25 Bathroom Shelf Ideas For a Chic, Clutter-Free Space

We can say with confidence that Marie Kondo would be proud.

Nicole Franzen

Smart storage solutions are an essential ingredient in creating a stylish, organized bathroom, no matter what size it is. And right now, we're spotlighting twenty five bathroom shelf ideas, as shelving allows you take advantage of wall space while keeping clutter to a minimum and displaying décor. Read on for a fresh batch of clever, designer-approved ideas, from built-in storage units to sleek floating shelves, floor-to-ceiling cubbies, and even windowsills that serve double duty.

Studio DB
Consider Use Case

Have you ever seen a more adorable bathroom shelf? In their room at the Kips Bay show house, Studio DB installed this tiny wall-mounted tray by the tub for any bath products or a bathtime cocktail.

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Shapeless Studio
Use Every Square Inch

NYC-based design firm Shapeless Studios took advantage of every nook and cranny in this bathroom. To make extra storage room for bath products and extras, they install two marble floating shelves over the tub.

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bathroom storage ideas
Customize a Vanity

Full of fun patterns and whimsical motifs, this powder room designed by Chango & Co. proves that small spaces can still shine. Style aside, the strategically built vanity features extra shelves on one side to accomodate hand towels and decor.

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bathroom shelf ideas
Nicole Franzen
Animate a Corner

In this modestly sized powder room designed by Corinne Mathern Studios, the tiny shelf transforms an awkward corner into something chic. It's just large enough to fit a select few cosmetics or a vase with flowers.

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Bathroom storage ideas
Robson Rak
Install Floor-To-Ceiling Cubbies

These floor-to-ceiling cubbies in a bathroom designed by Robson Rak provide ample room for storage. Put things like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and other bulk items behind closed doors, then show off your décor and towels on the open shelves. I love how these tonal towels reflect the wood grains of the storage unit itself.

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PHOTO: Alexandra Rowley; DESIGN: Studio DB
Bring In a Bath Caddy Tray

If there aren't any built-in shelves by the bathtub, opt for a bath caddy tray. Simple in design, super convenient, and much more affordable than getting a contractor to build shelves. The one in this Studio DB-designed bathroom introduces a touch of warmth to the contrasting marble materials.

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styling bathroom shelves
Nicole Franzen
Free Up Space For Design Moments

If you add a small shelf for your soap and hand lotion, you can install a much sleeker, larger sink—even if it doesn't offer any surface space. Hidden shelves behind the mirror will come in handy, too.

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Hecker Guthrie
Be Creative with Scale

Hecker Guthrie added a little shelf for hand soap and lotion in the same material as the marble backsplash so as to not interrupt visual flow. There's also extra cabinet space under the sink for stowing away bathroom essentials, too, so the shelf won't get overcrowded.

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built-in bathroom storage
Studio DB
Blend In With The Surrounding Materials

A built-in shelf will definitely be useful above a freestanding bathtub. Let it blend in with the surrounding wall by sticking with the same materials throughout. If you love organic, clean lines, use this nook as inspiration.

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bathroom sink storage ideas
PHOTO: Max Kim Bee; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Install It Over The Sink

Install a floating shelf above the sink for your décor, essentials, and other small knick-knacks, as Leanne Ford Interiors did here. This is especially convenient for anyone who doesn't have a hidden cabinet behind the bathroom sink. You could also arrange a few floating shelves above the toilet, if space is an issue.

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bathroom floating shelf ideas
PHOTO: Mike Garten; DESIGN: Studio DB
Have It Serve Double Duty

Furniture that offers two functions is always a good idea. This wide shelf doubles as a bench and makes the purple hexagonal tiles in this bathroom by Studio DB pop even more. The extra floating shelf under the sink brings in added spatial intrigue (and a place to put towels), too.

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Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design
Make Use of Existing Surfaces

Use all available surfaces as makeshift shelves, whether it's a windowsill or mantel. While fireplaces aren't exactly frequent bathroom fliers, we're digging this one as an unexpected statement in a space designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design.

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Modern bathroom storage ideas
Robson Rak
Go Below The Sink

This marble sink vanity is a minimalist's dream. With plenty of space for bathroom essentials in the sleek, handleless drawers as well as the shelf on the floor, you can keep clutter to a minimum and let the beautiful washstand take the design spotlight.

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PHOTO: Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design
Look For An Etagere

An étagère is the perfect shelving unit for renters, someone who doesn't want to make any permanent design decisions, or anyone with a tiny bathroom. They tend to be slim and lightweight—and don't require power tools to install.

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Creative bathroom storage ideas
Dustin Halleck
Prop Things Up On The Windowsill

Though there aren't any actual shelves in this bathroom, the windowsill gets the job done just fine. For a similar look, lean a small piece of art against the window and add a plant for a burst of energy.

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Amber Interiors
Consider Other Storage Options

Don't fret if you don't have shelves in your bathroom by the tub—there are plenty of other storage options. Bring in stools, baskets, and a ladder to hang linens.

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small bathroom storage ideas
Paul Costello
Be Resourceful

If your bathroom is too small for shelves with a lot of depth, add extra storage by placing a tray over the hamper. Keep your hand towels and florals there to brighten up the room.

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Bathroom décor ideas
Robson Rak
Extend A Sink Vanity

Extend a customized vanity to float next to the bathtub as a shelf, like Robson Rak did here. It's the perfect spot to perch your artwork and florals for a pop of style in the bathroom. Don't you love how the light pink flowers and accents in the painting reflect the rose gold faucet?

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Alison Gootee/Studio D
Make It Artful

For something more visually unique than a classic floating shelf, scatter a few wall brackets along the wall, like Eddie Ross did at hishome. It could also help you stay organized if each little shelf is dedicated to a different step in your bathroom routine. Think of it as a gallery wall for the shower.

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Shower stool décor 
Nicole Franzen
Bring A Stool Into The Shower

If you don't have a built-in bench in the shower, bring in a stool. You can use it as an extra surface space for shower supplies. We like how this bathroom features a black stool to sharpen the otherwise light and bright shower.

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bathtub storage ideas
PHOTO: Max Kim Bee; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Take Advantage Of Happy Accidents

This bathroom by Leanne Ford has a handy little ledge behind the bathtub that can be used for surface storage. And for whatever else doesn't fit, prop a stool next to the tub and hang a shower caddy.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Amber Interiors
Use Unexpected Furniture

Bring in an antique armoire for an eclectic look that also offers up extra storage. Though we'd imagine this traditional storage unit in the living room or dining room, it works quite well in this bathroom.

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Contemporary bathroom ideas
Catherine Kwong
Choose a Roomy Washstand

When shopping for washstands, keep your eye out for any that have a deep bottom shelf, like the metal one in this Catherine Kwong bathroom. This will free up space for florals and essentials on top of the vanity while your bottom shelf can store linens.

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bathroom shelves and storage ideas 
Karyn Millet
Install Cubbies and Open Shelves

Opt for open shelves below the sink instead of drawers and cabinets for a more interesting aesthetic. Then bring in baskets and bins to hide any essentials that belong behind closed doors. Installing cubbies and plenty of hooks will take care of towel storage.

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built-in shower storage ideas
Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design
Build Shelves Into the Shower Wall

Built-in shelves inside the shower will save a ton of space. They also ensure that the shower looks sleek and clean, as it should.

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