Whether it’s a guest bathroom, master bath, or family bathroom, you need storage. Shelving in the bathroom is a great way to add extra storage and unique style to your space!
When it comes to storage, most bathrooms can be lacking. There are so many things you need to have in the bathroom it can get a bit tricky to try and fit it all in. These DIY bathroom shelf ideas will have you organized in no time!
Bathroom shelves can be used to store and organize towels, toiletries, bathroom storage canisters, and extra TP (because we all know it’s not a good thing to run out just when you need it). They can be used as decoration or be functional in your space.
No matter if you have a large bathroom or small bathroom, the need for storage is the same. Check out these 24 amazing DIY bathroom shelf ideas. I know you’ll find a few that will fit your needs and style.
24 Awesome DIY Bathroom Shelf Ideas
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. They provided some bathroom storage, but I knew I had to ditch them.
So we decided on adding bathroom floating shelves. I love that they give us that farmhouse style we desperately needed! Read more for the full tutorial to make your own!
Part of our guest bathroom renovation plan called for creating some towel storage, of course. Every good bathroom needs a good place to put towels.
Since it is a guest bathroom, it is nice to have a place to store clean folded towels so your guests always know that they are clean!
This towel rack is easy to make using just one board! Read more to get the plans and step-by-step tutorial to make your own.
DIY Farmhouse Shelves
Add charm and character to your bathroom with these DIY farmhouse shelves. The texture of the wood and the white corbels are fantastic!
These shelves are made from reclaimed wood which is a great way to upcycle and can be cut to any length to fit the space you have in your bathroom.
The corbels are stained then painted and distressed for a classic farmhouse look.
Recessed Bathroom Shelves
Create bathroom shelving by taking advantage of space in between wall studs to create recessed shelves.
There is so much unused space behind walls it's great if you can take advantage of it, and use space to save space. Sounds crazy, I know.
Recessed shelves allow for extra storage without taking up physical space in your bathroom. While you can't go as wide as you want, the space between wall studs is typically 16 inches, you could go as long as you want if the space allows.
Read more for the step-by-step tutorial to add this DIY bathroom shelf idea to your space.
The Easiest DIY Hexagon Shelves
Hexagons are popular and when you put several together they make a great shelving unit for the wall in your bathroom. This DIY project can be made using just two tools and for about $25!
You can make these DIY bathroom shelves using common pine boards. If you want them to hold toilet paper make sure you use 1x6 so the toilet paper will fit.
Read more for the full tutorial to make your own!
DIY Floating Ladder Shelf
Shelving and a towel bar all in one. It doesn't get any better than that! This design gives you extra storage space on the shelves and a place to hang towels.
A cross between floating shelves and ladder shelves the two designs blend together seamlessly for a DIY bathroom shelf idea that will bring unique detail to your bathroom.
Read more to get the plans and step-by-step tutorial to build your own!
DIY Bathroom Storage Shelves
Add extra storage to the space above your toilet with this DIY bathroom shelf idea. We can always use extra storage, can't we?
This classic bathroom shelf features three shelves and metal detail to the front that will help hold things in place on two of the shelves. It's a great extra detail that gives this shelf a unique look.
Read more for the plans to build this DIY bathroom shelf for your space.
Budget-Friendly Wood Shelves
I love a budget-friendly DIY and these wooden shelves are an easy project that you can make yourself and save on your renovation budget.
Made from a 2x8 board, you can cut them to the length you need and stain them in the color of your choice. Be sure to purchase metal brackets that will hold the weight of the shelves along with whatever you put on them.
We did something similar for the shelves above our toilet in our modern master bathroom and it was SO easy!
Read more to find out how you can do this DIY shelf project for under $25!
DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves
Add just the right amount of industrial style to your bathroom with this DIY bathroom shelf idea. They remind me a bit of the pipe shelves that we made in our laundry room.
Reclaimed wood is the perfect choice for these industrial bathroom shelves. It's thick and heavy and there is no danger of it going anywhere when sitting on the pipes.
Read more to learn how to put your own together and how you can attach the wood to the pipes if you're worried about the shelves coming off of the pipes.
Faux Weathered Wood Shelves
New wood for shelving has a great look, but sometimes you want to look like it's been around for a while. When you can't find old wood to use, making new wood look old is the best choice.
Using stain, you can make that new wood look old for your DIY bathroom shelving. It's a simple process, read more to find out how to make your new wood look weathered so it fits your design style.
Turn a Closet Into Built In Shelves
Linen closets in the bathroom can be small and there is usually a lot of space that goes unused.
Turn that closet into open shelving in your bathroom with this DIY bathroom shelf idea. All you need is two sheets of plywood and some scrap 2x4s to make this amazing storage space.
Read more for the full tutorial to remove your existing closet and turn it into functional shelving for your bathroom.
