Historically, an etagere, or more correctly spelled étagère (with the appropriate accent marks), is a stand or light piece of furniture that has a series of open shelves for storing or displaying small objects. They were introduced in France in the late 1700’s during the era of Louise the XVI, revealing the characteristics of that time. These étagères present a delicate and airy feel with attention to detailed curves or intricate lines and designs, and most often made of metals or exotic woods, creating an elegant way to showcase precious ornamental objects.
But Today, What is an Etagere?
These days, the more popular use of this term is in referring to a long-legged stand that is designed to fit above the bathroom toilet. This type of space saving unit is referred to as an over the toilet étagère, or an over the toilet storage piece, and is used to provide useful and decorative above toilet storage in even the smallest of bathrooms. These units are usually primarily open shelves and cubbyholes for open display or items, but may also incorporate one or more small cabinets that are closed for storage.
6 Best Over the Toilet Etagere
Below are 6 top choices for over the toilet étagère units and sets based on user ratings and reviews.
This beautiful glass shelved steel frame over the toilet étagère is solid in construction yet maintains a very open look. The open lines make it ideal for small spaces and for supplementing contemporary décor.
- Shelves are made of tempered glass
- Tubular steel frame is finished in a deep oil rubbed bronze
- Unit measures 63” x 26” x 10.5”
- Higher clearance above toilet tank (37.5 inches) than many others units, so it can accommodate most any brand and style of toilet.
- Adjustable feet for straightening out when floor is uneven
From the Zenna Home collection, this bathroom space saver with 3 large fixed shelves has a simple yet stylish design with a modern satin nickel finish.
- Durable steel construction
- Satin nickel finish is rust and chip-resistant
- Measures 25.25” wide and 9.5” deep
- Bottom shelf is 33.5” from the floor
- Supporting side bars also function as towel bars
- Low cost option with a decorative look
Creative Bath brings this decorative 3-piece set to decorate your bathroom. Set includes an over the toilet shelf piece, a magazine rack, and an over the door hook unit.
- 3-pieces ideal for fully decorating a limited space
- Over the toilet etagere has 3 fixed wire shelves
- Over the door hook unit has 5 hooks for hanging towels, robes and other items
- Free standing magazine rack can be set on the floor wherever your floorplan allows
- Oil rubbed bronze finish over solid metal construction
- Excellent value and among the most highly rated
Part of the Sauder Peppercorn collection, this over the toilet etagere features cubbyhole storage and a fixed faux granite shelf. The rich dark cinnamon cherry wood finish will add an elegant touch to any poweder room.
- Dark cinnamon cherry finish
- Two top shelvers are adjustable
- Fixed shelf has a luxury faux granite finish
- Faux granite finish is heat, stain, and scratch resistant
- Easier to assemble than most, with Sauder’s patented slide-on moldings
If you are looking for something with an enclosed cabinet, this versatile over the toilet storage unit from Sauder’s Caraway Collection may be the answer. It has two adjustable shelves and a cabinet, creating a decorative and functional piece with both open and enclosed storage areas. Soft white finish blends in with most white or off white trims and paints.
- Measures 68 1/8” x 23 1/4” x 71/2”.
- Adjustable shelves provide flexibility in how you set it up
- Faux slate finished black display shelf above toilet
- Closed cabinet with decorative plastic door for concealing things you don’t want showing
- Low cost but sturdy particleboard construction
- If desired, Sauders also makes matching floor standing bathroom storage cabinets that are available separately
If you’re looking for more than just over the toilet storage, this designer set from Olivia includes 3 matching pieces providing a great deal of useful and decorative bathroom wall shelves: a floor shelf unit, a wall hanging piece, and over the toilet shelving.
- 3 matching pieces with decorative lines to instantly create a designer bathroom
- Wall unit has two wire shelves and a towel bar
- Free standing floor unit has 3 fixed wire shelves
- Over the toilet stand has 3 fixed wire shelves
- Made of sturdy steel with a rubbed bronze paint finish
Note: All pieces require assembly, and due to weight and size, we suggest two people work on it together. For safety reasons, it’s always recommended to attach any over the toilet storage unit to the wall.
Whichever unit you choose, you’re sure to be thrilled to have the extra storage space that the over the toilet etagere affords, and to be able to keep your sink and counter clear of clutter. Visit us often here at OverTheToilet.com for more decorative and space saving bathroom design tips and reviews.