How to Make a Bathroom Shelf with Towel Hooks Part 1 How to Make a Bathroom Shelf with Towel Hooks Part 1

What You'll Need
Thick plywood
Side edging
Angled edging
Underside supports
Small towel hooks
Jigsaw or circular saw
Pull-push rule

A bathroom shelf with towel hooks can keep things neat and organized, especially in a small-sized bathroom. To learn the basic and cost-effective ways of making a bathroom shelf, follow the simple steps below for a project that is fun and easy, even for beginners.

Step 1: Decide on Purpose

Know of this fact, first and foremost. Will you use it as storage for toiletries or do you want to add small, indoor plants on top of the shelf, or the shelf itself is just there as a decorative accent? Answering these questions will help you determine the shelf's size and design.

Step 2: Choose Location

Accessible and space saving -- keep these in mind when deciding on where to install your bathroom shelf. Since your shelf has towel hooks, place it near the shower area. If you plan to use the bathroom shelf for decoration, install it on the wall just above the tub area.

Step 3: Measure the Space for the Shelf

Using a pull-push rule or a solid rule, take the necessary measurements. Measure the height, length and width. Also measure the height from floor to the installation area. Mark the area with a pencil.

Step 4: Cut the Plywood Base

Cut the plywood into a square, designating the two adjoining sides as the sides facing the wall. Measure the distance from one side of the wall along with one of the non-wall sides and mark it with chalk or a pencil. Do the same thing for the second non-wall side. Afterwards, draw a line between the two marks you’ve placed on the wall; this should lead with a 45-degree angle which you can use as basis where to cut using a jigsaw or circular saw.

Step 5: Rout the Side Edging Pieces

With the two-side edging pieces, rout a groove in the interior edge. The interior edge of the shelf is the one that rests against the plywood base, allowing the edging to slot firmly into the plywood and thus making the shelf stronger.

Step 6: Cut the Edging Pieces

After routing out the grooves, cut the edging pieces into their necessary lengths. Take note that the cut made at one end of each piece should have a meter of about 45-degrees in order for it to line up with the profile of the plywood.

Step 7: Rout Additional Grooves

Rout out a groove in the angled edging piece.

Step 8: Glue the Side Pieces

Once the side edging pieces have been routed properly, attach the two side pieces onto the plywood with glue. Glue the angled edging piece, making sure that it pushes up against the two edging pieces. To further secure the edging, you can add two small brad nails to each edge.

At this point you already have a rough assembly of the shelf. In Part 2, you will learn how to attach the shelf and other pieces into places, and apply finishing touches.

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