Our new place has just one tiny bathroom and we needed more space to put our bathroom supplies, etc. So I decided to build an over-the-toilet shelving unit.
First I did a bunch of measuring and drew out my plan:
All I needed was:
- 4 six foot poplar 1″x1″ inch poles
- 1 four foot poplar 1″x1″ inch poles
- 2 eight foot 1x4s
- 1 1/4 inch drywall screws
I like to use drywall screws for almost everything I do. I just find that they work better and they’re easier to use. They also don’t strip as easily as wood screws, and they look nicer because they’re black.
I cut everything to size. I wanted the shelf to be 5’2″ high and 29.5″ wide and about 9″ deep.
Ten 7.5″ poles for the sides
Six 29.5″ long 1x4s for the shelves themselves
First I put together the sides using two 5’2″ poles and five 7.5″ poles in between them for stability and for something for the shelves to sit on. I drilled holes and then drilled the screws in.
Then I started putting the shelves on. I drilled holes for the screws, then I drilled the screws in. Drilling holes first makes it so the wood is less likely to split:
Shelf in its place over the toilet:
Shelf with all the bathroom supplies in place:
Besides the screws it only cost about $20.
So what do you think?
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