Check out this amazing IKEA hack bathroom shelf.

You know it’s a good IKEA hack when your children are impressed.

They are a tough crowd.

You can completely create a paneled wall from 1 x 2’s and they shrug.

Add a plate rack (with a recipe) to the kitchen?  Maybe a raised eyebrow.

But make shelves on a bathroom organizer?  Take 30 minutes to make a project and have the peanut gallery stand up and cheer?

Winner winner chicken dinner.

Here's our updated and refreshed bathroom, completely done.

It started here.

This is the bathroom refresh.

If you missed the story of the bathroom and the refresh and the helpful advice from a few of my friends….you can see it here.

The number one thing you asked about was the leaning towel holder.

Here's a front view of the leaning towel holder from our bathroom update.

Here’s a few from the front so you can see the shelves a little bit better.

And you don’t have to fill the shelves with random ivy plants and soap in a nest.

You could stack towels or wash cloths or buy beautiful shampoo and conditioner bottles from the random hygiene section at Ross Dress for Less.

total aside:  have you ever shopped that section?  Amazing….I’m telling you….amazing. 

You can decorate with accents like soap and it can look amazing!

Want to make your own bathroom organizer and impress your family and friends?

Here’s how we made it.

Soap not included. 🙂

Here's how we made this IKEA hack

1.  Start with the towel holder from IKEA.

You can see it un-hacked here.

IKEA tip.  Tell yourself you are only there to buy the towel holder.

Don’t get distracted and come home with a hammock.

Do as I say.

Not as I do.

The shelves you'll need for the hack will measure 7.25 x 15.25 inches.

2.  Measure and cut shelf

For each shelf cut one board 15 1/4″ by 5 1/4.”

Cut two pieces of wood 15 1/4″ by 2″.

You can have them cut at the home improvement store.

This will make one shelf.

Assemble your shelf like this.

3.  Attach the side pieces to the main board

You can nail them or glue them.

A good wood glue works well here.

After you finish with the shelf, you place it on the rung of the towel holder.

The lip of the shelf holds it in place.

Here's a front view of the finished shelf.

Here’s the shelf from the side so you can get an idea of the width.

We made three shelves for the unit.

total aside:  I photographed this on my sidewalk.  Doesn’t it make the prettiest backdrop?

DIY IKEA hack for your bathroom

Here’s the finished project.

Hope yours gets a standing ovation.

PS  If you read this blog….I just wanted to thank you today.

For your support and encouragement.

For your amazing biscuit recipes.

But most of all….for the comments and e-mails and sweet notes that make me smile every day.

You are a rock star.

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  1. Image for Sue Farmer Sue Farmer

    Love the organizer!1!! I live in Lexington and hate that we do not have an Ikea!! I would live there. What Ikea do you shop at?

  2. Image for Donna Donna

    KariAnne , I was so inspired by your porch swing makeover that I kept my old swing that was destined for the trash . I am going to give it a beautiful new coat of paint and enjoy it for a few more years ! Thanks for the awesome inspiration and your sense of style and humor . You always brighten my day !!!

  3. Image for Kay Kay

    Love your bathroom and the ladder! There are so many places I go into where I cannot walk out with only the items on my list, including IKEA. I have never been in a Ross Dress For Less. I have a feeling once I do visit, it'll be another star on my shopping list.

  4. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Love your sidewalk! But I love your IKEA hack more:D lol! I was actually looking at the sidewalk and thinking, "Wow, what is that? Maybe I might try and replicate that with paint!" Great job on the shelf, and the soap looks adorable in that nest:)

  5. Image for Barbara Neubeck Barbara Neubeck

    ... Hi KariAnne... I love the display ladder... My 16 yo Grand daughter made a similar one to this in her woodwork class at shool last year... looks great in their dining room.. xxx Hugs.... .Barb xxx

  6. Image for Susan Susan

    Okay, this project marries two of my favouritest things in the world...vertical storage and did you know??? :) Seriously, I live in a very small house and floor space comes at a premium, so anytime I see a clever and beautiful storage idea utilising vertical space, I squee like a schoolgirl! That this genius storage solution also strongly resembles a ladder look-wise really knocks it out of the park for me...SOLD! Our nearest IKEA is about two hours away BUT their Canadian site sells the exact same kit at the exact same price AND delivery is not only possible, it is extremely affordable! *does the happy, happy, joy, joy dance* Please come dance with me you wonderful, beautiful, brilliant, totally amazing ROCK STAR, *YOU*! And thank you for doing all *YOU* do and being all *YOU* are...*YOU*are truly such a joy...always!

  7. Image for Marie@The Interior Frugalista Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Such a smart idea Karrianne - love it! But you could write a post about a piece of kleenex and I'd still be enthralled because your writing style is so enjoyable. I always walk away from your posts with a smile on my face. You Da Rock Star!

  8. Image for mary beth @ mary beth @

    I'm sending this to my daughter, we've been looking high and low for a ladder for her bathroom. She just spray painted a dresser (like I always do) and called to tell me it was the hardest thing she's ever done. Ha, wait'll she see this "easy" project. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Image for nana nana

    I actually wish you had come home with the hammock. I would have loved to have taken a nap in it. I do love the shelves - great form and function!

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