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Bathroom Shelf Ideas

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. Unfortunately, bathrooms are often among the smallest rooms in a house. This can make it difficult to organize all the essentials you need in this critical space. This is where bathroom shelves come into play. Shelves provide extra the desired storage space, while also adding to the overall decor of the room. Here I will share with you some of the inspiration I used while I was looking to add shelves to my bathroom recently. These examples helped me in selecting a beautiful and useful bathroom shelf.

Maximizing Space in a Small Bathroom

When it comes to maximizing space in a small bathroom, there are a few things you can do to make the most of the existing space.


The first step to maximizing space in a small bathroom is to declutter. Get rid of any items you don’t use or need, and organize the leftover items.

Use Vertical Space 

Make use of your vertical space by installing shelves, cabinets, and other storage solutions on the walls. This will help free up floor space and make your bathroom feel much more spacious.

Consider Minimalist Decor 

Choosing minimalist decor can help make your bathroom feel more spacious. Use simple, clean lines and neutral colors to create a calming and open space.

Bathroom Storage Ideas That are not Shelves

Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets are a great way to add extra storage space to your bathroom. You can hang them, place them on your new bathroom shelves, or place them on the floor. If you could see inside my bathroom now you’d see quite a few baskets I use them to store everything from towels to cleaning supplies.

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Utilize Hanging Organizers 

Hanging organizers are an ideal way to maximize space in a small bathroom. You can hang them on the back of your bathroom door or on the wall, and they can be used to store toiletries, hair tools, and other bathroom essentials. This is a great way to keep your bathroom organized and clutter-free.

Ladder Shelves 

Ladder shelves are a trendy and stylish way to add extra storage space to your bathroom. They can be used to store towels, toiletries, and other bathroom essentials. You can also hang baskets from the rungs of the ladder for additional storage space.

Install a Medicine Cabinet 

If you have a small bathroom, a medicine cabinet can be a great way to save space. It can be installed on the wall above the sink or toilet and can be used to store toiletries, medications, and other small items.

Bathroom Shelf Ideas and Inspiration

Corner Shelves 

Corner shelves are another great and unique way to maximize space in a small bathroom. You can install them in the corner of the room or in the shower area. They can be used to store towels, toiletries, and all the other bathroom essentials you have.

Over-the-Toilet Shelves 

Over-the-toilet shelves are perfect for small bathrooms that don’t have a lot of storage or closet space. The space over a toilet is typically used to hang decor items so placing a shelf in that area is a great way to utilize this traditionally underused space.

Place Freestanding Shelves 

Freestanding shelves are an easy way to add storage space to your home’s bathroom. Simply choose your favorite shelving unit and place it in your bathroom. I have always been a sucker for IKEA shelves since they are easy, cheap, and customizable.

Ladder Shelf in Bathroom

A ladder shelf is a great way to add extra storage space to your bathroom without taking up too much space. You can use it store bath towels and hand towels. With the addition of hanging baskets you can use it to store small toiletries or makeup. This is a great bathroom storage idea especially if you are going for the farmhouse look in your space. For a true farmhouse look consider using reclaimed wood.

Small Medicine Cabinet Shelf

A small medicine cabinet is a great way to add extra storage space and keep your bathroom organized. This shelf can be used to store medications, toiletries, and other small essentials. Since there is also storage behind the cabinet doors you can use the shelf space to display bathroom decor items. This is also a practical option if you don’t have too much wall space or floor space available. 

Multi Purpose Bathroom Shelf

This small multi-purpose shelf is perfect for this small bathroom. The shelves can be used to store extra towels and toiletries, as well as decorative items such as plants, candles, or other small decor items. Not only does this have tons of shelf space for all the things but this shelf pulls double duty as a towel rack as well.

Large Shower Shelf

A large shower shelf is perfect for a small bathroom. This type of shelf can be used to store all the items you need in your bathroom. This large shelf will store all your soaps and shampoos and keep them readily accessible. I can’t forget to talk about the geometric shelves above the toilet. The shelves are unique and fit in perfectly with this bathroom’s decor. The shower window in this example looks kind of drab check out all the ways to dress up your bathroom windows here.

Use a Ledge as a Shelf 

If you don’t have enough floor space but still need to store items, you can use a ledge as a shelf. A small ledge from the tile work on the wall is perfect for storing all your bathroom essentials. A design like this can store the essentials and also small decor items making it a versatile and ideal design choice.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a great way to add extra storage space without taking up any floor space. They can be installed anywhere in the bathroom that has free wall space but common spots are above the toilet and above a towel rack. Floating shelves can be used to store towels, toiletries, and other bathroom essentials. My last home had floating shelves and I stored essentials on the bottom shelf and coastal decor pieces on the top shelf.

Bathroom Box Shelves

Bathroom box shelves are the perfect way to add extra storage space in a small bathroom. These shelves can be used to store anything and everything. This bathroom shelf idea can make for an easy DIY or you can buy an off the shelf version and hang it in your space. Click over to a floating nightstand post I did a few years back to see how I DIY’ed a similar design. That design can easily be scaled down and used in a bathroom and would make for a great DIY bathroom shelf.

Built-in Bathroom Shelves

Doing a remodel? Built-in shelves are a great way to make use of any extra wall space in your bathroom. These shelves can be used to store toiletries, towels and other items. This type of shelving is perfect for small and large bathrooms alike, as it takes up minimal space. 

Repurposed Book Shelf

How about adding in a bookcase to store all your bathroom items. This is a great idea if you have the space available. I love the way the dark wood coordinates with the vanity and contrasts with the light tile flooring.

Vanity Shelving

Another great bathroom shelving idea is a vanity shelf. This type of shelf can be used to store items that you want to keep out of sight but still readily available. There are a variety of styles and sizes available, depending on your needs. This vanity example is pretty unique as it has 3 drawers and 2 open shelves. I love the wood used in this bathroom it makes for a nice calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Bathroom Shelf Ideas Conclusion

Bathroom shelves are a great way to add extra storage space to your bathroom, especially if you have a small bathroom. There are a variety of different types of shelving available, including floating shelves, corner shelves, over-the-toilet shelves, built-in shelves, and freestanding shelves. By using these shelves and other storage solutions, you can maximize space in your bathroom and create a functional and organized space. So whether you’re renovating your bathroom or just looking to add some extra storage space, consider using one of these bathroom shelf ideas to make the most of your space.

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