Storage is a key feature in any room and I aim to include shelving. The problem is, I’ve never successfully put up shelves before. There was this one incident, a few years back when I attempted to fit a coat rack. This resulted in the wall needing to be re-plastered so as you can imagine on this occasion I have enlisted the help of another. After a few well spent hours on Pinterest (my favourite place to find new ideas) I came across a few pictures of floating vanity tables. This is concept really stood out to me because it’s cute and I want to keep as much off the floor as possible. Why?! because the room will look less cluttered and it’ll be easier to clean.
After a few well spent hours on Pinterest (my favourite place to find new ideas) I came across a few pictures of floating vanity tables. This is concept really stood out to me because it’s cute and I want to keep as much off the floor as possible. Why?! because the room will look less cluttered and it’ll be easier to clean.
I headed over to Ikea and bought two shelving units (Lack -wall shelf and Ekby Alex – shelf with drawers) for a total of £45. The Lack wall shelf came with its own wall bracket unlike the Ekby Alex, which needed to be purchased separately for £2 each.
What Tools Will You Need To Get Started?
- Power Drill
- Drill Bits (available for wood or stone)
- Wall Plugs
- Spirit Level
- Tape Measure
- Screw Driver
- Dust Sheet
We started by hanging the mirror (I’ve had this for years) to determine how high or low I would like to be sat when doing my hair and makeup. I actually haven’t bought a chair yet so I sat on the edge of my bed as a guide. The height of my bed is lower than I would like but this has helped me to decide my ideal height. When all is complete, my goal is to find a cute little stool, which can be easily be put away when I’m not using the vanity, a lot like this picture I found on Pinterest.
An interesting thing I learnt this weekend is, although your spirit level is straight doesn’t mean your wall so double check before drilling (I learnt this the hard way).
When you begin drilling, make sure your power drill is angled downwards so when the screw is inserted, gravity will do its part, preventing the position of the screw shifting over time. Wall plugs will also help to secure the screw into the wall, these are available in a vast array of sizes and for wall types so make sure you are using the correct ones.
Once the mirror was fitted, the rest was a breeze. I must admit, putting up shelves always seemed super complicated to me but it’s like anything – once you’ve learned the proper technique you’ll be fine.