As a panelist on IKEA’s First :59 program, and a DIY enthusiast, Timothy Dahl knows how to reinvent a morning routine. When he moved with his wife and three-year-old son into a rental in Los Angeles, he knew he needed to make some changes to the small bathroom. “When I say small, I mean we can practically touch opposing walls when we spread out our arms,” he says. Inspired by the program, he shared with us the tricks he’s been using for years to make a small bathroom livable.
Ballard Designs Bernard Mirror ($349)
Most rental bathrooms come with a small, somewhat useless, mirror. Dahl suggests replacing it with a larger option. “A super-sized mirror can super-size a small space, making it look and feel bigger,” he says. With the whole family often using the bathroom at the same time, this makes it easier for everyone. “There will be two of us sharing the bathroom, doing makeup or brushing teeth, and a large mirror helps with seeing the whole space and having more light and functionality.”
Rejuvenation Massey Drawer Pull ($11)
“When we moved into our home, there was a built-in cabinet with knobs that had been painted over countless times,” he says. By replacing the knobs, Dahl says he was able to “put our own stamp on it.”
IKEA IKEA PS 2014 Plant Stand ($35)
Just because it’s a bathroom doesn’t mean you have to only shop in the bathroom department. Dahl suggests bringing a spice rack or kitchen cart into the bathroom if it will solve your storage problems. “Even the IKEA PS plant stand makes a fantastic hair and makeup station,” he says.
IKEA MOLGER Step Stool ($30)
Sharing a bathroom with kids can be tricky. Bath-time toys can easily take over, and their petite stature can make it hard to see and use the sink or mirror. Dahl combatted the toys with a small net that hangs from the soap tray and collects them all. He solved the height dilemma by letting his son pick out his own step stool. “He worked with us to pick a color he liked, and that gave him some ownership, along with covering the stool in his favorite stickers.”
IKEA RANARP Wall/clamp Spotlight ($20)
The lighting may have been decent enough for Dahl, but his wife needed better for doing makeup. “We actually attached a desk lamp with a clamp to the window next to the sink for soft light that fills in the shadows from the overhead light,” he says. This appeased the Mrs.
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