Sneak every extra inch of storage space into a tiny bathroom with above door bathroom storage. Grab a couple of wooden crates for a creative DIY organizing solution.
Make more storage space in a small bathroom with an easy DIY wood crate above door shelf.
It’s no secret that living in a smaller home comes with its challenges. Our main level bathroom is about the size of a postage stamp. I wish I were exaggerating!
So much for my dreams of a dream master bath!!
A Budget-Friendly Weekend Bathroom Makeover
Shortly after we moved into our home, I tackled an ambitious project: transforming this bathroom in ONE weekend and UNDER $200. I’m sure a larger remodel will happen down the road, so I needed a quick and inexpensive fix to make living with this bathroom tolerable.
I painted the walls, trim, and vanity. Bye-bye golden oak!! I added peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile. Then I swapped out the mirror and added new shelves. I also DIY-ed a copper pipe shower curtain rod.
Worth. Every. Penny.
BUT… all of this didn’t change the fact that our vanity measures only 14×18-inches, and the hall “closet” is less than 12-inches deep. I can’t waste that precious space with things like extra toilet paper and my bubble bath.
Adding more storage to a tiny bathroom
I’ve been wanting to add a shelf above the bathroom door for a while. But, since the door frame is so close to the walls, there’s no room for shelf brackets.
This forced me to get creative.
So…. I went to the craft store and picked up a couple of plain wooden crates.
DIY Wooden Crate Bathroom Shelves
These shelves were so easy, I almost hate to call them a DIY. It just doesn’t seem right.
Just grab some plain wooden crates, a drill, and some screws.
Drill pilot holes through the back of a wooden crate. Then screw the crate directly into the wall.
These crates measure 9×15-inches, so two fit perfectly above the bathroom door. Feel free to shop around and find crates that work best for your space. They come in a variety of sizes.
I know it doesn’t look like much. However, by not having to store toilet paper and my bubble bath essentials under the vanity, I have freed up that storage space for other items.
I’m not kidding when I say that every square inch is precious in this house!
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Here are other ways I’ve organized our home:
- Small Kitchen? Get your baking supplies organized in a baking storage cabinet. Convert a wardrobe or armoire into functional and beautiful pantry storage.
- Here’s how I have reduced the paper clutter and digitized 90% of the paper that comes into our home.
- How to make entryway closet shelves from plywood – get all your cold weather gear organized with this budget-friendly DIY.
J Lee says
I have the same problem! Great location but SMALL house. Love this idea. Our bathrooms are so tiny I tell the kids “put the toilet seats down!” for fear of toothbrushes and makeup getting knocked off the tiny amount of sink space and into the toilet!
Hahaha! YES… I can SO relate to that 🙂
What a great idea! I love this make over too – the flooring is gorgeous! I love a painted vanity too….I’m thinking of doing mine in the near future.
Thanks so much, Kelly!
That door is so beautiful!!!!! Can you tell us how you did it!!!!???? I keep scrolling back to look at it!!!!!