Installing a Vanity with Drawers
Follow these steps to install a vanity sink and cabinet combo that features a shallow sink bowl and a drain-trap design that allows room for large drawers.
Most vanities provide below-sink storage space that is difficult to reach and partially blocked with plumbing. The type of vanity sink and cabinet combo shown here, sold at IKEA, features a shallow sink bowl and a drain trap that snakes cunningly just under the sink, then snugs against the wall. That allows room for large drawers, which provide storage that is ample and easy to access. This system does not have a pop-up assembly, which would get in the way of the drawers. Instead, it has a drain stopper with a spring that pops up and down when you press on it.
The sink and cabinet come as a two-part ensemble. The model shown here has a pair of legs to support the cabinet in the front. Other models are “floating,” meaning that there are no legs and the cabinet is held in place with strong screw connections at the wall.
|Pop-Up Stopper: Instead of a pop-up assembly with a lift rod, some vanity sinks have stoppers that work simply by fitting tightly. A better solution, shown here, is a unit that closes or opens when you press down and release.
|TIP: As shown here, the instructions show installing where the wall’s trap adapter (into which the trap is installed) is near the center of the cabinet. If your trap adapter is significantly off center, you will need to purchase trap arms and extensions so the drain trap can travel sideways as needed.|
Excerpted from Plumbing (The Taunton Press, 2016) by Steve Cory.