Hey there – Scott from Saws on Skates back again to make some sawdust with you. The first time I was here we made a catalog inspired corner cabinet for the bathroom, then we made a mid-century modern nightstand for the bedroom, now we’re coming full circle and heading back to the bathroom. Today’s project is an IKEA hack, so before we head to the workshop to build this small DIY vanity that’s big on style, we’ll need to make a quick stop at IKEA for a sink!

Build a small vanity with an IKEA sink -- and it has both open storage on the bottom AND a hidden storage cabinet behind two false drawer fronts.

My friend Linda wanted to replace her giant bathroom vanity with a smaller, stylish vanity. Where do you go for small, stylish vanities? IKEA of course! She fell in love with the YDDINGEN sink, but she wasn’t crazy about the YDDINGEN sink base. Luckily for her she knows a guy who is pretty handy with Sketchup, a saw and a Kreg Jig!

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Build a small vanity with an IKEA sink -- and it has both open storage on the bottom AND a hidden storage cabinet behind two false drawer fronts.

The inspiration for the vanity base came from a vanity I found on Wayfair. I liked the overall design, but I wanted my piece to have more of a furniture feel, rather than a bathroom cabinet look.

Wayfair Inspiration Vanity

To give the piece a furniture feel I opted for faux drawers mounted to a solid door.

Build a small vanity with an IKEA sink -- and it has both open storage on the bottom AND a hidden storage cabinet behind two false drawer fronts.

Let’s get started and I’ll show you how to make this vanity.

Watch the video tutorial (and subscribe, please!) on our YouTube Channel and read below for additional written instructions. 

How to Build a Small DIY Bathroom Vanity to Fit an IKEA Sink

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Build a small vanity with an IKEA sink -- and it has both open storage on the bottom AND a hidden storage cabinet behind two false drawer fronts.

Materials

  • (1) 1x2x6
  • (1) 1x3x8
  • (1) 5/4x2x6
  • (2) 5/4x3x8
  • Moulding 8′
  • 1/2” pin nails
  • 1/4” plywood 24”x24”
  • 1/2” plywood 24”x24” (optional)
  • 3/4” plywood 24”x48”
  • 1-1/4” wood screws
  • 1-1/4” pocket screws
  • 1-1/2” pocket screws
  • (2) Cabinet hinges
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane

Tools

  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular saw or table saw

Building Instructions

Step 1.

Cut the Legs. Cut 4 pieces of 5/4×3 to 27-1/4″. On one end, measure up 2″ and in 2″. Connect the marks with a line. Cut the angle using a circular saw and crosscut jig. Repeat for the other legs.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Leg 1

Step 2.

Cut the Rails. Cut 4 pieces of 5/4×3 to 10-3/4″ and drill pocket holes in each end.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Side Rail

Step 3.

Cut the Bottom Side Rails. Cut 2 pieces of 5/4×2 to 10-3/4″ and drill a pocket hole in each end.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Bottom Side Rail

Step 4.

Cut the Side Panels. Cut 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood to 10-3/4″ x 9″ and drill pocket holes around the edges. Note: I made the panels a little differently. I made 1/4″ book-matched panels and glued them to a piece of 1/2″ plywood for a total of 3/4″.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Side Panel

Step 5.

Assemble the Side. Layout 2 legs (make sure the angles face inward), the top rail, middle rail and bottom rail. To keep the proper spacing of the bottom rail I cut two pieces of scrap wood to 9″ and placed between the bottom and middle rail.

The side panel sets in 1/4″ from the face of the legs. To help position the panel, I placed some scrap pieces of 1/4″ MDF on my workbench, then placed the panel on top. My book-matched panels had cathedral grain and I made sure this was pointing towards the top. (Cathedral grain refers to the grain pattern of the wood. Think of the grain pattern like a mountain. You want the point of the mountain facing towards the top of the piece and the wide part of the mountain facing towards the bottom of the piece.)

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Cathedral Grain

Once everything is laid out, apply glue to the ends of the rails, clamp the assembly and attach using 1-1/2″ pocket screws. Do not attach the panel at this point.

Flip the assembly over and be sure the panel sets in 1/4″ from the face of the legs. Adjust if necessary. Clamp the panel in position, flip the assembly over and attach the panel with 1″ pocket screws. Repeat for the other side.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Side Assembly 1

Step 6.

Cut 5 pieces of 1×2 to 15-1/2″ and drill a pocket hole in each end.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Front Rail 1

Step 7.

Cut 5 pieces of 1×3 to 15-1/2″ and drill pocket holes in each end.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Back Brace

Step 8.

Cut the Bottom. Cut 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood to 15-1/2″ x 15″ and drill pocket holes around the edges.



Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Bottom

Step 9.

Assemble the Carcass. Apply glue to a 1×3 (from Step 7) and place at the top of the front legs. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Apply glue to a 1×2 (from Step 6) and place 11-3/4″ below the top brace. I cut a few pieces of scrap wood to 11-3/4″ to help position this piece. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 1

Slide the bottom in position. Make sure the bottom is flush with the bottom of the side rails and front rail. Clamp and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 2

Apply glue to a 1×2 (from Step 6), place at the top of the back legs and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 3

To help install the back slat (from Step 7), I cut a few pieces of scrap to 9″ and placed below the bottom. The back of the slat is flush against the back legs. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 4

Place a 1×2 (from Step 6) on top of the back slat. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. From the bottom, drill a countersink hole and attach using a 1-1/4″ wood screw.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 5a

The remaining 3 slats (from Step 7) are placed so that the tops of the slats are flush with the top of the bottom rails and spaced 13/16″ apart. To help with the spacing I cut a few pieces of 3/4″ scrap wood and attached a penny to the scrap wood with painter’s tape. The thickness of the wood plus the penny equals about 11/16″. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 5b

Make the Front Slat Assembly. Apply glue to the edge of a 1×2 (from Step 6) and attach to a 1×2 (from Step 6). To help position the front slat assembly, I cut a few pieces of scrap to 9″ and placed below the bottom. Place at the front slat assembly below the scrap wood and set in 1/4″. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 6

Cut 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood to 1-1/2″ x 3/4″. Apply glue and place under the front slat assembly. This piece will prevent the front assembly from rocking.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Carcass Assembly 7

Step 10.

Make the Faux Drawers. Cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood to 15-1/4″ x 11-1/2″.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Door

Make the “drawer fronts” from 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood to 15-1/4″ x 5-11/16″. Note: I used leftover pieces of the book-matched side panels to make my drawer fronts.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Drawers

Apply glue to the drawer fronts and apply to the panel. There will be about an 1/8″ gap between the drawer fronts to give the illusion that they are actual drawers.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Door Assembly 1

Wrap the drawer fronts with moulding. Miter the moulding, apply glue and tack in place with 1/2″ pin nails.

Ikea Hack Vanity Saws On Skates Door Assembly 2

Step 11.

Install the Cabinet Hinges. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the hinges.

Step 12.

Finish the Vanity. Sand, stain and three coats of polyurethane.

How To Build A Small Bathroom Vanity To Fit An Ikea Sink, With Open And Hidden Storage @Remodelaholic


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