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How to create bathroom shelves without drilling

This is a 48-hour hack! You'll need to leave the handrail bracket to cure against the wall for 24 hours before attaching the shelf.

Sugru is ideal for this project because it bonds well with metals, ceramics and wood. We've used a metal handrail with marble and slate coasters (and even a wooden cheeseboard!) but you can use anything to personalise your bathroom just the way you want it.

Kit

  • 2 single-use packets of Sugru (for 2 handrail brackets)
  • Handrail bracket
  • Coaster / Cheeseboard (or anything you want to use as a shelf!)

Step 1

sugru packet white cut open

To make a shelf using two handrail brackets (or two shelves using a handrail bracket each), you'll need two single-use packs of Sugru. And for each bracket/shelf combo, you'll need to divide your Sugru into the proportions seen above.

For the first step (attaching the bracket to the wall), you'll require a piece of Sugru rolled into a ball. For the second step (attaching the shelf to the bracket), you'll require a piece of Sugru that is more of a chunky wedge – as seen above,

Note: Once you open a pack of Sugru, it cannot be resealed. This is why we recommend making two handrail brackets at once, using one single-use pack for attaching the handrail bracket to the wall and one single-use pack for attaching the shelf itself.

Step 2

sugru application handrail shelf bracket

Roll the small ball of Sugru into a line and stick it evenly around the circumference of your handrail... where it's going to come into contact with the wall!

Note: Sugru works best when less than 3mm thick as it will cure within 24 hours.

Once you've chosen where you'd like your shelf to go, press the bracket firmly against the wall.

Step 3

sugru application handrail shelf bracket neat finish

To achieve a neat finish, run a screwdriver around the edge to remove excess Sugru, before tidying it up with a tissue.

Leave to set for 24 hours.

Step 4

sugru bathroom shelf handrail bracket

After 24 hours has passed, build the "chunky wedge" piece of Sugru into a prism shape on your handrail bracket, and press the coaster (or whatever you have chosen as your shelf!) down firmly.

For a neat finish, use the same process as you did for the handrail bracket, and leave to set.

Top tip: Use masking tape to secure your shelves in place while your Sugru cures to ensure a strong bond between the brass and the wall.

Step 5

sugru bathroom shelves

In 24 hours, you'll be ready to relax in your new bathroom haven, whether you use your shelves for setting the mood with candles and plants, or for the practicality of keeping essential bathroom stuff handy,

Step 6

How to remove Sugru from bathroom tiles

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And best of all, Sugru is removable! Ideal if you're living in rented accommodation or want to keep your tiles like new.

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