Create a Spa Bath Mat using IKEA outdoor decking


Isn’t this just the most luxurious spa retreat-like bath mat the world ever did see?

I made it. Yup. I did. And it cost me a grand total of 13 smackaroos.

Okay, so honestly, I only partially made it. I guess I didn’t really do much at all now that I think about it. But I DID create it myself.

The Spa Bath Mat originally started as IKEA outdoor decking.


I originally saw this decking a few months back. Unfortunately it cost $35 bones for a 9-pack. Yikes.

Luck was on my side last week when I went back to IKEA. They had it marked down to 20 bucks a box!

I literally did the happy dance right there. I’ve been wanting this outdoor decking for foreveh to make some Spa Bath Mats.

The decking is so easy to assemble, it literally just snaps together.


To make the bath mat all you need is 6 squares of the pre-assembled outdoor decking.


Um, Allison, how is the mat only $13 if the box cost you $20?

So glad you asked! I figured if I bought one box I could make a mat and have 3 squares left over, but if I bought TWO boxes I could make exactly THREE bath mats. How’s that for efficiency for ya?! It’s like weight watchers. Some foods are 2 points, but if you eat two of them it’s only three. I like that kind of math!


I LOVE this new bath mat. The wooden squares are created in a way that allows air circulation below the mat, so the water drips through the mat, and then the air dries it quickly. No more soggy cotton mats that you have to hang out to dry.

The only real “work” I had to do on my new mats were to remove the extra nob things on the outer edge. Piece o’ cake with my Dremel.


Here’s a quick video showing exactly how to cut those little nob things off:

For those of you reading in an RSS reader or through email, you can click here to watch the video.

Now I’m left with a practical bath mat that also turns my boring builder bathroom into a spa-like retreat.

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It really is amazing what one little floor mat can do to change up the entire room.


Okay, so are you wondering about the other two mats?

I added the remaining mats to our upstairs guest bathroom and the kids’ bathroom.

Here’s our upstairs guest bathroom (psst: lucky you. This is the first time you’ve seen this bathroom! Can you guess why I’ve never posted it before? It’s the most boring bathroom in the history of bathrooms.)


And here’s the final mat in the kids’ bathroom (another never-before-seen room of my house).


I was over the whole duck theme before I even moved in, but I already had it, so I used it. I can’t wait to give this bathroom a makeover! At least now it has a fab new bath mat.


There you have it, folks. A totally awesomespice Spa Bath Mat for only 13 bucksie. It really never hurts to think outside the box.


Do you love IKEA as much as I do? Do you have one near you? What is your favorite item at IKEA?

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  1. This would be absolutely perfect in my bathroom that I am currently trying to turn into what I have realized is Japanese Zen-ish decor! This would flow perfect!!! Problem #1- We don’t have an IKEA! I know… cry for me … please. I have another question before I go on the hunt for any home improvement-ish store that might carry these. Is this slippery? I have three kids.. three an under. I love the idea that it isn’t soggy… and has the space for the floor to dry… but I am wondering if it would be slippery for the smaller kiddos. Is it? I absolutely love the look… and really hope it could work in our bathroom!!! You are so clever… thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Great idea, I see those in the expensive catalogs, now I could afford one! Love it!

  3. I LOVE this idea: Thrifty, Fun, Stylish, and Non-Permanent! Amazing! Can I feature this in a new showroom feature I’ll be starting on my blog?

  4. Genius. I guess I need to make another trip to IKEA in the next few days!

  5. I love it! And love the video. Great sound effects!! 🙂

  6. Emily Hemphill says:

    Just wanted to make sure you wore your safety goggles!! Love you Allison.

  7. This is great! Very pretty and clever.

  8. This is perfect! I was trying to figure out how to get one of these spa mats for less. I love it!

  9. I love this! I sure wish we had an IKEA close by. Minnesota is the closest and its still like 4 hours! Might have to take a road trip sometime!


