Storage in Small Half Bathroom

We needed a space to store bathroom supplies, such as extra toilet paper, toothbrushes, & hair accessories in our tiny powder room. We used the space above the toilet to create floating shelves to hold all the necessities.
We began by making wooden braces & nailing them into the wall.
Then we cut some finished plywood for the shelves & my husband used a router to create the cap for the front of the shelves. Depending on how think you want the shelves, you could probably use a piece of trellis wood for the end.
Next, we installed the top & bottoms of the shelves by nailing them to the braces. Finally, we nailed the fronts to the shelves.
Floating shelves provide lots of storage in a tiny bathroom.

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6 questions
  • Kathi
    on Sep 25, 2016

    I don't see the strips. Where did they go?

    • Kathy Gydus
      on Sep 25, 2016

      The picture of the strips was sideways...notice the top of the toilet on the right side of the, I was wondering where they went myself.

    • Jean Holt
      on Sep 26, 2016

      They are in between the 2 shelf pieces of plywood.

  • Ptc12497141
    on Nov 9, 2016

    What about all tile bathroom

    • Wendy W
      on Nov 13, 2016

      I'm sure you could, but I don't have experience drilling through tile.

    • Adele
      on Mar 11, 2017

      There are special bits for drilling through tile. It prevents cracking, chipping or any other disaster.

  • Wanda Concovia Wright
    on May 5, 2017

    How can I put shelves on a flat wall with no side walls to fasten them onto?
    • Wendy W
      on May 7, 2017

      We have never done that, but you could use some "L" brackets & place a wood shelf on top. To make floating shelves, I believe you frame out the braces (similar to framing a wall), attach the brace frame to the wall, & then add the wood to the top, bottom, & sides. I'm sure you could find better detailed instructions online, but I think that's it in a nutshell! Hope that helps!

    • Sandra Frosch
      on Feb 3, 2019

      To make floating shelves.

  • Lois
    on May 16, 2017

    how can i attach shelves to tile walls
    • Wendy W
      on May 16, 2017

      I have never attached anything to tile, although I'm sure it could be done.

  • `claudette
    on Dec 29, 2018

    How did you nail the shelves in to the braces?

    • Wendy W
      on Dec 30, 2018

      We used a finishing nailer, I believe.

    • Mike
      on Nov 3, 2019

      Buy your self a Porter Cable battery nail gun, buy the whole set as you can, you will have all the tools you’ll ever need for projects around the house.

  • Jeab
    on Jan 7, 2020

    What type of wood did you used.

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  • Ega8682450
    on Sep 22, 2016

    Great job and idea. Im going to do this in my guest bathroom (tiny). Like you my toilet and door is white so I am painting the shelves white too.

  • B.I.Green
    on May 5, 2017

    Beautiful! So much nicer than the pre-fab metal/glass ones!
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