12 Best Bathroom Shelves (Review) In 2021
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- The Best Bathroom Shelf
- 1. Soduku Floating Bathroom Shelves
- 2. UTEX 3-Tier Bathroom Shelves
- 3. Honey-Can-Do 6-Tier Metal Tower Bathroom Shelf
- 4. AOJIA Slim Storage Cart with Bathroom Shelves
- 5. the MBQQ 2-Tier Metal Industrial Bathroom Shelves
- 6. Fodue Industrial Pipe Bathroom Shelf
- 7. Flowmist 3-Tier Slim Rolling Cart with Bathroom Shelves
- 8. Vdomus Tempered Glass Bathroom Shelf
- 9. Vdomus Tempered Glass 2-Tier Bathroom Shelf with Towel Bar
- 10. Audoc Bathroom Shelf with Rail
- 11. FKUO 4-Tier Bathroom Storage Open Shelf
- 12. Hoomtaook Adhesive Corner Bathroom Shelf
Your bathroom should be your sanctuary, somewhere to relax and have some peace and quiet while you bathe or beautify yourself. More often than not, however, it becomes a cluttered mess, with half-empty bottles scattered around and drawers overflowing with a mix of cleaning products and toiletries. If bath trays or shower caddies are simply not enough for your beautifying accessories, then you should definitely consider adding shelves in your bathroom. No matter the size of your bathroom, it is time to take control, organize your bathroom storage, and give yourself the tidy, peaceful space you deserve: cue, the bathroom shelves.
Bathroom shelves come in a range of styles, with a solution to meet every budget, so what’s stopping you? We take a look at the best bathroom shelves available, as well as the features to look at before you buy.
The Best Bathroom Shelf
Set of two
Floating shelf design
Dampproof and heat-resistant
Removable towel holder
16.5 x 5.8 inches
Our best choice for bathroom shelves is the Floating Shelves Wall Mounted design from Soduku. These have a rustic look, made from radiata pine wood and with a metal frame which stops items from slipping off the end of the shelf.
The floating shelf surfaces are relatively small, with a depth of under six inches and a width of 16.5inches, however, there is a removable towel rail that can be installed on the bottom of one of the shelves. This is an excellent feature for a compact bathroom when you need to save space.
The weight capacity of the Soduku bathroom shelving is 30lbs, and they are easy to assemble, with a drill and the included parts. You can also choose from five different wood color finishes, all of which are dampproof and heat-resistant.
Easy to attach
Heat and dampproof
Protective guards stop items falling
Optional towel holder
Over the toilet design
Grey or espresso finish
Unit height = 61.5 inches
Shelf width = 22.5 inches
The UTEX 3-Tier Bathroom Shelf is a free-standing unit that fits around your toilet. This is one of the bathroom shelf ideas that can come in very useful if you are short on space within your bathroom. It is great for storing toilet paper and bath towels.
Three shelves sit above the toilet, and each shelf measures 22.5 inches wide. The depth of each one decreases as you move up the unit, with the lowest shelf being 8 inches deep and the top being 7inches deep. The base of the unit is slightly wider and deeper for stability, and it should fit around most toilets. It is available with a grey or espresso brown finish, so you can select the color that works best with your home décor.
If you like the look of this product, then be sure to measure your toilet and check the details of the shelving unit carefully. There is a bar towards the base that may clash with your toilet pipes if not in the right position. The Utex is relatively easy to assemble, but the instructions don’t really give you much help!
Reasonable shelf capacity
Won’t fit all toilet spaces
Assembly instructions confusing
Open metal shelves
12.6 x 11 x 59.8 inches
The Honey-Can-Do 6-Tier Metal Tower Bathroom Shelf is a narrow option that gives you a reasonable amount of vertical storage space for a small bathroom. The total height is almost 60 inches, and each shelf measures 12.6 x 11 inches, with a gap of 9inches between each one.
This product has a chrome finish, so is relatively neutral and discreet in most bathrooms, and the surfaces are large enough to hold small baskets, toothbrush sanitizers, magnifying mirror, or lose items. There is no support rail to stop items from falling off, and the surfaces have a slated design, so small items may fit through the gaps.
The bathroom storage unit is very lightweight and a little flimsy, so if you have heavy items, make sure to stores these on the lower shelves. This will give it further stability. The Honey Can Do is very easy to put together and works well even in damp conditions.
Very easy to put together
Won’t scratch the floor
Suitable for damp environments
Not ideal for small items
Not overly sturdy
Three-tier bathroom storage cart
Mobile shelving unit
15.5 x 8.5 x 25.8 inches
High-grade plastic and stainless steel
The AOJIA Slim Storage Cart with Bathroom Shelves is a mobile unit that comes with four casters, two of which are lockable. It moves easily on hard floors but not a great choice for carpeted bathrooms.
