No bathroom is complete without a sensible storage solution to organize towels, lotions, and display decorative items like art and plants. Different types of shelving provide plenty of visual appeal as open storage, keeps a space tidy, and expands the functionality of a bathroom.
Whether it’s the master bath or a small bathroom, there is a shelf that complements your home’s bathroom decor. Bathrooms with an industrial look, eclectic style, or classic vintage treatments can all benefit from attractive and functional shelving. Keep reading to learn more about the types of shelves available from cubes to ladder-style fixtures.
- Bathroom shelves types by material
- Types of Bathroom Shelves by Position
- Types of Bathroom shelves by shape
- Stay on Top of Your Storage Needs with Bathroom Shelving
Bathroom shelves types by material
A common way to look at shelving types is by the material. When it comes to bathroom organizing and decor options, the color and material of your shelving does matter. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular shelf ideas by material.
1. Wood bathroom shelves
Furniture made from wood is prized for its durability, easy maintenance, and versatility. A wood shelf in the bathroom quickly becomes a point of visual interest because of the grain, staining, and design. Depending on the quality of wood used for a shelf, it could end up becoming an heirloom in the future.
Brown Wall Mounted Shelves by SODUKU
Create a more inviting bathroom with a modern flair when you install these attractive. floating wood shelves in a dark brown finish. The wood is treated to be both dampproof and heat resistant. The metal elements on the shelves retain an architectural design, acts as a protective guard, and includes space to hang towels underneath the wood panel.
2. Teak bathroom shelves
A sub-category of the former, teak is one of the most valuable woods for making exquisite furniture, and it is a sought-after material because it is resistant to dry rot. Due to the intense harvesting of teak wood, newer furniture is constructed using sustainable sources to create beautiful, sophisticated furniture.
Teak Bath Shelf by AquaTeak
Go with a highly reviewed company when choosing a shelf for the bathroom. Take advantage of the corners of your bathroom with this Architectural Digest featured furniture. Comprised of teak wood, this naturally water-resistant shelf is suitable for modern, contemporary, and classic bathrooms without taking up excess space.
Moa Teak Wall Shelf by AquaTeak
Say less with more when you decorate your bathroom with a shelf that is durable, water-resistant, and classy. If you need a modest amount of storage space or are looking for a tasteful display, this teak shelf comes with stainless steel hooks for hanging up towels, loofahs, and more.
3. White wooden shelves
Wood is wood, but white wood shelves seem to be a very popular choice for bathrooms small and big, so we chose to mention them as a type in their own right. Furniture in white is the perfect addition for most bathrooms, no matter the decor or theme. White is a neutral color that complements most spaces and elevates the accessories surrounding the fixture.
Multifunctional Cabinet by VASAGLE
Dress up a bathroom in need of some extra storage space, and complement decor that is minimalistic, country, or vintage with ease. Choose this neutral, bright white cabinet with ample shelf space, and a slim profile to station in corners or compact bathrooms. Cement a clean, crisp look that is sophisticated, trusted, and comfortable with this choice of cabinetry in white.
4. Glass Bathroom Shelves
Furniture made from glass gives off an energy of elegance, and looks great when paired with contemporary and modern fixtures. Glass furniture is subject to breaking if not careful and requires frequent cleaning. However, glass furniture is prized for being inexpensive, and its transparency visually opens up space and makes it seem larger.
2 Tier Glass Shelf by HOMEIDEAS
Sophistication is at its finest when you install this wall-mounted, tempered glass shelf with a protective rail design. Stainless steel metal accents keep bathroom items safe, and the nickel finish is clean and attractive. Bathrooms with an industrial, modern, contemporary, or classic look would be improved with this shelf set.
5. Ceramic Bathroom Shelves
Ceramic is a durable material that is used for drinkware and furniture. Ceramic furniture is aesthetically pleasing, has a fresh, modern look, and can withstand high temperatures.
Bone Ceramic Shelf by Vogue Tile
Adorn your bathroom wall with a shelf that is fitting for a bathroom with vintage, modern, or country decor. The shelf has an attractive glaze finish and should be installed on a tile wall.
6. Metal (stainless steel shelving)
Metal furniture is desirable because it is easy to clean, looks good, lasts a long time, and comes in an assortment of styles. Since the bathroom is a place where there is a lot of moisture, a well-designed and constructed metal fixture will last for years.
4 Tier Chrome Freestanding Shelf by Organize It All
Take advantage of this metal shelf that is perfect for smaller bathrooms. The shelf is attractive, comes in a chrome finish, and has a modern look that makes your bathroom look sophisticated.
7. Wire Bathroom shelves and wire baskets
Wire furniture provides function, versatility, and lightweight solutions to furnish a home. Wire shelving is sturdy, has a clean, modern appeal, and is inexpensive.
Chrome Finish Wire Rack by AmazonBasics
If you are in the market for bathroom shelving that is clean, modern and adjustable, check out this furniture. Bathrooms of all decor types are well suited for this sturdy open shelving unit, with plenty of space to stow away items.
5. Plastic shelving for the bathroom
Plastic furniture is valued for being inexpensive, flexible, lightweight, and resistant to breaking easily when dropped. When choosing shelves for a bathroom, a plastic fixture is ideal because it is easy to clean by wiping down, but still strong enough to store towels, toiletries, and knick-knacks.
White Slim Storage Cart by SPACEKEEPER
If you are short on space but need extra storage in your bathroom, check out this slim design rolling cart. Since this shelving unit is on wheels, it’s easy to rearrange your bathroom and move it about as needed. The four high-quality plastic shelves provide ample space for bathroom accessories, towels, and soaps.
Types of Bathroom Shelves by Position
Another way to sort the types of bathroom shelves is by looking at where they are in the bathroom.
6. Above the Door / Floating Shelving
Rustic Floating Wood Shelf by Love-KANKEI
Industrial Iron Pipe Shelf by WGX Design For You
7. Over the Door Shelving
Over Door Organizer by Simple Houseware
8. Over the Toilet
Above Toilet Space Saver by LDR Industries
Over the Toilet Bathroom Spacesaver by Zenna Home
Types of Bathroom shelves by shape
Finally, you can classify types of bathroom shelves by their form. And yes, form and function go hand-in-hand when it comes to decorating your home.
9. Modular bathroom shelves
Cube Storage Organizer by Homfa
Cubeicals Organizer by ClosetMaid
10. Ladder Style
Modern Ladder Bookcase by Haotian
Shelf Ladder Bookcase by Casual Home
11. Tall bathroom shelf stands
Shelving that reaches for the sky and has a slim profile is fitting for compact bathrooms that are short on space. Tuck a tall shelving unit into a corner and expand the possibilities within your bathroom for easy storage. Look for stylish tall shelves in wood or metal.