40+ Bathroom Shelf Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Industrial chic and farmhouse designs are trending. Unfortunately, this means it can be expensive to incorporate these styles into your home.

If you are like us, you don’t want to break the bank just to add some pipe shelves to your bathroom.

Well don’t worry, we’ve gathered a list of over 40 bathrooms shelves you can build without busting your budget. These shelves can all be made from pipe and Kee Klamp fittings, which fit perfectly with the industrial chic trend.

Plus, you could use reclaimed wood or IKEA shelving to keep these projects even more affordable. After all, what’s better than adding a touch of style to your bathroom with just a few simple materials?

After you review the projects below you will be ready to tackle your very own DIY bathroom shelves!

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Kee Klamp fittings, metal pipes, and IKEA shelves were used to create this floating shelf unit. You could easily adjust the design to fit your bathroom. The pipes are directly attached to the wall and floor making this a sturdy place to keep bottles, towels, and other bathroom necessities. This shelving unit offers plenty of storage space and a cool color tone to create a calm and organized space in any bathroom.

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With Kee Klamp fittings, pipes, and reclaimed wood, you can build any type of bathroom shelf you want. This project shows a collection of wall mounted shelves that could be combined in a variety of designs to fit your style.

The black pipes give this project a sophisticated feel and by decorating the shelves with flowers, framed pictures, candles, and other fun knick knacks, you can really make the shelving unit pop. You could also use this as functional storage for towels or extra toilet paper.

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If you are not a big DIY-er, then this is the perfect project for you! This simple shelf only takes a few hours to build, but it makes a beautiful statement in any bathroom.

For this project, you will need two Flange fittings and Size 5 pipe cut to the width of the shelf. You can find step-by-step instructions to build the shelf here! The simple decorations used on this shelf add a nice touch, but the shelf could also be used to hold bathroom supplies like towles or soap.

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Kee Klamp fittings, pipe, and reclaimed wood can also make a great floor-to-ceiling bathroom shelf. If you want to line a wall with shelves or need a solution for a bathroom closet, this project is a great option.

It is very easy to customize this project. Space the shelves to fit your needs and decorate them with the fluffy towels, candles, and lotions of your choice.

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A three tiered-shelf could fit above your toilet or in any empty space on your bathroom wall. This design helps keep your bathroom counters clutter-free. You can learn how to build this project here, but you could easily build a similar project using Kee Klamp fittings instead of threaded pipe.

And, why not attach a towel rack to the bottom shelf to create an even more functional shelving unit?

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This rolling shelf is made using pipe, Kee Klamp fittings, and casters. You could use this as a moveable vanity, which would make your life easier as you are running around getting ready in the morning. This is a perfect solution to keep your makeup, hairdryer, and any other bathroom supplies in an easily accessible place.

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With Side Outlet Elbow fittings, Flange fittings, and Single Socket Tee fittings you can create this basic floor mounted shelving unit. Customize this to any available space in your bathroom for an easy towel storage solution.

You could even build additional levels to fill a taller space. This is one of the more basic units on our list, but it is very functional and customizable. Paint the pipe, stain the wood, or leave it as it for a more industrial look.

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Create a spa-worthy shelving unit with reclaimed wood, pipe, bored out Flange fittings, and Side Outlet Elbow fittings. Leave the wood unstained for a rustic look, or add a stain for a more polished finish.

Either way, this could easily work as a shelving unit in the corner of a massage room filled with lotions and towels. Place a few candles or diffusers on the shelf and you just created the perfect piece for a relaxing space.

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Although this specific shelving unit was designed for a retail space, it could seamlessly fit in a bathroom. The great thing about using Kee Klamp fittings in your projects is that they are very customizable. Gather some inspiration from this project then design your own vertical shelving unit for an empty wall in your bathroom.

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Just imagine this wall mounted shelf above your toilet or bathroom sink. This would work perfectly as a vanity or for towel storage. With a few decorations, you could transform this into a chic statement piece for your bathroom. Before installing, check for wall studs as these provide additional support for Flange fittings.

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Do you have an unused corner in your bathroom? If you need some inspiration, check out Rachel’s corner bookshelf project. She used reclaimed wood and Kee Lite pipe fittings to create this unit. You could create a similar piece for the corner of a bathroom and fill it with plants, towels, soap, and candles.

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Kee Klamp customer Anton created this stylish vanity using 2 ¼ in galvanized pipe, Kee Klamp fittings, and IKEA drawers. Anton said he chose Kee Klamp fittings so he could make rectangles without unions. Anton went with a dark stain, but you could use any shade to fit your bathroom’s look.

