Have a small bathroom? These over the toilet storage ideas will help you maximize every square foot!
Over the toilet storage is a surprisingly controversial topic. And I get it – traditional over the toilet free standing shelves can look cheap and bad.
But, let’s be real. If you have a small bathroom, the area over your toilet is prime real estate. Sure, in a spa-sized bathroom it’s where you’d hang your personally commissioned oil paintings. But, here in the real world, it’s the perfect spot for storage.
Types of over the toilet storage
There are two main types of over the toilet storage:
- Free standing over the toilet organizer
- Wall mounted over the toilet shelves
Each have their pros and cons.
Free standing over the toilet storage
If you are a renter and can’t put holes in the wall, free standing is the way to go. They are completely free standing and independent from the walls.
Another good use case for over the toilet shelving is if you have a window over your toilet tank. Windows don’t leave room for wall mounted shelves, but freestanding units will often work.
Wall mounted over the toilet storage
Wall mounted shelves often look more custom and high end than freestanding units. You can add any kind of shelving into the space over your toilet for a totally custom look.
We have both types of over the toilet storage in our home – we mounted floating shelves in our master bathroom and built a cedar over the toilet freestanding shelf in our guest bathroom.
Additionally, you could always mount a cabinet over the toilet. Our condo bathrooms had cabinets over the toilets. You could pick one up second hand and mount it like we did in our laundry room!
DIY Over the toilet storage
Your best bet for custom-looking over the toilet storage is to DIY it! And, it’s easier than you might think. Here are some of my favorite DIY over the toilet storage ideas from some of my favorite bloggers!
This over the toilet storage solution provides you with shelves to store frequently used bathroom items and uses dead space. Using cedar adds a nice aroma to the bathroom and is resistant to water.
If you’re looking to add some clean looking shelves to your room, here’s how to build and install floating shelves.
Modern Eclectic Bathroom Remodel - wooden shelves over the toilet
This bathroom makeover features beautiful floating wooden shelves over the toilet nook.
Powder Bathroom Makeover - Wood shelves with metal brackets
This bathroom features wooden shelves with decorative metal brackets over the toilet.
This bathroom features a combination of shelves & hooks over the toilet for really functional storage.
This tiny bathroom features leaning ladder style freestanding storage over the toilet for a farmhouse look.
If you want a more traditional look, consider building a custom w
Instead of plain floating shelves, what about shelves with unique, geometric brackets?
I love the fact that this unique over the toilet shelf was upcycled from an old drawer!
If you'd prefer to purchase a ready-to-go toilet shelf, this one is really good looking!
Looking for more bathroom storage ideas? You’ll love our DIY open shelving from an old medicine cabinet!
What do you think of over the toilet storage?
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