If you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom with a custom vanity cabinet, not only will you boost your resale value but you’ll also be able to get exactly what you want.
Instead of choosing a stock cabinet online or from a big box store, going with a custom cabinet means you’ll get to pick out every detail.
There is a wrong and a right way to install your custom vanity, however, and this guide will go over all the steps you’ll need to shop for your new vanity, but also the mirror, the custom top, and all of the fixtures.
If you’re brave enough to try a DIY installation, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips for installing it yourself as well.
Why Choose a Custom Vanity?
Choosing a custom vanity means you get to choose the style of vanity that best suits your taste, budget, and style. If you have a specific size vanity you are looking for or a style that you just can’t find straight out of a box, custom is the way to go.
With a custom vanity, you’ll be able to pick out every aspect to make sure it not only looks pretty but also meets your needs on the practical front. A house with four teenage girls, for example, probably needs a lot of storage space.
A home with unique architectural features, tricky spaces or tight quarters, will need a custom vanity to ensure space is being maximized and you’re getting the best fit for your money.
Pick Your Design Style
One of the most fun aspects of installing your own custom vanity is that you get to choose a vanity that reflects your own personal style.
By installing your own vanity or shopping and customizing it yourself, you get to choose the exact look you picture in your home.
Whether your style is more traditional or more modern, a custom vanity can be designed to meet your personal preference.
Installing your own custom vanity or designing one yourself with a professional means you get to choose the cabinetry, the look, the size, and the style.
What Do You Need From Your Custom Vanity
Installing your own vanity means you also get to choose what functions and storage options it has. If you just refaced your existing vanity, you wouldn’t get to change the size of the drawers or choose a different layout.
If you need two sinks, more storage, additional shelves, or fewer drawers, you can completely customize your vanity to make it exactly what you need.
Instead of having to go with whatever storage the stock vanity provides, you’ll be able to make the vanity exactly what you and your family need.
Measure Your Space
The first step to installing your own vanity is to measure your space. You’ll want to measure the entire area of your new vanity. Since you are going custom, don’t worry about measuring your existing vanity unless you’d like it to be the same size.
If you’re adding additional drawers or cabinets on top of your vanity make sure to measure these areas as well.
If you’re having your cabinet custom-designed, your professional will help you maximize your space and let you know what is feasible.
Don’t Forget Custom Vanity Mirrors
Make sure you also shop for your new custom vanity mirrors to go with your cabinet. Chances are if you are taking out an old vanity, your new one won’t match your current style or dimensions.
Measure the areas you’d like to cover with a mirror as well.
Choose Your Fixtures and Hardware
Your faucet, soap dispensers, and cabinet hardware are additional items you’ll be able to choose and customize when you install or design your own vanity cabinet.
While some cabinets come with beautiful fixtures already, others can be customized to match your own personal style and budget.
Shop for Custom Vanity Tops
If you’re removing your old bathroom vanity, your countertop will also need to be replaced. Whether you’re installing your own vanity or having a pro do it, they can help you shop for countertops that best suit the vanity you’ve chosen. Some vanities will also come with a coordinating countertop.
You may choose to customize your vanity top further to better suit your style or budget.
Removal and Installation
If you’re going the do-it-yourself route, you’ll want to start by removing your old vanity, countertop, and mirror. Before you begin, make sure the water is shut off and unhooked.
After you have safely removed your old vanity, you may need to patch, repair, or replace your bathroom floor to prep it for your new cabinetry.
You also might need to fix your walls or backsplash so that everything that will be visible with your new vanity is ready to go.
From here, it is time to install your new vanity and fixtures. Once you’ve installed everything and made sure they are all securely attached to the wall, from here, you’ll add your fixtures back in and attach the vanity top.
You will then need to put your new mirror on and add any hardware.
The final step is to hook your water back on.
DIY or Go With a Pro?
If you have decided to tackle a custom vanity project on your own, you’ll be amazed at how much your bathroom has been transformed by replacing your vanity.
Choosing a custom vanity yourself instead of buying one sight unseen online or out of a box means you get to customize everything.
From the cabinets to the mirror, by going with a custom vanity, you’ll be in charge of all of the details.
If you’d like to work with a pro on the actual installation of your vanity and the design process, contact a design professional here to get started on your new bathroom vanity makeover.