Last updated: Friday, March 10, 2017 An over the toilet storage cabinet, or sometimes known as a toilet space-saver shelf or bathroom etagere, are made to maximize your toilet space and ease your angst about bathroom clutter. But shouldn’t you have the best over the toilet storage unit?
Home organization and storage is a problem we all deal with at some point in our lives. Whether it’s not enough closets, sink space, cabinets, or cupboards, we as humans will find a way to fill all of them.
However, there are products we humans have created to solve the age old problem of home storage.
There are a few things we all look for in the best over the toilet storage unit for you. Let’s see a quick example so we have an idea of what’s out there.
|Models (Click For Details)||Material||Dimensions (W"/D"/H")||Rating|
|Sauder Caraway Etagere||Wood||23 x 8 x 68||3.9|
|Best Living Monaco Etagere Shelf||Metal||26 x 10 x 67||4.1|
|Elegant Home Fashions Etagere||Wood||24 x 8 x 67||4.3|
|Target Marketing Etagere||Bamboo||28 x 10 x 67||4.3|
|Mainstays Bathroom Space Saver||Metal||23 x 10 x 60||4.0|
|MyGift Space Saver Storage Rack||Metal||26 x 12 x 39||4.6|
|go2buy Bathroom Space Saver||Bamboo||28 x 10 x 67||4.7|
|Uniware Bathroom Shelving Unit||Metal||23 x 11 x 66||4.5|
|CreativeWare Space Saver||Metal||26 x 11 x 63||4.1|
|River Ridge Ellsworth Spacesaver||Wood||27 x 9 x 64||4.1|
Table Of Contents:
Below we’ve displayed each of the 10 best over the toilet storage units and additional information about each one.
Best Over The Toilet Storage–Details:
The Caraway Etagere Cabinet from Sauder is an excellent choice for anyone picking up an over the toilet cabinet for the first time. Finished in white and built in particle board, bathroom etageres like these are well-recognized not only on the internet but in homes too. The two shelves are adjustable and the cabinet is frosted to hide your bathroom toiletries or other products.
Rating sometimes is a worry when you see a bathroom space saver like this, however, the Sauder Caraway Etagere has been heavily reviewed. What does that mean? That means MANY people have been picking up this over toilet cabinet etagere. Additionally, this particular over the toilet shelf is eligible for free replacement parts.
This is a great first choice on our list of the best over the toilet storage units. Check out our in-depth review here!
What others have said:
- “I really love this shelf. It was simple to put together, it seems very sturdy for particle board, and it looks nice in my tiny bathroom. I love the ability to change the shelf heights, and the dark colored shelf (kind of a marbled-gray pattern applied to the wood) adds some interesting contrast.”
- “I absolutely LOVE this piece! Its super cute in my bathroom and so convenient. I love the two smaller shelves – I put a cute perfume bottle on each shelf so that its decorative but also a great place to store them.”
- “I’m giving this product five stars not because it is the best around town, BUT because it’s definitely worth what you pay for it.”
This toilet space saver shelf from Best Living is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for the best over the toilet storage unit made from metal (we took an in-depth look here). As we mention below, metal etageres have a benefit of being water resistant (not rust necessarily) but they won’t break down like wooden etageres would. This over the toilet space saver is incredibly sturdy; using thick, durable tubes for assembly. The shelves are also tempered glass, measuring around 5mm thick.
There are no tools necessary to assemble the Best Living Monaco Etagere Shelf. All you have to do is slide each leg into the shelves and will almost assemble itself. The finish of this etagere is in brushed titanium but you can get it finished in oil rubbed bronze as well. The shelves are not adjustable but regardless, this is a beautiful over the toilet shelf unit to choose.
What others have said:
- “I loved the way all parts were labeled and the ease of assembly. The directions were clear and concise and the diagrams were detailed and easy to follow. No tools were required, and the shelf is beautiful and classy-looking! Well made = great product!”
- “This piece really looks great. For those who might hesitate.. don’t. The quality looks fine; the parts were complete and the product was unblemished. This unit holds more than my previous so i could not be happier… improved capacity and great looks.”
- “Product fits perfectly in bathroom corner…I chose not to put it over my commode. Instead, found it to be the perfect spot for my laundry basket. Assembly was a breeze and the bronze finish is beautiful…accents my bathroom!”
