Bathroom Shelves Buyer's Guide
The bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but requires so many things like towels, hair dryers, dirty clothes hampers and more that some well-thought through organization is just about the only thing that can keep the bathroom from becoming an out-of-control room.
Shelving is one of the saving graces of bathroom organization because it keeps things off the floor but also is very accessible. Shelves can be used to organize everything from folded towels to toothbrushes, shampoos and conditioners and any other product that is regularly used in the bathroom.
Before beginning the shopping process it is important to make a plan and take some measurements in the bathroom that is about to be decked out with new shelving. First, determine where shelves are needed. Common places include a shelf on the wall above the towel drying rack, in the shower, beside the mirror and faucet as well as hanging from the door or shower door.
Take careful measurements to determine the appropriate width and length of shelf that will fit into the area you need it. Some shelves feature hooks for hanging towels or wash cloths from, so it is important to determine how long something can hang before purchasing to make sure you make the best use of your space.
Next, determine what you are looking to organize on your shelf. If your main goal is to organize towels, it will be important to get a shelf that is wide enough to support towels. However, if you are looking for something to hold your soap, a wire basket would be more appropriate so that soap scum build up doesn’t become a problem.
Once you have some notes on the space you have for shelving and what you need to be able to organize, it is time to start shopping.
Bathroom shelves fall into two main categories – in shower shelves and out of shower shelves. When shopping for shelving for inside the shower, try to find shelves that have a wire base so that wet bottles and washcloths will be able to air day and not build up soap scum on the base of the shelving. Also, it is best to purchase a material that isn’t prone to rust, since the shelf will be in constant contact with water. Stainless steel and brass are good options. Make note that some in-shower bathroom shelves will need to be screwed into the tile while others are secured with spring loaded poles that stretch from the shower’s base to the ceiling. Others hang over the door of the shower.
When shopping for shelving that is installed outside of the shower there is a slightly wider variety available. Glass, stainless steel, chrome and even wood are all appropriate material choices. Some shelves are very minimalistic offering just a shelf while others include hook, towel bars, and spaces for items like toothpaste.
In shower and out-of-shower shelving is available in corner installation varieties meaning they are shaped like a triangle to fit perfectly into a corner.
Lastly, consider what style of bathroom shelf will be the best fit for your bathroom. Bathroom shelves are available in modern, traditional, rustic and functional styles as well as chrome, nickel, bronze, and brass finishes.