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How to Make Your Own Bathroom Shelves

Shelving and brackets can get expensive, so instead you should consider making your own bathroom shelves. These shelves can be built from scrap wood or for less than $20 in lumber.

DIY Bathroom Shelves

To build bathroom bookshelves you will use 1×4’s, 1×3’s, and 1×2’s. The 1×4 will be used as the back piece that is mounted to the wall.

Then the 1×3 will be the shelf that and the 1×2 will be the lip on the front of the shelf.

bathroom shelves

Cut List:

  • 1×4 common board – 2 pieces cut to 2 feet each
  • 1×3 common board – 2 pieces cut to 2 feet each
  • 1×2 common board – 2 pieces cut to 2 feet each

How to Build Bathroom Shelves

Cut all wood down to 2 feet in length then adhere it with wood glue and finishing nails. I used a nail gun to assemble my bathroom shelving, but you could use finish nails and a hammer.

To assemble the first shelf lay a 1×3 down then apply wood glue on the edge to adhere a 1×2 to the 1×3.

Then with a nail gun or finishing nails and hammer, nail the 2 pieces of wood together. Start from the left then work your way to the right of the wood, using about 3-4 nails.

over the toilet shelves

Then flip the shelf over to adhere the 1×4 to the back by applying wood glue to the edge of the 1×3.

Make sure the shelf feels flush before using nails to attach the 2 pieces of wood.

Continue to follow these steps until all of the bathroom shelves have been completed.

Stain the Shelves

Wipe the shelves down to remove any debris then use an old t-shirt to stain the shelves. Then cut a small section from the t-shirt and fold it into a a square.

Dip a corner of the square into the stain and wipe the stain with the wood grain of the wood.

After a few seconds, wipe the stain away and continue this process until the shelves have been completely stained.

Allow the shelves to completely dry before applying a thin coat of polyurethane. If you need more tips to stain wood, you will find this post helpful.

Mounting Bathroom Shelving

To mount the bathroom shelves over the toilet, determine where the studs are on the wall.

It is best to mount any type of shelving to studs for maximum support and strength.

Even if you do not plan on putting a lot of weight on these bathroom shelves, you should still mount these to 2 studs.

bathroom shelving

Grab a stud finder and locate 2 studs then do your best to try to center the shelves, so you hit both studs.

Hold the shelves up to where the studs should be then drill a pilot hole directly through the shelves and into the wall.

Gripping the shelf firmly with one hand, place the level on top of the shelves to make sure it is level.

If you need to adjust the shelf, hold the shelf firmly where the first pilot hole is then slide the shelf up or down so it is leel.

Then drill the second pilot hole through the shelves and into the stud. Double check that the shelves are still level before screws into the wall.

After you have drilled 2 pilot holes into the studs, use 2 ½ inch drywall screws to mount the shelves to the wall.

Once more check that the shelves are level before mounting the second shelf.

how to hang shelves

Hang the second shelf about 10 inches below the first shelf to leave plenty of room for decor.

Follow the same steps mention above to mount the second shelf to the studs. Now you have 2 bathroom shelves that you can decorate!

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