Basement Bathrooms

Shelving for the Half-Bath

The last thing I need to choose for the basement half-bath is shelving. I just want a place to put some pretty odds and ends on the wall opposite the sink and toilet. I like these three choices:

  1. Wire 9 Cube Wall Shelf
  2. Ekby Valter brackets and Ekby Järpen shelves
  3. Wall-Mounted Bookcase

Remember, this is what I’m already working with for the rest of the room:

Which option would you choose?

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  • coasterkim
    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I think I don’t love the casual wire rack with the fancy gold mirror and towel hook. I think either #2 or #3 would look great, but I think #3 is my favorite.

  • Taz
    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I think option 3 fits best with the rest of the room…

  • Cristina
    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I think options #2 and #3 go best with your current theme. #1 seems out of place, like it belongs in either an office room, closet, or garage. So, if you have a LOT of odds and ends, go with #3. Otherwise, go with #2 for smaller odds and ends.

  • Anne @ It's a Baltimore Life
    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I like #2. I think #1 is too industrial and #3 is too modern for the space!

  • shelley
    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    2 or 3 are my favorites. I think #1 seems too overpowering.

  • Martha
    March 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I think #3 goes best with the room. I love #1 but it might be distracting…

  • Chroma Lab
    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I vote #2. It’s going to come together beautifully!

  • Jen Decker
    March 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    i vote for 3!

  • Rebecca
    March 2, 2011 at 10:44 am


  • Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home
    March 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Definitely #3! Loooove it!

    If you went with #2, would you do more than 1?

    And I agree that #1 looks too industrial and doesnt fit with your bathroom.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

      If I go with #2, I’d do two or three shelves.

  • Michelle
    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I like #3.

  • heartartz
    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I like 1 and 3
    But I picture something like this…or even a thrifted painted piece in black

  • Kim
    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I don’t care for #1 with the rest of the space, but the either of other options would be lovely.

  • Danielle
    March 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    2! I think the shelf should be simple for your knick knacks to stand out.

  • Cheryl
    March 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    #2 is simpler, would keep clutter controlled. #3 would give you more room to play with and depending on the dimensions might be nice for a few rolled face towels/washcloths and decorative items, as long as the depth of the shelves isn’t too much. #1 says ‘too busy’ for me. I see form and function in #2, less so in #1 (but still enough), and none in #1 for a bathroom, particularly.

  • Kathy
    March 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I love option 3. Option 2 would work as well, but I like the unified look of 3. Option 1 seems a bit much.

  • MaNai
    March 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I like option 3 based on the other items you already have in the space.

  • Alisa (mrsbcs)
    March 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I am familiar with the #2 shelves and really like them so I vote for #2.

  • julie s
    March 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

    If I were choosing, number 3 would be my pick!

  • Annie H
    March 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I hate to say this, but I don’t like any of them. Looking at your mood board all the shelves you selected seem out of place. It looks they would be the darkest thing in the room. Almost the focal point. Sorry.

  • Laura
    March 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I vote for #2!

  • Misty
    March 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

    My vote is for #3. I think it is classy.

  • Amanda
    March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    #1 from CB2!

  • PAppel
    March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Love, love, love #1 but don’t feel it would fit in with the rest of the items in the room. #2 and #3 would fit in nicely; however, all three have finishes that appear to be too dark for your bathroom’s palette. Are you planning on changing the finish on them? That might influence decision.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

      The design board is a little misleading, because the tile has dark gray (almost black) grout. I also found slightly different towels that have more black in them (from west elm, but they’re not on the site yet), so the black shelving will work well in the space.

  • Brandi H.
    March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I like #2. But, #2 and #3 are very similar and I think would look nice. I don’t think #1 looks very functional or pleasing to the eye.

  • Caitlin
    March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I vote for #3! I like how the linear lines of the shelves play off of the stripes in the cup, the towel and the sconce :)

  • Megan
    March 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

    If I had to choose, I would go with number 2.

