The master bathroom water closet has to be one of the least exciting places to organize and decorate.
Like many, ours is small at 3 feet wide x almost 5 feet deep for a grand total of less than 15 square feet.
What is a water closet? The separate “room” for the toilet as part of a home bathroom.
Seriously, ours had ZERO decor or storage above the toilet…not even a rug!
The real incentive prompting this mini-makeover was of the “one thing leads to another” variety.
The actual end-goal is re-doing the bathroom linen closet shelves and organization.
As I plan that project, I wanted to make smart decisions about what we continue storing there and what needs a different permanent home.
That process led to the realization that I needed the perfect above toilet storage idea in the water closet for our bathroom supplies, like toilet paper and feminine products.
It turned out to be an easy fix with a mix of IKEA and DIY wooden shelving!
DIY Bathroom Shelves Over the Toilet
I ordered 6 IKEA EKBY VALTER brackets to create our new shelves. We’ve used the same brackets for craft room storage and they are really sturdy when mounted in wall studs or with drywall anchors.
Instead of using the actual IKEA shelves with the brackets this time, I had Lowes cut a single piece of 8″ wide wood into three 30″ shelves.
Going that route means you can get custom sized shelves for an affordable price. I opted to make mine 2 inches shorter than the water closet so there would be an inch on each side.
To add a little extra personality, I wrapped the wood in temporary wallpaper.
Storage on Over the Toilet Shelves
To add extra storage to the new open shelves, I ordered KUGGIS containers from IKEA. They hold all the bathroom necessities out of sight and keep the shelves from looking cluttered.
Even the Poo-Pourri got a designated spot sitting in a soap dish!
Side note: I spent 10 years not understanding the magic of Poo-Pourri. Now, I can’t recommend it enough, we have this scent and it’s crazy. The water closet smells good all the time now!
The top shelf was reserved for toilet paper storage.
Water Closet Decor
When I was in New York last fall, a lady was selling art outside Central Park. When she offered prints, complete with mats, for $1 each, I couldn’t turn her down. I wasn’t 100% sure where I was going to put them, but I’m so glad I bought them now because they’re perfect for this little space.
Combined with $4 IKEA RIBBA frames, the whole collection of art was $20 total!
Turns out it’s almost impossible to get good photographs of the light fixture once we installed, but it adds a fun mod-vintage feel that coordinates with the other bathroom lighting! Here’s what it looks like:
I did impulse-splurge on the perfect small, gold, oblong trashcan at Target.
My favorite thing about this water closet makeover might be that it was so easy and affordable. Everything could be done in one afternoon!
If you have a small bathroom with a lack of storage space and don’t already have above toilet shelving, I’d order some shelf brackets or even simple floating shelves asap!
I put the before and after images side-by-side below. As you can imagine, it’s so much nicer to walk past the room now. My only regret is waiting SO long to add style and storage to this tiny space!
To see another space we tackled in a day, on a budget, without painting the walls, visit the affordable entryway makeover next!
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In 2018 & 2019, Melissa was named as a Style Maker by Better Homes & Gardens. In 2019, Polished Habitat was shortlisted for the Amara Blog Awards Best Interior Styling Blog - International.