A DIY HAIRDRYER STAND IN 4 EASY STEPS. SERIOUSLY.

My family is concerned with having good hair. I don’t mean the way other families are concerned with having good hair, I mean the way other families are concerned with not accidentally setting each other on fire and then eating each others noses.

We’re serious about hair.  So it makes no sense, as a 3rd generational hair obsessed, that I bought the house that I live in.   It has a tiny bathroom with a tiny bathtub, and a tiny medicine cabinet that sits over a tiny sink. If I could leave it at that, it would be dreadful but bearable.  But I not only have a tiny sink, I have the most useless  of all tiny sinks … I.  Own.  A. Pedestal. Sink.  Moment of silence.

The bathroom is the last room in my house that needs to be redone and I keep NOT redoing it in the hopes that one day I’ll be able to afford to put on a small addition to my house with a real and actual bathroom.  If I ever got the chance to do that, I’d completely reconfigure the horrifyingly useless Pedestal Bathroom at the same time so I don’t want to put any money into redoing it if in a year or two I’ll be gutting it.

I’ve been thinking this exact thought for the past 16 years.  So yeah.

The absolute worst thing about a pedestal sink is there’s no storage on it or around it or underneath it.  Nowhere.  The stupid thing isn’t even big enough for a pump bottle of soap to sit on it without slipping and shooting across the room when you use it.

So if there’s no room for a bottle of soap, there’s definitely no room for the hair obsessed’s most coveted item. Our professional grade hairdryer.

I used to have a hair dryer holder that screwed into the wall but it was bulky and ugly so I broke it on purpose.

And then I made a cleaner, neater looking one myself.

Here’s how to do it and what you need in 3 easy steps.

Materials:

1, 2.5″ PVC coupling (you’ll find this in the plumbing aisle)

1, 3X3 white hinge

3, #8 screws

3, 10×24 machine screws –

3, 10×24 nuts

Total Cost:  Around $10.00

STEP 1

Place hinge, centred on PVC coupling and mark where the hinge holes are.  Drill holes.

STEP 2

Place the hinge on the PVC coupling and insert the machine screws.

 

STEP 3

Screw on the nuts.

 

STEP 4

Screw the other end of the hinge into your wall using #8 screws.  Going into wood you can just screw them straight in, if you’re going into drywall use anchors.

 

Now all you have to do is shove in your hairdryer.

 

Because this is a hinge and it swings open you can either use a bit of 2 way tape to stick the two hinge sides together to keep it from opening or you can use a magnet to keep it together.  A bit of glue would work too but not too much because you need to be able to pry it apart fairly easily to access the screws if you ever need to remove it from the wall.

Don’t wanna DIY?  Then by all means, buy!  This chrome hairdryer holder is $13 on Amazon.

 

Most importantly, if you only remember ONE thing from this DIY, remember to never eat your relatives noses.

 

46 Comments

  1. Paula says:

    I too, have a pedestal sink and a shower – that’s right…no bathtub. I hook my hairdryer over the towel on the towel rail but your idea is much neater.

  2. dana says:

    We moved 4 months ago from a house that had a pedestal sink in the one and only bathroom. Three people in a 1 bathroom house does not work. I detested that sink! The toilet was 6 inches from it. If we were lucky, stiff slid into the sink. If not, things slid between the toilet and sink which required putting our head way back in there to retrieve the item. The sink was so curvy that there was not one flat part in it. There were no outlets in the bathroom either.

    • Nancy says:

      I just went to an open house and unfortunately, I have learned to scout out this kind of thing. No electricity in the first floor bathroom. And it did have a pedestal sink, but that quickly became the least of my concerns. It was a very attractively redone older house but WTF, no electricity. I asked the real estate agent about it, maybe I was missing something, and she called my attention to the cute squirrels making a racket outside. It made me sad. Pay attention, people, no one is on your side.

  3. Phylicia Mann says:

    I can’t add a photo comment, or else I would show you the basket I store my hair dryer in
    BUT I was just bitching about this to my husband this morning!!!! We are residential contractors for a living leasing a home until we build our own.
    I said, “Who the hell designs a bathroom with two pedestal sinks!!??!!” No counter space, no storage! Just two soap bars shooting off the sides!
    Every morning my hairbrush falls off and nearly destroys my glass bathroom scale (ok that would not be such a bad thing)

  4. Phylicia Mann says:

    Nevermind … here’s my photo comment. Lol!

