A new bathroom vanity can instantly upgrade your bathroom's style, while also providing more storage and counter space. Installing and replacing a bathroom vanity is a DIY project you can do yourself. In fact, in just a few steps, this guide will teach you how to install a bathroom vanity, how to attach sink to vanity and how to install a vanity top.
Gather Tools & Materials
Gather Tools and Materials
Whether you are renovating your existing bathroom or building a new one, learning how to install a bathroom vanity starts with selecting the right tools and materials for the job.
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
Safety Tip: Use safety glasses and ear protection when working with power tools.
Measure the Area
Measuring your space to ensure that you buy the right size vanity is an essential step in knowing how to replace a bathroom vanity. For example, a double vanity installation requires more space and plumbing considerations. Consult your vanity's manufacturer's instructions for details. If you're installing a bathroom vanity with top, include the countertop in your measurements.
Tip: Always measure twice for accuracy.
Choose Your New Vanity and Faucet
With so many types of bathroom vanitiesto choose from, it’s important to decide if you prefer a vanity with or without an attached top and whether or not a bathroom faucet is included. From Carrara marble to granite and laminate, it’s important to choose the countertop material that works best for your lifestyle. Think of durability (granite and marble), style and your family’s needs while making your decision.
Tip: When shopping for a bathroom vanity, focus on the style of the counter. Hardware can be quickly and easily changed out to match your decor style.
Remove the Old Vanity
An important step in learning how to install a bathroom vanity is understanding how to install bathroom vanity plumbing. Read on to walk through the details.
• When removing a bathroom vanity, begin by locating the water shut-off valves. They are typically under the sink. (If your valves are not located underneath the sink, be sure to turn off the main water valve).• Turn off the water supply.• Once the water is off, quickly turn the faucets on to release any water pressure that’s built up in the pipes. Place a small bucket under the tubes to catch any water.• Using an adjustable wrench, loosen the slip nut, or mounting nut, at the top of the P-trap. (These are the drain pipes named for the shape they make).• Using the same wrench, disconnect the water supply lines.• Use a utility knife to cut the sealant along the backsplash. Carefully pull on the sink or vanity top to remove it from the wall.• Remove the sink top from the vanity base. Some tops use glue or brackets to adhere to the vanity. You may need to use your prybar to release the sink top from the base.• Use your drill to take the screws at the base of the vanity out and remove it from the wall.• Check with your local recycling and trash collection to be sure you dispose of your old vanity properly.• Removing your vanity can cause small holes or marks in the wall. Patch any holes with spackling compound. Let this dry then sand lightly before you repaint.
Tip: Pay close attention when removing your old sink. This will help you to better understand how to attach a sink to the vanity.
Install the New Vanity
- Position the new vanity into place and trace its outline on the wall.
- Use a stud finder to locate the studs and mark them.
- Level the vanity and shim at the floor if necessary.
- Measure, mark and drill holes for drain and supply pipes.
Tip: Some vanities will come with pre-drilled holes for easier installation. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for how to install a bathroom vanity.
Attach To the Wall
- Attach the vanity to the wall using 3-inch drywall screws. If the holes are not completely lining up, or you want a more secure install, use wall anchors to attach the vanity to the wall.
- Check the level again before trimming the shims with a utility knife.
- If there are large gaps at the wall or floor, attach quarter-round moulding along the wall or floor edge with finishing nails.
Install the Faucet & Sink
Every vanity brand is different so below are general instructions on how to attach the sink to the vanity. You'll also need to know how to install the faucet. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details on both. Below are general steps:
• Place the sink on top of the vanity. Test fit the sink to ensure it fits snugly.• Attach the sink clips to the underside of the vanity top to hold the sink in place.• Assemble the bathroom faucet and drain on the sink before you attach it to the vanity.• Place the plastic gasket on the faucet. Then, while holding the faucet from underneath, screw on fastening nuts.• Insert the faucet into the designated holes on the vanity top.• Attach water supply lines to the new faucet with an adjustable wrench.
Secure the Vanity Top
If you have chosen a bathroom vanity base, or a vanity without an attached top, you will need to dry-fit the vanity top over the vanity before gluing it down to make sure it fits.
- Make sure the wall is straight and there are no gaps between the wall and vanity.
- Apply silicone caulk to the top of the cabinet.
- Set the vanity top into position and firmly press down.
- Check to make sure the vanity top is level and flush to the wall. If your vanity does not come with adjustable legs, use shims under the base until vanity is level on each side.
- Add backsplash if necessary.
Tip: Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the vanity top to the vanity.
Reconnect the Water Supply
- Reconnect the faucet supply lines to the water supply and reconnect the P-trap.
- Turn on the water supply and test for leaks.
- Install the pop-up drain.
Once you learn how to install a bathroom vanity, you can update most any bath in your home fairly quickly. Plus, since you now know how to install a vanity top, you can switch out your sink with ease. When replacing a bathroom vanity, it's important to find the style that works for you. Shop our entire selection of bathroom vanities to discover your perfect design. If you're ready for a new bathroom vanity but aren't ready to install it yourself, let our professional bathroom installation services do it for you.