Here’s another wooden bathroom etagere option, this time from Elegant Home Fashions. Like the name eludes to, this beautiful over the toilet shelf is elegant and is certainly one of the best over the toilet storage units on our list. It features a large cabinet area with double doors for storage. The windows come with curtains to mask what knickknacks you might keep in it. It also enhances the elegant look, rather than just a fogged window.
Below the main storage area is a small shelf for more storing or decorating. Our preference is to decorate, but to each his/her own. The wood is particle board so be sure to protect your bathroom etagere by sealing it with some type of wood sealer. That said, the build is sturdy (you will need tools this time) and fits over any standard toilet size.
What others have said:
- “Very pleased with this piece! Shipped quickly and securely and the item is just as pictured. As other reviewers have said, there are many pieces but the instructions are quite clear…all you need is a Phillips screwdriver unless you want to anchor it to the wall; a drill would come in handy there.”
- “It’s not as tall as I imagined but I am OK with that. I am not attaching to the wall but will just be careful when opening the doors. Very happy with my purchase!”
- “I love the way this has transformed my bathroom!”
Next is this beautiful bamboo toilet cabinet from Targeting Marketing. When it comes to wood and water (and their lack of mixing), bamboo is the way to go. Bamboo can withstand the prolonged damage from water and looks healthy in your bathroom’s space.
Like a few of the other on our list thus far, the Bamboo Etagere from Targeting Marketing features a sizable cabinet area. The doors slide open and closed and features an adjustable shelf behind them. Assembly is fairly easy overall and the instructions are well-written to be followed.
Finished naturally, we think you’ll find this shelf a winner on our list of the best over the toilet storage units!
What others have said:
- “This over the toilet cabinet has a spa quality that instantly elevated my bathroom. Everyone who visits loves it. I have had it for 3 months.”
- “I assembled this by myself and I small girl so I do not think 2 ppl are required. don’t put bottom together first unless there is a gap between your toilet back and the wall that can slide unit behind. If not, you will have to screw bottom wood bar while the whole unit is already assembled over the toilet (not hard to undo with little wrench they provide).”
- “This is a perfect size and really nice looking over the toilet cabinet. Just arrived yesterday and we put it together today. It was an easy job really. The color of the cabinet goes really well with our bathroom cabinet.”
The Mainstays Brescia 3-Shelf Bathroom Space Saver is the budget buy on our list of the best over the toilet storage units but that doesn’t make it junk. Built out of metal and finished in Chrome, an over the toilet shelf like this can make a great option for first-timers or college students.
It can also hold up to 20 pounds and is quite sturdy for a lower-end model. The shelves are in a wire-shelf, grill-like fashion, so picture frames likely won’t work. Everything else you can put on an over the toilet shelf like this should be fine.
Its look is standard by design and made to fit into all bathroom design ideas.
What others have said:
- “It’s very sturdy and I think it will last for years.”
- “Easy to install and serve the purpose to not have things all over in the bathroom. Great gifted!”
- “Seems to be decent quality. Has leveling adjusters for the feet. Easily assembled.”
This space saver storage rack from MyGift is the only single-rack or single-shelf bathroom etagere we feature on our list. But what it lacks in stature, it makes up for with a larger width than most of our other bathroom etageres. It also features a convenient magazine rack on the side, which is removable if you like.
The elegant accents on this over the toilet shelf are a nice touch. It’s a low-profile etagere and is a simple, low-risk option for shoppers. The grate-like shelf will have no problem holding what you need. In fact, it can hold a little bit more (like a picture frame, mentioned above) and has the largest depth on our list (11.5 inches).
You could do much worse than this over the toilet shelf from MyGift and is obviously worth our consideration of the best over the toilet storage units.
What others have said:
- “This was perfect for my bathroom, as I just needed a little additional ‘shelf’ space in my small bathroom. It fits perfectly in the small space between the wall and also between my sink cabinet. I use the ‘magazine rack’ as a place to put my hot curling iron after I’m done using it!”
- “I have this rack currently in my downstairs bathroom and it looks quite nice. It is simple to assemble and it is sturdy. It fits very nicely over the toilet and gives me some good shelf space for things like my razor, Sonicare toothbrush, etc.”
- “Love it. Cheap. Compact. Easy to assemble. Book shipped straight from China and still has labels from the manufacturer. This organizer works well for those who need just a surface above their toilet and not the entire tall shelf that’s present in all other organizer designs.”
