How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand
A stand-alone piece with a trio of shelves provides a handsome platform for toiletries and such
When your bathroom countertop becomes over-populated with lotions and potions, maybe even a candle or two, here's an attractive way to contain the clutter: a freestanding unit with open shelves. Often called an étagère because of its French origins, it's handy when stationed beside the tub or shower for keeping bath essentials within easy reach.
While many étagères are made of metal and glass, those made of wood can be at home in a bath as well. Two nice things about a wood étagère: the choice of looks—from the warmth of exposed grain to the coolness of a painted finish—and the fact that you can buy one or build it yourself.
Either way, be sure to choose materials that will stand up to a wet and humid environment. Avoid legs made with veneers or with engineered composites like MDF, which can absorb water and swell. A stand made with solid wood and rustproof fasteners and covered with a water-resistant finish will provide useful storage in your bathroom for a long time to come.
Shown: Three-Tier Towel Shelf in solid plantation-grown teak, 133/4"W × 155/8"D × 353/4"H, about $200; Signature Hardware
Overview for Building a Three-Tiered Bath Stand
Use a miter saw to cut the pieces to length, per the cut list below, or download a copy of the cut list you can print.
For one stand 13⅛"W x 15"D x 36"H
1x2 aprons: six at 10⅛ inches and six at 12 inches
¾ inch-square cleats; six at 11⅝ inches
1x2 slats: twenty at 12 inches
2x2 legs: four at 36 inches
1x2 face frame: two at 15 inches and two at 10⅛ inches