Turn A Simple IKEA Shelf Part Into Functional Bathroom Storage With This Hack

Are you looking to take your home decor to the next level? With a little creativity, you can transform basic IKEA furniture into unique, stylish pieces that are one-of-a-kind. Making upgrades to the Sweden-born company's furniture, known for its affordable prices and minimalist designs, offers a great way to add some personality to a bland room or save money on expensive furniture and home decor.

The best thing about transforming these pieces is that they're accessible to everyone, no matter your level of DIY skills. You don't need a lot of tools or experience to create something amazing. These projects are also incredibly versatile. You can use them in any room of your house, from the living room to the bedroom and beyond. Whether you're looking to add some extra storage, create a statement piece, or just put your own spin on a classic design, there's an IKEA DIY project out there for everyone.

@kleinstadtcoco is one of the many TikTokers sharing imaginative ways to recreate IKEA classics. Her alteration that turns a piece of a shelving unit into a bathroom rack couldn't be more chic or easy to recreate. The unique piece costs a mere $31 to make, which is a whole lot cheaper than what it would cost you to purchase a similar product online or in the store. Here's how you can create one for your home. 

What you'll need

TikToker @kleinstadtcoco's page about DIY home styling has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of likes. Her simple hack of turning a shelving unit into a bathroom storage piece is one of her most popular.

It uses the IVAR side unit, a 12" x 70" piece that costs $25 and is traditionally used to make a completely customizable shelving unit. According to IKEA, the IVAR storage system has been a favorite of customers for more than 50 years. The piece also comes in a larger size of 12" x 89" for an extra $5 if you're looking for a piece that's a little bit bigger.

The second piece the project uses is a pair of BILLSBRO stainless steel handles. These sleek draw pulls come two in a pack for $6 and give off a clean and modern look. You can, however, switch these out for any other knob that has a lip to hang something off of. Another option is to use more than two so that you can have several hanging hooks. The only thing you'll need for this project is a screwdriver. You can also opt to paint both pieces or keep the IVAR's light wooden and BILLSBRO's metallic finishes as they are.

How to put it together

The IVAR side unit and BILLSBRO handles can be purchased via the company's website or at your local IKEA store. Once you've got your items, you'll start the project by painting the shelving piece whatever color you desire. Since it is made with untreated pine, you can oil, stain, or paint it without having to prep it. Just make sure you're following the directions on the label of whatever medium you use.

You'll have to make sure that the paint you're using is suitable for metallic surfaces if you want to paint the BILLSBRO handles. The IVAR is normally used as the side of a shelving unit where the flat shelf pieces screw into. However, in this case, it will be used as a sort of ladder that you'll lean up against a wall.

Slide the BILLSBRO handles onto the base of the top rung of the IVAR and screw them in place so that the lip is sticking out of the front. Add as many of these pieces as you wish to serve as hangers. Flip the ladder around and lean it against the wall. You can hang towels and accessories from the knobs as well as from the other rungs of the ladder. Now you have an adorable customized bathroom storage piece without breaking the bank.