Published on November 13, 2018

Small bathrooms are secret breeding grounds for clutter. Try to cut back on your Sephora addiction all you want, but without the right organizational tools in place, a cramped bathroom can quickly become your worst enemy. For every small space dweller struggling to control the chaos, a clever hack can be the saving grace your tiny sanctuary needs.

As the leading voice of all things sleek and multifunctional, IKEA has made hacking the bathroom a practical and affordable pursuit. Case in point: these eight savvy, Scandinavian-inspired DIY solutions prove you don’t need to renovate to give your bathroom a whole new look. Whether your weakest link is under the sink or your itty-bitty shower needs a luxe-looking facelift, these genius ideas make the most of the Swedish purveyors’ cult products. Oh, and your pint-sized bathroom too.

LURÖY Slatted Bed Base

Once designated for mattress support, the wood slats of this bed base can serve as a hanging rack for bathtime essentials when mounted on the wall or the back of the door. While towels can naturally drape over the various ledges, hooks will come in handy to hold baskets and larger storage vessels afloat.

For more clever ways to bring the LURÖY Bed Base home, Kristina Steinmetz explains the how-to for this hack (and others!) on her blog.

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In an effort to soften her small en-suite’s black and white scheme, UK-based DIY blogger, Nomita Vaish-Tylor, spray painted a two-prong IKEA towel rack for an elevated, in-shower look. Estimated hack time? Ten minutes.

Snag her step-by-step guide here.

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RÅSKOG Trolley

Tiny kitchens, minuscule living rooms, and petite bathrooms are not match for the RÅSKOG cart. Treat this mini mobile catch-all as a spa on wheels by filling its compartments with your most essential self-care items (plush towels, special occasion bath bombs, candles, and splurge-worthy masks will look nice here). Create a cohesive and functional display by sticking with acrylic vessels.

See how this perfectly styled trolley came together on A Beautiful Mess.

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MOSSLANDA Picture Ledge

Shelving is crucial if your bathroom has next to no built-in storage. While this particular ledge was made with art in mind, it’s thin size makes it perfect for slimmer beauty products like treasured perfume bottles and nightly creams. If you have the tendency to toss products in bins and baskets beneath the sink, this easy trick will encourage you to keep hoarding to a minimum.

See the rest of this hack-friendly home on Rock My Style.

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VEDDINGE Cabinet Door

Searching for bonus cabinet space? Don’t restrict yourself to the bathroom aisle. This sleek, Scandinavian kitchen cabinetry also doubles as bathroom storage; the L-shaped design maximizes every square inch surrounding the sink and countertop. The key is to pick cabinet fronts that are easy to clean and resistant to moisture.

Find out more about this bathroom DIY here!


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RÅGRUND Sink Shelf

Disguise unsightly pipes under your bathroom sink with IKEA’s three-tiered corner shelving unit. What was once awkward, unusable space is now a proper place to house everyday items.

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IVAR Side Unit

Ladders might just be the most underrated storage essential for the bathroom. Originally intended as a part of IVAR shelving units, this pine wood side piece takes on new life as a makeshift ladder in German blogger Antonia Schmitz’s tiny city bathroom. The rack now serves as a beautiful and functional spot for hanging makeup brush jars, plants, and other casual tools.

Want to see more? Take the full tour of her bathroom here.


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HEMNES Sink Cabinet  

Superfront might be the greatest thing to have ever happened to IKEA. Specializing in fronts, knobs, and legs, the global brand is on a mission to elevate iconic pieces, like the Pax wardrobes or HEMNES cabinets, with simple aesthetic upgrades. Finished in a white block pattern, this two-drawer vanity isn’t necessarily a lesson in making room for storage, but it is a lesson in bringing style to what little storage you have.


See more Ikea hacks worth trying: 

Designers Share Their All-Time Favorite Ikea Hacks

These Clever IKEA Hacks Will Transform Your Bedroom

Nine IKEA Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room