Each of the three baskets measures 15 x 8 inches and has a hollow carved design, which means that they drain well to prevent the build-up of mould, and are easy to clean. The baskets and the frame are made with high-quality ABS material, which is waterproof and wear-resistant.
If you have small items to store, then this works well to keep your bathroom clutter-free due to the basket design instead of the usual shelving; there are no gaps for products to slip through or edges for them to slide off. There are also little hooks on the edges for items like face clothes or bathroom necessities. It isn’t recommended for towel storage or heavy items.
Suitable for smaller and loose items
Not suitable for heavy items
Doesn’t work well on carpeted areas
Two-tier open shelves
Floating shelf design
22.8 inch high
Each shelf – 23.6 x 7.87 inches
With the MBQQ 2-Tier Metal Industrial Bathroom Shelves, you get a metal frame with a black brush finish that supports two rustic wooden shelves. Each shelf measures 23.6 x 7.87 inches, and it has a completely open style, so no protective bars or closed storage areas.
Underneath the bottom shelf, there is an additional bracket that can be used for towels. The assembly instructions for this bathroom storage product is pretty clear, and it includes all the parts you need except for a drill and spirit level. Once installed, it is a heavy-duty shelving unit made with high-quality materials to give you extra storage in a small space.
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Aesthetically pleasing design
No protective bar or closed storage
Reclaimed wooden shelves
Iron pipe frames
Each shelf = 24 x 10 inches
Total height = 41.73 inches
Bottom pipe for hanging
If you have a more traditional or retro style bathroom, then this product could be a nice decor match for you. Our premium pick is the Fodue Industrial Pipe Bathroom Shelf, made with thick reclaimed wood and black iron pipes. This rack would look at home in a farmhouse kitchen or bathroom.
The three shelves each measure 24 x 9.84 inches and have a thickness of 0.78 inches so they can accommodate most of your bathroom necessities while remaining very sturdy.
The Fodue is handcrafted, very well made, and comes well packaged to prevent any damage. The instructions could do with some improvement, and there are a few reports of the pipes not fitting flush to the wall, but that aside it has a great rustic look.
Attractive retro farmhouse look
Anti-rust plastic shelving
Each shelf = 14.37 x 9.01 inches
Total height = 29.5 inches
The budget pick on our list is the Flowmist 3-Tier Slim Rolling Cart with Bathroom Shelves. With measurements of approximately 14 x 9 inches, and a height of 29 inches, it is ideal for saving space in your bathroom or powder room. The four coasters all move 360degrees, so it is easy to maneuver, and the plastic construction means it will not rust with bathroom moisture.
This storage system with built-in shelves is quick to put together without any tools, and they are also a few inches deep so items won’t fall out when the cart is moved. It could be an alternative to a medicine cabinet & bathroom storage cabinets. You will also find that there are four side hooks on this unit, which are ideal for hanging small cloths or bags.
The Flowmist is designed so that there is a 30cm gap between each shelf; large enough to hold regular bottles, and there are small holes in the surface to prevent any pooling of water. It is not the most attractive look, so not everyone will love it but it works well as a toilet storage unit as it can be tucked into small spaces and hold plenty of extra toilet paper.
Drainage holes in shelf
Easy to move
Tool-less, quick assembly
Low price point
Not suited for heavy products
Tempered glass shelf
15.2 x 4.5 inches
The Vdomus Tempered Bathroom Shelf is a great option if you just want to add one small shelf to store your accessories. It works particularly well near a sink to hold small bottles with hand towels underneath and has a modern look to suit a new powder room. As it is made from 0.3-inch thick tempered glass, the shelf can hold 20lbs once wall-mounted, although at 15.2 by 4.5 inches it isn’t the biggest storage ideas available.
One additional feature that is appreciated with this small bathroom shelving unit is the security rail that runs around the edge of the shelf to stop any items sliding off and into your sink!
The towel rail under the shelving and the included bracket are both made from rustproof anodized aluminum. It is easy to put on the wall although the plastic screws that are included seem a little weak to keep the glass supported for a long period.
Hanging rail for towels
Small storage area
Two-tier storage system
Tempered glass shelves
15.2 x 5 inches surface
Total height 16.1 inches
This Vdomus Tempered Glass 2-Tier Bathroom Shelf with Towel Bar is the same as the previous product but with two shelves instead of one. The unit is pretty compact, so it works well in small bathroom layouts where wall space is minimal. The design is quite modern and neutral so it will work with most home decor schemes.
