Over the Toilet Bathroom Storage Ideas

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Over the Toilet Bathroom Storage Ideas
The empty space above your toilet is ideal for providing extra storage. (bathroom detail image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.com)

Bathrooms often require lots of storage space yet typically provide so little. Quite often, the only places to hide all of your shampoos, conditioners, lotions and potions are a small closet and a cabinet above the sink. That may be enough for someone who is single or who doesn't have a lot of primping items, but for the average family or couple, much more space is needed. Oftentimes, homeowners will try to make use of the space above their toilets. Fortunately, a few options can make that often wasted area above the toilet useful.

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Shelves provide ample space for storing a variety of bathroom items. Towels, toothbrushes and other toiletries can all be stored on the shelves, keeping them out of the closet to leave space for other items. Sleek steel shelves often look nice in a bathroom as do plastic shelves. Wood shelves are a favourite choice for the bathroom and are usually made with solid oak, MDF or particle board, states the American Chronicle website. Choose material you think will stand up to the moisture conditions in your bathroom and that will also pair well with the other furniture located in the room. Although shelves provide extra storage, they allow access to anyone entering your bathroom to take a look at your belongings. Therefore, you may want to keep only nonpersonal items, such as washcloths, stored on the shelves.


Cabinets fit well over toilets and typically make the empty space look more stylish and welcoming. Cabinets also supply adequate amounts of storage space. The advantage of installing a cabinet as opposed to shelves in your bathroom is guests won't have instant access to your goods. In addition, items stored and stacked on shelves can often look cluttered and cabinets will hide the unsightly mess. Cabinets are available in a variety of different colours and are made from many different types of material. Choose whichever you think will suit the mood and environment of your bathroom the best.

Toilet Etagere

Many homeowners opt for the best of both worlds --- a combination of both shelves and cabinets. Also called a toilet etagere, this functional piece of furniture typically features shelves on the bottom and a cabinet on top. Many etageres have legs that stand on either side of the toilet and the shelves and cabinet fit over top, which is ideal for those who don't want to damage their walls with screws or nails. This type of furniture is often available in plastic, wood or steel and comes in a variety of styles to fit most any bathroom decor. If you need lots of storage space, this may be the best option for you.

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