DIY Simple Above-the-Door Bathroom Storage Shelf

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For the smaller bathrooms out there, the idea can be quite a challenge to find storage solutions. An often-overlooked area for storage is actually above the door. A shelf placed here takes up no additional space, is actually hardly even noticeable, along with yet offers a fantastic smaller-space storage solution. in which tutorial will show you a simple way to build along with mount an above-door shelf to provide additional bathroom storage; however, in which concept can of course be converted along with used above virtually any door.

Above the door bathroom shelf

Towel storage above the door

Plywood board

Begin using a piece of at least 1/2″ thick common board or plywood, cut to the size you want.

couple of tips for determining the size

Here are a couple of tips for determining the size of your above-door shelf: When determining depth, stand directly below the door frame facing into the space. Look up along with look straight ahead. How far out could a shelf come before your peripheral vision registers the idea? You don’t want to feel like you’re walking into a tunnel, using a shelf out very far. Furthermore, if you happen to have a vent above your door (as is actually the case in in which tutorial), you want the shelf to be narrow enough so as to allow for adequate airflow along with ventilation. The width is actually probably easier to figure out – the idea can go by wall to wall, or just above the door frame, or somewhere else logical in which your space’s architecture dictates.

Cut the plywood shelves

If your shelf isn’t traveling by wall to wall, consider cutting a 45-degree angled corner off the protruding corner. in which is actually entirely optional, of course, along with the idea does add some complication along with effort in trimming out the shelf edge. however the idea makes for a nice, polished, along with softer edge. (Particularly if your above-door shelf, like in which one, is actually readily visible in a mirror or some other reflective surface.)

Sand along with cost the plywood shelf

Sand, prime, along with paint the board.

Let the idea dry the plywood

Let the idea dry.

shelf is actually a solid wood board

If your shelf is actually a solid wood board, you might be perfectly fine with the edges as they are. However, if you’ve chosen plywood as your shelf medium, you will need to trim out the edge. Grab some L-shaped corner trim, creating sure in which the inner depth is actually enough to cover the thickness of your shelf.

Orient your trim piece

Orient your trim piece the way you want the idea – do you want the horizontal part visible on the underside of your shelf? Or “invisible” on the top of your shelf edge? (Because in which shelf is actually so high, remember in which the top of the shelf won’t be seen; the bottom side is actually your focus for creating the idea look the way you want the idea.) With your trim oriented, cut a 22.5-degree angle off the end of your trim piece. Precisely align the trim’s inner corner with one corner of your 45-degree corner to make sure the angle is actually facing the correct direction.

Remove the trim piece along with flip the idea over

Remove the trim piece along with flip the idea over. Measure the exact distance by corner to corner of your 45-degree corner. Mark in which distance on the inner corner of your trim piece. Tip: the idea’s helpful, when working with trim pieces in which require specific orientation, to sketch out the direction your cut should go as you mark the trim.

Orient your trim piece onto your saw

Orient your trim piece onto your saw, which should be set at 22.5 degrees. You are lining up the marking on your trim’s inner corner with the edge of the saw blade.

Lay your cut trim piece

Lay your cut trim piece over the 45-degree corner on your shelf. Both inner corners of the trim should line up precisely with the shelf’s cut corners.

When both sides align perfectly

When both sides align perfectly, the idea’s time to cut the trim for the two perpendicular shelf edges.

DIY Above Door Shelf Cut

Make a 22.5-degree cut on the end of your remaining (correctly oriented) trim piece. Align the inner corner of the trim with the precise corner of your shelf.

Mark the shelf’s width on the end of your trim

Mark the shelf’s width on the end of your trim along with cut the idea (a standard 0-degree cut) to fit the shelf. Tip: While working using a measuring tape is actually the generally preferred method of measurement for cutting, I find in which when working with different angles in smaller areas, a bulky measuring tape causes more room for error than physically marking the trim. However, if you’re more comfortable with using a measuring tape, do in which, of course.

Dry-fit the two trim pieces

Dry-fit the two trim pieces together at the corners to ensure their fit. If they look not bad, move onto the next shelf edge along with repeat these steps.

Be sure to sketch the direction

Be sure to sketch the direction of the cuts you want to make; the idea’s easy to get mixed up.

cutting L-shaped trim

When cutting L-shaped trim, hold the trim perpendicular while you’re cutting, or flip the idea over along with lay the idea flat so the idea fits right up into the “corner” created by your saw’s mounting wall.

Dry fit all three pieces

Dry fit all three pieces together to ensure their proper fit at the joints along with also the lengths.

wood glue inside inner corner

When you’re satisfied with the fit of the trim, place a bit of wood glue inside inner corner of your trim pieces.

Join the trim to the shelf

Join the trim to the shelf, align the corners precisely, along with hold in place for a minute or two.

grab your brad nailer along with drive

When the glue has had time to tack up a little, grab your brad nailer along with drive in several brad nails on the face of the trim.

DIY Above Door Shelf- brad nail

You don’t need lots of these; maybe put in one brad nail every 6” or so.

Sand any uneven parts

Sand any uneven parts, if you find them. Or just do a quick sanding for smoothness.

underside of the shelf

in which will be the underside of the shelf, which means the idea will be visible to anyone who enters our bathroom along with looks up. There is actually a hole between the trim pieces, which will need to be filled.

love using lightweight

I love using lightweight fast along with final spackling for jobs like in which.

filled the hole on the underside of the trim

I filled the hole on the underside of the trim, all the brad nail holes, along with the connecting line between the trim lengths along with the shelf itself on the shelf’s underside. in which helps to create a seamless, solid final product.

As you can see after the spackling

As you can see after the spackling, the hole is actually filled. Once painted, in which will look perfect.

Prime along with paint your trim

Prime along with paint your trim.

Use a studfinder to locate the studs

Use a studfinder to locate the studs above the door, where your shelf will go. You’ll probably want to use the two studs closest to the ends of your shelf. Depending on your shelf’s length, using one inside middle isn’t a bad idea, either.

Measure along with mark the location

Measure along with mark the location of the studs on your shelf for your brackets. Attach your brackets to the TOP side of your shelf.

Have a helper hold the shelf level

Have a helper hold the shelf level along with straight while you screw inside mounting screws to your wall.

DIY Above Door Shelf

Viola! Done!

much-needed storage addition in a smaller bathroom

the idea’s a stylish, simple, along with much-needed storage addition in a smaller bathroom. Very unobtrusive, although the idea’s quite pretty even when the idea is actually noticed. My husband actually didn’t realize the idea was there until I pointed the idea out to him; in which’s the best compliment, I think.

shelf by the bathroom vanity mirror

Here is actually a view of the shelf by the bathroom vanity mirror. the idea was important in which the shelf be simple yet beautiful, because the idea will be seen inside mirror’s reflection every time someone looks inside mirror.

DIY Above Door Shelf - wonderful use

in which is actually a wonderful use of what would likely previously be considered non-space. the idea holds spare towels perfectly. I have plans to add spare toiletries (e.g., toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, soap) up there as well.

DIY Above Door Shelf shine brackets

I love the shine of the brass brackets along with the pretty curve of the support arc.

DIY Above Door Shelf Project

For a project in which takes an hour or two, in which DIY project is actually highly recommended.

DIY Above Door Shelf with gold brackets

We expect you give an above-the-door storage shelf a try, whether in your bathroom or another space!

Note: The author is actually an experienced, although not professional, DIYer. Neither the author nor Agnizer is actually responsible for any injury or damage in which may be a result of following in which tutorial.

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