  10. This is such a great idea. I bought a spa mat a few years ago (like 10 or so) at Bed, Bath and Beyond and needed a new one but I didn’t want to pay the price again. This is the perfect solution. I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of bathrooms with these mats now.

  11. This is awesome and I really want one now! I want to build a little platform for the EZ-set pool that the kids have in the back yard.

    I wish I had an Ikea really close. We have one in Philly and it’s really only a half hour away but with traffic and the crazy city drivers it’s a pain! I’d shop online but it’s not the same! Nothing compares to the land of sunshine, happiness and rainbows this is IKEA.

    I went at Christmas because my daughter wanted a ceramic tea set BAD. They had the cutest one and I ended up walking out with a tea set, a wok, wok utensils, a milk frother and one of those ridicuously awesomesauce blue bags for 20 bucks!

  12. <3 it! Im happy I have an Ikea 5 minutes away from my job. Last week I just bought a dining room table w/4 chairs for 79.99. Its still in the box as Im pondering if I should paint it before or after I assemble it… Its silver and well…. you KNOW what color its gonna be! ORB <3

  13. I love this idea and it would work so well in our master bath! The danger of course is me going to IKEA for this and only this and actually leaving with only this!

  14. What a great idea! Looks good in all bathrooms! We’re remodeling our guest bath and this would be perfect, thanks for the idea.

  15. Very cute – love them! Now if only there was an Ikea near me…


  16. Great idea, it looks awesome!! I wonder how it would work to cover a shower floor – I hate scrubbing grout sooooo much!

  17. Totally luxurious. Our IKEA is about 90 minutes away from us, so I always drool over your IKEA deals and projects. It really does change the feel of your room. Beautiful!

  18. My husband was just looking at that decking the last time we were at IKEA – what a great idea! We have so many IKEA pieces in our house…most recently added a cute little table and chair set to our front porch and a new rug to our desk area.

  19. Oh my GOSH! I love how this came out!! It’s fantastic!

  20. I love me some IKEA but my fave thing there is the swedish meatballs. All. The. Way. 🙂

  21. That is beautiful and it does look like a spa! Lucky you to live in luxury:)

  22. This is a great idea!. I am a new follower of yours, now google and facebook following. Look forward to reading more posts. Karima,

  23. Really cute idea and I love the look of it, too! Too bad IKEA is a 5 hour drive for me but I will keep my eyes open for alternatives!

  24. You’re a genius! I LOVE it.

  25. You are so slick! I am so loving the repurposing!!!

  26. LOVE this idea! I adore seeing things being used for things they weren’t (necessarily) designed to be used for…AWESOME job!!!

  27. What an awesome idea! Love it! I wish I had an Ikea close by… That store is the bomb!

  28. You are officially awesome now. Not that you weren’t awesome before, but now it’s official.

  29. Great idea. how do you think of these things?! 🙂

  30. In the words of David Cassidy, I think I love you! I can think of several places I can use this type of mat. I need an IKEA trip – stat!

  31. Aha! So YOU’re the reason why my third trip to Ikea Round Rock to fetch another box of these was fruitless…. I am one box (more specifically 6 squares) short of completing my front porch and there are no more to be found. 🙁 I’m willing to pay top dollar for a box if anyone in the Austin/Round Rock area has one to spare.

  32. Gorgeous & clever! I’m saving for an Ikea trip now. It’s about 2 hours away, so I’m planning ahead!

  33. Great idea, wanted to do it myself. But… None of the IKEAs around here have it in stock, not even in surrounding states, or online, wtf 🙁

  34. Very cool, thanks for sharing!

  35. Oh love! I. Must. Have. One! I can’t wait to make one – what a {beautiful} solution to horrible wet tile floors after a shower!

  36. Now this is SUCH a fab idea, I am doing the happy dance! Had never seen these decking squares before – I love your nifty repurposing idea!

