Ideas for Shelving Around Bathtub Tiles

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Ideas for Shelving Around Bathtub Tiles
It's usually hard to locate shelving near the tub. (bathroom image by Mat Hayward from

Bathrooms are among the most used rooms in the home, and are often the smallest. Due to their nature, you need to keep bottles of shampoo, conditioners, body washes, shaving cream and razors handy, as well as towels and washcloths. All these supplies can easily turn a small room into a messy, disorganised one without the proper shelving and storage capabilities. There are some easy things you can do to add shelving in the bath without sacrificing floor space.

Build a Dividing Wall

Create a wall unit of shelving at the end of the bathtub, if space permits. Build a unit out of 1x6-inch wood, attaching it to the floor and the ceiling with brackets. Leave the shelving open on both sides for ease of access. Paint the wood shelves to match the room. Assign each family member their own shelf, and roll towels for maximum storage potential.

Add Ceramic Crown Molding

Re-tile around the bathtub, and include ceramic crown moulding. These are sold in 12-inch wide increments, and must be attached with thinset mortar to a backer board during tile installation. You can run an entire row on the long back wall of the tub at eye level to hold your shampoo bottles and body wash, or install one unit at a time in a staggered fashion. Ceramic crown moulding brings a classic look into the bath area, and since it's ceramic, it will hold up to the constant moisture in the area.

Add Wall Storage

Take advantage of unused wall space by hanging cabinets higher than normal. Store extra supplies in the hard-to-reach cabinets. Create additional shelving from an old wooden box. Add rows of shelving to the inside of the box and give it a designer treatment by adding an ornate frame on the front. Mount to the wall for an eye-catching catchall. For extra storage, install a medicine cabinet instead of only a mirror.

Don't Forget Hooks

Hooks come in all sizes and shapes, and are useful on the backs of doors, next to the sink or near the tub. They don't take as much wall space as a towel bar and can add visual interest to your wall. Take advantage of the different styles to promote a theme in the bathroom, such as using shells or starfish hooks for a beach motif.

Take Advantage of a Vanity

Replace a pedestal sink with a vanity sink to optimise storage in the bathroom. Add extra shelves under the sink to store supplies. A pedestal sink may be nice to look at, but you sacrifice storage potential.

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