.

Lay your shelf across your tub and add in your wine glass, book, washcloth, and some candles for ambiance. And if you're really creating a mood, some flowers. It's a simple, effortless gesture that creates a truly sumptuous experience. 

8. Go for glass to create an airy feel

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There are two options here, the first being the clear glass shelving which allows light to travel through them – this is a great idea for those who want to create a light and airy feel and to give the illusion of space. It looks fab in a streamlined modern bathroom too. Secondly, look out for clever ideas that have a double use - the unit on the left is a radiator that also gives you hanging space and shelving - win win! 

9. Pick narrow shelving for a small space

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Tall yet narrow shelving units are best suited for small bathrooms as they’re a marvel at storing oodles of bathroom essentials and of course they take up less space than a wider style - you'll need to keep your knick knacks neat and tidy though as they’ll be on show! Look out for designs made from bamboo as it’s a sturdy material that can withstand the humidity of a bathroom and won’t warp. 

10. Include a freestanding unit

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If you have a little more space to work with, a freestanding shelving unit is a lovely way to organize your bathroom accessories while adding a touch of style. To avoid lots of cluttered toiletries, stylish storage baskets are the way to go. Pick a coordinating theme like this design's black and white aesthetic. 

To keep the bathroom shelving looking put together, stash smaller loose items (like extra shampoo) in the baskets, and fold clean linens in a uniform manner. Use the very top of the shelving to display décor and items you won't use as often. 

11. Pick artsy bathroom shelving

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For bathroom shelving ideas that double as décor, pick a style that has a sculptural silhouette. For a more contemporary aesthetic, an open round shelf offers both function and visual interest. Use it to display both necessities and décor — like this design's mix of towels, candles, and greenery. It's a two-in-one solution!

12. Create a display with your shelving

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As well as being practical, we also like to be stylish right? If you buy a few smaller sized shelving pieces that offer a range of solutions like these – towel rail, open shelf and mirrored designs in various sizes, you can mount them on the wall in the same way you’d put together a gallery wall. Vary the heights to add interest and put all of your favourite buys on show - it will create a design statement on an otherwise plain wall. 

13. Utilize over-the-tub space

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If you have a freestanding tub, don't forget about the space on the surrounding walls! While this may not be easily accessible for frequently used toiletries, this space is perfect to adding a touch of décor in the form of candles, diffusers, small baskets, and even artwork. 

If you're hanging bathroom shelving on a tile wall, it will take a little bit more foresight. Carefully measure and level where you'd like to your shelf to hang. Like drywall, you'll want to enlist plastic anchors to stabilize your screws. Drill a hole straight through your tile (be careful not to apply too much pressure and break your tile). Gently hammer your anchor into the hole, then mount your shelving hardware with screws.

14. Use an over-the-toilet shelf

Over-the-toilet shelving units are the unsung heroes of small bathroom owners. We know they might not be the most glamorous option, but it's a great bathroom shelving idea and add upward space without drilling any holes into the wall. Renters rejoice.

Be careful not to leave too many small, loose items on the shelving that may fall off into regions we'd rather not discuss. Instead, enable small baskets to hold things like cosmetics, and use the rest of the shelf to house extra washcloths, a candle, and perhaps a small plant. 

15. Look for designs that have more than one use

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This clever design is a shelf, a light (ideal for putting make-up on during dark mornings) and has a rail underneath for towels - woohoo! We love multipurpose products and this one ticks all of our boxes – oh and it’s stylish to boot! Options like this are invaluable when you’re tight on space too, they provide so many solutions in one go so they’re worth spending the money on.