The DIY Guide to Installing a Bathroom vanity

by Priscilla

Bathroom vanity units bring life to space, especially when they are coupled with the right accessories. But most people who are trying to work within a budget can’t deal with installing a bathroom vanity themselves.

When it comes to designing bathroom spaces, there isn’t much space for creativity to thrive. This is why a lot of people don’t bother to remodel their bathrooms because they have to go through the process of installing a bathroom vanity.

But it doesn’t have to be tedious, neither does it have to be stressful. If you’re trying to spend within a budget, then you should consider installing a bathroom vanity yourself.

Without further ado, let’s look at what you need to know

Installing a Bathroom Vanity?
Here are a few things you should know

When installing bathroom vanity, shut off the water first
It’s very easy to overlook little issues without realizing the damage it can do in the long run. Residual water can be a huge problem. Before you start installing a bathroom vanity, make sure the water valves are turned off.

Mind you, there will always be trapped water. Use a bucket to collect all the water that may leak through.

Remove the vanity
Now is the time to remove the vanity. Make sure you cut the caulk using a drywall knife. Then, safely disenable the vanity from the wall.

Remember the piping arrangement
Now, this is tricky. You have to know the piping arrangement before you buy a vanity. If it’s going to have drawers, you should consider using a professional plumber for this.

Install the faucet
Most homes don’t have big bathroom spaces. Save yourself the stress by installing the faucet before installing the vanity. That way, you won’t have much trouble when you want to connect the sink to the wall.

No one likes their head under a sink for so long in an enclosed space.

Your vanity has to be levelled
Your vanity should be levelled before fastening. If it isn’t, try to shim the bottom with wooden shims. They also have to be plumb too. Finally, if there are several cabinets, make the leveling process easier by screwing all of them together.

Where are the studs?
Locating the studs before installing a bathroom vanity will save you lots of stress and trouble. The best way to go about this is to use a stud finder and create a mark by driving a small nail through the stud.

If you’re remodeling your bathroom vanity, note where the previous screws were. There is a high chance that they were drilled into the studs.

Should I replace plumbing lines?
Oh yes, you should.

There are lots of things we use corrode and damage our drains, for instance, toothpaste, acid, hair dye, soap, treatments, etc.

You have to replace these plumbing lines so that you won’t encounter problems in the future.

Speaking of problems…

Make larger holes
We all know that pipes move and expand with time. You have to create a bigger hole (at least a quarter-inch larger) so that the pipe doesn’t break, crack, or make unnecessary sounds.

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