How To Make Easy Customizable Rustic Bathroom Shelves

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Store your extra toilet paper with these super easy DIY rustic bathroom shelves.

diy rustic bathroom shelves

Last month, in my guest bathroom makeover post, I had mentioned that I would show you how to make the rustic bathroom shelf that I had in that bathroom.

Well, I am back to keep that promise!

Before I get into it, can we talk toilet paper, tiny bathrooms, and storage issues?

I am literally chuckling at myself right now, because if you have been following my Instagram, then you’ll remember a picture I just posted the other day. I promise that this picture was not planned or staged.

There I was, facing a dilemma that is all too common and real.

I was already on the toilet before I realized I was out of toilet paper. The roll was empty.

There was no replacement; no back-ups.

I was stuck.

My mind did the usual questions. Do I get up and run for it and get more toilet paper? Do I just sit here? Do I . . . ? What do I do?!

I’ll let you in on a secret. I ran for it.

Anybody else been there? I feel like it always becomes one of those “oh no” slow mo situations.

Granted, it was my fault. I should have replaced it after I used up the last of it the previous time. But, hindsight is always 20-20.

A good way to combat that kind of situation is to have available toilet paper storage within your bathroom.

I have a dilemma though. The area where my toilet is is super tiny.


It’s almost like a cut-out in the wall and doesn’t leave much space for storage.


So, I had to become creative. This is when I decided to make and install my rustic bathroom shelves.


The awesome thing about these shelves is that they are fully customizable. You can make the wood however long or wide as you need it to me and use whatever size plumbing pieces that you would like.

For my tutorial, I am going to show you exactly what I used to make one of these shelves.

You will need:

  • a 1 x 6 cut at the length that you need
  • stain color of your choice
  • polyurethane (optional but recommended)
  • rags or strips of cotton t-shirt
  • two 3/4″ black iron floor flanges
  • two 3/4″ x 8″ black iron nipples
  • two 3/4″ black iron nipple caps
  • eight 2 1/2″ drywall screws


Double check that your wood is the length that you need.

Then, using the rag or cut up t-shirt (which is what I use), apply one or two coats of stain to your wood. Make sure you get the edges and both sides.


You can use a brush to apply the stain, but I personally prefer the t-shirt method. I feel like it gives me more control over how much stain is applied. To do this, you just simply dip the piece of t-shirt into the stain and rub it onto the wood, being sure you are rubbing it in well.

Once the stain has had a chance to dry, you will then apply the polyurethane. This step isn’t necessary, but it is a good idea to do to help keep the wood protected. Use the same rag application method that you used for the stain.


Let that sit to dry while you assemble your plumbing pieces on the wall.

First, measure how far apart you want your shelf pipes to be (or measure how far from the edges of the shelf you want them to be).

Place one of your floor flanges where you want one of the pipes to go and use four of your drywall screws to screw it in.


Then, get ready to place your floor flange down on the other side. To make sure you have it level, grab your piece of wood and kind of sandwich the floor flange against the wall while you use a level to make sure everything is leveled out.


Apply the screws for that floor flange.

The next steps are super easy.

Screw the nipples into the floor flanges and then screw the caps onto the nipples. (Yes, that is what they are called. I think we can all be mature about it here, but I honestly have to say that I even chuckled about it a bit.)

*TIP: Be sure to get a nipple size that is longer than the width of your board.*


Place your board on top, and there you have it – your very own rustic bathroom shelf!


I told you it was super easy!

Now your shelf (or shelves, depending on how many you made) are ready to decorate and store according to your needs.

For me, having adequate toilet paper storage is incredibly important.


After having my empty roll incident, I like to make sure I have enough toilet paper on hand, which is what makes these shelves so great.

Over the past few months, I’ve changed the toilet paper that I like using and now almost exclusively use Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch (9 Mega Rolls). I love that this toilet paper is still soft but doesn’t leave residue, if you know what I mean.


I’m also excited because they have a mega roll pack! These rolls are four times the size of their regular rolls, which means I don’t have to worry about re-filling the toilet paper holder as often. Not to mention, the bigger rolls allow me to keep things a little more organized by not having to have a bunch of rolls out just in case.

Now I can just keep three on the shelf.


Remember how tiny my bathroom is?

Well, I came up with another great storage idea for those who have little space in their bathrooms.

I got two wire baskets from Marshalls for about $6 each and attached them to the wall, using washers and drywall screws. I now have two baskets for stylishly storing books and more of my Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® toilet paper!


What do you think of my rustic bathroom shelves?


Now that I’m able to organize my bathroom, it looks so much better. Here are few before and after pictures:




It really is possible to take your bathroom storage to a whole new level, even with a tiny bathroom space.


And on top of it all, I won’t be having to re-fill my toilet paper as often either.

To get the Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® Mega Rolls, you can find them in the toilet paper/paper towels aisle at Walmart.


What kind of toilet paper storage ideas do you have?

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