Installing an IKEA Vanity and Sink

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.

IKEA vanity base

IKEA cabinet and sink

 

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  • Charles Evans January 9, 2014, 10:41 AM

    Where can I purchase drainage kit for the above sink

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    • Jason Esposito January 9, 2014, 5:02 PM

      The kit itself comes with the sink from Ikea. I ran the 1-1/2 pipe coming out of the wall but from there it is all included with the sink.
      good luck!

      – Jason

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  • Bill March 24, 2014, 11:43 AM

    How did you connect the 40cm ikea drain line to the 1.5 inch wall drain?
    They are 1-2 centimeters different in size for me.

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    • Jason Esposito March 24, 2014, 6:10 PM

      Hello Bill,
      Looks like I used a Schedule 40 Drain pipe adapter on the end of the 1-1/2 pipe. I had to tighten it down a little more than normal but it been leak free for about 14 months.
      Nothing more than standard adapters from the big box stores.
      Good luck!

      – Jason

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  • Candy August 8, 2014, 8:03 AM

    Thank you for all the great tips, I’m installing the same sink. On another note, can you tell me what floor tile you installed (have?)

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    • Jason Esposito August 8, 2014, 7:28 PM

      Hi Candy, Thank you for checking out the write[up on the install, I hope yours comes out great!

      The tile we used in the bathroom was a 6×24 wood grain gray porcelain tile from Lowes. They seem to have discontinued them but they have a similar style now.

      Thanks!

      – Jason

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  • Marie November 28, 2014, 5:38 PM

    What is the wall color? Also, did you have to attach to studs?

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    • Jason Esposito November 28, 2014, 5:47 PM

      Hello,
      The wall color is Martha Stewart Sunken Pool. Similar to a Tiffany blue but slightly softer under natural light.
      The sink base is able to attach to studs if they happen to line up with one by some miracle but typically they won’t. Using good wall anchors, either butterfly bolts or the screw in type anchors will provide a good hold. The anchor points of the base are on the top left and right and ours wasn’t close to hitting a stud so I used the screw in type of drywall anchors.

      Cheers!

      – Jason

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      • Colin May 12, 2015, 8:00 AM

        We typically install a panel of plywood inside the wall approximately where the vanity will be. This way regular wood screws will anchor the vanity. This is particularly important if your vanity hangs from the wall.

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  • Babs April 29, 2015, 7:53 PM

    We’re building and plumber needs info on where to do rough in for these “fancy IKEA cabinets”…he’s never not had a “cut sheet ” apparently. I should tell him what you said, “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.”. Anything else?
    Lovely site!
    Babs in NC

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    • Jason Esposito April 29, 2015, 9:02 PM

      From what I can remember, that about sums it up. You can come through the floor as there is a few inches of space enough for the drain if it’s right against the wall.
      All is great with the sink still, love it!

      – Jason

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      • Kona Colin May 12, 2015, 8:02 AM

        If the cabinet is assembled on site, the plumber will be able to see what limitations exist. This is best.

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  • Ed Lau July 23, 2015, 10:41 PM

    What kind of faucet can you put? Do you have to buy an IKEA model or can I buy any one from any big box store?

    Thanks,
    Ed

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    • Jason Esposito July 24, 2015, 4:21 PM

      Hi Ed,
      Any single hole faucet will work. We ended up with a Kohler from Home Depot, worked great. You do have to use their drain though. It has a tight 90 degree bend to clear the full size top drawer.

      Cheers!
      – Jason

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  • Mike December 18, 2015, 1:46 PM

    Though we purchased the vanity from IKEA we needed a different sink due to color. Is the drain kit only available for purchase anywhere?

    Thanks!
    Mike

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  • Brian February 3, 2017, 3:26 PM

    Could someone please tell me if the tool seen here is a standard tool or some IKEA only tool? I saw a video on youtube on how to clean the drain but his sink use a 13mm socket. Mine is a screwdriver that looks like flat head but none of mine are big enough.

    TYVM

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    • Jason Esposito February 3, 2017, 4:27 PM

      Hi Brian,

      I didn’t see an attached image of the tool, but in the link below is the sink strainer that I have on mine. It uses a bolt (probably 13mm as you mentioned) and I remember a screwdriver looking tool that was given with the sink, but the end of the handle had a socket that matched the bolt size. I basically used the screwdriver upside-down to install the bolt.

      Ikea sink manual

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