The second bamboo option on our list of the best over the toilet storage units comes from go2buy. And it’s a beauty. This bathroom etagere features 3 shelves, one exposed and two behind the cabinet doors. The wood joinery is very nice on the doors and the minimalist design is complimented well by that joinery.
The open shelf on the bottom is a nice touch in the overall design of the go2buy Bamboo over the toilet storage shelf. It provides plenty of space for decorations or storage, in addition to the two shelves behind the doors.
Reminder, bamboo is an excellent choice for watery environments. If you have wood near water, protection typically needs to be added. But with bamboo, you don’t need that! So it’s eco-friendly and less of a pain! Assembly is easy and the etagere is VERY sturdy.
What others have said:
- “I researched multiple over the toilet space-savers on Amazon and found this made of bamboo (yay!! no particle board!!) at a better price than the rest. We got this for our apartment which has almost no bathroom storage options and we are not allowed to drill holes in the walls.”
- “Easy to put together, good quality for the price. I suggest attaching to wall to prevent tipping over. Completely satisfied with this purchase.”
- “Awesome, adds to bathroom, space and style. Quality. Sturdy.”
The Uniware Space Saving is another inexpensive option on our list of the best over the toilet storage units. While it is on the lower end of our price scale, it’s not a cheap piece of junk. As a metal over the toilet storage unit, etageres like this pack a lot of capability in a small package. It can be easily shipped, easily assembled, and can easily store whatever you need due to its three shelves.
There is no cabinet area so whatever you want to store is out in the open. This usually isn’t a big deal for people, but it can be for some. This over the toilet storage shelf is the second deepest bathroom etagere on our list at 11 inches. So while there are no cabinet doors, there is more surface area to take advantage of.
Colored in a matte black, this bathroom etagere should have no issue fitting itself into your bathroom!
What others have said:
- “It took me few minutes to assemble. looks great and work fine for me. Fixed very well with the toilet and stays very steady if I don’t shake it very hard. I think it would be safer to attach it to the wall or something else if you have a little baby. Anyway, highly recommended!”
- “I am happy to report that this unit is of good quality. It’s made of painted matte black metal connected together by black screws. It was easy to put together and is well made. The only tool you’ll need is a Phillip’s head screwdriver, or a ‘plus’ screwdriver as my wife calls it.”
- “Very nice and or fit perfectly. Looking beautiful and sold. It hold a lots and made my bathroom clear of junk.”
Likely one of the most beautiful option on our list of the best over the toilet storage units, the CreativeWare Space Saver is a top-notch option for the interior decorator at heart. It features three open shelves, each crafted out of tempered glass for durability. Similarly to the Best Living etagere, the CreativeWare over the toilet storage unit is easily assembled by sliding each of the legs into each shelf. The legs are colored in Oil Rubbed Bronze, adding another level of elegance to this over the toilet shelving unit.
While storage is certainly something to utilize on this bathroom etagere, it’s probably more geared toward decorations. You can’t stuff these shelves full of your personal items and expect it to maintain its look.
An attractive piece like this is sure to please both you and your house guests.
What others have said:
- “It arrived in excellent condition because of the packaging, which was as labor-intensive to remove as the actual assembly. It will likely be easier for most people than it was for me, because I’m 78, not terribly strong, and I am one of those who only read the directions as a last resort. However, I did get it all together by myself, so I know just about anyone can do it!”
- “It is a beautiful space saver for the bath. There is plenty of room between the toilet tank and the bottom shelf.”
- “I bought this and I love the way it looks! Very functional and nice looking.”
Last and most definitely not least our best over the toilet storage unit list is from RiverRidge. This three-shelf, single-cabinet bathroom etagere is not only beautiful but it is very capable of holding anything you need. It comes with two swinging doors on the cabinet, which can easily hide whatever you need. The wood is crafted from particle board and finished in either white or espresso.
You’ll need tools to assemble this etagere and you’ll possibly need a second individual to more easily put it together. It’s not a requirement but is helpful.
What others have said:
- “I searched for over 2 months for a spacesaver unit that would accommodate the area as well as depth of shelves to hold more than a cotton ball. This unit has a fixed shelf inside as well as bottom shelf of the upper cabinet.”
- “This is exactly what I needed for my bathroom. Assembly was easy, and the storage is sufficient for a multitude of items that you may not want out on the bathroom counter.”
- “Love this shelf! Putting it together was simple as can be. It fit just right in our small powder room. And then we anchored it to the wall with the screws that were supplied by the company in the package.”
