Shower shelf ideas – 17 designs to inspire better bathroom organization (2022)

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Shower shelf ideas might be necessary if you find yourself constantly tripping over your shampoo and conditioner bottles. Perfect for walk-ins, cubicles, and shower-over-bath designs, these forms of bathroom organization can help to make your washroom appear slicker and clutter-free.

From corner shelving models for those tight on space to showstopping spotlight decor, we've got you covered - no matter the size of your cleansing space. So wherever you're at with your decorating journey it's never too early or late to shop for bathroom shower shelf ideas or peruse the inspiring designs that are available online and in-store.

Innovative shower shelf ideas for your interior space

'Recessshelvescan help you to create the perfect ‘showershelfie’ which allows new ways of displayingshowerhygiene products like never before.' says Laura Boddice, designer at Dunelm (opens in new tab).

'Pop your shampoo and conditioner into a lovely soap dispenser to get rid of those unattractive plastic bottles, you could even accessorize with a plant for extra greenery in the home.'

1. Create a recessed shelf with your shower tiles

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The best bathroom storage ideas, arguably are the ones that don't stick out like sore thumb. In this shower cubicle with wet room flooring, the shelf has been built into a recess in the wall, using the same white metro tiles as the rest of the wall, and the adjacent wall with the window.

As a break from the white bathroom decor, the sink area is made up of much darker wood wall paneling for interest and contrast.

2. Match your niche tiles to your shower floor

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A vintage monochrome bathroom will stand the test of time more than any other colorful bathroom trend. So when looking at shower shelf ideas, the last thing you'll want to do is add in something that's too contemporary or modern. It's bound to stand out... For all the wrong reasons.

How about tying in your flooring and niche with a classic Art Deco-inspired tiled pattern? By matching your shower shelf unit with the floor, your scheme can look coordinated and clean... even where other patterns can make the space look 'messy'.

'Vintage tile floors provide pattern and texture and their small mosaics remind you of the bathrooms of yesterday.' explains CarlaAston (opens in new tab), interior designer, and design blogger.

3. Add slimline shelves in a chic black bathroom

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In a black bathroom, you'll want your shower shelf ideas to be subtle and functional, while still retaining that moody and mysterious atmosphere. A tough cookie to get right – right?

So a slimline shelf is a middle ground for something that serves purpose and practically while remaining subdued with an almost-floating appearance. You can always add pops of color with glass bottles and tubs in different shades for a Gothic-chic look. Almost akin to a stain-glassed window concept that's been brought into the shower space.

4. Add shelving in a wet room enclosure

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When looking at how to create a wet room, you'll need to incorporate some form of storage so that your products aren't stashed in the corner on the floor. If you're not fixing anything to the shower room wall – a stainless steel shower shelf will be your best (rust-free) friend.

Having something tiered, like this model shown, will mean you don't have to bend down too far to reach what you need. So when it comes to organizing your products, pop your most used bathing products on the top tier. Alternatively, use it as a decorative feature to house indoor houseplants – perfect for this shower decorated with a green-grey concrete paint finish.

4. Go industrial chic with a concrete-style recessed shelf

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This grey bathroom checks so many boxes when it comes to Instagram-ability.

Concrete shower tile panels? Check. Cute cubby? Got. Recyclable glass bottles? You've got it. Design a low profile shower shelf like in this industrial style bathroom just like your fave influencers. Just check out those swoon worthy bathroom taps too...

5. Add novel charm with a sloth shower shelf

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If you can't have some fun with the most intimate of spaces... when can you? So opting for a fun, animal-shaped shower shelf idea isn't bananas at all.

We love this hanging sloth design by Urban Outfitters (opens in new tab) which hangs perfectly over your high or low-pressure shower head. It's got ample space for shampoos, conditioners, and a glass of vino for party goers who want to get in the mood.

