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Bathroom special: Space saving floating vanity

I was meaning to post this earlier in the day but am having lots of trouble with my internet connection. Anyways, this post made it for bathroom day and it’s worth the wait.

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.
Space saving floating vanity


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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:

  1. Cut the drawer base to the desired depth
  2. Cut a groove to receive the drawer back
  3. 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.
Space saving floating vanity

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.”

See more pictures of David’s floating vanity on flickr photoset.