    What about this?

  • Erin
    March 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I vote #2! I think #1 is too industrial and #3 might be too modern. #2 is just right. But really, I bet any one of them would look lovely in the bathroom.

  • Jessie
    March 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

    #3 :]

  • Melissa
    March 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I really like option number 1!!

  • Nina
    March 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Personally I like number 1 the best….but, I think with the rest of the things you have chosen that number 3 would look the best in your bathroom. Can’t wait to hear which one you pick!

  • Bre
    March 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Option 3. I do like the idea of something done in wire or metal, just not that particular 9 cubby shelf.

  • Kelsey
    March 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    #1 is super cute, but I’m not sure about introducing another metal into such a small space. As such, I’d go with #3.

  • RD
    March 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    #3–I think this works best with your existing look. Beautiful bath!

  • chelsea
    March 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    OOo, I’m a fan of the first!

  • Patty
    March 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Definitely No. 3. What a pretty bathroom this will be!

  • Jana
    March 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I vote #2 so that the shelf itself does not distract from your pretty little knick knacks

  • Jen K
    March 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I like 2 or 3 : )

  • Meredith
    March 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Option 1 will be horrible to dust and as bathrooms seem to attract ridiculous amounts of dust that will be a problem down the line. I love 3. I think it adds visual interest and great clean lines!

  • Nicole S.
    March 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I actually like #1 the best. It is a far more interesting shelf, adds some texture and contrast.

  • Heather
    March 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    #3, all the way.

  • dana
    March 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm


  • Jen
    March 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Even though I love the wire racks, I’d vote for #2!
    Keeps it simple.

  • Joy
    March 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I really like #3!

  • Sarah Jane
    March 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I love the wire shelving, but the other two seem to fit the classiness of the bathroom better.

  • Sanja
    March 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’d go with #1 to get a nice texture along with the shelving. It somewhat mimics the geometric shape of the tiles and adds more interest than the other two.

  • Rebecca @ beautiful square feet
    March 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Running the risk of going against the popular vote here, I really like number 1! It’s really funky, and I really like the juxtaposition of the industrial shelving versus your pretty Athro hooks.

  • Jessica at Lavender and Lilies
    March 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    #3 is my fave. I have thought about that for my house too.

  • Lila Ferraro
    March 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Personally, I like one and three because they’ll give you the biggest storage option. But, three may look the best!
    Lila Ferraro

  • samsonizzle
    March 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    My initial choice was #2. After being temporarily wooed by the West Elm photos, my senses returned to me and I realized you will be getting much the same look with the Ikea shelves, and you cannot beat the price. Your cute accessories will draw the most attention; I don’t think it’s necessary to splurge on what they’ll be sitting on.

  • Valerie
    March 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    My vote is for #3. #1 could maybe work if you spray painted it white…

  • Erika
    March 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm


  • Eileen
    March 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm


  • Ingrid Hames
    March 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t like 1, it reminds me too much of milk crates from the grocery. I think I like 3 the best, simple and stylish.. :)

  • Anya
    March 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Definitely #3.
    I’m looking forward to seeing it all done! :D

  • heartartz
    March 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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  • heartartz
    March 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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  • heartartz
    March 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    sorry…link does not work
    It should have gone to
    West Elm – Tall Industrial Metal Bath Cabinet

  • Brittany
    March 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    #3. I love a good wall-mounted shelf and this one is clean and simple.

  • reb
    March 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    2 for me!

  • Emily Stearley
    March 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    One. I think the style of it is a nice contrast from the rest of the room. Plus, I like the “cubby” look for displaying fun things.

  • meryl rose
    March 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Number 3. The first looks like it belongs more in a garage, and the second just isn’t fun enough for you.

  • lori
    March 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    three three three!

  • Dianna
    March 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I vote for 3 also, although I have a soft spot for 1 because i have it in my dining room & love it. any of these choices will look great!