  37. IKEA. enough said. then you went and made it better? just plain awesome.
    my soggy cotton mats are jealous.

  38. Hi just a question on the IKEA website is says…”Wood contains tannic acid which, after a time, can leak out and discolor the sub-floor. Never lay wooden decking on a surface where it would matter if this happened.” has your floor stained or the grout?? I like your idea a lot but am a little worried about it staining the floor…please let me know!!


    • HI Wondering if you received a reply. I read the same thing and I’m curios also. I would love to do this but don’t want to ruin my tile and grout!

  39. I love your bathmat! I also love the resource! I’ve been wanting to redo my front porch area & didn’t know where I could get the decking. Thank you for the reference to Ikea!

  40. I bought a box of decking to make this awesome bathmat, but I think I may be doing something wrong. The decking fits together nicely, but doesn’t really “snap together”. So when I try to move the mat at all, it comes apart into individual pieces again. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong?

  41. Loved and pinned this. Loved even more that you linked this up to Ikea’s website and that I was able to check availability at my local store for this stuff. I’m really trying to be real about what projects I’ll complete in this lifetime so I think (THINK) I’m justified in running in to Ikea after work tomorrow and picking these up. No more slipping and sliding across my bathroom floor!

  42. This is such a fabulous idea! I’ve been wanting a mat like this forever, and now I can make a whole slew of them for $30 – genius! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  43. chelly torres says:

    Is beautiful i will love to use it but inside the shower…..wonder i guess i can use marine acrylic or something like that tp coat it and make it water proof!!! ????

  44. Jessica Lawson says:

    From the Ikea website:
    “Good to know:
    Wood contains tannic acid which, after a time, can leak out and discolor the sub-floor. Never lay wooden decking on a surface where it would matter if this happened.”

    Looks AWESOME, but wondering if this above has happened to you??

  45. Absolutely love this! How creative. It’s on my to-do list if I can find some deck flooring. I live in Cambodia, Southeast Asia as a Christian missionary and stuff like that is hard to find, but I will keep out my eye for something similar. You really got the ideas flowing! Thanks for taking time to share your great decor ideas and the weekly link party. Keep up the great work!

    Visiting from Pint-sized Treasures

  46. This is exactly what I need inside my shawer. Thank you!

  47. I love this project so much that I wanted you to know I linked back to this project on one of my posts. Thank you for the inspiration!

  48. Beautiful wood Tiles! sàn gỗ

  49. Have you had any trouble with floor damage from standing water? Has the color leaked off and stained the floor?

  50. I was thinking to do teh same thing but actually inside the shower floor. After having this for a couple years; do you see any discoloration or damage to tiles beneath?

  51. do not know what kind of water-resistant wood floors tall

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  53. Great idea. Wood is suitable for this is Teakwood.

  54. I just gotta say that I love the IKEA hacks! This is very inventive to use it like this. Must almost feel like your on a SPA 🙂 Keep up the good work, and let the good DIY ideas flow 🙂

  55. sannhuakorea says:

    Great idea. Thanks your share!

  56. Another option? A welcome mat for a porch. And you could paint it

  57. HI Wondering if you received a reply. I read the same thing and I’m curios also. I would love to do this but don’t want to ruin my tile and grout!

  58. Out of curiosity how are they holding up? I’ve notice various posts asking if you’ve had any stains since the IKEA website state that “contains tannic acid which, after a time, can leak out and discolor the sub-floor. Never lay wooden decking on a surface where it would matter if this happened.”

    I haven’t seen a reply to this question. I was wondering if you still have the mats and if you have had any issues with “leaks”

    • I haven’t had this mat for a few years because I moved and it didn’t work in the new bathroom. The mat never stained my floor while I had it and I loved it.

  59. We are heavy into indoor percussion here (West Michigan). too. My step-son just finished his second season and my husband is a snare tech for the same group. They went to WGI for the first time and came in 6th. Your group’s costumes turned out great! Has your son always played bass? And did it give you the newbie-jeebies every time they were barefoot?

  60. This is exactly what I need inside my shawer. Thank you!

  61. Great information. Lucky me I ran across your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved it for later!

  62. may dem tien says:



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