6. Be body positive with a silhouette shower shelf

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Just like the adorable sloth design we just saw, this female form shower shelf, available from Urban Outfitters (opens in new tab) is made using the same, on-trend line form metal design. A little more grown-up, this curve-embracing storage rack is also a little reminder to check your breasts every month, and could save a life.

A boujie take on boobies, this sassy shower storage unit is something you'll want to show off to all your girlfriends when giving them a tour around your home.

7. Choose a shower shelf with additional features

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In a small washroom, you'll want to be smart with your storage in order to get the most out of your space, and where possible, make it appear larger than it is.

To do this, you may want to invest in multipurpose decor. As well as being a great shower shelf for a boho-chic bathroom, this French cane shower shelf from Dunelm (opens in new tab) doubles up as a bathroom towel rack so your drying apparatus is always in reach.

Alternatively, this is the perfect addition to a neutral bathroom for Scandi-chic vibes.

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Strong and durable, bamboo is a beautiful material that can hold up as a shower shelf idea. If you want to inject a little relaxed retro into your scheme – this is the way to go. Not just for soaps and scrubs, place palm plants in your shower space to allow them to benefit from the moisture and humidity.

By doing so, you'll also be incorporating the biophilic trend into your bathroom. This is particularly helpful for those who want to bring the outside in, but aren't keen on a verdant wall paint or decor. Get this bamboo Mayfield double wall shelf from Garden Trading (opens in new tab).

9. Clip storage onto a glass shower screen

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We love the immersive atmosphere that a shower cubicle brings to our wash routine, but sometimes space is a little scarce in these glass containers.

If you're looking for the skinny on a slim shower shelf idea - we've just the thing. This Cubiko Shower Caddy from Wayfair (opens in new tab) provides all the storage you need without encroaching on your space.

It also has integrated drainage so your shower products won't be sitting in a pool of water. This minimalist design would look particularly good in modern bathroom.

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10. Go for a mirrored modular shower shelf idea

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Reflective surfaces are known in the interiors world to give the illusion of a larger space. So if you have a teeny tiny bathroom - listen up!

As well as adding extra glam to a luxury bathroom, this shower shelf idea is based on modular beveled mirrored blocks. Versatile and very en vogue - you can choose how small or big this idea will be. Recessed keyhole fixings become invisible once installed, so this floating shower shelf will look chic and slick without any ugly bolts in the back. Add additional bathroom mirrors for a celeb-inspired look.

11. Display items on a built-in shower bench idea

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Even in a snug bathroom with a cubicle shower, you can still make it feel and look luxe. Take, for example, this one designed by Instagram home renovator, Julie Hemmings, aka @localproperty_developers (opens in new tab).

The berry red metro tiles, sleek matte black seat, and glass enclosure makes a modern statement in this dark bathroom idea.

12. Or opt for a freestanding bench

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Looking for a cool, multipurpose shower shelf idea? Take a seat. Yes, quite literally.
Used to organize your products, or to wash while sitting down, this shower bench in this sage green bathroom idea fits into its verdant, biophilic settings.

Accessorize this shelving idea with a cactus plant, pottery, and body wash products.

13. Add lighting to a cubby to showcase products

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Cubbies and other recessed shelving options look pretty swell in a contemporary bathroom space. But if you want to elevate this look, we can shine a light on a chic idea. Perfect for the poor-sighted, or just for adding a bit of glam, add a few spotlights to the top of this shower shelving.

With a face full of suds, this bathroom lighting idea will help you to distinguish between your shampoo and conditioner. Plus, glass bottles and objects will look more expensive with the light shining down on them.

14. Short on space? Choose a corner shower solution

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A great way to complete your bathroom's look and add some practical storage. But you don't want something big and bulky poking and protruding from your shower cubicle. Instead, choose a shower shelf idea that sits flush in your scheme.

In this white bathroom, a small chrome basket design is the no-frills nook for your niceties.

15. Add a dinky little dish for soap bars and small items

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If you prefer a stripped-back shower routine that is more minimal than most, a small shower shelf idea will suffice. Perfect for a bar of soap, or an all-encompassing 2-in-1 hair and body product, the adage is true: good things come in small packages.