    • Karen says:

      Pedestal sinks mean you’re always dragging something into the bathroom to act as storage that doesn’t belong there, look stupid and mish mashy and doesn’t really work. Even a tiny powder room needs somewhere to store toilet paper or towels! Down with pedestal sinks! ~ karen

  5. Oh gawd – my brother gave me a pedestal sink and I was thinking of putting it in my bathroom … with a linen skirt … I just throw my hair dryer on the floor by my mirror in the hallway (I live alone) sometimes I tuck it behind the mirror (when guests come over) … speaking of not biting off noses – I now think maybe – I could certainly do with a hoop on my wall to stick its’ nose in!

  6. Milton says:

    Very clever, Karen! People stuck with pedestal sinks are inspired to come up with clever ideas to compensate.

  7. Jo says:

    I am thinking your bathroom is looking pretty big ? It is all about perspective. My bathroom is 4 by 6 floor and that includes a toilet, sink and a tub that originally càme out of à camper. I have been in my house for 25 years and finally got around to redoing part of the bathroom. Now that that’s done ( it was just a minor facelift, ) I’ve decided to put some money into this room and change the bathtub into a walk-in shower. There are several government grants available to re do part of your house to assist in your disability Mobility. I think a walk-in shower would really be helpful. Lots of paperwork though. So I may not be earning any additional floor space, I am at least I think using it better. Love the hair dryer holder. Definitely making this and sorting out one for my flat iron also. Maybe smaller diameter pvc?

  8. MrsChris SA says:

    A hairdryer in the bathroom? I find that fascinating.

    No electrical appliances in my bathroom – it would be too easy to commit murder for the people that keep leaving the toilet seat up…………………………….

    • Thandi says:

      Isn’t it so bizarre that other countries have plugs in their bathrooms? I find this very strange. In South Africa, as far as I know, electricity is definitely not welcome in the bathroom.
      Weird.

    • Irene says:

      Yup. Electrical outlets in South Africa are definitely not a thing. It amazed me the first time I saw that, decades ago. We were raised on the idea that electricity near water is a big no-no! ☺

  9. Susan says:

    How come you never made a cupboard to fit around the basin. Your DIY skills are super good, mine are non existing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan. No, you couldn’t really make a cover to fit around a pedestal sink. It would just look … well, DIYish. 🙂 ~ karen!

  10. Jacquie says:

    Electrical sockets in the bathroom are illegal in the UK so absolutely no-one has one; you are allowed a shaver point though. What you’ve never had, you never miss 🙂

  11. That used to be our bathromm, with a pink carpet. Pedestal sink. Yes, there were cupboards and drawers, but you either couldn’t get them open or couldn’t shut them and they always had a vague smell of mouse. One of my fondest memories is the day I demolished the bathroom, all by myself, with a sledgehammer. We did end up showering outside the back porch for a while, but I now have a nice new shiny bathroom.

  12. Miriam says:

    Aw I LOVE your pedestal sink, and the wood on your walls.
    Here in Ireland it’s illegal to have an electrical socket in a bathroom (other than a special shaving socket), so I dry my hair in the bedroom.

  13. Gaeyl Kanter says:

    I think both concepts are genius DIY or BUY thanks for providing options . I don’t have a pedestal sink however the 1 bathroom in my 700 square foot abode is so tight . I can sit on the commode close or open the door , washbasin to my left , tub,/ shower stall combo and reach the not so far wall to my right. . It is workable I just have to be On it at all times. It is bigger & more private than a old fashioned pay phone area .

  14. Valerie says:

    This is a fab idea for installing a hair dryer in the bathroom. I found it interesting reading the posts here – electrical outlets not being a legal requirement in bathrooms in Africa and the U.K.
    When I had a new bathroom installed in our cottage adjacent to our house I was told by the contractor that an electric outlet in the bathroom in Canada was in fact a necessary coded requirement. As to how to accommodate everything in a small room called a bathroom –
    a few years ago we stayed at a gorgeous hotel in Vernon B.C. – the Crystal Hotel where the bath tub was located in the bedroom overlooking the lake with only the toilet and sink in the bathroom itself – not my first choice but rather an interesting idea for bath tub placement.

