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How To Install a Floating Vanity

 

 
 
How To Install a Floating Vanity
 
A floating vanity is a great way to add storage without taking up too much space in a small bathroom. This functional addition is stylish and offers an opportunity to customize the look and feel of your bath by choosing the height of the vanity cabinet.

The extra floor space below a wall-hung vanity can make the bathroom appear larger and because you can easily customize the height, you can create more room underneath to tuck baskets, a bathroom scale, or a child’s step stool underneath. This lends an airy feel to nearly any bathroom, but the benefits go beyond aesthetics.

When learning how to install a floating vanity cabinet, we recommend consulting a professional if you are unfamiliar with installing bathroom fixtures.

For the following vanity installation instructions, it is assumed that any old fixtures have been removed and that the water supply lines and drain pipe are in place. To learn how to install a floating bathroom vanity, follow these four simple steps.
 
 

Tools and Materials

Level
Level
Tape Measure
Tape Measure
Pencil
Pencil
Stud Finder
Stud Finder
Buckets
Buckets
(2-3)
Note: All tools and materials listed above are items required to complete the project outside of those already included with your floating vanity when purchased.
 

Estimated Time

The estimated time for this project can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on if you'll need to open your wall to place backing to support the the vanity.
 
 
 

 Step 1. Mark the Vanity Placement

 
     
  Illustration of pencil marking a square on wall for floating bathroom vanity To get started with the process of installing a floating vanity, first outline the location on the wall where your vanity will sit on the wall. Be sure to subtract the thickness of the countertop from the finished height of the vanity, and draw a level line at that dimension from the floor.  
     
 

 Step 2. Locate and Mark Wall Studs

 
     
  Illustration of hand using measuring tape on wall to mount a floating bathroom vanity Locate and mark the location of the wall studs to which you will fasten your vanity. You can find studs by listening for a solid sound as you knock on the wall or by using a stud finder. Mark where you locate the studs using a pencil. As you make your marks, make sure you’ve accounted for the height of the vanity from the floor.

Note: If the studs in your bathroom do not line up to the mounting location for your vanity, wood blocking can be installed between the studs using standard 2 x 4s.
 
     
 

 Step 3. Mount and Level the Vanity

 
     
  Illustration of a gray floating bathroom vanity with a white sink mounted on wall with a level on top Make sure you have another person available to help you mount and secure the floating vanity. Use a few buckets and pieces of wood to raise the vanity to the right spot on the wall, where you previously made pencil markings.

Thread the mounting brackets supplied with your vanity. Drill pilot holes and mount the vanity into place by drilling deck screws into the wall studs. Double-check that everything is lined up and level for a clean and stylish finish. Place a few items inside the vanity to ensure it is secure and holds up well.


Note: Deck screws are the materials that will come with your floating vanity cabinet when purchased.
 
     
 

 Step 4. Attach Doors, Drawers, and Hardware

 
     
  Illustration of gray floating bathroom vanity and white sink mounted on wall under mirror Once the vanity is securely attached to the wall, finish the installation by attaching any drawers or doors, if not already attached. Use a screwdriver to adjust the position of the vanity doors as needed. Insert any drawers and install handles or knobs to finish the look.  
     

Finish the Look

 
  Once your floating vanity is secured to the wall, finish the project by installing the sink or new vanity top. Work with a plumber if you do not have general knowledge of plumbing to avoid any water issues in your bathroom.

A wall-mounted vanity opens the flow of a small bathroom, creating a minimalist feel. It’s the perfect choice to complete a modern or contemporary look in your home. For more ideas and inspiration on bathroom vanities, read our Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide.
 
     
 
 
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