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Which are the best shelves for bathroom renovations?

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 8 months ago 6 min read

Refurbishing your bathroom? In this expert article, we’ll help you maximise your storage space by examining the best shelves for bathroom renovations.

Hi. My name’s Adam, and I’ve been part of the team here at Victoria Plum for over a decade, bringing you practical tips and expert advice on all aspects of bathroom design.

Bathroom shelves are an essential part of any bathroom, providing much-needed storage space for essentials like toiletries, towels and other bathroom accessories. But with so many different types and styles of shelves on the market, it can be tough to decide which are the best for your bathroom renovation.

In this article, we'll take a look at some of the best shelves for bathroom renovations and discuss the factors to consider when choosing the right ones for your needs.

Accents Options round corner glass shelf

Glass shelves, like these from the Accents Options range, make a simple yet effective addition to any bathroom

Types of bathroom shelves

There are many different types of bathroom shelves available, but some of the most popular include:

Floating shelves

These shelves are mounted directly to the wall, giving the illusion of floating. They are a great space-saving option and can add a modern touch to your bathroom.

Floating shelves for bathroom renovations

Let your bathroom design take flight with floating shelves for bathrooms

Corner shelves

These shelves are designed to fit into the unused space in your bathroom corners. They are a great way to maximise storage space in small bathrooms.

Corner shelves for bathroom renovations

Use corners to your advantage in your shower area with these glass shelves from Accents

Recessed shelves

These shelves are built into the walls of your bathroom, giving them a clean and finished look. They are a good option for bathrooms with limited wall space.

Recessed shelves for bathroom renovations

Recessed shelves are especially handy in family bathrooms

Over-the-toilet shelves

These shelves are designed to fit over the top of your toilet tank, providing additional storage space. They are a good option for small bathrooms where space is a premium. Alternatively, why not consider a back to wall toilet unit, which can be used in a similar fashion (see below).

Over-the-toilet shelves for bathroom renovations

The Elsdon back to wall toilet unit from Orchard Bathrooms is a great option if you're looking to add shelving

Factors to consider when choosing bathroom shelves

When choosing bathroom shelves, there are a few factors to consider:


The style of the shelves should complement the overall style of your bathroom. For example, if you have a traditional bathroom, you might want to choose shelves made from wood or glass, with ornate wall fixings (see below). If you have a contemporary bathroom, you might want to choose more minimalist style shelves made from metal with a matt black, chrome or gold finish.

Accents 1805 antique gold glass shelf

Add the finishing touches to a traditional style bathroom with this vintage-inspired shelf from the Accents 1805 antique gold range


The material of the shelves should be able to withstand the moisture and humidity in your bathroom. For example, if you choose wood shelves, you may need to treat them with a sealant to prevent them from warping.

Brass, stainless steel or glass are much more suitable for use in bathrooms as they are easier to maintain.

Mode Spencer bathroom shelf

Brass bathroom shelves with a chrome finish, like this one from the Spencer range, are easy to maintain


The size of the shelves should be proportional to the size of your bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, you might want to choose smaller shelves, and, conversely, if you have a large bathroom, you’ll likely need larger shelves.


Consider how you will be using the shelves. If you are storing heavy items (think sculptures, big toiletry bottles, etc.), you will need to choose shelves that are strong and durable. If you are storing lighter items, you might be able to get away with using shelves that are less heavy-duty.

Small cloakroom bathroom shelves ideas

Shelves for bathrooms that come with supporting brackets offer a sturdier, stronger construction

Additional tips for choosing bathroom shelves

Consider the height of the shelves

The shelves should be high enough so that you can easily reach them, but not so high that you have to stand on a stool to reach them.

Choose shelves with a lip

Shelves with a lip will help to prevent items from falling off. This is particularly important where shelves are positioned over a toilet, bath or sink.

Mode Spencer gold bathroom shelf

The lip which surrounds this bathroom shelf from the Spencer range helps keep toiletries firmly in place

Consider using shelves with baskets or drawers

Baskets and drawers can help to keep your bathroom organised and tidy.

Use shelves to create a focal point

Shelves can be used to create a focal point in your bathroom. For example, you could use a floating shelf to display a piece of artwork or a collection of decorative objects. You can even use a shelf to make a style statement with a countertop basin (see below).

Mode Orion oak wall hung countertop basin shelf

Make your basin the centre of attention with the Orion oak wall hung countertop basin shelf from Mode Bathrooms

Which are the best shelves for bathroom renovations?

The best shelves for bathroom renovations are those that suit your exact needs and requirements. Floating, corner and recessed shelves are all great options, but make sure they are made from suitable materials for bathrooms and complement your chosen style.


The right bathroom shelves can help to transform your bathroom into a more organised and functional space. By considering the factors discussed in this article, you can choose the best shelves for your bathroom renovation needs.

We hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions about bathroom shelving, please feel free to contact us.

Discover your perfect bathroom shelves at Victoria Plum

At Victoria Plum, we offer a wide range of stunning bathroom shelves to suit every style and preference. Whether you're looking for sleek and modern glass shelves for your basin area or practical corner shelves for your shower, we've got you covered. And with our low prices, you're sure to find the perfect shelves to complete your bathroom makeover. Click below to begin browsing.

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Bathroom shelves: Inspiration and expert advice

Victoria Plum is your one-stop shop for bathroom inspiration and expert advice. Our experts are always on hand to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

First off, why not check out our guide to bathroom shelves, where you'll find even more inspiration.

Next, let us show you how to keep your bathroom organised with shelving and caddies, how to maximise storage space with ladder shelving, and how to transform your bathroom cabinets into clutter-free zones.

Accents round contemporary towel shelf

Have you considered fitting a towel shelf, like this one from Accents?

If you're feeling adventurous and considering DIY bathroom shelves, we'll guide you through the process, from selecting the right wood to installing your shelves with confidence.

And finally, for more general bathroom storage tips, check out our comprehensive bathroom furniture buying guide.

With Victoria Plum, you'll find everything you need to create a stylish, functional, and organised bathroom that you'll love for years to come.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 8 months ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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