How to Install a Wall-Mounted Vanity

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Wall-mounted vanities are a beautiful addition to a bathroom. They are sleek, stylish and still provide for the necessary sink placement. A bonus is that they can also provide a needed storage option. Many wall-mounted vanities are considered to be a contemporary, or modern, addition to the bathroom, yet new vanity styles offer more traditional options. The installation of a wall-mounted vanity is a moderately easy task. The result is a bathroom vanity that fulfills both an aesthetic and utilitarian need.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Stud finder
  • 2-by-6-inch piece of wood
  • Utility knife
  • Drywall hand saw
  • Wood hand saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • 2-1/2 inch wood screws
  • Safety glasses
  • Determine the location of the vanity. Measure with a tape measure the location and mark the measurement of the vanity edges on the wall with a pencil. Ensure that these measurements encompass the sink plumbing outlets, water lines and drain.

  • Measure 20 inches from the floor, up the wall, within the vanity measurements. Use a stud finder to find the wall studs behind the bathroom walls. Mark where the studs are with a pencil. Place a 2-by-6 piece of wood within the measurements of the vanity and 20 inches from the floor. Ensure that the 2-by-6 is even by using a level. Trace the 2-by-6. If drywall is in place, score it with a utility knife or drywall hand saw and remove it from the wall. Otherwise, proceed to Step 3.

  • Notch each exposed 2-by-4 wall stud with a wood hand saw to a 1 1/2-inch depth. Remove the excess wood from the wall stud so that the 2-by-6 piece of wood will fit into the notched areas. Place the 2-by-6 into the area where the wall studs have been notched. Attach the 2-by-6 to the wall studs with 3-inch wood screws.

  • Find the included wall cleat. Place the wall cleat, with it's beveled edge up, in the center of the 2-by-6. Ensure that the cleat is horizontal by using a level. Pre-drill four holes through the holes in the cleat, and into the 2-by-6. Secure the cleat to the 2-by-6 with 2 1/2-inch wood screws.

  • Remove the drawer from the vanity. Lift the vanity and place it against the wall. Lower the vanity to slide slowly into place. Ensure that the assembly plate, pre-installed on the back of the vanity, slides onto the cleat. Slide the vanity either left or right if needed to make the edges of the wall cleat and the assembly plate flush.

  • Measure inside the vanity, where the drawer has been removed, 2 1/2 inches down from the inside top corner and 2 inches across, toward the center of the vanity from each side. Mark these two measurements with a pencil. Pre-drill a hole through each marked measurement with a drill and a drill bit smaller than the wood screws. Drill 3-inch wood screws through the pre-drilled screw holes.

  • Replace the vanity drawer. Find the drawer clips on the underside of each drawer slide. Hold the drawer into its furthest open position with one hand. Slide each clip in forward with the other hand. Each clip will make a click when it is properly in place. Close the vanity drawer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect your eyes with safety glasses.
  • Ensure that every screw is mounted in such a way that the screw heads are flush and not protruding.
  • When installing two vanities, install each in the same manner. Each vanity will need it's own 2-by-6 mounting board.
  • Install the vanity only after all the plumbing and any electrical work has been completed.
  • Complete the installation of the sink by following proper plumbing procedures to attach the water lines and sink drain.

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