With its brushed brass and frosted glass characteristics, this teeny tray is a small bathroom storage idea that's perfect for holding your toiletry treasures.

16. Lots of skincare? Add a long recessed shelf idea

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With celebs and influencers dropping a new skincare routine every day, it's likely that you've purchased a fair few products that the rich and famous swear by. From promises of smoother skin to taking ten years off your face - you'll need somewhere to store your collection cult buys.

If you've been organizing under your bathroom sink and still have surplus products that need to be stored, this long recessed shower shelf idea displays creams, scrubs, and soaps without over stacking or shuffling.

17. Shower over the bath? Go with a streamlined idea

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Not everyone has a separate shower cubicle. So it's only fair that we cater to those who have a shower-over-bath setup going on too!

Given you may already have a trendy bath tray, you may also want to invest in more storage so that you don't have to get out of the tub to reach for your products. Not only is it cold, but it can also be a squeaky and slippery health hazard.

This metal strip shower shelf allows you to hook modular compartments onto it, so you can have as many or as few boxes of bath bombs and bottles as can fit.

How do I add storage to my shower?

'Shower shelves come in a broad range of designs from fixed glass shelving to, shower baskets and even tiered shower racks,' says James Roberts, director at Sanctuary Bathrooms (opens in new tab).

'Most of these come standard chrome finishes but there are some that come in modern or traditional designs, and in other finishes, such as gold and nickel, to match the style of the room.

'They are also incredibly easy to install, perfect for the DIYer, and are a nifty way to store all your personal bathroom items such as bottles, razors, and even shower caps and loofahs if you like items like those.'

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'This keeps them all at a reachable height, as well as providing a personal storage space for each member of the household or family.'

FAQs

How do I organize my shower supplies? ›

Below are 10 functional tools that will help you organize your shower:
  1. Shower corner shelves. ...
  2. A shelf for shampoo and conditioner. ...
  3. A tension shower caddy for the corner. ...
  4. An adjustable over-the-showerhead caddy. ...
  5. A hair catcher for the drain. ...
  6. A shower caddy made specifically for bottles and/or a handheld hose.
27 Oct 2017

How do you arrange bathroom shelves? ›

The key to keeping them organized is to have them in groups like with--like. So there is to find

Where should a shower caddy be placed? ›

Where should a shower caddy be placed? Positioning should be in the easiest-accessed spot. Many shower caddies are designed with a hook-over fitting that is designed to hang over the shower head, so you can grab shampoos, conditioners and shower gels with ease.

How do you organize toiletries and makeup? ›

How to declutter your makeup and toiletries
  1. Don't hoard free samples.
  2. Cull out-of-date makeup.
  3. Be honest about what works for you.
  4. Donate products to a good cause.
  5. Sell unopened products on eBay.
  6. Use up a product before buying something new.
  7. Try a 'no buy' challenge.
8 Dec 2021

How do you store items in the bathroom? ›

  1. Keep like items in their own labeled storage bins underneath the sink or in the linen closet. ...
  2. Gels, sprays, curlers, combs and hair dryers take up a lot of space in the bathroom. ...
  3. If your towel rack isn't big enough to hang the family's towels, add hooks to the bathroom.

Where do you put your shampoo in the shower? ›

7 Easy ways to store shampoo bottles in the shower
  1. Make use of shelves with vertical bars. ...
  2. Use a mounted shelf. ...
  3. Switch to a hanging mesh shower caddy. ...
  4. Turn to a shampoo dispenser holder. ...
  5. Bring a shower stool for extra bottles. ...
  6. Add a recessed bathroom shelf. ...
  7. Get a tilted side-by-side bottles holder.
23 Jun 2022

What height should shower shelves be? ›

This translates to roughly 38″ to 60″ from the ground on the average adult. This height makes it easy to quickly grab bottles of shampoo in the shower without having to reach up or bend down.