  15. My family is concerned with HAVING hair. We don’t even care if it’s good anymore.

    Still, I think any one of ’em would like this hairdryer holder.

  16. ronda says:

    when I first moved into my house 20 odd years ago, the bathroom light fixture was over the tub! So you had to reach across it to turn on the light! Fast forward a few years to the bathroom reno … light switch by the door and GFI wall socket above the (pedestal) sink. A hair dryer stand/holder would beat the hook I was thinking of screwing into the beadboard! One question … do the bolts scratch the side of the hair dryer at all? Or is the dryer tapered slightly and therefore misses the bolts.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ronda! No the bolts don’t touch the side of the hairdryer. 🙂 You can’t use shorter bolts because the next size down is too short. But if you’re worried you can hacksaw off the ends of the bolts. But like I say as long as you get the size of PVC and length of bolts I’ve provided there will be no scratching. ~ karen!

  17. billy sharpstick says:

    We have an Ikea cabinet right next to the sink. I can put screws right through into the cabinet with nuts on the inside. No hinge this way.

  18. Teddee Grace says:

    A woman after my own heart! I thought I was the only person in the world who hated pedestal sinks. Your hair dryer holder is great, but you also have a well-located plug-in. The single plug-in in my bathroom is almost right over the sink. My sister and I created the blow dryer, by the way. It was the beach ball my grandparents had given me for my sixth birthday. I’m nearing 73 so, you see, we were way ahead of the curve. We squirted the air out of the beach ball onto the pin curls we had made in the corn silk hair we had taped to the heads of our life-sized dolls we made out of lath crosses topped with cereal box heads with Crayola faces. You get the picture.

    • Karen says:

      Well I hope you’re getting some kind of kickback on your invention. ~ karen!

      • TucsonPatty says:

        OMG, you also invented the Barbie Beauty Shop Doll, and hair extensions!! What genius! I only had my little sisters and my cousins on which to practice, because I didn’t had the foresight to try a cereal box! I’ve been doing hair for 46+ years now, and still love it almost all of the time! I love my dryer holder built into my styling station at work, so I never dry my hair at home. Spoiled. I do have a tiny 1955 bathroom, so the dryer would have to live in the closet and then be set down on the toilet seat between brush changes. I had the same question about the dryer being scratch, and figured shorter bolts, but you obviously did the right amount of homework. BTW, the typing on the iPad is doing the wonky dance again…

  19. Dawn says:

    HaHa! I own a hairdryer, mostly I use it for defrosting frozen pipes. Seriously, I am and always have been a wash and go kind of person. Winter, summer, it doesn’t matter. It’s very long, it’s thick, it’s poker straight. Why fight it? I don’t get my hair styled like EVER, cause I know I am not going to do it at home. Sort of simplifies things for me.

  20. Angie says:

    We can’t have regular plugs, the ones for bathrooms are called ground fault circuit interrupters and they are made for wet environments.

  21. Ev Wilcox says:

    My house is in Ohio, 211 years old. Through the years it has acquired electricity in the bathrooms-thankfully!!! Can’t imagine not having it. Guess we are luckier than we thought!
    Wonder what our “other” residents think about it. But that’s another story….

  22. Jennie Lee says:

    I originally wanted a pedestal sink, but my plumber looked at me like I was crazy and told me I didn’t want one. I have been very happy with the vanity sink I ended up with. The outlet in the bathroom is another matter. When you turn on the bathroom light, the outlet has power. When the light is off, no power. So I have to fetch my electric toothbrush from the charger in the bedroom, before I brush. I have a suggestion to fix the problem mentioned by Ronda. If it IS a problem, that is. Are you familiar with Sugru? It is a heat- and water-resistant moldable adhesive that comes in many colors and turns into rubber in 24 hours. Just make two little balls of Sugru and squish them onto the ends of the bolts. Twenty-four hours later, the scratchy bolt-ends are covered with rubber. White rubber even, if you want. Sugru is awesome!

  23. Bethany Jones says:

    Karen- I don’t know the layout of the rest of your bathroom, but would a “between the wall studs” cabinet work? I’ve seen a lot of tutorials for them and you could get a tall, narrow panel of barn wood or antique cabinet door inset with bead board or something?

