Installing a Vanity Sink Unit
INSTALLING A VANITY UNIT
A vanity (or vanitory) unit is the rather quaint term used to describe a basin which is set into a floor-standing cupboard or cabinet rather than supported on a pedestal or brackets. Installing one from scratch in a bedroom or cloakroom is the perfect way to provide extra washing facilities and help relieve morning crushes in the family bathroom.
But equally, there’s no reason why acan’t go in the bathroom itself to provide valuable put-down space and handy storage for odds and ends.
Types of vanity unit
There are basically three ways to acquire a vanity unit:
This is the safest option, since you can be sure that everything will fit together, hut it may not provide the right look or combination of features. And if you are fitting into an awkward space, they may simply not be the right size. Standard units are commonly 820mm (32″) high, 600, 760, 1100 or 1200mm (24, 30, 44 or 48″) wide and 425-535mm (16-21″) deep.
♦ Buying the unit and basin separately is slightly riskier and may involve making one or two extra modifications. However, it gives you a lot more choice.
♦ Adapting an existing piece of modular or free-standing furniture is potentially the trickiest option, but offers more scope for fitting an awkward space or creating something a little out of the ordinary. For example, you can set a basin in an antique or reproduction Victorian pine washstand to combine modern facilities with period furnishings. Equally, you can construct your own custom-made cupboard and give it the ideal dimensions and features.
Shopping List to Fit a Vanity Unit
Complete vanity units should include all the basin fittings, joint fittings and fixing brackets, but it’s as well to check — they are usually packed separately and may have been overlooked by the supplier. Ask about a cutting template for the top, too.
For a separate basin, make sure you have taps, a waste outlet or pop-up waste mechanism, plumber’s putty for bedding the fittings, and silicone sealant for sealing around the rim.
Self-assembly units should include all the parts but the wall fixing; 50mm (2″) No. 10 woodscrews (and matching plugs) should do.
Plumbing requirements can only be estimated once you have planned the pipe routes. For supplies, don’t forget joint fittings, stop valves, flexible tap connectors and pipe clips. You may also need slip couplings for teeing into existing pipes. For the waste, you need suitable pipe and fittings and a. bottle trap, plus fittings to connect to the existing drains.
Tools checklist: Spanners and wrenches, screwdrivers, electric drill and bits, jigsaw, tape measure,, file.
You may also need masonry tools for making holes in walls and lifting floorboards, and carpentry tools for adapting a unit to fit.