Easy Ikea Bathroom Cabinet Hack for More Storage

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3 Hours

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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  • Wil29411161 Wil29411161 on Dec 19, 2019

    have you removed the product sticker from the side of the vanity yet? you said you have been using it for a few years, just wondering

  • Toilet bookshelf! Yes!! I love it!!!😁

  • Beth Beth on Aug 13, 2020

    What wood did you use on the back wall?

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