With this set, you get two tempered glass open shelves that are 0.3inches thick, and they are set 10.8 inches apart. Underneath is a towel rail that measures 12 inches across with two hooks. You can hang your body brush or towel on it. As with the other Vdomus shelf, these come with a protective rail to stop your items from easily falling off, and you can put a weight of up to 20lbs on each shelf.
Installation is easy; you will need a drill plus the included parts, but you may want to swap the included plastic screws for stronger material to give the shelves better support.
Weak support screws
Set of two
Floating shelf look
Removable towel bar
Five hanging hooks
16.5 x 6-inch shelf surface
The Audoc Bathroom Shelves with Rail give you two pine shelves that can be positioned anywhere on your bathroom wall. You can choose to put them above each other, next to each, or have them built on completely different walls. This is a perfect choice if you are going through a bathroom renovation and haven’t decided exactly where to put the shelves and how much additional storage you will need.
These floating shelves are made from premium pine wood, strong enough to hold 40lbs of weight on each one, and have a protective metal frame that is corrosion and heat-resistant as well as dampproof. The storage space for each is 16.5 x 6 inches. Included in the pack are also two removable towel bars, that you can attach to the bottom of the shelves and five hooks which you can use for hanging items if you wish. All metal and hooks are rust-resistant.
There are a few reports of the Audoc shelves not hanging totally flat, or the metal frames being slightly bent so double-check the product when it arrives and pay attention when using your DIY skills to assemble them.
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High weight capacity
Some inconsistencies in construction quality
Four-tier toilet storage unit
Black or white finish
13 x 11-inch shelves
The FKUO 4-Tier Bathroom storage unit gives you four open shelves, all measuring 14 x 11inches. It has a corner configuration to save space in a small bathroom and each shelf is set 10 inches apart, giving you room to store average-sized bottles quite comfortably.
This is made from anti-rust metal and covered with a black or white coating according to your selection. The base of the FKUO unit has anti-slip and anti-scratch feet pads to protect your floor.
While this is one of the more versatile shelving ideas and looks like a strong industrial product, it is not the easiest in terms of DIY mainly due to the quality of the screws and the misaligned holes on some units.
Space-saving corner design
Won’t scratch your floor
Low weight limit
Poor quality screws
Space aluminum design
12 x 8.8 inches at widest point
The Hoomatook Corner Bathroom Shelf is explicitly designed to fit in the corner of your shower. It is one of the bathroom shelving ideas that will work even if you only have a small space in the room. With this model, you get the option of using the self-adhesive pads to stick it to the wall or to drill it for a more permanent fixture. Note that if you are going to use the self-adhesive option, it won’t work on bathroom walls that are painted, concrete or wallpaper.
There are two shelves in this caddy, made from Space Aluminium which is corrosion-resistant, making it suitable for use in a wet location. The surfaces are also hollowed so that water will drain out easily, and the front bar is almost two inches deep so it will stop any of your bottles from sliding off.
Mounting of these bathroom shelves is very easy, and they actually come as two individual pieces, so you can choose how far apart you want to position them. They are small, but large enough to give you extra storage for the typical products you would use in the shower and sufficiently strong to support 22lbs.
Adhesive or drill option
Easy to install
Drainage holes to avoid water pooling
Small storage space
Not suitable for all wall surfaces
Features To Consider With Bathroom Shelves
You will find most bathroom shelf ideas made from one of three materials; wood, tempered glass, or plastic.
- Plastic bathroom shelves are popular because they are very durable, lightweight, and will not rust even in very damp environments. They may not have the most beautiful design, but they are perfect for storing a variety of lightweight bathroom items, and a great option if you are no good at DIY as they are usually easy to build without any tools.
- Tempered glass is a popular design for a modern room thanks to its discreet minimalist look. This material is also very easy to wipe clean so works well above a sink to organize electric toothbrushes and toothpaste if you don't have a medicine cabinet in this space. Make sure you get a thick tempered glass (0.3inches or thicker is recommended) as this is less likely to crack after continued exposure to heat and water.
- Wood shelves work well in most rooms but are perfect if you have a more rustic home decor scheme. Wood storage ideas do vary, from a traditional farmhouse image to a more industrial, workshop look, so it shouldn't be too hard to get one that suits your style. If you opt for wooden shelving, you need to ensure that it has been treated so it will cope in damp environments and keep its look and shape. Also, check the metal frame that comes with it. This should be built with corrosion-resistant material or coating.
There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to bathroom shelves for your home, so you have a great opportunity to pick one that you love and that matches your room.
Rustic wooden styles are very popular to organize your bathroom items if you have a more traditional design. These come in the form of floating shelves or wall-mounted units with built-in shelves so are a good style if you have larger wall surfaces. If you are short on hanging space then it is possible to get the rustic or more industrial looking shelves with added towel rails and hooks at the bottom. These are perfect for hanging small towels, flannels, hairbands or other light items.
