How To DIY A Modern Wooden Bath Mat To Elevate The Look Of Your Bathroom

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First, you want to determine how big your mat will be. TikTok user @taytoh decided on 24-by-17 inches, so she needed to start with boards that were at least 2 feet long. Measure your boards and cut them as necessary. For a 24-by-17 mat, she needed seven slats that were 2 feet long and no more than 1¾ inches wide so they fit within the 17-inch span of the short side with ¾-inch gaps in between. Then you’ll need three slats for the underside of the mat that lie perpendicular to the top seven, one on each end and one in the center. These can be the same width as the top slats, but they’ll only be, in this case,17 inches long.

To get the slats identical in length and width, it’s best to cut them all at the same time. The TikTok tutorial uses a jigsaw, but really, any saw will work. Clamp your boards together and make your necessary cuts all at once. If you’re repurposing a pallet, for example, you could get two bath mat boards out of every pallet slat. Make sure you wear protective eyewear, a face mask, and, if using power tools, ear coverings to keep yourself safe. After you have your boards cut, sand them down to a perfectly smooth finish. The best way to do this is by using a coarser grit sandpaper first, such as 60 grit, then follow up with a finer, 120 grit paper.

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