Are shower niches a good idea? ›

Yes, shower niches are great as they provide additional space while elevating the aesthetics of your bathroom. The only drawback of a niche is that you risk structural damage to your shower wall and the space is fairly limited when compared to other storage ideas.

What should you keep under your bathroom sink? ›

Some people store extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies, towels, and other miscellaneous items under their bathroom sinks. It's also common for many of us to keep our toothpaste, razors, or soap dishes. However, if you have a linen closet in the room, you don't need to store towels or larger items under the sink.

How do I keep my bathroom countertop clutter free? ›

Related To:
  1. Gather toiletries on a pretty tray. The great thing about a tray is that it creates boundaries, i.e., bottles and jars don't migrate over the entire countertop. ...
  2. Store loose items in canisters. ...
  3. Make use of drawer trays. ...
  4. Install wall-mounted holders. ...
  5. Add a shelf.

What do you store in a bathroom vanity drawer? ›

What should I put in my vanity drawer? A bathroom vanity drawer should be dedicated to those items that are needed daily whether you're organizing a small bathroom or a bigger room. Think cosmetics and brushes and sponges, hair products, face and body lotions, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and so on.

Where should toiletries be placed in a bedroom? ›

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How do you store lotions and creams? ›

Store skin creams in a plastic fridge tray.

It may sound crazy, but eye creams, serums, lotions, moisturizers, and toners can all be stored in the fridge alongside your eggs and condiments.

Where can I put all my makeup? ›

“All makeup products and tools should be stored in a designated cool and dry place, away from moisture. That means you definitely should not store your makeup in the bathroom.

How often do you declutter makeup? ›

Keep in mind that certain products, like mascara and liquid eyeliners, expire a lot sooner than others so make sure you are decluttering and replacing those every 3-6 months, mark it on your calendar now to not have to remember later.

Is it OK to store towels in the bathroom? ›

Towels. Bathrooms are the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, and your towels are easily susceptible to these gross fungi. It's fine to keep one towel hung up in the bathroom as long as you swap it out once a week. Turning on an exhaust fan can help dry out the room and your damp towel faster.

How do you organize towels under the sink? ›

How To Organize Under The Bathroom Sink - YouTube

How do you store soap in the shower? ›

A great way to store soap in the shower is a soap bag. Because you can hang it up in the shower, it also saves precious shelf space. Put your soap in the bag and keep it in there until it's completely gone. Many beauty brands offer sisal soap bags but we find them too rough for our skin.

How do you store multiple bars of soap? ›

The best way to store multiple bars of soap in the shower is to get both a soap bag and a soap dish. Keep your body bar soap in the soap bag — they're super easy to hang from your shower head or on the side of your shower. Store your shampoo and conditioner bars on a soap dish that's made to hold two bars.

How do I keep my shower shelf dry? ›

How to keep your shower niche dry - YouTube

How many niches should a shower have? ›

Two niches are great for couples that prefer their own personal shower storage area. It can also provide a compelling design symmetry that is impossible to achieve with just one shower niche.

How do you make a shower niche shelf? ›

How to Build a Shower Niche - YouTube

What is a shower niche? ›

A shower niche is an open storage space, like a cubbyhole, that is installed within the wall of your shower or tub area and is used to keep all your bathroom items nicely organized.

Where is the best place to put a shower niche? ›

Positioning your niche at chest to eye-level is a good standard. This translates to a height of about 48 to 60 inches. Ideally, you'll want to position your niche to fit between the studs which are usually located 16 inches apart.

What is the average size of a niche in a shower? ›

Assuming that you are considering installing a prefab tile ready foam board shower niche, the most popular standard shower niche size is 12″ wide x 28″ high x 3-1/2″ deep.

What is the ledge in a shower called? ›

The Shower Shelf

Unlike the shower niche, a shower shelf is a ledge that's built in front of a shower wall.

