If your shower stall has no shelves built-into the wall, you will probably need some kind of stand-alone shelving unit to hold your shampoos, conditioners, creams, sponges and whatever else you like to use. Of course, you will want something that will not rust or rot, so you may want to opt for something that is made especially for showers, rather than any old shelving unit.
Here are two examples – I don’t really like the curves of the model on the right, but I do like the fact that it’s made of wood:
Free-standing shower shelves pictured:
Left: Three Shelf Corner Caddy in Chrome Plate by Organize It All
Right: Freestanding Teak Curved Corner Shower Shelf with Pull Out Soap Dish by Signature Hardware
The sleekest looking cabinets, in bathrooms or elsewhere, are the ones that are built-into the wall. This allows the cabinet to be almost flush with the wall, rather than sticking out by three, four, or more inches. In a bathroom, the effect is a more modern look than regular medicine cabinet would provide, while still providing plenty of room for medicine and toiletries. These are available in mirrored and non-mirrored versions.
Here’s a model that doesn’t look too bad:
Recessed medicine cabinet without mirror pictured: Broan-Nutone Unfinished Wood Louver Door Polystyrene Body 16W x 22H in. Medicine Cabinet 607ADJ
I prefer the retro look of these:
Left: (WC-418) Solid Wood In the Wall Bathroom Recessed Medicine Cabinet, Your choice of Enamel Finish, 4″ Deep, mounts in wall using only construction adhesive by WG WOOD GROUP
Right: (WC-430ws), 30″h Recessed in wall bathroom medicine cabinet, with shelf, solid wood by WG WOOD GROUP
Bathroom cabinets equipped solely with doors are very practical when it comes to storing towels, washcloths or cleaning products, but when it comes to smaller items, they are not so useful. Drawers are perfect for keeping make-up, ointments & creams, or even jewelry, neatly organized. These types of cabinets are available in many colors, sizes, styles and materials, so finding one that fits into your budget, taste, and decor, should be a fairly easy quest.
Here are three examples I find very attractive:
Bathroom storage cabinets with drawers pictured:
Left: Hampton Bay 15″w Standard Linen Storage Cabinet by Home Decorators Collection
Middle: Foremost HANT1556 Hawthorne Tall Cabinet, Dark Walnut by Foremost Groups, Inc.
Right: Hampton Bay Seven drawer Chest by Home Decorators Collection
The first thing to consider when choosing your cabinet should be size. For bathrooms, narrow cabinets tend to be popular. This is because bathrooms tend to be small and cramped, and a narrow cabinet takes up little floor space. Also, the more drawers you want, the taller the unit will have to be. Remember that if your are dealing with a narrow unit, the drawers will be small. This means you will only be able to fill them with small items.