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25 Creative Uses Of Bathroom Storage Shelves

Bathroom Storage: The Ultimate Guide • April 15, 2020

25 Creative Uses Of Bathroom Storage Shelves

Written by: Sarah Reyes

100% free and creative tips on how to make more space in your bathroom! These storage shelves ideas are sure to blow your mind.

Bathroom storage shelves are not a thing of the past – in fact, they stay relevant in today’s modern age. When you’re pressed for time and resources, it always pays to be a little more creative. There is a lot to be said about a bathroom that stays organized and clean, let alone one that is creatively designed for storage. We weigh in on some of the best ways to revamp your bathroom. 


The best thing about built-in storage? It moves with the space it’s a part of. Not only is it cohesive, it’s unconventional too. It’s also perfect for extending room in the guest’s bathroom. Because, you know how they like to stock up on their hygiene kits. Plus, you’ll get a lot of compliments as built-ins look sophisticated. Don’t forget to keep soap in cute containers to make it more endearing. 

You can always use your floating shelves for almost anything. As long as it can maximize the space it’s in, shelves are considered great storage for your lavatory. This one is actually quite versatile, you can use it for putting plants, towels, and even some healing crystals.



If you’re short of a clothes hamper, you can use shelves for used clothes. Alternatively,  you can add hooks or tension rods in between your shelves to hang clothes to it. Let your imagination run wild, and wander. It’s a fun way to be productive, and put your skills to the test too.



Putting shelves specifically for your magazines are a great way to take away stress while you do your business or bathe. Also, it’s a way to catch up on your leisure time reading, so that you stay up-to-date on what’s important outside work.




May it be a set of electric shavers, or your favorite heavy-duty hairdryer, or electric toothbrush. These ladder shelves are perfect for gadgets that have wires or connections. You can always slip it in between the levels, loop an extension cord to keep your gadgets up and running while you prepare.


Puolomis Vessel Sink, Bathroom Shelf, Creative Ideas

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Vessel sinks are growing more and more in popularity because of their unique design. Not only do they give you a high-end hotel vibe, they are really affordable too.



After a hard day’s work, you would like to get cleansed and ready to rest. So, a set of art-prints on top of your floating shelves can set the tone, and give you a peaceful ambiance. Art has proven to be either visually stimulating, or put you in a relaxed state. Thus, we suggest that you put two different ones side by side. One that’s eye catching when you’re preparing to get ready in the morning, and a soothing one for when you’re cleansing yourself at night before you go to bed.


A slim alcove will allow for more space for other essentials within your bath. Also, it’s a creative way for you to accentuate your space. Thus, it’s a fun way to make your bathroom aesthetically pleasing, while functional too. In addition, you no longer have to stress about missing little pieces of jewelry you have kept in the bathroom, or even your new set of retainers.



So you want to keep the vibe relaxing or romantic? You may just want to spend the afternoon soaking in the bath with a partner, or just looking to get some alone time. So, turn on the faucet and fill up the tub with water. Have a bubble bath, and light up some candles. You can easily grab a couple of incense on your cube shelves nearby, and easily set the tone to your lazy afternoon.




Who keeps photos in the bathroom? We do. It’s because we believe that it’s a great way to keep memories of those places you’ve been to as of late. So you can keep a photo on top of your shelves to remind you of your last trip to a field nearby or even a major hike to a tropical rain-forest that’s underway. As long as you set the tone to positivity and good vibrations, you can always keep yourself in the right headspace even in the comfort of your bathroom.



You know what we mean, those transparent shelves make it seem as if your bathroom is a lot cleaner than it actually is. These crystal like-shelving units are great for your shampoo, wax samples, or even just  a set of clippers. Whichever objects you choose to put on it, or set your heart to, an acrylic shelf brings unique dynamic and function to the bathroom.




For a more seamless look, go for invisible shelves. Transparent or glass material gives off a weightless appearance. Thus, it will give your bathroom a light and easy feel, as opposed to heavy materials such as marble or granite. If you’re looking to expand your bathroom, this will give your room more dimension. 


We know that you’d usually put your makeup on your vanity, but free standing shelf storage is a great alternative. Not only is it an economical choice, rather than those large compartments from Ikea. Free standing shelves are open, airy and allow you to showcase your collection. It’s easy to access too, you don’t have to shuffle and stumble about your drawer or cabinets.



We know what it’s like being dissatisfied with your storage, so we’ve come up with a way to ease you through it. Adding shelving units to your vanity will create more space for it. Whether it be inside the actual vanity, or an extension outside it. You can always tweak it here and there to your preference, to add that extra oomph to it. On the other hand, if space is an issue, you can always add fixtures to it or extra shelves to make it more spacious.



