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Bathroom vanities are the focal point of many bathroom designs so it is important to get the installation right. Installing bathroom vanities yourself isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Anyone with competent DIY skills, focus and a high attention to detail can easily get the job done. First, it’s important to choose a style that fits the overall design of your bathroom. From multi-layered wooden bathroom vanities to simple and small bathroom vanities, there many flexible styles out there that can suit your needs.

 To install a wall hung vanity in your bathroom you will need to collect all the necessary tools and protective equipment. Installations of bathroom vanities typically require the use of a hammer drill, a screwdriver, screws, a knife, measuring tape, a pencil, a wall plug, a cordless drill, and a hole saw. It’s important to wear safety equipment like safety glasses, appropriate gloves, and noise-canceling headphones to protect yourself during the process.

Once you have equipment sorted, you can start the process of installing your wall hung vanity. Bathroom vanities can be installed in three main steps which we will guide you through below. You will learn where to position the vanity, how to secure it to the wall and how to cut holes for the plumbing work with a hole saw.

Step 1. Measure Where Your Bathroom Vanity Will Fit

The first thing you need to do is measure the vanity outline. It’s important to be as accurate as possible when measuring spaces for bathroom vanities. Incorrect measurements can mess up the whole process. Using a pencil and measuring tape, make a mark on the floor where you want your vanity to sit. Figure out the location of your waste and water pipes. Measure from the edge of where the vanity will sit to the centre of each pipe. Then, work out the measurements from the back wall to the middle of the pipes in order to see how far across and how far from the walls the pipes can fit.

Step 2. Cut Access Holes in the Vanity for Plumbing Work

 Once you have measurements worked out and marked down, the next step is to cut access holes in the vanity for the bathroom taps pipes to fit through. First, remove the back panel from the vanity cabinet. This will make the process a little easier. Then, move your pipe measurements to the base panel and using a hole saw, cut the holes for the pipes. Make sure the center of the drill aims right at the middle of your markings. It’s also important that your hole saw is bigger than the pipes so when you slide the vanity over the top, it fits easily. Once you have cut the holes, replace the back panel, and put the bathroom vanity over the top of the pipes.

Step 3. Install the Bathroom Vanity

Now the tricky part begins. Before you begin the installation, make sure to check that the bathroom vanity is level. Then, using a hammer drill, carefully put two screw holes through the cabinet’s back rail and into the wall. Push wall plugs into the holes, cut them to length using a knife, and put screws through the cabinet into the wall. Check once again that your vanity is still level. Now all that is left to do is put your draws, benchtop, doors, and sink into place. Once this is all done, you are ready to call the plumber.

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