We are getting closer to the completion of the master bathroom. Today is the log awaited project of installing the IKEA vanity cabinet and sink top. We purchased the complete package from IKEA before we started this project when we were visiting the New York area over the Christmas holiday. It’s been sitting in the guest room just waiting to be put together and installed. Well, today’s the day!
The plumbing for the IKEA cabinet is slightly different than a normal base cabinet because of the massive sliding drawers that they have. For their size (32″) you won’t find another vanity with as much storage capabilities as this one. With the larger drawers comes extremely tight plumbing. Knowing this small fact before you do any of the rough plumbing will give you a huge advantage when it comes time to install it. The stub-out lines and valves must be flush against the wall and the drain will need to come out of the wall and not the floor.
All the pre-planning paid off largely as I was able to install the vanity within minutes. The only hang up was the length of the supply hoses for the faucet. Because of how flush the valves had to be against the wall, the only spot that I could place them was really low to avoid the cross studs from the guest bedroom. With the valves being so low, I was forced to extend the supply lines. the hard part of that is not too often do you see 3/8″ extension lines so I though I would have to get very creative in the plumbing isle of Lowe’s. To my surprise, they carried 3/8″ compression fitting extensions, weird right?
So as you can see below, this is how it will look after you are all set. The p-trap is tight against the wall and supply lines are tucked up nicely out of the way and secured by some pex piping holders. The cable on the top right of the picture is one of those cable driven stoppers on American Standard faucets and since the IKEA comes with a special shallow drain line, it already comes with a supplied manual stop.
We love the new sink with the clean lines and giant drawers with the ez-close sliders.