How to Install a Bathroom Vanity Sink

back side of a vanity
back side of a vanity

Installing a vanity sink can be a simple task provided you have all of the tools necessary. In this article I will take you from picking out a vanity to installing it in your bathroom.

Things You'll Need

  • channel lock pliers
  • vanity
  • silicon

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First you will need to select a vanity. When selecting a vanity consider the use of the bathroom. If you are installing a vanity in a guest bathroom, you may not need anything more than a pedestal sink. However, if you will be replacing the vanity in the bathroom used by a couple of teenage girls, you may need some storage, drawers, and double sinks!

To install a vanity you will first need to connect the hot and cold water. Plumbing is generally set up with the hot water on the left and cold water on the right. Using the channel lock pliers connect the hot and cold tubing from where it comes out of the wall to where it connects to the faucet. At this time it may be appropriate to connect the faucet as well.

back side of a vanity
back side of a vanity

Next you will need to connect the drain. A vanity either connects with PVC piping or aluminum piping. There is always a "P" trap and the drain goes into the wall before running to the sewer. the drain piping is connected using channel lock pliers.

Once the piping is connected it is time to test the waters, so to speak. Check for any leaks. If there are leaks, turn off the water take apart the piping and put it back together taking special care not to mis-thread the pipes.

The final step to installing a vanity is sliding it into place. Once it is in place you may choose to silicon the where the vanity meets the floor and along the back splash were the vanity meets the wall.

Installed vanity
Installed vanity

Tips & Warnings

  • Have a couple of towels on hand should you spring a leak when testing the water.
  • An extra set of pliers can also be handy.
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