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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  • Kathi Kathi on Sep 25, 2016
    I don't see the strips. Where did they go?

    • Kathy Gydus 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 picture...lol, I was wondering where they went myself.

    • Jean Holt Jean Holt on Sep 26, 2016
      They are in between the 2 shelf pieces of plywood.

  • Ptc12497141 Ptc12497141 on Nov 09, 2016
    What about all tile bathroom

    • Wendy W Wendy W on Nov 13, 2016
      I'm sure you could, but I don't have experience drilling through tile.

    • Adele Adele on Mar 11, 2017
      There are special bits for drilling through tile. It prevents cracking, chipping or any other disaster.

  • Wanda Concovia Wright Wanda Concovia Wright on May 05, 2017
    How can I put shelves on a flat wall with no side walls to fasten them onto?

    • Wendy W Wendy W on May 07, 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 Sandra Frosch on Feb 02, 2019

      To make floating shelves.


      https://youtu.be/ZeyLj0Ppukc

  • Lois Lois on May 15, 2017
    how can i attach shelves to tile walls

    • Wendy W Wendy W on May 16, 2017
      I have never attached anything to tile, although I'm sure it could be done.

  • `claudette `claudette on Dec 29, 2018

    How did you nail the shelves in to the braces?

    • Wendy W Wendy W on Dec 29, 2018

      We used a finishing nailer, I believe.

    • Mike Mike on Nov 03, 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 Jeab on Jan 07, 2020

    What type of wood did you used.

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