That space in the bathroom just above the toilet is ideal for placing a small storage cabinet or a set of open shelves. Over the toilet storage is practical, space-efficient and super customizable. Just look at all these great design ideas that we gathered for you today. At least one of them would be perfect for your bathroom so have a look and start planning your next DIY project. We’re super excited to show you everything so let’s get started.
If all you want is to make the space above the toilet look less empty, you don’t have to go overboard with the design. One or two floating shelves would be enough. Make them stand out a bit by giving them a solid look but keep the design simple and friendly.
A cute idea coming from ana-white suggests framing the toilet with a ladder shelving system. It’s great if you have the space for such a feature and if you think the ladder would go well with your bathroom’s design style.
Above the toilet shelves are perfect for small bathrooms. They offer storage and style without taking up valuable floor space and you can use them to display all sorts of nice decorations just to add a bit of color to the room. Check out thesweetestdigs for more inspiration.
There’s more than one way of hang a shelf above the toilet. In fact, open shelves are extremely versatile and there are surprisingly many styles, mounting mechanisms and designs to consider so take your time and do your homework and don’t underestimate your bathroom shelves. We find the ones featured on lollyjane to be particularly good-looking.
A single shelf is enough to change your bathroom forever. That’s not necessarily because of its storage capacity but because it left you fill a void, an emptiness which ultimately prevents the space from reaching its potential. We’re talking about a simple over the toilet shelf like the one featured on myfabulesslife which lets you add color and cheer to the room in a very simple and affordable manner.
If you’re more focused on how you can use the space above the toilet for storage, then perhaps you’d prefer an open cabinet with two or three shelves and perhaps even a drawer too. It can become your new towel storage cabinet and you can also use it to hold toiletries and other such things. Consider a rustic or farmhouse-style design similar to what we found on houseofturquoise.
Take things one step further and reinvent your entire toilet space. You could build a custom storage unit which fits around the toilet tank and gives you extra storage in the form of open shelves or closed modules for things like extra towels, toilet paper rolls and other useful items. Check out apartmenttherapy for more inspiration.
Add a bit of uniqueness to your bathroom by turning storage baskets into shelves. They’re perfecto for holding extra hand towels close to the sink yet out of the way. You can hang the shelves above the toilet and fill that empty space with something that’s not just useful but also original and very creative. We found this cool idea on spruceyournest.
You should always look for ways to customize your interior design based on what makes each space unique and to try to take advantage of every little detail. For example, in this bathroom designed by Michael Teuber it was possible to add a bamboo shelf above the tub and toilet and to frame the tile wainscot in a really cool way.
Another example of things that line up perfectly can be seen in this traditional bathroom designed by studio NLT. In here, the vanity counter extends to form a shelf above the toilet tank. It’s simple, practical and original and it’s an idea that suits most bathrooms considering how common this layout is.
Built-in shelves fill the entire space between the toilet tank and the ceiling and maximize this bathroom’s storage capacity in a way that doesn’t make it look cluttered or tiny. Add to that the white walls, floor tiles and matching fixtures and you get a super breezy and welcoming decor. You can find more details on younghouselove.
How about making something for your bathroom yourself? It’s easier than you think. You could make a custom shelf or shelving unit for the space above the toilet and all you’d need would be a few pieces of wood and some basic tools. Display something cute and friendly on the shelves, something that would make the bathroom feel more inviting and comfortable. Check out mccarterfamilyblog for inspiration.
Here’s the same idea we mentioned earlier: a vanity which extends above the toilet tank to form a shelf. In this case there are also more shelves above this one and they hold labeled storage boxes. It’s a really great way to take full advantage of a small bathroom. The design was featured on martysmusings so head over there if you need more details or if you’re looking for more inspiring ideas that can make your home more beautiful.
If you want to make some shelves yourself, one of the easiest methods is to use metal pipes and reclaimed wood. It’s so simple anyone can do it and that makes this the perfect DIY project for beginners. So how about it? Ready to give your bathroom a makeover? This sort of shelves would also look good in spaces like the kitchen, hallway or even the living room. Check out all the details on houseofhawthornes.
