By Kerry Hale

The Ultimate Guide To Bathroom Shelving

  • Wednesday 17 April 2019
  • 4 minute read


Storage is a must for every bathroom space. This area of your home tends to be on the smaller side, making it tricky to keep tidy. Bath and shower products, spare towels and bathroom essentials can quickly take over, making your bathroom less tranquil and more cluttered.

Because bathrooms tend to be more limited in floor space, cupboards or larger storage units are often too bulky to work well. However, there are still plenty of options to keep your space clutter-free. Bathroom shelves are the ideal option, and can make the most of the space you have available. They’re not just practical either. With the right styling, your bathroom shelving could become a real feature of the room.

What are the benefits of glass bathroom shelves?

Glass bathroom shelves are the perfect option for smaller bathrooms. Because they’re transparent, they avoid a cluttered look and don’t appear to take up too much space, particularly if you choose the floating option. They’re well suited to both contemporary and classic design preferences, and there are plenty of options to choose from to suit the space you have available.

Glass bathroom shelves are also a good option because they’re easy to maintain. In a space that often gets damp, glass shelves are resistant to warping and mould, and can easily be wiped clean.

How should I store bath towels?

Ladder shelves are the perfect choice for storing bath towels. Often used as decorative shelving elsewhere in the home, these shelves have the potential to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing in your bathroom too.

For practicality, store essentials, like toilet tissue and towels, in stylish boxes towards the bottom of the shelf and add decorative touches (like candles, plants or beautiful bath products) to the upper shelves. If you find you need more options for products, think about adding shower accessories like an in-built soap dispenser or dish. These give the option to store your products in a way that doesn’t detract from your design-led bathroom shelving.

How can I make a statement with bathroom shelves?

If you don’t have the space for ladder shelving or would prefer something a little different, there are plenty of other bathroom shelving options that make a statement and add the perfect finishing touch to your space.

For a cohesive design, try painting your bathroom shelves the same shade as your walls. This is particularly effective if you’ve painted your space a bold shade. Look for accessories (like ornaments, art and candles) that contrast well with your chosen hue.

Another option is to choose hanging shelves in rustic wood or industrial metal. These bathroom shelves look particularly chic with plenty of trailing plants in decorative plant pots.

How can I organise my small bathroom?

If extra storage is your goal, there are some shelving units that work better than others.

If you need the extra space, it’s important to cleverly utilise the areas you have available. For example, the space above the toilet is the perfect location for multiple shelves. Store toilet tissue, bath products and washcloths here, or if you’re concerned about the aesthetics, try decanting products into storage baskets or glass jars.

Another idea is to utilise low-level shelves in often unutilised spaces. Next to the toilet or on either side of your mirror can be good areas to install bathroom shelves. Alternatively, you could include recessed shelving next to the bath. These types of shelves are particularly useful for having products within reach at bath time.

For more bathroom ideas and tips for creating the perfect space, visit the Mira blog.

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