When it comes to making a dressing table, this Ikea DIY vanity hack is about as easy as it gets! It’s perfectly customizable and budget-friendly.
I’ve actually never had my own vanity table before.
And we have to say, it’s SO convenient!
The original layout had a large corner tub and built-in cabinet vanity.
Since we went the statement blue tile floor, we liked the idea of doing a floating Ikea vanity so that you could still see most of the floor pattern.
Here’s how we went about making our master bathroom DIY dressing table…
Materials and Tools Needed to Make a DIY Dressing Table
We used Ikea Eket cabinets for this floating vanity.
But keep in mind that you can always repurpose or use alternate style cabinets for the same general tutorial.
Essentially this is as simple as mounting cabinets or drawers to the wall, adding a tabletop, and finishing it with pretty cabinet pulls.
Wood stain in the color of your choice — We used Golden Oak.
Matte polyurethane finish — For the tabletop
Fine sandpaper for wood top
Piece of solid wood cut down to the size of the vanity top — Most home improvement stores will cut this to size for you!
Drill and screwdriver
How to Make an Ikea Vanity Dressing Table
The steps for making your own Ikea vanity table are surprisingly simple!
The hardest part is actually assembling the Ikea cabinets and mounting them to the wall securely.
Regardless of what cabinets you choose to use, you’ll need to make sure those are assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Mounting your dressing table:
Once your cabinets are assembled, measure and mark the placement for mounting them to the wall.
You’ll want to make sure that you mount them at the correct height for whatever bench or chair you’ll be using for the completed vanity.
The standard height of desks and most sitting chairs is a minimum of 29 inches.
I didn’t plan to actually sit at my dressing table since I always stand when putting on my makeup.
Also, we used a tall dresser so it would be impossible to sit.
So when it came to mounting ours, we placed the top of the vanity at 36 inches so it could still fit a bench underneath for general use.
For the Ikea Eket cabinets, you’ll follow the suspension rail mounting hardware instructions to attach them to the wall.
Steps to Place the Tabletop:
Step 1 – Using fine sandpaper, make sure the top and edges of the cut wood are smooth to the touch.
Step 2 – For the tabletop, stain it with the wood stain color of your choice by wiping it onto the surface with a soft cloth. Be sure to stain the edges that will be shown on the sides as well.
If you’re using the IKEA Eket Cabinets like us, your tabletop needs to be 55″ x 27.5″. (This is the measurements of the two cabinets side by side).
Step 3 – Once the stain is dry, you can apply the matte polyurethane to the top for a wipable protective coating.
Step 4 – Once the staining is complete, place the wood top on the vanity to ensure it fits size.
Step 5 – Then, use liquid nails on the underneath of the wood top to glue it to the cabinets.
Liquid nail adhesive expands when it’s curing.
So be sure to use clamps or something heavy sitting on top of the surface until it’s fully set.
Adding custom drawer pulls for an easy Ikea hack:
Next, you’ll install your cabinet pulls for the Ikea vanity using a drill and screwdriver.
Styling Your Dressing Table
Now it’s time for the fun part, styling the tabletop!
We inserted simple Ikea bathroom organizers inside the dressing table drawers as we did in our guest bathroom.
For the top of the vanity, Iwekept the space simple with a candle, jars for jewelry, cotton balls, and a candle.
More Ikea Hack Projects To Try
What do you think of how it turned out?!
All in all this project costs about $175 which is pretty darn inexpensive for a custom vanity!
You can see more of our Ikea hack projects for the home right here —
- Ikea hack bar cart
- DIY Ikea hack ice cream cart
- How to make a DIY Ikea hack floating credenza
- Prepping for guests with an Ikea hack dresser
- Ikea bed hack: DIY wooden headboard
DIY Dressing Table Ikea Vanity
- Measuring tape
- Assemble the drawers according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Measure and mark on the wall the placement of the drawers so you know where to mount them to the wall. You'll want to make sure that you mount them at the correct height for whatever bench or chair you'll be using for the completed vanity.
- For the Ikea Eket cabinets, follow the instruction for the suspension rail mounting hardware to attach it to the wall.
- Using the fine sandpaper, make sure the top and edges of the cut wood are smooth to the touch.
- For the table top, stain it with the wood stain color of your choice by wiping it onto the surface with a soft cloth. Be sure to stain the edges that will be shown on the sides as well.
- Once the stain is dry, apply the matte polyurethane to the top for a wipable protective coating.
- Once the staining is complete, place the wood top on the vanity to ensure it fits to size.Then, use liquid nails on the underneath of the wood top to glue it to the cabinets. Liquid nails adhesive expands when it's curing. So be sure to use clamps or something heavy sitting on top of the surface until it's fully set.
- Install your cabinet pulls for the Ikea vanity using a drill and screwdriver.