Best Over The Toilet Storage–Things to Consider
What this breaks down to is are you planning to store bathroom and toilet products in this area? Do you want those things out of sight? Or will this be nothing more than a decorative addition to your toilet space?
Either way, you have options on the table for the best over the toilet storage units.
If storage is more your thing, you’ll need to looks for an over the toilet storage cabinet or bathroom etagere with cabinet-like doors indicating a place for storage. Especially in terms of hiding your personal items.
Some of these shelves can only hold a couple of toilet paper rolls and some tissue.
Others can easily hold towels, lotions and perhaps any feminine products the purchaser would like. This Zenna Home etagere can be a great bathroom storage etagere with a number of space saver options.
Or you can go for the look of this Brylanehome Louvre Etagere which is also very elegant and well-built.
If looks are what you’re in this for, head down to Feng Shui.
Be sure to take the measurements of your toilet into account prior to making a purchase. Width and height can come into play if you’re attempting to bring this into a small bathroom or minimal toilet space.
On average, the width of common over the toilet storage cabinets is typically around 23 to 24 inches while possibly being as wide as 34 inches in some models.
The TMS model, which we reviewed here, is one of those wider units but it is also a small bathroom etagere option because of its height. If you can accommodate the width, this small bathroom etagere could be a solid option.
(To the right is a common sizing guide for bathroom etageres)
As a note, be sure to check your toilet’s surroundings anyway to make sure any bathroom etagere fits over the toilet.
As far as height, toilet clearance for common over the toilet storage cabinets can be anywhere from around 31 inches and up. Of course they can also stretch to over 5 feet tall so be sure to be aware of any impedance above your toilet. It goes without saying to make sure you check your toilet to ensure your new bathroom etagere will fit over the top.
Wood or metal. That’s your basic options when it comes to new bathroom etageres. With that, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind.
Wood Bathroom Etageres
Wood is on average the more elegant-looking material for the best over the toilet storage units.
Wooden bathroom etageres look very modern or contemporary and come in a wide variety of colors. They should also be more sturdy given the flush fitting.
But like anything made from wood, it should 100% be treated against water damage from the sink (depending its proximity to the toilet), shower steam, and the toilet water itself (splashing). We suggest going with Minwax Gloss Brushing Lacquer Spray to seal it up, should you have any concerns.
Be sure to consider a bamboo bathroom etagere because as bamboo is a choice material for us at Toiletops.com. Whether it’s a seat, bathroom etagere, or toilet paper holder, wood is no friend to water. Therefore, bamboo wood is always optimal!
Metal Bathroom Etageres
While metal bathroom etageres may not be as good looking as some of their wooden counterparts, they can still provide a level of elegance previously lost in your bathroom. They can also be some of the best over the toilet storage units available.
You’ll want to be mindful that most metal etageres have grill-type shelves. Picture frames and other decor may not work on grill shelves.
Be that as it may, some metal etageres can have a flat shelf insert like this Kings Brand Etagere.
If you’re focusing on this purchase from a decorative mindset, your options are pretty much open as far as your palette will take you. Let your feng shui flow here.
Once you have your material and model in mind you can begin the process of choosing color or accents.
And seeing as look is most important to you, you should be prepared to spend a decent amount if you want quality and something that won’t break down in a year.
Bronze, Cherry, Chrome, or Brass or…?
Once you have the base of your new bathroom etagere, then comes the customization. How are you going to keep the design of your bathroom in tact? In the world of bathroom etageres, you know what you’re going to be able to choose from.
Are you going with the best over the toilet storage in nickel or brushed titanium?
Perhaps something in bronze bathroom etagere?
Does the best over the toilet storage in wooden cherry fit your idea of an deep, rich bathroom design?
What about toilet storage in chrome or brass?
As you can see, the journey has only begun once you’ve merely picked out the style of your new bathroom etagere. Due to metal’s ability to stand up to the moisture, you should have no worries about your new metal bathroom etagere.
Best Over The Toilet Storage–Final Thoughts and Suggestions
Most of the best over the toilet storage units on our list are going to be a great upgrade from nothing–if that’s what you’re currently doing.
If you’re replacing an older one, be sure to look into preventative maintenance supplies to extend the life of your etagere.
If you’re getting one for the first time, welcome to life with a little less clutter.
As for a couple of suggestions to get you started, this Creative Bath set is a great option for purely decorative or storage as well. It offers plenty of shelves and plenty of space to place your items.