How do you store towels in a bathroom closet? ›

5 Organization Tips for a Clutter-Free Linen Closet | How To Fold Towels ...

What is the cabinet under the sink called? ›

A sink base cabinet is a cabinet that has been designed to use with a sink. The style of the cabinet depends on the type of sink that will be installed. A sink base cabinet has been specially crafted to use with a sink. The cabinet does not have a back panel, which allows plenty of room for access to the plumbing.

What is a minimalist kitchen? ›

It just means that it's been designed to be easy to clean and maintain, a kitchen that can quietly fade into the background when not in use thanks to a minimalist color palette, plenty of hidden storage, a pared down layout, or a streamlined design that focuses on a few key decor elements.

How can I hide my shower products? ›

7 Easy ways to store shampoo bottles in the shower
  1. Make use of shelves with vertical bars. ...
  2. Use a mounted shelf. ...
  3. Switch to a hanging mesh shower caddy. ...
  4. Turn to a shampoo dispenser holder. ...
  5. Bring a shower stool for extra bottles. ...
  6. Add a recessed bathroom shelf. ...
  7. Get a tilted side-by-side bottles holder.
23 Jun 2022

How do you store a shower brush? ›

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Keeping your toothbrush in the shower enables bacteria to thrive and grow all over it. Make sure you store yours in a dry place with good air circulation between uses, or else you'll wind up washing your mouth out with gross germs every day.

How do you use a bathroom caddy? ›

Ecolab Cleaning Caddy Training - Bathroom - YouTube

How do you install a shower shelf? ›

Corner Shower Shelf Installation Video - Shower Tile Ideas For Your ...

How do you store soap in the shower? ›

There are many ways to make your soap last longer, it just takes a little effort.
  1. Keep the soap away from water. ...
  2. Let the soap air dry. ...
  3. Always keep your soap in an appropriate soap dish that allows for drainage. ...
  4. Store smaller pieces in a soap-saving pouch. ...
  5. Use a washcloth instead of your hands. ...
  6. Take cooler showers.

How do I keep my shower shelf dry? ›

How to keep your shower niche dry - YouTube

How do you make a shampoo holder for a shower? ›

How to Build a Shower Niche - YouTube

When should you throw away a pumice stone? ›

Other than that, replace it every three to four weeks. Buy a three-pack and throw 'em out once they hit the one-month mark. If you lose track — or are too lazy — check out the tool's core for growth.

Do people keep their toothbrush in the shower? ›

While brushing your teeth in the shower isn't an extremely common practice, one dental health survey has found that around 4 percent of Americans maintain this habit — or between 13 and 15 million people. This number may also be on the rise.

Should you brush your teeth in the shower? ›

Brushing your teeth in the shower exposes your teeth to more bacteria than brushing at the sink. Because your bath is rarely dry, especially if you share a bathroom with roommates, it's a constant breeding ground for bacteria and germs. This makes it a less-than-ideal place to brush your teeth.

What else can you use a shower caddy for? ›

Shower caddies are handy things to use in your shower. They can hold supplies like shampoo and conditioner bottles, razors, soap, shaving gel, and all the other things you need to use during your shower.

How do I decorate my bathroom caddy? ›

Secrets of a stylist: The bathroom shelf display - YouTube

How do I organize my Dollar Tree bathroom? ›

30 Dollar Tree Bathroom Organization Hacks & Ideas - YouTube

What is a shower ledge? ›

A shower ledge on the other hand is a 'fake' wall that has been built halfway up in the shower or along one wall to create some height difference. It's like a lower wall in front of the real wall. This is a much more elegant version which creates some space for hair conditioners, hair masks, or even green plants.

What is a niche in a shower? ›

A shower niche is an open storage space, like a cubbyhole, that is installed within the wall of your shower or tub area and is used to keep all your bathroom items nicely organized.

How do you install a glass shelf in a shower niche? ›

Shower Tile Installation - How To Install Glass Shelving - YouTube

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