DIY Dressing Table: How To Make An Ikea Vanity Hack

DIY Dressing Table — When it comes to bathroom storage and organization, this Ikea vanity hack is a sleek and modern storage idea! It’s also perfect for a small space and it’s easy to customize to your design style.

photo of a completed diy dressing table ikea vanity hack   

I’ve actually never had my own vanity table before. And I have to say, it’s SO convenient!

When we started renovating our master bathroom in the new house, I knew I wanted to keep the general layout of the master bathroom. The original layout had a large corner tub and built-in cabinet vanity. 

Since we went the statement blue tile floor, I 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…

 photo of a finished diy dressing table ikea vanity

DIY Dressing Table Materials

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 table top, and finishing it with pretty cabinet pulls. 

2 sets of Ikea Eket cabinet drawers

2 of the Ikea Eket wall mounts

4 of these half moon cabinet pulls

Liquid nails and clamps — For securing the glue while it dries

Wood stain in the color of your choice —  We used Golden Oak.

Matte polyurethane finish — For the table top

Fine sandpaper for wood top

A 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

Measuring tape 

Pencil 

photo of the details on a diy dressing table

Steps for Making 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 end up choosing to use, you’ll need to make sure those are assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions first. 

photo of measuring and marking ikea cabinets

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 instruction for the suspension rail mounting hardware to attach it to the wall. 

photo of mounting ikea cabinets

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. 

If you’re using the IKEA Eket Cabinets like us, your table top needs to be 55″ x 27.5″. (This is the measurements of the two cabinets side by side).

Once the stain is dry, you can apply the matte polyurethane to the top for a wipable protective coating. 

photo of staining wood

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. 

how to make a dressing table

Next, you’ll install your cabinet pulls for the Ikea vanity using a drill and screwdriver.

photo of installing handles

photo of an ikea hack vanity

Styling Your Dressing Table

Now it’s time for the fun part, styling the table top!

I used simple Ikea bathroom organizers for inside the dressing table drawers.

For the top of the vanity, I kept the space simple with a candle, jars for jewelry and cotton balls, and a candle. 

drawers on a diy vanity dressing table 

 

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 —

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How to Make a DIY Ikea Vanity Dressing Table

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DIY Dressing Table Ikea Vanity

This dressing table is a super easy hack to make an Ikea vanity, and it's budget-friendly, too...
Total Time4 hrs
Keyword: ashley rose, bathroom, bathroom storage, diy, dressing table, how to, ikea hack, ikea vanity, organization, sugar and cloth, vanity
Servings: 1 vanity
Cost: $175

Equipment

  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape

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Instructions

  • 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 end up choosing to use, you'll need to make sure those are assembled according to the manufacturer's instructions first. 
  • 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. 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 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, you can 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. 
  • Next, you'll install your cabinet pulls for the Ikea vanity using a drill and screwdriver. Now it's time for the fun part, styling the table top!

24 thoughts on “DIY Dressing Table: How To Make An Ikea Vanity Hack”

    • Hi Paris! If you’re wanting to use the Ikea Eket Cabinets like the ones we used, the wood topper should be 55″ x 27.5″. It’s really up to your preference on how you thick you want it to be though! This is the measurement of two Eket Cabinets combined. Hope this helps!

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  1. This is so gorgeous! It’s so great what you can do with IKEA furniture. It’s actually so easy to make things look amazing with just a little extra somethin’!5 stars

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  2. That looks so good! I love the drawer pulls in particular. And that wood top really elevated it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with IKEA. The nearest one to me (Albuquerque) is a good 6.5 hr drive away, and whenever I manage to get to one they are always out of what I wanted. At least I get a long weekend in either Denver or Phoenix, but It’s so frustrating!

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    • Thanks, Meredith! Oh man! That is a loonnggggg drive! Have you tried their Pick Up option? They charge you $5 but when you pick up your order, they issue the $5 back on a gift card and you can use it on food. We like doing that because it’s so hard shopping with a toddler. We actually now ship everything. Their pricing is really reasonable now… especially for the little things.

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