It's easy to be intimidated by the way IKEAstages their perfect showroom bathrooms, but it's a lot simpler than you'd believe to transformyour dull washroom into a spa-caliber sanctuary using their furniture just a little differentlythan intended.
To help get you there, we've rounded up 20spectacularly (mostly) simple hacks to give your loo a fresh look.
Add Missing Sink Storage If you bathroom vanity doesn't come with ashelf, install one of IKEA's super slender picture ledges.
It'll fit under just about any mirror, andoffers a handy spot to stow items you use every day, like your favorite perfume.
Cleverly Create a Sink With Storage That's a salad bowl sink.
Pure genius? We think so.
And as if this hack couldn't get any better,the vanity is also a lacquered IKEA dresser.
Use Kitchen Cabinets If we've said it once, we've said it a million(okay, 12) times: Don't limit your use of kitchen cabinets to your cooking space.
In bathrooms, these storage compartments arethe perfect height for a double-sink vanity.
Update Boring Furniture Nothing gives away that a piece of furnitureis from IKEA faster than that black-brown wooden color.
Here, a green finish goes on top, creatinga vintage vibe that makes this piece look like it's one-of-a-kind (and now it sortais).
Store Hot Hair Tools Here's an excuse to finally pick up that super-cheapkitchen utensil holder you've been eye-ing at IKEA for sometime.
It's just as handy in your bathroom for storingyour curling iron and straightener.
Just throw the hot tools into the containerto cool — and avoid nasty burns.
Keep Essentials Within Reach The RASKOG Cart is without a doubt the mostflexible IKEA item (it's useful in seriously every room).
And in the bathroom? It's the most convenient way to make suretoilet paper and tissues are only an arm's length away.
Give Makeup a Home These pod-like containers (dubbed the PLUGGISsystem) attach to the wall, creating compartments to store makeup, brushes, and remover — it'sbasically a wall-mounted vanity and saves tons of floor space.
Enhance Your Toilet Paper Holder By adding leather straps that hold a smallwooden bar, the BEKVAM Spice Rack becomes a toilet paper dispenser that has a shelfon top for air fresheners — so your bathroom can be oh so much more pleasant.
Make Furniture Work Double-Duty The BEKVAM step-stool is a double-duty bathroomorganizer: You can use it to give kids a boost when they're brushing their teeth or washingup, then rest hand towels on it the rest of the time.
Turn a Shelf Into a Towel Holder This ladder shelf is often found in livingrooms, and looks elegant holding books and magazines — but in the bathroom it offersslender storage for clean towels and toilet paper.
Display Nail Polish What better collection is there to keep onthe BEKVAM Spice Rack than nail polish? It's built to hold small, round containersand lets you peek at the colors before picking the one you want to use.
The butcher block vanity While the BEKVAM may have been developed withkitchens in mind, it makes for a simple and rustic vanity too.
You'll need to cut a hole out of the top tofit the bottom of the sink basin, and perhaps test your carpentry skills on the shelvingbelow 13.
Toiletry spice racks Turns out, IKEA's handy wall-mountable woodenspice racks are perfectly sized to stash all the random hygiene products you've got squirreledaway in all the vulnerable nooks and crannies of your bathroom.
Sink-side shelving If you're lucky enough to have some extraroom on either side of your sink, these tall KALLAXs can provide some much-needed storagespace.
Rustic tub front panel paint Your inexpensive tub liner may workperfectly well, but it's nothing to look at.
Give it an interesting rustic facelift byfastening a series of connected wooden shelves along the facade, painted whatever color bestsuits your existing decor.
Hang-anywhere toiletry caddies For those who haven't been blessed with unlimitedstorage space for toiletries and the like, this is one plain and simple informal solution.
Find the center of your rope, then fasteneach's hooks at equal points along each side and hang it from a hook on the back of thebathroom door 17.
A privacy wall of stacked glass vases If you happen to find yourself in a setupwhere there's a large open space with a standalone bathtub and little privacy, this is worthlooking into.
First you'll want to coat the inside of eachand every vase with a paint color of your choice, and let it dry.
Then it's time to build your wall, stackingthem ever so carefully in a brick-like pattern with clear epoxy between each layer, ensuringit's as secure and solid as possible.
Reverse-mounted shelving Keep stacks of towels easily accessible andout of sight by mounting a KALLAX backwards wherever you have some narrow free space,securing it with brackets along each shelf as well as along the top and bottom.
Clean and simple shower caddy There's plenty of use for this handy storagesetup outside the kitchen.
Install the rail along the wall above yourtub and hang your choice of soap or loofah caddies up along the edge.
And if you have little kids running around,it also functions as a great spot to stash all their bath toys 20.
Industrial floating storageAnother more involved project, this shelving setup is the most impressive on the list.
You'll need to whip out your tool belt todo some minor carpentry to construct the bottom shelf and coordinate the whole pipe frame,but just keep reminding yourself it's worth it.
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