Published on August 2nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


LERBERG shelf into Storage-over-toilet unit


Materials: LERBERG 901.147.52

Description: I had been looking for an economic and aesthetically pleasing over the toilet storage unit.

Unfortunately, most were over $80 and often not didn’t fit my needs. For example, often the spacing between slates of the shelf were too large and small items like medicines could fall through.

Previously, I used the LERBERG as a bookshelf. However, as I was frustrated with my search for over-the-toilet unit, I measured the height of the LERBERG (minus the bottom two shelves) and the width. Surprisingly, it fit the dimensions of my toilet and the limited space in my bathroom.

- 1 LERBERG 901.147.52 Shelf unit, dark gray
- 1 hex key

1. Assemble the LERBERG as usual with all 4 shelves
2. Take out the bottom two shelves
3. Place the bolts/screws in the holes that used to hold the 3rd shelf, otherwise
it may be a little ‘wobbly’

*Note: this hack is entirely dependent on the width of your toilet, measure the width and height first then compare with product dimensions/ information on IKEA product site.

Simple and easy, for around $15.

~ Charlie

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22 Responses to LERBERG shelf into Storage-over-toilet unit

  1. Ali says:

    Awesome idea Charlie!
    I’ll be looking for this one at Ikea!
    Sadly its more like 25+ bucks here in Canada
    But still a steal!

  2. Amber says:

    I have a quick question about LERBERG. On IKEA’s website it says that it has to be fixed to the wall. However, I’m only renting the house I’m living in right now and my landlord would kill me if I fixed it to the wall. Do you think it would fall over if I didn’t fix it? Thank you so much in advance! :)

  3. bani says:

    Sorry, that sounded snarky! I just realised after pressing publish. It was meant to be an eye-roll at myself for not thinking of this when I really NEEDED an over the toilet shelf and the only one Ikea has is that Molger one that was too wide and had to be anchored to the wall for sure which I couldn’t do in a rented flat. :)

  4. bani says:

    You sir/madam are a GENIUS. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for – except not now coz we’ve moved to a new flat and don’t need it.

  5. Keith says:

    Also, it should be mentioned that the item number is 701.147.53, no x.52. That is the smaller one ;)

  6. Keith says:

    I did the same thing!

    I bought the shelf in college and used in my dorm for its intended use. After I moved into an apartment and bought a more suitable shelf I had nothing else to do with it. I found a place for it over the toilet to hold towels and decorations. It works really well!

    I do agree that the featured photo is a bit messy and disorganized. :/

  7. Anonymous says:

    Maybe nice baskets to organize the clutter and reduce the risk of things falling?

  8. I agree. Don’t know why IKEA doesn’t have a selection of over-the-toilet storage units. I have been looking for one for my new smaller bathroom with no storage except one under sink cabinet without any drawers. Who designs a bathroom with no drawers?!?! However, FYI, the Costa Mesa (California USA) IKEA shows the Molger as over-the-toilet unit in one of their displays. It’s too basic and boring looking for my shabby chic tastes so I wish they had other options. The Lerberg is close to what I want, but too deep (forward) on lower front legs for me. Anybody have any other suggestions?

  9. burrito says:

    It drives me crazy that Ikea – a store that sort of specializes in solutions for small-space living – doesn’t offer any over-the-toilet shelf units! So well done!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I understand the desire to have storage in the bathroom BUT i would not store vitamins or medications above the toilet. The YUCK-factor is just too high! Just think about the aerosolized toilet water landing on things you intend to put in your mouth.

    • jo says:

      sorry if i’ll be racist or rude, but only u.s. people will worry about having aerolized toilet water….
      maybe your toilets are different?
      ah aha ah
      ps those medicines are all in sealed bottles

    • Anonymous says:

      The u.s.a is a country, not a race. As for the medicines being in “sealed bottles.” bacteria from the toilet do aerosolize when the toilet is flushed. When your “clean” hands grab the dirty, yet “sealed bottles,” you end up consuming fecal bacteria. Pretty gross regardless of where one lives and easily remedied by simply moving them elsewhere.

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought people close the toilet lid when flushing. Even in USA.
      Let’s not get paranoia, please! As long as your toilet seat is in the bathroom, there’s no point to have this discussion. Germs spread all around the room.
      If in Japan or central Europe, where the toilet is a separate room from the bathroom, then that is a different matter.

  11. Anonymous says:

    If I was you I would add something(perhaps cut off the removed part into two or more fold) to block those things, avoiding them dropping into the _______… nice job btw

  12. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea,specially when you have lack of space, like the most houses here in the Netherlands. Maybe to prevent to have things falling of make with planks a border around the shelves.

  13. Sophia says:

    i agree with the claustrofobic commment.
    I could never get it when people put open shelving over their toilet. Plus the constant fear that something will fall inside the toilet hole and you will have to pick it up afterwords. eeks. Or maybe it’s just me.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love these simple hacks that use IKEA stuff in ways I would not have thought of!

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean you wouldn’t have thought to use a shelf as…a shelf?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dude… no need to be a jerk. Clearly Lerberg is a shelf, but the thought that you could remove the bottom shelves and put it over a toilet is not obvious. Also, not ALL shelves can work for this set up (in fact Lerberg may be the only one).

      Grow up man.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hahaha I laughed. It is a shelf, after all.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Tooo claustrophobic for me

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