Filling The Empty Space Behind The Toilet

If there’s one item a bathroom needs, it’s a toilet — but, from a space standpoint, a toilet presents an interesting challenge. What are you supposed to do with the empty space behind it, for example? Should it stay empty, or does it make sense to incorporate some bathroom storage ideas such as shelving or a cabinet? Should you go decorative with hanging artwork? How do you decide? When you want your bathroom to be as efficient and attractive as possible, these are questions worth considering. That’s because, whether your bathroom is large or small, there is valuable potential available to you in that above-the-toilet space. When you’re thinking through the possibilities for bathroom toilets, consider the following great bathroom ideas for utilizing that tricky space:

  1. Hang towels. The toilet is often right by the shower or tub, so maybe it’s a no-brainer to hang towels above it, where they’ll be within reach. All you need is to mount a towel bar to the wall, and you’ve got a handy, space-saving solution. You could also hang a few of your extra towels in this space, especially if they’ve got a special design you love.
  2. Install hooks for baskets. An easy way to add storage above the toilet is to buy mountable hooks for hanging baskets. Install the hooks and hang baskets on the wall that can hold whatever you like.
  3. Mount an open shelf. Even a single-mounted shelf provides a place to display trinkets or create an interesting vignette in the bathroom. Use it to stand a picture and/or some glass jars filled with useful toiletries such as cotton balls or Q-tips. Highlight a few pretty perfume bottles or favorite beauty products. The shelf makes better use of the wasted space above your toilet, so you’re able to store a few extra items and add eye-catching appeal.
  4. Mount multiple shelves. Depending on how much space you have to work with, mount multiple shelves to store multiple bathroom products. You can find shelves in various colors and styles of wood, lengths and widths, and decorative types.
  5. Mount baskets. Find some decorative wire baskets you love and mount them to the wall above your toilet for easily accessible, attractive storage space. Use these baskets to store linens, toilet paper or whatever you like in a convenient way. Alternatively, if you don’t want to mount the baskets directly to the wall, you could hang a wire rod and add hooks for baskets, creating a row of containers for storing toothbrushes, soap, towels or other useful items.
  6. Mount a storage unit. Today’s market of bathroom products includes a variety of storage units made specifically for the over-the-toilet space. Designed to fit precisely into the area that surrounds a toilet, these units can include shelves, cabinets and spaces for tucking away baskets of toiletries or linens. You could go with a custom cabinet with attractive molding or a multifunctional unit that provides ample storage space. Measure the space you have to work with and explore the possibilities that could fit it to find just the right unit for your bath.
  7. Create built-in shelving. If you’re willing to take on a slightly bigger project that can add value to your bathroom, consider creating built-in shelving. A shelving unit placed into the wall can add a great custom touch, especially when it’s inserted inside and trimmed out for storage.
  8. Add a storage tower. You can also find storage racks with shelving to stand up and over the toilet. Pick one with a finish that fits your bathroom style and use it to display folded linens, decorative items, pretty toiletries or baskets that tuck away necessities.
  9. Lean a ladder. Find an attractive ladder — such as one made of reclaimed wood — and lean it against the wall behind the toilet, with one leg of the ladder on either side. This creates an eye-catching focal point in the bath where you can hang towels, mount storage baskets and better take advantage of the empty space.
  10. Add artwork. If you’re all set for storage and would rather use the space above your toilet for decorative purposes, hang a picture. Pick something that can set the tone for your bathroom’s style or correspond with existing features, and give the bathroom a more completed look.
When it comes to bathroom ideas, there are plenty of possibilities for making the most of the space above the toilet. Whether you’re interested in artwork, shelving, cabinetry or another idea, you can use it to create a better, more personalized feel in your space. Shop the great discounts at Modern Bathroom to get inspired with products you can use in your bathroom — or contact us today with any questions!

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