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This stand-alone bookshelf was designed and created by Kee Klamp customer Bill using pipe, 90 Degree Elbow fittings, and a few wooden shelves. This could easily work in a bathroom as a beside the toilet bookshelf or as a towel display. Bill said this project only took 20-minutes to complete since Kee Klamp fittings are much easier to use than threaded pipe.

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This industrial-chic display shelf could be adapted to fit your bathroom at home. This simple design shows that with some unstained wood planks and basic galvanized pipe you can easily create a trendy shelving unit. The untreated fittings help amplify the industrial feel of this piece. As displayed in this picture, it works perfectly as a towel storage shelf!

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Wall and ceiling mounted shelves are a great option for adding additional storage to a bathroom. This could be placed above your sink or toilet to save space on the floor. The pipes and fittings in this project were painted black, but you could leave them unpainted for a more industrial look.

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This wall-mounted shelf was created by architect Ignacio Salas-Humara for a summer-home project. He used Kee Klamp and pipe throughout the house to build furniture and shelves. He utilized Swivel Flange fittings to create these simple shelves. You could use this design to line the walls of a bathroom closet for additional storage.

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This is another creative wall and ceiling mounted unit that could work in a bathroom. This project uses steel pipe, reclaimed wood, and Kee Klamp fittings to create the industrial-farmhouse aesthetic. For a more sophisticated look, consider painting the pipes black. This piece looks nice against the subway tiles and this shows how you could mix textures in a tile-lined bathroom.

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This toilet paper and shelf combo helps maximize space in a small bathroom. You could use reclaimed wood or an IKEA lack shelf to save money when creating this project. Instead of using threaded pipe, you could also build a similar unit with Kee Klamp Flange fittings.

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Affordable rustic open shelving might seem hard to find. If you use this piece for inspiration, you will see that designing a similar project isn’t too challenging! All you need is some wood (natural or reclaimed is fine), pipe, and fittings. This 3-tiered shelf could be customized by using Kee Klamp fittings instead of threaded pipe.

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Modern floating shelves can be made with Flange fittings, pipe, and wood. These are a perfect way to fill empty space on your bathroom wall. The best part about this project is that you can design it however you want! Do you need three shelves instead of two? Go for it! Want a lighter stain? The choice is yours!

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Here is another floating shelf option. This project is very similar to the last, but this shows that it is very easy to create a three shelf piece. Just built an additional shelf and there you go-more storage space! Again, all you need are Flange fittings, pipe, and wood.

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This all metal shelving unit could double as a small storage space or accent piece for your bathroom. If you like this design, you will need Flange and 90 Degree Elbow fittings to replicate the look. Or, have some fun with the design. Kee Klamp is versatile and you can build just about any design you want with them!

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Another space saving solution is to build a bathroom shelf and towel-rack combo. You could easily create a similar design using IKEA lack shelves or reclaimed wood, galvanized steel pipe, and Kee Klamp fittings. This project could be knocked out in an afternoon but looks like you spent a decent amount of money at Restoration Hardware.

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Here is another beautiful shelving unit made from reclaimed wood, fittings, and pipe. This piece is so simple but looks incredibly chic! This could fit along the wall of a bathroom to hold towels or decorative items.

To hold the shelves in place, holes were drilled through each of the wood platforms and a Collar fitting is “sandwiched” on both sides to set the position. This setup allows each shelf to be repositioned in height should the owner ever want to do so.

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These rustic floating shelves incorporate a towel rack, which adds a nice touch to traditional floating shelves. The black painted pipe works really well in this bathroom, but you could also leave your pipes unpainted for a slightly more industrial look.

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How cute are these little decorative shelves? You can arrange these on your bathroom wall to display flowers or candles. Make your life even easier by using Kee Klamp fittings instead of threaded pipe for this project. You can customize this to fit any space and it makes for a really simple decorative statement.

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This unique shelving unit can be made from some cheap materials, but it looks very trendy. You can use Flange fittings to attach a similar project directly to the wall. The S-hook allows you to hang the shelf from the pipe. Get creative with your unit or follow this design for a three-tiered shelf.

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This wall-mounted shelf shows how easy it is to create a Pottery Barn-worthy piece with just a few simple materials. This project used reclaimed wood and plumbing pipe, but you can also use Kee Klamp fittings and steel pipe for an even simpler design. This piece offers a nice contrast between the black pipe and unstained wood but you could adjust this to fit your style.

