Published on February 13th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ikea meets Kohler

Kohler IKEA Hemnes vanity

Materials: Hemnes Dresser

Description: For the longest time, I’ve wanted a bathroom vanity that doesn’t require me to bend over and wear out my back. Being tall has it’s ups, but downs as well!

For the longest time, my wife has wanted her “own” sink :) Don’t ask – but it’s the standard in most US homes – his & her towels, his & her sinks etc. Beats me why people wed to unite if they need his & her spaces :)

The Hemnes 8 drawer dresser was the the perfect match for this project.

Here are the steps in a nutshell – took me a day to finish and does require some power saw skills:

Kohler IKEA Hemnes vanity
Kohler IKEA Hemnes vanity
Kohler IKEA Hemnes vanity

1. Get a standard issue Hemnes

2. Use included Kohler sink templates and cut out 2 square holes on the Hemnes top

3. Finish the cabinet top with poly-eurethane coats using a foam roller before dropping the sinks in.

4. Drop sinks in and complete plumbing

3. While making the drawers, swap the first 2 rows and cut the drawer frames to wrap around plumbing like shown in the pictures


~ Harish, Rockville, MD

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15 Responses to Ikea meets Kohler

  1. Kelemvor says:

    Was just thinking about doing this the other day. We have the 8 drawer dresser as our actual dresser and I thought it might work as a sink cabinet. However, it seemed way too tall. I was debating cutting off the legs so it sits on the ground and looks more like a built in. We’ll have to see what we end up with.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How is it holding up to the water??

  3. Anonymous says:

    IKEA has just come out with a new bathroom furniture line of Hemnes that is just getting into the US stores now. I was told it has drawers and works with several different sink tops and comes in 2 or 3 sizes.

  4. CraftyMomof5 says:

    Hi! Beautiful update. I may purchase one for the home I am renting that only has a pedestal sink and no cabinets :( Did you secure this to the wall?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love this. I wonder if you could do one sink in the middle, keep the smaller drawers on top, using the drawer panels in the middle but keeping the 2 outside drawers fully functional.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is stunning, but please help a newbie.
    How did you manage the top row of drawer faces? is it just a face that doesn’t open, or you managed to make really shallow drawers there?

    • Harish says:

      Yep! Really shallow drawers – I swapped the rows btw – top row has only 2 drawers instead of the 4 in the original Hemnes design :) – it’s handy though – keeps tooth pastes, tooth brush, comb.. etc.. *all* drawers are functional :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    If the local granite supplier had a scrap piece of granite that would fit top of the Hemnes dresser. This hack could upscale. Hopefully, without breaking the budget.

    • Harish says:

      The granite was about $800, but they wanted to charge me $250 each square hole! Wasn’t worth the investment :( I did think of building a 1/2″ concrete slab with the holes pre-added in the mold, but you need a lot of room to build that and 10days for curing, polishing etc… you could use alternatives, just make sure you re-enforce the inner frame with 2x4s on take on additional weight.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is polyeurethane all you need to protect from moisture? That seems too easy…

    BTW I LOVE this hack!

  9. Anonymous says:

    One person can shave while the other puts on makeup.

    Forty five years ago my Dad put a mirror in the laundry to leave the bathroom free for the wife & daughter (son being too young to shave).

    BTW the super rich have his & hers bathrooms.

    PS nice hack.

  10. This turned out great! I’m one of those wives who thinks two sinks just means more to clean. I’ve never understood the his and hers phenomena but the sink sure did turn out nice!

    • Anonymous says:

      its not because your married you have to lose your personality and freedom. a guy does have need the sink to be clean all the time

    • Anonymous says:

      “lose your personality and freedom”? Take this to the feminism boards and leave the comments to people who want to Ikea Hack.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Impressive. Looks easy and simple but this is beautiful!
    Thumbs up

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