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DIY Bathroom Storage Shelves

Add storage to a small bathroom with these easy DIY bathroom storage shelves!

A couple week’s ago I shared our DIY Master Bathroom Retreat. Sharing the “mostly” finished master bathroom lit a fire under me to get a few of the things on my list finished. First on the agenda… bathroom storage shelves for above the toilet!

I partnered with Kreg Jig and their new project plan site,, to make this over the toilet shelf. It was so easy with the Kreg Jig! And now I have the perfect place to store some of those bathroom necessities.

Wood over toilet shelves storing toilet paper and other bathroom items. Next to watercolor floral shower curtain.

I have always wanted to add storage to the empty space above the toilet in our master bathroom. It’s the perfect place to gain some extra bathroom storage, especially if you have a small bathroom.

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And it’s always a good idea to have extra toilet paper within reach… just in case. So now that I knew what I wanted to store, I needed to figure out the perfect bathroom shelves for over the toilet.

Farmhouse storage shelf in the bathroom is perfect for adding storage to a small bathroom.

Don’t you just love what I came up with? These farmhouse style storage shelves could really be used in any room of the house, but I think they are just right for the bathroom.

They are sized perfectly for an over the toilet shelf, but still with tons of room for storage! And the extra details on the shelves make me smile!

Looking into the bathroom at the new bathroom storage shelves above the toilet. Knotty alder wood shelves store all the bathroom necessities.

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To add a little extra oomph to our bathroom storage shelves, I used the jigsaw to create a vintage, farmhouse style curve to the top and bottom of it. Just that detail alone took it from boring box-store shelves to something special.

But then I got crazy and added a little metal detail to the front of the shelves too. I found these flat bar aluminum pieces at the home improvement store. They are only 1/16″ thick so they were easy to cut and drill through.

Within minutes they were attached and I love the extra style it adds. Then of course, I added a few knobs on the bottom. You always need more knobs and hooks in the bathroom!

Clos-up view of the bathroom storage shelves. Metal railings keep items on the shelves and knobs below for hanging.

To keep the bathroom cohesive, I used the same knotty alder wood that I used to build our wood vanity top. I kept it vintage feeling by using butcher block oil instead of stain to bring out the natural color of the wood.

Then sealed it with furniture wax for a soft finish. The bold color of the knotty alder compliments the soft colors of our master bathroom so well.

DIY bathroom storage shelves to hang above the toilet for extra storage. Wood shelves holding toilet paper, lotion and wash cloths.

And now we have the perfect over the toilet shelf for our master bathroom. It still has the spa-like bathroom feel, even more now that I can showcase some luxurious bathroom accessories.

If you are ready to build your own bathroom storage shelves, I am sharing the free build plans at Click here for the complete plans.

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Hey, thanks for the great explanation :) I wanted to know what kind of cover you recommend for the shelf. to keep it from ruining due to the moisture in the room?


Monday 20th of November 2023

Use any wood sealer you like: polyurethane, wax, or oils.

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