  24. Sue says:

    I loved the way they looked and was so happy when it was installed. Fast forward and I”ve learned my lesson. My gripe about the pedestal sink is cleaning behind it. The half bath this thing is in is teensy and dust etc gets behind the pedestal and mixes with ??? to form grunge. I’m no longer able to get down on the floor (OK I can get down–the getting back UP is the problem) and trying to get that area clean without dislodging the plumbing is a misery.

  25. NWms says:

    Funny, I always really wanted a pedestal sink. Instead I have a gigantic monster of a dual sink cabinet thing that houses a bottle of Windex. I don’t keep stuff (other than soap) on my sink; I’m not a big on accumulating stuff; and I hate storing things under the sink because I’m always convinced that the minute I put something under there there will be a leak.

    I continue my impressive trend of being a the undisputed leader in negative market trends (I also didn’t/don’t like iPhones, skinny jeans, ombre, gigantic purses that are bigger than my carry on, In-N-Out fries…). You know the commercials that say “4 out of 5 prefer?” Yup. I’m the 1.

  26. Lynn says:

    Although those sinks have a tendency to look so cute they are rather useless for the modern way of living. We have just to much junk now.
    Same goes for outlets in the bathroom, once girls stopped having a dressing vanity in the bedroom an the boys went electric with their shavers outlets went in our bathrooms.
    A bathroom was not ment to spent so much time in, that is why it small. Today most want a double sinks an yadyad but why two sinks when it is a space for one at a time. ( I to would like two sinks just cause it would mean my bathroom would be at least 24 inches bigger). I just wouldn’t use the 24 inches for a sink , but put more space between tub, toilet an sink cabinet. From the toilet bowl I can reach both tub skirt an sink cabinet with my small hands . Which makes for a small space full bathroom. Plus it is the only one in our house an we raised 2 teenage daughters here. We might like more but we really do not really need more just smarter in how we do what we do . ?

  27. Thera says:

    IKEA has a small shelf thing that goes around the base of pedestal sinks and with adhesive Velcro strips you can make and attach a removable sink skirt (been there, done that and I sympathize)
    And I am very fancy with my blow dryer holder, it’s a big nail stuck in the wall as most blow dryers have a hoop thing for just that purpose lol

  28. Julie says:

    Well…I have lots of storage for my hairdryer, but you tricked me into thinking we were going to learn to DIY a hairdryer stand. I was thinking how fabulous I would look if I had both hands free to style my hair while the new stand held my hairdryer.

  29. Kelli says:

    Pedestal sinks are cute, but OH THE HUMANITY if you ever need to hide myriad bathroom items…like wot I have. And apartment living means that drilling into things is a no-no. Sadly, I tend to be a clutterbug, so to compensate, I have over door hooks and cabinet doo-hickies like these everywhere: http://tinyurl.com/j39tg56 They’re in my closets, under all my sinks, in the washer/dryer room, kitchen cabinets, you name it. If there’s a room door or a cabinet door, it probably has something hanging off it. Those, and anything ‘Command Hook’ are my apt. life BFFs! I have one similar to one of these for my hair dryer, it’s an oldie but a goodie: http://tinyurl.com/zp6ke7t

    I like your idea, but I don’t know if I could look at something that ‘out in the open’ for all the world to see. A girl’s gotta have a little mystery, y’know? 🙂

  30. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Excellent DIY Karen…and quite easy to do!

  31. Heather Sykora says:

    My husband built a shelf above the sink with a cut out to solve this problem. It looks lovely. It’s a half bath, so we don’t need to store a hairdryer in it….
    I tried attaching a jpeg, but it wouldn’t work for me. Not good at this computer stuff

  32. Audrey says:

    I hate looking at cords in the bathroom, so when I remodelled ours, I installed a plug inside the cabinet beside the vanity. Now hairdryer and electric toothbrushes stay hidden in there. Each morning when I open that cupboard it make me happy to know I’m a smartie!

  33. mia pratt says:

    What a great, simple solution to a very annoying and common problem<:} Cool!

  34. Roxanne says:

    When I purchased my cottage 10 years ago the previous owner had redone the entire interior of the cottage including the bathroom. He had placed a pedestal sink. I thought who would do this when ther is only 1 bathroom! The first project I took on was removing the pedestal sink and placing a proper vanity. I also added a linen closet as there was no storage room.

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