  • Tracy
    March 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I vote for #3.

  • Robin
    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    We are all in love with west elm these days!! I can’t get enough ;)

  • Rachel H.
    March 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Number THREE!!!

  • Kirsten
    March 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    My personal favorite is #1, but it’s too industrial for your space, and #2 while budget friendly, will probably look too cheap in your space. So my vote is for #3.

  • Renee Nordholm
    March 3, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I also vote for #3

  • Julie Anne
    March 3, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Of the choices you have, I like 2. My friend used them in her kitchen recently, and I wasn’t sure until I saw them up.

    Have you thought of something vintage-y looking to coordinate with your vitage plumbing and lighting fixtures? This Polder shelf and towel rack combo would be useful and space-appropriate:

  • Lisa
    March 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I vote 2 or 3. 1 looks too much like high school locker accessories to me. The solid shelf will look better with pretty things, I think.

  • WES
    March 3, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I like #3 for the bathroom, and I don’t think you necessarily need to get it in white. I think the black could look really nice as a contrast to the white of the toilet and sink.

    #1 is nice for general storage in either a basement or a playroom but I don’t think it fits with your bathroom even if it is in the basement.

  • Mandi
    March 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I think #2, it floats some negative (wall) space between layers and I think that is very important in such a small space. The other shelves are too busy for that area. Besides, you won’t need to put much down there – a couple decorative items, a spare set of hand towels . . . that’s it.

  • christy
    March 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

    when will we see the new baby’s nursery? Did I miss it?

  • Amanda
    March 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Three! I like the clean lines and there’s a lot of space between the shelves to stack high or have space there. And you’ll have more control compared to number one as there’s not a lot of control over where to put the items as they’re in “boxes”

  • ashleyD
    March 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

    i vote for 3!!

  • Allison
    March 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I like three the best on it’s own, but I think two works the best with the style of the space.

  • alison
    March 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I love number 1. Just do.

  • Katie
    March 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    #3. :)

  • Katie
    March 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Go for #3…

  • Janine
    March 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    my first choice would be #3, with #2 coming in second.

  • melinda KE
    March 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I would use the Ekby Valter brackets and Ekby Järpen shelves, maybe two or three of them, with some nice baskets. I also like #2 if you have enough floor room. I can’t wait to see the room all put together!

  • AK
    March 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    not #1

  • Natalie
    March 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    #3 ~ I love the clean lines and modern feel. It seems like it would go best with the rest of the plan. Can’t wait to see it all come together! :)

  • Parakh
    March 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I initially thought #3 – but then considering what you have already chosen I would go with #2 – it think it would fit nicely and bring attention to your knick nacks and not so much the shelves

  • Ashley
    March 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I think either 2 or 3, the first one looks like something that would go in your utility closet.

  • Kimbydee
    March 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    #1 looks vintage and quirky both. Love it!

  • S. Shaw
    March 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I like #2.

  • Tyla B
    March 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    No. 1 is too college dorm-ish for me. I like 3 if you were going to work it into a niche. So I guess I’ll go with 2, since it is the least imposing, but it doesn’t look like it will hold much – which may be what you are going for. I’m not much help am I? I think the bathroom is going to be be-a-utiful!

  • Amelia
    March 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I think I’d do #3 in buttercup to match other accessories!

  • Art
    March 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    No.1 would be better for storage, but since you say this is for display, I also pick #3.

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  • Amanda
    March 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m voting #1 because I have two of those. They both currently are hanging in my kitchen.

    I love them! They get a lot of compliments because they are so interesting in person. They’re pretty sturdy, as well. I currently am displaying all white knick-knacks in them, but in our old apartment I used them for DVDs and other things. They’re pretty versatile.

  • Minneapolis Apartments
    May 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Love #3 but not in the context of your bathroom… This is an older post so I can see into the future.. ;)