How to Install a Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

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You're remodeling your bathroom and are ready to install the vanity. It's not as complicated as it looks and will only take about half an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure Stud finder Level Shims 4 2 ½ inch wall screws for each 3 feet of vanity width Screwdriver Tub and tile caulk
  • Use the stud finder to mark the studs where the back of the vanity will be attached. Mark slightly above the top of the vanity and repeat on each stud--approximately 16 inches apart and two studs for every 3 feet of vanity width.

  • Lift the vanity over the water lines and drain and place it against the wall. This may require a helper if the new vanity is larger than 32 inches wide.

  • Level the vanity, using shims under the bottom edges to correct any sloping of the vanity top. The shims will be hidden by trim when you finish the floor.

  • Secure the vanity to the wall, using the 2½ inch screws and rechecking the levelness as you go. Attach two screws to each stud, placing the first screw 2 inches below the top of the vanity and the second screw 12 inches below the first.

  • Run a thin line of caulk along the sides and bottom of the vanity. Smooth the caulk with a wet finger to finish the job.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan on replacing the bathroom floor, install the flooring before you install the vanity but install the floor trim after the vanity cabinet is in place.

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