We like to make use of versatile storage, and we do believe in using medicine cabinets for medicine, among other things. However, medicine cabinets can be utilized for other things as well. Such as, shelving units for example. This medicine cabinet from Tangkula hosts shelving units on either side of it. Thus, making more room for your wall storage. It’s great as it’s easy to pick out items from the shelves, and keep items you want to keep inside within the medicine cabinets.




Recessed shelving is perfect for small or narrow spaces. So recessed shelves sit within the cavity of the wall, such that it does not protrude. Thus, this will create a seamless look, as if the storage unit is a part of the wall’s body. So, this kind of shelving unit is perfect for anything that you want to keep in your bathroom. You can keep folded towels, a nail cutter, some plants, even a few pieces of soap. 



These metal fixtures will make room for your other bath essentials by keeping towels and face cloths off of the racks and on the bars. In addition, this will create more space for your shelves, to put other bath essentials on there too. Plus, these are a creative way to make use of storage, as you don’t need any bulky furniture in your bathroom to make it a haven for yourself.



Keep a discreet corner shelf in your bathroom so as to achieve a minimalist design to your bathroom. It’s simple as it creates a tranquil ambiance to your bathroom, and all the elements on your wall harmonize with it. It’s easy on the eyes, and on the budget too. Plus, it’s not hard to mount it on the wall. It’s a subtle way to keep your washcloths, facial towels or extra toilet paper out of the way. In addition, you can keep cleaning agents separate from your beauty products and hygiene kits.



A dedicated shelf allows you to locate your favorites all in one place. Thus, you go about your day faster, as you cut down on the time you use looking for these items. These 2-tier metal shelves are perfect for those specific essentials. They are small, and discreet, that will fit any corner of your space. Plus, even if you get these wet, it’s easy to clean and wipe with a cloth or tissue. You won’t get soap residue on there as well, as the material is made of shatter-resistant, BPA free plastic. While the main frame is made of steel wire that is rust resistant.



For a rather large bathroom, double vanities are perfect to make use of. It’s multi purpose, as it comes with a set of different compartments for specific use and needs. You can use your drawers for adding different sets of nail polish, eyelash extensions, eye cream and even a few skin care products in there. Even when you have a lot in store, you’ll have space for more. Now, you’ll have more space to put dozens of your favorite makeup products, and extra shelving for those beauty needs as well.



Regain a sense of control to your bathroom space with shelves that nest on top of each other. It seems as if it is a simple premise, but it can make the world of difference. These towel shelves are stackable, thus, elongating your space and making more room for other essentials. You’d be surprised what a little shelf can do, to tame your unruly, limited space. Use these shelves for similar objects, to keep your bathtub necessities  organized. Starting by sorting out similar items that have the same usage, you can achieve a space that’s tidy and clean.




A magnetic strip is a great idea to keep those metal grooming items in line. Quite literally, in fact. It’s because you get to keep them on the wall where you can easily spot them, for when it’s time to finally clip off those nails or pluck off some of those brow hairs. Plus, a metal strip won’t take up much room, as it fits a small area of your shelf. Also, it does not have obtrusive corners or vertices that poke out and can cause accidents. It’s also easy to remove when you want to put it elsewhere. So when you’re through with it, you can easily peel it off of your towel shelf and attach it to a new under the sink storage. Another thing, it’s easy to install too, just slap it on and you’re through,  as it has adhesive that secures it to the surface.



The disadvantage of making use of cabinets is that they can get a little bulky. If you have rather limited space, you can opt to get a linen tower. We know that the name sounds specific, but this storage with adjustable five tier shelves offer a lot of versatility. It also fits into tight-knit spaces, as the slim and tall design will allow it to integrate effortlessly.



If you like to keep your toilet paper and hand wash within reach, then an over the toilet shelf is the right storage for you. As opposed to free standing ones, that take up floor space, and those that hang on the wall, an over the toilet shelf allows you to quickly access the important products you need right away.



If you’re looking for heavy duty storage, then your best bet is to give industrial shelving units a try. Not only are there different, creative uses for them, they are large in space. If you’re looking for one storage to host multiple functions, then this one is your guy. You can keep almost anything in them, hence the sky’s the limit. These industrial shelves are quite a space saver too, as you can mount them on the wall with a quick assembly. No downtime, no problem. 


With bathroom storage shelves, you’ll be able to easily free up space, and add a stylish flair while you’re at it! Never underestimate the importance of a sturdy storage shelf – it can do wonders for your bathroom.

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