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Bathroom Cubbyholes

Martha Stewart Living, April/May 1994

Keep bathroom items neat and accessible with cubbyhole shelves for large items and surgical jars for small toiletries and accessories. The jars, available at medical-supply stores, have easy-to-grab stainless-steel lids. Each of the shelves is made from five pieces of 3/4-inch-thick plywood. The top, bottom, and two sides are each 12 inches by 9 inches; the back is a 12-inch square. The top, bottom, and sides are mitered along the ends, glued together, and secured with 1 1/2-inch finishing nails. If carpentry isn't your cup of tea, you may want to avoid mitering. Instead, have the lumberyard cut the boards for the box's top and bottom to be 10 1/2 inches by 9 inches, and the sides 12 inches by 9 inches. Glue the ends of the bottom and top boards to the inside edges of the side boards, and secure with finishing nails. Glue on the back, and secure with more finishing nails. Sand, prime, and paint the wood. Screw the finished shelves right into the wall through the back (centering them on a stud), and cover the screws with paint.

Comments (19)

  • glendaschmidt69 18 May, 2014

    Could'nt ya just by them already made? Like at Dollar stores those decorative cheap boxes or the pretty baskets that are lined with very pretty cloth all ready and just hang them instead of placing them around like ya use for anyways? I'm gona try!!!

  • mae 8 Jun, 2012

    I really like the idea of cubbyholes for the bathroom i would like to know where I can purchase them. I read the construction and I know they would work for me in my small bathroom thks Mae

  • Natalonia 29 Nov, 2011

    Finding ways to maximize space is key to making a bathroom look good while mainting functionality. Martha should feature POJJO's Vanity Valet Secret which stores all your hair tools under your sink by converting your false panel into a salon station. You have to see it to believe it.POJJO's pictures.

  • ArtistEuropa 4 Jul, 2011

    I love Sleek, Modern Design especially when space is of utmost importance! Think this seems very Scandinavian!

    I cannot wait to try this in my Master Bath.

  • Sheryll 30 Oct, 2010

    I have the tiniest main bath room in the world I think and I am going to build several to use in it. Tell me your bath is smaller? From tub to door is 51 inches

  • brutuses 7 May, 2009

    Did Martha see this photo? I think someone could have folded those towels a bit neater for this photo. LOL

  • LadySteel 17 Mar, 2009

    If you have multiple people in one bathroom try the mesh six pocket bag that hangs iside the shower curtain. Eash person has their own space and hides all the stuff and keeps bottles from hitting the floor. Easy to clean take down and throw in wash. Perfect for razors, body wash, shampoos and scrubbies.

  • LClifford 9 Jan, 2009

    Where did you find the bamboo -- sounds like a great idea!

  • pelican66 8 Jan, 2009

    we recently redid our entire bathroom and i went from glass containers for cotton balls, Qtips, etc to round bamboo kitchen cannisters. there are four in graduated sizes with a see-through slot on the side and a bamboo tray they sit on. they work perfectly for bathroom items too and this company had their bathroom items also on sale, so the cannisters match the bamboo soapdish tissue box and wastebasket.

  • VelinaS 8 Jan, 2009

    I just bought 2 crystal biscuit jars at an estate sale for $14.00. The medium one I put cotton balls in and the small one has q-tips.

  • annaink 8 Jan, 2009

    You can also get various different sized jars like the ones in the artical at Ikea, and the lids stay on with a rubber seal, so they are a bit more secure.

  • AFvet 13 Aug, 2008

    caradelew: THANK YOU for that tip! Anything to save money is appreciated by all.

  • caradelew 22 Jul, 2008

    Here's a link to where you can buy a tall medical jar for $10.00

  • pistachiostac 28 May, 2008

    I am having a hard time with saving this also. I think the idea of cubbyholes would also be great in shared bathrooms where each person has their own bathroom supplies (dorms, siblings, friends....)

  • pistachiostac 28 May, 2008

    I am having a hard time with saving this also. I think the idea of cubbyholes would also be great in shared bathrooms where each person has their own bathroom supplies (dorms, siblings, friends....)

  • KristinEddinger 19 May, 2008

    Is anyone else having trouble saving this?

  • 1Toffy 2 Apr, 2008

    These would be perfect behind the au toilet. For chatchkeys or incidentals. A door could be added to hide the girlie things, with a simple hinge. Various open ones and closed would look terrific. Also, adding a rectangular one for small towels rolled up as well. Usually there is ample depth above the toilet tank to fit a few of these cubbies without bumping into to them. We are remodeling and this is a grand idea, and much cheaper than calling in the cabinetmaker.

  • pilosa 13 Feb, 2008

    you could put it on the door or above the toilet

  • sandypops 4 Feb, 2008

    good idea if you have a large bathroom, but if you don't, i would imagine they'd be in the way a bit?..