How to Make a Bathroom Shelf with Towel Hooks Part 2 How to Make a Bathroom Shelf with Towel Hooks Part 2
In Part 1, you assembled the basic components of a simple bathroom shelf with towel hooks. In the steps below, you'll learn how to add the remaining pieces to the shelf, screw the towel hooks in place and attach the completed shelf onto the bathroom wall.
Step 1: Refine the Angled Edging Piece
After the glue has dried, cut off the excess wood from the angled edging piece with a saw.
Step 2: Plug the Groove Ends
Take a pair of small wooden plugs and glue them firmly where the groove ends are showing (which is one at each end of the angled edging piece). Again, much like the edging piece, trim off any extra wood from the plugs.
Step 3: Cut the Underside Supports
Cut out two underside supports, with the end that fits up tightly against the side edging should be pared down to just one-fourths on an inch thick. The support should then taper up quickly into a curve or as a straight line depending on your preferences (Note: choosing either a curved or straight taper is merely decorative and will not affect the strength of the support). Make sure that one side piece is three-fourths of an inch longer than the other, as it will fit butt-up against the first underside piece.
Step 4: Glue and Nail Supports into Place
Once all of the pieces have been cut into shape, glue and nail the supports to the underside of the plywood base on the two sides that will hug the walls.
Step 5: Attach the Towel Hooks
Screw the towel hooks onto the edging of the shelf. The shelf can support at most two small towel hooks, as adding more can strain the plywood and cause the screws to break off.
Step 6: Fasten the Shelf to the Wall
To attach the shelf onto your bathroom wall, drill tiny holes in the underside supports and attach it to the wall with screws. As a rule, put at least 2 screws for each support for maximum strength.
Step 7: Sand to Finish
Using sandpaper or a sander, remove any sharp edges and generally round off the entirety shelf.
More Finishing Touches
Once the shelf has been thoroughly sanded, you can either paint, wax or varnish the shelf. Painting the shelf with colors matching the theme color of your bathroom is a great way to blend in the shelf with the rest of the room. Waxing, on the other hand, makes it easier to remove scratches on the wood.
Now that your shelf is complete and attached into place, you can now store it with neatly folded towels, soaps or décor to enhance the appearance of your bathroom. Also, avoid placing thick heavy towels on the towel hooks, as the screws may not be able to support the weight.
Note: As an alternative, you can use towel hooks with suction cup ends instead of hooks. Suction-based towel hooks do not require drilling onto the plywood itself, although cheap suction hooks have the tendency to detach itself, especially on rough surfaces.