Have you just bought a brand-new vanity unit for your bathroom and are ready to install it? Maybe you’ve just started your renovations and are looking at vanity units.
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of wall-hung vanity units and answer that all important question: what height should a vanity unit be? We will also provide you with some helpful information on how to fit a wall hung sink vanity unit by yourself, and when it might be time to call in the experts.
What height should a vanity unit be?
Your standard bathroom vanity units can range in height anywhere between 850mm tall to 900mm tall. When installing vanity units with a basin on top, rather than built in, the height usually runs to approximately 950mm to take in the top of the bowl.
This means that it should be installed on the wall at a comfortable height for you to use it, with enough room below the unit to allow for airflow or additional storage below your vanity unit.
If you’re a little taller, you may wish to look at vanity units around 1m high to ensure maximum comfort when in use. Otherwise, consider looking at custom-made wall-hung vanity units.
How to fit a wall hung sink vanity unit
There are several steps involved in knowing how to fit a wall hung sink vanity unit:
1. Establish whether wall pipes should be moved – if this is the case, contact a plumber
2. After ensuring that your water is off, remove the vanity unit’s doors or drawers and existing piping.
3. Locate fixing points on your new vanity – make sure you establish the measurements and that your holes are in the same position on either side of the vanity. Also be sure to brace the fixtures correctly if they need fortification.
4. Take measurements of your new vanity unit and transfer to the wall where vanity units should be installed for easy reference. Include the vanity unit’s full height and width, including fixing locations and dimensions from the top of the vanity.
5. Check for existing studs and pipes in the wall to avoid messy accidents using a stud finder. You will need to install studs by removing the existing plaster if you can’t locate them.
6. Check with a professional plumber to ensure the existing waste pipe is in the correct location.
7. Drill holes in wall board. It may be useful to take a photo while the wall is open for future reference. Install installation before closing the wall back up if working on exteriors.
8. Transfer measurements and locations of fixings to the vanity’s external wall, including both inner and outer details.
9. Screw vanity to wall. Install drawers and tops. Use silicone if necessary to secure basin. Check with a plumber for final installation and check-off before use.
When should you hire professionals to install wall-hung vanity units?
You should hire professionals to ensure wall-hung vanity units if ever you’re feeling unsure or out of your depth during the installation process. While do-it-yourself projects may seem like a great idea initially, particularly when it comes to saving money and the perceived reward of accomplishing an installation yourself, the actual task can be tricky if you’re not prepared.
And remember, just because you install vanity units in your home yourself, it doesn’t really mean you’ll be able to avoid hiring plumbers completely.
Establishing whether pipes need to be moved during major installations or reconnecting existing piping to your new vanity unit is something a licenced plumber will have to complete.
Considering how to fit a wall hung sink vanity unit that is much larger than your previous vanity units may also be a job better off completed by professional plumbers to avoid accidental leakage and damage to your property.