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Loui
09-10-2017, 01:56 PM
Hello all,

I would like to know what the standard practice is regarding bathroom vanities. When I pulled mine out it was attached to the subfloor. Mudbed and tiles were laid around vanity. I guess what I'm asking is should I install my vanity on the subfloor or finished tile floor.

Thanks

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John Bridge
09-10-2017, 03:21 PM
Hi Lou, :)

It can be done either way. Since you pulled it out I think you should do the tile floor and set it on top. :)

jadnashua
09-10-2017, 06:33 PM
The vanity's height will be low if you don't install it on top of the tile. Plus, if you decide to remodel just the fixtures...you'll be stuck with trying to find a vanity that is exactly the same size and shape...that can be hard, and limiting. At a minimum, tile under at least the edges so it is properly supported.

Loui
09-10-2017, 06:41 PM
Thanks guys. The lower height might actually benefit us since we have 2 little ones. But john what you said makes sense. Might as well do it right and tile the whole room.

jadnashua
09-10-2017, 08:21 PM
They grow pretty fast. A step stool isn't a bad idea for when they're small.

Loui
09-11-2017, 06:28 PM
Ain't that the truth!

RichVT
09-12-2017, 06:06 AM
It seems to me that probably 90% of vanities available today are on feet or otherwise open on the bottom so that you have to tile under them. One of those design trends that I don't understand.

Carbidetooth
09-12-2017, 09:58 AM
It seems to me that probably 90% of vanities available today are on feet or otherwise open on the bottom so that you have to tile under them. One of those design trends that I don't understand.

C'mon Rich, dust bunnies need a place to live, too. It's a fair housing issue!

jadnashua
09-12-2017, 01:01 PM
Some people remodel once in a lifetime...some do it on a regular basis. If the remodel doesn't touch the tiled floor, you can have some big issues if your new vanity is slightly differently designed. Most of them aren't huge, so tiling underneath isn't a huge cost. As to feet on them, not everyone is good at keeping the tile perfectly flat, and feet, especially if they are adjustable, make it much easier to get things to sit flat and level. If you always change the floor tile on a remodel, it probably doesn't matter much. Second thought...the heights of cabinets became somewhat standardized on the height of a typical woman in 1954...people are taller today, and that's one reason why vanities are available in taller sizes without going custom. I'm tall...I like it higher!