How To Raise A Bathroom Vanity

Posted on: 26 January 2017

If you are remodeling your bathroom, you may find the vanity is too short after adding new accessories. You don't have to replace the vanity. It is possible to raise it, so it blends in with other features.

You should be able to raise the vanity yourself , but some DIY experience is beneficial. Here are tips to raise a bathroom vanity.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • safety goggles
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • wrench
  • thick blanket or towel
  • bowl or bucket
  • plywood
  • pry bar
  • carpenter's level
  • drill and wood
  • drill bits
  • paint brush
  • grout sealer
  • mortar
  • ceramic tile
  • hand saw

Shut off the water to the vanity, which should be a hot and cold valve under the cabinet. Rotate the valves right to shut off the water.

If it has pipes, set a bowl or bucket under it to catch water. Remove the pipes by loosening the nuts with a wrench. Open a nearby faucet to relieve water pressure.

Remove the Vanity

Lay a thick towel or blanket on the floor. Remove the drawers, and set them on the towel or blanket. Pry the vanity from the floor with the prybar, taking care not to damage the finish.

Set the vanity on the towel. Get an assistant to help you move the vanity, if needed.

Cut Supports

Measure the vanity footprint. Mark these figures on the wood. Measure the wood length again to be sure.

Lay the wood on a flat work surface, and make the cuts. Your forearms should be in alignment with the blade for a straight cut.

Install the Vanity

Lay the blocks around the floor in the vanity space, recessing the wood slightly so it won't protrude from underneath.

Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws to make pilot holes for the screws. Place the vanity on the blocks. Check for evenness with a carpenter's level, and insert the screws.

Cover the wood with tiles that match the room to make the vanity seem built in. Brush the mortar on the supports. Press the tiles on the mortar, spacing them evenly.

Let the mortar dry, then add grout between the tiles. Let the grout dry. Glass blocks may be used in place of tiles.

Reinstall the pipes, turn the water back on, and close the faucet. Your vanity should be at a more convenient height. If you don't trust your skill, or you want a complete bathroom overhaul, contact a remodeling service,