A floating vanity is always a good idea. It gives the bathroom a light airy feel and it’s easy to clean the area under the sink cabinet.
Here are some space saving floating vanity hacks.
IKEA Hack floating vanity with 2 drawers
Clever, clever use of the STOLMEN chest! David M. turns it into a floating vanity. Perfect for small bathrooms.
David M writes, “I made a floating vanity out of the IKEA STOLMEN chest with 2 drawers. I wall mounted it and modified it for use as a vanity. And it costs only $50 instead of $1500. I found the sink and faucet at Grassroots Modern.
Of course, there’s a drain and p-trap coming down from the sink and going back to the wall.
In order to make the drawers functional, I had to shorten them. This wasn’t particularly difficult.
Here’s how to shorten the drawers for the floating vanity:
Cut the drawer base to the desired depth
Cut a groove to receive the drawer back
Drill 4 holes to attach the drawer back with the original plastic IKEA hardware.
Works just like it did before, only the drawers are a little less than half as deep. It’s a lot better than nothing, though.
And my wife uses the top drawer as countertop space when she’s getting ready in the morning because our floating vanity is so small.
Wall-mounting the vanity turned out to be easier than I thought.
I took a 4′ section of 1.5″ angle stock from home depot, cut 2 pieces of about 19″, bolted it with some pretty heavy bolts to the studs in the wall.
Then, drilled a couple holes on top of the new vanity at the back to correspond with the holes in the angle stock and bolted the vanity to the bracket.
I then bolted up a second bracket to the wall inside the vanity at the bottom and bolted the vanity to that. From there, I cut a hole in the top of the vanity for the faucet and another for the drain, mounted the sink and faucet and that was it.”
He says, “I used a HOLLVIKEN sink but created my own floating counter with cherry wood.
Here is the bathroom before to show the ugliness.
And here are 2 photos at different angles of the sink.
I took measurements for the space and cut the wood for the required pieces, which was basically a box without a bottom. The wood must be properly treated to withstand dampness. I finished it with a few coats of polyurethane.
Then, I got a few heavy duty brackets and installed them on the wall. And the cherry wood box is secured on top of the brackets.
Next I traced the hole for the IKEA HOLLVIKEN sink and cut the top to fit the sink. Lastly, I placed the sink in and sealed all the edges with clear waterproof silicone.
And the bathroom redo is complete. As different as day and night.