Portable plastic or metal units are great storage ideas if you want an option that will fit under a sink, in a corner, or next to a toilet. These can be moved easily and often have closed or semi-closed shelves so can double up as a medicine cabinet and keep your small items safe. Many of these can be built with little effort.
If you want a more modern style then a floating concept made from glass is one of the most popular bathroom shelf ideas and these models are the easiest to match with your bathroom mirror. These are subtle and then to be smaller but are perfect for use to keep teeth cleaning products tidy next to the sink, or as display shelves for incense pots scattered around the room.
Size is everything when it comes to a bathroom shelf, especially if you have a small bathroom. When measuring the space for your shelving you will need to look at the total height of a unit, plus the depth and width of each of the shelves. Don't forget to include the frame and also consider the gap between the shelves to make sure they can accommodate your bottles.
There is quite a range when it comes to reviewing bathroom storage ideas, from corner shower caddies that work well for a small space to larger bathroom storage cabinets with wider open storage space, ideal to add extra toilet paper and bath towels.
If you go for an option that is designed to fit in the small spaces near your toilet, check the size does allow you easily access your items, and fits around pipes that may get in the way.
While the decorative look of a bathroom shelf is important, the priority should be how functional it is. The bathroom storage cabinet or unit should be big and sturdy enough to hold bottles, and, in some cases, towels without you worrying about the shelves coming off the wall, or the unit toppling over. So, while you are considering the various storage ideas, think about exactly what you need the extra storage space for.
If you decide that you have small items to store, like perfumes or nail polishes, then the most functional designs will be those that have a closed surface, not a slatted design. Slats or railed bases will allow these small items to slip through, ending up in your sink or toilet, or smashed on the floor.
A bathroom shelf with an add-on of a protective rail will also increase its functionality, as it means you can store items right on the edge of the surface without them falling off. This maximizes the use of the space available.
When considering the function of your bathroom or toilet storage unit, don't forget to look at the space between the shelves if you go for a tiered option. There should be a big enough gap for you to add and retrieve your items easily on the surface without hitting the upper shelf.
Bathroom shelving is generally required to add extra storage space in your room. If you are fortunate enough to have a large bathroom, you have a more comprehensive range of products to choose from, but if you have a smaller area, like a shower room or downstairs toilet, then space-saving is a key feature to look at.
For small rooms, you will love floating shelves as they take up no floor space and little wall space as you don't have to factor in a frame. Even better is a floating shelf that you can hang towels on the bottom of, which reduces the need for you to have a separate towel rail.
Pull out storage cabinet solutions are also worth considering if you have 'dead' floor space. Here, we are thinking of areas next to the toilet or under the sink that you can't do much with. Narrow storage ideas, especially those on wheels, can take advantage of these areas, allowing you a place to store extra toilet paper, air fresheners, or small cleaning products.
Bathroom Shelf FAQ
Q: What do you put on bathroom shelves?
Bathroom shelves are very versatile so what you decide to put on them is up to you. For larger storage options you will see they are often used to keep towels, toilet rolls, candles, and even decorative ornaments. A small shelf is perfect to keep little items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, perfumes, and deodorants.
Q: What kind of wood should I use for bathroom shelves?
If you are going through a bathroom renovation then it is likely you want to add shelves that match your new home decor exactly. If you have a wood look, then there are several options available for you to choose from but you must the shelves are built with wood that is treated to be waterproof.
The most common wood for bathroom use is pine, oak, or maple, but plywood is also very popular. This is because plywood will not expand, unlike some natural wood options.
Q: How do you install shelves in a bathroom?
Before you attempt any installation, check the instructions! Generally, you will need a drill to create holes as indicated in the instructions and then fill these holes with wall plugs and screws to attach the frame to the wall. The shelves will then either balance on top of these or are screwed to the brackets.
If you don't love DIY then it is possible to get shelving ideas that don't require any tools to assemble. These can be in the form of free-standing units, or self-adhesive shelves that don't need to be built.
Q: How much space should be between the bathroom shelves?
The required space between shelves will depend largely on what you intend to store on them. Many shelves are built to be approximately 30cm apart, as this is considered to be big enough for standard size bottles to fit in.
Q: How deep should bathroom shelves be?
Again, as with many of the other factors considered, this will depend on what you want to store on the shelves. Depth will typically vary from 5inches to around 20inches. The deeper it is, the less likely you will need to put items close to the edge, which will reduce the likelihood of them falling off, however too deep may get in the way or cause a hazard for you to catch yourself on.