Last but not least, a very cool project coming from hello-hayley. It shown how you can take advantage of the empty space above your toilet by making a rustic-industrial shelf that lets you organize items in baskets and boxes or display items on the surface at the top. There are also hooks so you can hang hand towels or other things including decorations. These ornamental letters seem pretty nice but you can definitely come up with other original ideas that suit your bathroom even better.
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In a small bathroom it’s best to keep things simple so consider a storage unit such as this one. The Ringgold is a freestanding over-the-toilet set of shelves with a sleek and thin metal frame that takes up minimal space and is designed to fit over the water tank and leave enough room to access it for maintenance and repairs. It gives you three open shelves on which to store things like towels, extra toilet paper rolls, tissues and various other supplies.
The Carruthers over the toilet shelf is even simpler and smaller. It’s a single shelf which gives you a small surface to place a few items on, similar to a tall and narrow console. It’s useful for storing various bathroom essentials within reach or for displaying a small planter, a vase or other decorative items. The design is clean and very simple and since this is not a very tall unit you can still add more accessories above it.
The Roberts unit is great if you want to have both open and closed storage options in your bathroom. This freestanding unit includes an open shelf and two large modules inside the top section, behind closed doors. It’s made of manufactured wood with a white finish and has glass panel doors for a bit of traditional charm and classic elegance.
A similar combination of storage compartments is featured by the Ashland storage unit. This one has a fresh and versatile design with beadboard detailing on the doors and an open storage module at the bottom for easy access to various essentials. This can also be a good display shelf for small decorations, a nice way to make the bathroom feel more welcoming without wasting space.
Simplicity can take many different forms and, on that note, there are lots of over-the-toilet storage units that are simple and practical in their own ways. This one has a stylish X frame design with two big open shelf areas and another flat surface on top. It measures 63.78” H x 25.98” W x 8.46” D and it’s designed to fit on top of a classic toilet and to offer convenient extra storage without being in the way.
Here’s another similar piece, this time with a leading ladder design that gives it character and makes it look a bit more casual and stylish compared to other models. The Hoschton tiered unit can help you keep the clutter at bay in your bathroom by offering three shelves above the toilet on which to keep towels and toiletries. This frees up the counter and other areas of the bathroom and makes the space more organized.
Like every other unit we mentioned so far, the Somerset is designed to take advantage of a space that’s typically left empty and unused in the bathroom, the space above the toilet. It’s a particularly useful addition to small bathroom where there’s very limited storage space. This unit lets you expand your storage without sacrificing floor space. It’s made of manufactured wood with a white or a gray finish and has a simple and versatile design.
Although white is the best color for small spaces, it’s also great to add some warmth to the décor which brings us to the Ayden storage unit. It’s crafted from solid bamboo which gives it this beautiful natural wood tone. The unit consists of an open bottom section that raises it over the toilet and two slatter doors that open to reveal three shelves.
The Foxborough storage unit has a slender metal frame with a black finish which gives it a big of an industrial appearance. In combination with the solid wood and glass doors it has a really nice retro look which adds warmth and elegance to the bathroom. The chocolate brown finish is beautiful and easy to pair with a variety of colors and decors.
The Eleanor storage cabinet is a really great fit for small bathrooms and powder rooms because it’s very compact, has a simple and versatile design and despite its small size it’s packed with lots of hidden storage spaces and features. It has built-in holders for toilet paper rolls, side doors that reveal nooks where you can store toiletries and bathroom essentials and a pull-down shelf at the top.
It’s entirely possible to have very little space around the toilet, even for many of the compact over-the-toilet cabinets mentioned above. Metal units such as the Cadell have an advantage in this case. They can be very thin and slender which allows you to save even more space. This one is made from heavy-duty enamel-coated steel and has two open shelves. It’s rust-resistant, simple and convenient.
In case you’re looking for an over-the-toilet storage unit with a more traditional design, something better-suited for a retro interior, check out the Diane module. It’s crafted from manufactured wood with an ash gray finish and has an open shelf at the bottom which is divided into two modules and a cabinet with two more shelves and ornate doors right above it. The glass panel doors are what really sells this design.