Get Shelved: Open Storage in Bathrooms

Fumble no more when you place everyday items at arm’s length

In city apartments, bathrooms are usually such small spaces, it makes sense to keep the clutter tucked away in drawers and cabinets. Of course, when things are out of sight, they are also harder to find! Strategically-placed open shelving might be just the ticket: it adds a bit of charm and may also make life a little easier. Sweeten, a free service matching homeowners with vetted general contractors, has seen many renovators creatively add open storage to their baths throughout the years. From recessed open shelving to simple slabs, see what ideas you might want to incorporate in your own bathroom renovation.

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Maria and Eric’s small bath needed storage that would blend seamlessly with their minimalist Scandinavian apartment and restrained color palette. A recessed wall unit with open shelves was the perfect solution, and hiding it behind the door means it’s only visible when the door is closed.

bathroom open shelving

A floating white oak shelf adds warmth—and a landing spot for small toiletry items—in a white-and-chrome bathroom in Joel and Eric’s pared-back apartment.

bathroom open shelving

A recessed storage area was already part of the original bathroom layout in Katie and Lance’s apartment. They took off the tired and off-kilter shutter doors and installed clear shelves for a simple look. The result is a clean nook for their colorful bath linens.

bathroom open shelving

This retro vanity mirror incorporates a shelf, making it the perfect complement to a trough sink, which has no surfaces for resting hand soap or a toothbrush.

bathroom opening shelving

A ledge in Joe and Mario’s new bathroom, which extends from the sink countertop over the toilet, provides extra space for decorative items or toiletries—your choice.

bathroom opening shelving

Dramatic black walls are a luxurious backdrop to these classic glass shelves with silver hardware in Marissa’s bath.

bathroom open shelving

Lauren and Ross’s tidy bathroom incorporates an open shelf at the bottom of the vanity—the perfect blend of hidden and visible storage.

Need more spots to stash towels and toiletries? We’ve got storage options for every nook and cranny in your bathroom.

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