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How to Install a Vanity in a Master Bathroom

Change the look of a bathroom by installing a new vanity. Here's how.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Remove the Vanity Doors

Start by removing all the vanity doors to protect against damage.

remove all vanity doors to protect against damage

Step 2: Mark Holes for the Plumbing

After identifying the location of the underlying wall studs, line up the back of the cabinet to its new location and mark holes for water and drain lines. Drill using a spade bit and a hole-saw attachment to create holes for the plumbing.

mark holes for plumbing

Step 3: Adjust the Position of the Cabinet

Fit the cabinet in place over the pipe stubs (Image 1).

Then, checking frequently with a level, use wood shims to raise and adjust the position of the cabinet (Image 2). Later the shims will be cut flush and covered with a trim piece.

Step 4: Screw Into the Wall Studs

With the cabinet positioned properly, drive two screws in through the back of the cabinet and into the wall studs marked earlier.

drive screws into wall studs

Step 5: Hide Exposed Gaps

Once the cabinets are secured, hide exposed gaps with trim pieces included with the cabinets.

Vanity Tips:

  • For master bathrooms, it is advisable to steer away from pedestal sinks. Pedestals offer no storage space and are better served adorning smaller bathrooms with minimal storage needs.

  • When considering boosting home value, choose cabinet height wisely. As the population grows taller, cabinets ranging from 34"-36" are quickly supplanting the old industry standard of 32".

  • No matter the grade, the key to perceived value of cabinets is clean installation.

Learn how selecting the right bathroom vanity and countertop can increase your home's value at HGTV's

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