Easy Ikea Bathroom Cabinet Hack for More Storage

7 Materials
$28
3 Hours
Easy

While these Ikea bathroom cabinets are affordable, they occasionally need some hacking. Easily add more storage with this simple hack!

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

Several years ago, I ditched a highly impractical, rickety, cheap bathroom vanity in our upstairs hall bath and replaced it with this one from Ikea.


Solved one problem but it created two more: there's no counter space and the awkward gap between the sink and toilet grew more awkwardly large.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

While I was stencil painting the floor, I had oodles and oodles of time to ponder this dilemma but didn't come up with a plan until I randomly purchased a 4' long heavy duty board of edge-glued red oak.


Shelves! Ah ha!

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

So I sliced up that big heavy board into foot-long pieces and sealed them up with some tung oil.


Be sure to visit my blog Flipping the Flip for more details on this bathroom renovation and for all sorts of other great tips and ideas!

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

Lil' gratuitous woodworking shot for you, oiled wood versus the non-oiled wood. Niiice!

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

I wanted the shelves to have a floating appearance so I thought I'd see if these joist angle brackets would do the trick.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

After measuring out and doing the math (ugh the math!) dividing the side of the cabinet up for evenly spaced shelves, I traced the little holes of the bracket onto the cabinet and drilled through.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

Using machine bolts and nuts, I attached the shelves to the side.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

The brackets helped but didn't keep the shelves completely upright so I sank screws into the wood edges from inside the cabinet to pull things tighter.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

Once I got everything on there, it had to pass Finn inspection. Which it did.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

And there we have it! Super simple! For about $28 or so, the cabinet now has extra counter space as well as storage! Plus, the gap between it and the toilet is less glaringly gap-like.

easy ikea bathroom cabinet hack for more storage

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  • Ida9464
    3 days ago

    I love it! I disagree with painting them white. I like the on trend natural wood color and it works because of the wood wall behind it. Had you put one shelf, it would have looked odd like a cutting board hooked on but the three was a great idea. It just works. Also the Macrame ties in well. The white potted plant in the wood stand ties in and you might put something similar on toilet. Hope comments didn’t get you to paint them white. Everybody’s all “white on white” will grow old soon I’m guessing, but who knows? Great job! Me next, please😁

    • Thank you so much! The shelves have not been painted white, to let you know. I personally too am not into white everywhere but everyone has different tastes which is great. Thanks for the ideas! I would put something on the toilet but the tank top is pretty slope-y, things slide off too easily. Thanks for all the nice words!

  • Divababiexoxo
    8 hours ago

    Wow that looks great! Very creative way to give yourself some more space and Storage. Good job

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