Easiest DIY Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are extremely popular and for good reason. They are a great way to add storage to a bathroom and without using brackets they give you a clean modern look.
You can customize them to the size you need and stain them in the finish of your choice. You can even leave them natural, but be sure to coat them with a sealer to protect against the humidity and moisture in the bathroom.
Read more for the step-by-step tutorial to build your own DIY floating bathroom shelves.
DIY Over the Toilet Storage shelves
Add functional storage over your toilet with this DIY bathroom shelf idea. The space above and around the toilet is normally wasted space anyway, so why not use it to your advantage?
This shelving unit is made of cedar. Cedar is a type of wood that will resist the humidity in the bathroom and it looks so much better than the pre-fab over the toilet shelving units that you can buy.
Use it for toilet paper, towels, or bath toys, the possibilities are endless!
DIY Linen Tower
This one is another great way to use dead space in your bathroom and it looks amazing! I love the idea of a linen tower and am wondering which bathroom I can add one to.
You can make your own using 2x2s and 1x8s and a few basic tools. It's great next to the vanity or where ever you have dead space in the bathroom to add extra storage.
You can even customize the size to fit where you need it to. Read more for the plans and step-by-step tutorial to make your own!
DIY Bathroom Shelf
Add some cute storage to your bathroom with this DIY bathroom shelf idea. It's easy to make and I just love the vintage faucets used as towel hooks!
Built from solid pine and with pocket hole joinery, this is a great beginner project to start with. Paint or stain it in the color of your choice and you have a shelf that will be great for extra storage in your bathroom.
Read more for the plans and the instructions to make this for your bathroom.
DIY farmhouse shelves with metal brackets
Take advantage of unused corner wall space with this DIY bathroom shelf idea.
Cutting off the corner takes away the pointy edge, saving you from an untold amount of head banging. Sand and stain in the color of your choice.
You can buy brackets or you can make your own. Read more for the full tutorial, including how to make these custom brackets for your bathroom shelves.
DIY Open Bathroom Shelves
Adding open shelving in your bathroom in place of a cabinet is easy to do and will open up the space and make it feel bigger.
All you need is a 2x12 and shelf brackets to do it yourself. Cut your board to the size you need for your space and paint or stain in the color of your choice
Spacing is the key to functional bathroom shelving. Read more to learn how to properly space your DIY bathroom shelving.
Wood Look Floating Shelves
Refresh painted shelves and give them a wood look without sanding off the old paint! When changing the design of a bathroom, especially the paint color on the walls, what you have existing may not really fit anymore.
There's no need to take them down! The magic of paint comes to the rescue! Read more to learn how to give a wood look to your painted bathroom shelves.
DIY Hanging Rope Shelf with Driftwood
Add a decorative touch to your bathroom with this DIY bathroom shelf idea. It's cute, coastal design is rustic and minimal and it's functional!
I love the driftwood, but you could also use regular wood or reclaimed wood for your hanging bathroom shelf. Hanging it with the boat cleat is the perfect touch.
Read more for the tutorial to make your own.
Marble Shelving DIY
Marble shelves are pricey, but this DIY bathroom shelf idea will give you the look of marble shelves without the hefty price tag.
Marble tile is an affordable way to get the look of real marble shelving. When paired with the gold brackets (spray painted gold by the way, so another budget saver) these shelves really elevate the design of your bathroom.
Read more for the full tutorial to make your own!
15 Minute DIY Scrap Wood Shelf
DIY bathroom shelves in just 15 minutes? Sign me up! This DIY project is easy to do and easy on your budget. If you have scrap wood you can do this project for FREE!
This simple design doesn't require brackets, but you will want to make sure you hit wall studs to hang it so it can hold the weight of whatever you decide to put on it.
Read more for the full tutorial to make your own!
Macrame Bathroom Shelf
Add a touch of boho to your bathroom with this macrame bathroom shelf idea. It's an easy project that you can do in under an hour.
Even if you have never done macrame before you can make this hanging shelf for your bathroom. All you need to learn is how to make a half-square knot.
This one is perfect for over the toilet to hold extra toilet paper or small bathroom decor.
Build Plywood Shelves in a Closet
Ditch the builder-grade wire shelving for something more substantial and functional. Plywood shelves are the perfect solution for your bathroom linen closet.
They are easy to make, you can customize the space in between, and you'll never have to worry about sagging shelving again.
Read more for the step-by-step tutorial to upgrade your builder-grade bathroom shelving.
Scrap Wood Towel Rack
This shelving design is modern and minimal and perfect for storing towels within reach near your bathtub.
The simple design is an easy beginner project using 2x2s and you can build it for FREE using scrap wood. Free is always good!
Read more for the cut list and step-by-step tutorial to make your own.
Which of these bathroom shelf ideas is your favorite?
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