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Sure, this shelf is pictured in a laundry room. But why not hang a similar shelf from your bathroom ceiling? You could even use Flange fittings to attach the shelf directly to the ceiling instead of the wood beam. Either way, this is farmhouse-inspired shelf adds a touch of style and some extra storage to any space.

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If you are looking for the simplest and most affordable shelf on the list, you’ve just found it! How easy is this? All you need are Flange fittings, 90 Degree Elbow fittings, and galvanized pipe to create the simple wall mounted structure.

Then, use reclaimed wood and rope to build the shelving unit. This could fit above a toilet or on an empty wall in your bathroom. Find step-by-step instructions of this project here.

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Sharon built this galvanized pipe towel rack using Kee Lite fittings and pipe. You could create a similar project to mount on your bathroom wall. Or, attach this to the bottom of a wall-mounted shelf to add an extra design element in your bathroom.

This simple project is very versatile since it could be used alone or attached to another piece. Find detailed instructions for this project here. 

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Matthew, a Kee Klamp customer from Boston, designed and built these floating pipe shelves using Flange fittings, Size 6 Gator Tubing, Fixing Pads, and Malleable Plugs.

He chose to stain the shelves, but you could leave them unfinished for a more rustic look. Check out the step-by-step guide to see how easy it is to create a similar unit to store towels in your bathroom.

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This freestanding shelving unit could add a rustic look to your bathroom. This would look great decorated with white towels, potted succulents, and a few candles. This project could be replicated with galvanized pipe and Kee Klamp fittings instead of plumbing pipe.

As with most of the other projects, you really can customize this to your own style. Use reclaimed wood, paint the steel pipe, or leave the wood unstained for a unique look.

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This project shows how you can essentially use a shelf from your your local craft store and add galvanized steel and Kee Klamp fittings to create a towel rack. You could also build the shelf if you wanted or just use a cheap shelf to save the time of building the wooden shelving unit.

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Here is another toilet paper and shelf combo unit that would only take a few hours to create. You could use unpainted galvanized steel if you wanted to create a more industrial-chic look. If you wanted, create an additional shelf to float above this piece for even more storage or decorative space.

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This rustic shelf is very organized and color-coordinated. To create a similar piece, you need Flange fittings, steel pipe, and the shelving unit. You could design and create your own shelving piece or find a similar unit and simply attach it to the pipe using S-hooks.

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Get creative with your designs! No one says you have to stick to vertical shelving. Why not create a geometric piece like this triangular shelf?

Have some fun designing your shelf and then use galvanized pipe and fittings to create the simple towel rack at the bottom. That way you will have a functional and fun statement piece.

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Let’s go with the geometric theme again! This space-saving corner shelf is made with stained wood and plumbing pipe. Think about your bathroom-do you have any hard to fill spaces? Design a unique shelf like this one to fit your space and style.

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Speaking of saving space and unique designs, take a look at this shower shelf. This creative design lets you store shampoo, soap, and even save room for some decorative pieces. You could use galvanized pipe and Kee Klamp fittings to create a similar piece to fit your shower. You could even create a matching shower towel rack.

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For a fun and updated look, hang a bathroom shelf from your ceiling. This piece was placed in a kitchen but could also work in a bathroom. Black pipe and Kee Klamp fittings will help you create a similar piece for your own bathroom. This could hang over a toilet as a unique storage option.

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Sometimes, simple is the way to go and you can’t go wrong with basic wall-mounted floaters. Use this picture to remind yourself just how easy it is to create a simple bathroom shelf. Remember, the main supplies are wood, Kee Klamp fittings, and steel pipe. It really is as simple as it sounds.

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Follow these instructions from Apartment Therapy to create your own floor and wall mounted shelving unit. This project requires plywood, galvanized pipes, Flange fittings, and 90 Degree Elbow fittings. You don’t need to worry about painting or staining the wood. After you assemble your own unit, you might be surprised by how easy it was.

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Wayfair sells this rustic shelf that could be easily recreated with the same basic supplies we’ve mentioned throughout this post: wood, fittings, and galvanized pipe.

This shelf is pictured in a living room, but it would look great in a bathroom, too. By this point, you’ve probably learned that you really can customize any of these projects to fit your own design style. Stained or natural wood? Painted or unpainted pipe? The choice is yours.

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This is a simple project that looks very trendy. The designers were able to make use of the bathroom corner, which isn’t always easy to do. Basically, you just need to attach galvanized pipe to the wall and then you can hang additional items from S-hooks. The towels work really well on this piece. Also, the above-the-toilet shelf that was added to the wall-mounted bar was a nice finishing touch to this project.

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