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20+ Unique DIY Bathroom Shelving Ideas

From some of our favorite store-bought shelves to bathroom DIY shelving ideas, we have the perfect solution to help you decorate your bathroom in your style. Who wants to see a boring bathroom with nothing over the toilet? Here is our awesome list of bathroom shelving ideas to inspire your next home project.

20+ modern bathroom shelving ideas with collage of bathroom shelves in background.

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What to put over your toilet?

Such a common question that we all have tried to figure out. The two biggest things most people put over their toilet are some sort of artwork (like our simple word art canvases) or bathroom wall shelves. Shelving in your bathroom is a great way to add extra storage space while having easy access to your bathroom essentials.

Neither of these two options has to be boring and hopefully, this list of 28+ bathroom shelves will help you to finally come up with your own bathroom shelving ideas. We just love the combination of adding extra storage and style on a bathroom wall.

How high do you hang a bathroom shelf?

Normally a cabinet or shelf is hung 2 feet above the toilet or tank. If you are hanging multiple shelves, then plan on hanging the bottom shelf around 2 feet above the toilet. Your next shelf anywhere from 12-18″ above the bottom shelf.

In the image below, you can see the heights of our bathroom shelves.

bathroom shelves on gray painted wall above toilet with text Where to hang bathroom shelves? and 27", 50", 13".

How to cheaply decorate a bathroom shelf?

You can repurpose other items you already have, such as jars and other containers. Add matching bathroom toiletries and towels for your guest. A picture frame, a fake or real plant can also add interest to your bathroom.

In the list below, you won’t believe how some of our DIY friends were able to “shop their own house” or thrift store to find fun bathroom shelf decor.

Read More: 27+ Cheap & Unique DIY Bathroom Projects

In this post, you will find examples of bathroom shelving for all home decor styles and also check out ways you can update your bathroom vanity, too!

Bathroom Shelving Ideas

Bathroom shelves are a great idea to add to your small space. Whether you want DIY bathroom shelf ideas, a partial DIY project or just new storage units over your toilet, this list will get your interior design brain thinking.

Here are some of our favorite DIY bathroom shelving ideas to help inspire your bathroom space.

Other Bathroom Shelves To Love

bathroom shelving ideas for above the toilet

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  1. Ainsley Over-the-Toilet Ladder with Baskets: Easily add bathroom storage with this Pottery Barn classic shelving idea. Not wanting to spend that much money, then check out an alternative from Amazon.
  2. Rustic Wall Bathroom Shelf: This rustic, yet clean design from an Etsy seller will easily allow you to display your towels and bathroom decor.
  3. Deco Curve Metal Wall Shelf: This sleek and open design will add a modern touch to your bathroom walls. This bathroom shelf can match any decor and finish as it comes in 4 different finishes.
  4. Pembroke 3 Piece Tiered Shelf: If you like the look of the pipe shelving above, but don’t want to cut your own wood then this is a great shelving unit for you to consider above your toilet. 
  5. West Elm Polished Shelf: If you are going to spend a little to buy your own shelf, we love the details and modern look of this West Elm 3-tired shelf.

Shelving FAQs

Is it okay to put wood shelves in a bathroom?

Wood shelves are a great option for your bathroom. If making DIY shelves, we recommended adding polyurethane or a different clear coat to your wood to help protect them from moisture.

What can I put on the wall behind my toilet?

Consider painting an accent wall, constructing one, adding molding, wallpaper or making shelving with artwork and accessories. Whatever you just make sure you can clean it easily.

Can you put shelves above the toilet?

Yes, just make sure that your shelves are at least 14″ above the tank so you can tank the lid off. We love the look of at least 2 shelves decorated with your own items and bathroom accessories.

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Want more DIY bathroom inspiration?

We love how our bathroom vanity cabinets turned out after we painted them and added a new countertop and faucet. It was a great combination of mixing old with new to update a small bathroom cheaply.

Adding bathroom shelves is a practical and stylish way to update your space. These great ideas can help you create a functional and beautiful bathroom that reflects your personal style.

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