Creating Storage Space in your Bathroom with Built In Cabinets
Do you need extra storage space in your bathroom?
Who doesn’t, really?
I am looking forward to having more storage in our master bedroom because “space” is something that has definitely been lacking in our home.
Our family of 6 has been living in a 1200 sq ft space for about 8 months now. Like most houses built in the 70’s, the closets are small, and there is zero extra storage space.
So when Cy was putting up the drywall in our new toilet area of our master bathroom, I saw a great opportunity to create a built-in shelf to help with storage.
We are not finished yet, but you can see where we are going with it now. Cy cut out the drywall between to studs to create the built in shelf. (You can see my closet through the cut out. Our new staircase is on the other side of that wall.)
He just built a box in between the studs and added bead board to the back. It’s a little too deep, so we are going to fix that. But you get the picture.
I am going to use this space to store extra toilet paper in a cute little basket or something.
You could add storage to your bathroom with the same process. Just tear out the drywall between two studs in the wall, and create a built-in shelf with some 2×4’s!
If you would like some inspiration for bathroom built-ins, I found a lot of pictures around the web for you.
How do you create extra storage in your bathroom?
I’ve always liked these little built in nooks. My bathroom is teeny tiny but I was always afraid I was going to hit wires or pipes when finding a spot for a built in.
When we built our house, I had the builder turn any extra space I could find into a nook or a closet! The plan called for a small extra closet in the guest room, but when they framed it out, it just was too small to be functional at all, so I had them wall it in so the opening was in the attached guest bath instead. So now we have a floor to ceiling alcove about 18″ wide by 18″ deep. We plan to add shelves in their someday, but we rarely use that bathroom and (don’t hate me!) really don’t need the storage at this point.
We also had a closet added under the attic stairs for the Christmas tree, and a tiny triangular one added that is perfect for my vacuum cleaner. Adding nooks and crannies costs almost nothing during construction, so I say put them where ever you can!
I love those little cutout shelves. I put one in my guest bathroom by just cutting a hole in the wall, I lucked out because where I wanted it was between two studs, no extra work. My son just bought a condo and it had a gross, old mirror medicine cabinet. He complained he would have to buy a new one, I quickly made him a box, with a shelf, popped it in the hole, finished it off with trim moulding. He was thrilled.
That house is really coming along and I love everything you have done! We have a built in shelf in our half-bath, but we created it using where an old window had been removed when the room was added. I don’t use it for storage though, I use it for pretties. Love it.
I love those little extra cubbies. If I had it my way, there probably wouldn’t be any sheetrock, just shelves, lots of shelves. :)
The built ins are a great idea Tracy, but I am still dying over the 6 people in 1200 sq. ft. You TRULY are a saint!
Oh storage! We have teeny tiny bathrooms. Love the built in cabinets, but unfortunately it won’t work in our house since we have plaster walls. I have to settle for baskets on the floor and jars on the window ledge.
In our last house, we were able to remove the ugly 1970’s medicine cabinet and put a box with shelves in it’s place. It really did make such a big difference.
I can’t wait to see your bathroom when it’s finished.