Bathroom Shelving – Racks, Cabinets Or Both


Whether you have a small bathroom or large, the chances are that one of the following applies:

1. You have items scattered around that have nowhere permanent to be stored or
2. The shelves, cabinets or racks you are using look in need of replacement, either because they are looking old, or spoil rather than enhance the bathroom decor.

If either of those does apply, then the same basic solution applies to both: some new bathroom shelving is needed. Once you have decided to add some new storage, then you might as well consider updating the bathroom decoration too! If your bathtub, basin, toilet bowl and other basics are still in good condition, there’s no need for a complete renovation. A new coat of paint or some new tiles? Well, have a good think and envision your “new” bathroom with new storage and redecorated just as you would like it. Then, take things from there.

As far as the new bathroom shelving is concerned, it can be quite fun having a look at what is available. There has been a marked improvement in recent years, not just in bathroom vanities, but in racks and cabinets too. It is important not to buy the first shelf rack that takes your fancy, as just down the road or online there maybe something even better. Take your time and get yourself closer to that perfect bathroom where every shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and other items have a permanent home and a decorous one at that.

First of all, assess what it is that needs to be kept in the bathroom for convenience. Then decide where it would best be located, and once that has been decided, compare the storage you have already and what additional shelving you need. You should at least by then have a sense of the scale of the problem. Mostly, bathroom storage problems have simple solutions.

You have two basic decisions to make. The first is whether to have open or enclosed shelves, and the second is what material to use as the base. If you have children, you have an additional consideration: what needs to be enclosed, locked and out of the way of the children. Then the fun starts, as there are some attractive bathroom shelving racks and cabinets available. You may even be lucky and find a set that fulfils all your needs.

I saw one such set recently that was in powder coated metal wire. Robust and smart, the shelves were framed in a decorative ornate, much as you see achieved with wrought iron, only this was white. What caught my eye was the idea of a long legged stand that spanned the toilet cistern, utilizing space that would otherwise be wasted. It came with two other parts, a free standing rack and a wall mounted rack, both matching the decoration of the long legged rack. All had open shelves.

Bathroom cabinets with enclosed shelves are commonplace, so once you have decided on material, then that is more enjoyment in choosing the cabinets you need. Modern wood treatments make wood cabinets more suitable for the bathroom than you might think, so do not rule out wood because of dampness in humidity. However, modern polished chrome wire and glass can make attractive bathroom shelves and cabinets. Whatever you choose, choose well and thoughtfully, not on impulse.