Most bathrooms have a small area, which forces you to choose multifunctional furniture. A washbasin with a pedestal is an excellent solution that allows you to effectively use the space under the washbasin and at the same time hide the engineering systems of water supply and sewage from the eyes.
Such furniture can be bought both in collections and individually. By the way, most manufacturers of bathroom plumbing collections sell their products separately. As for styles, the requests of even the most demanding users are satisfied.
Step-by-step instructions for installing a cabinet with a washbasin
Despite the wide variety of different models, the installation algorithm is not much different. As an example, we will take the most popular furniture option – installation of a washbasin with a free-standing cabinet .
Cabinets can be sold both assembled and disassembled. The first option simplifies installation, but can create difficulties during transportation due to large dimensions. The second option is easy to transport, but assembly requires additional time.
It is important . Check the completeness of the product according to the attached description. If the cabinet is assembled, make sure that all elements are in good condition. If incompleteness or malfunction is found at home, there will be problems with replacement. In addition, you will have to lose time visiting the store again.
Before buying a cabinet with a sink, prepare the bathroom:
- make hot and cold water supplies, prepare sewage; remove excess items and construction debris from the premises;
- buy water shut-off valves, flexible hoses and pipes to connect the water drain.
- prepare the tools: a drill, a set of drill bits and crowns, including those with solder tips, a screwdriver, a level, a tape measure, wrenches; a marker with a place to install a pedestal with a washbasin ;
- if you plan to connect the washing machine to the cabinet at the same time, then solve the technical and installation issues that arise.
Everything is ready – proceed with the installation.
Step 1 . Shut off the water supply to the bathroom, unscrew the plastic plugs from the water sockets, to which the mixer for the washbasin with the pedestal will be connected. Clean the pipes from dirt, if any.
Practical advice . All threaded connections can be made with an ordinary socket wrench. It’s much more convenient and easier, to have it in your toolbox.
Step 2 . Screw the water taps to the sockets. For sealing, use FUM tape, make sure that it is wound tightly and does not slip when screwing the thread. Before installation, carefully press it with your fingers along the thread. Taps for water supply should face upwards, after screwing in, close the taps and check the tightness of the connection.
Step 3 . Put the flexible hoses for the supply of cold and hot water in place, tighten them without much effort. Remember that the material used to make the nuts is not very strong and may crack with significant effort. Lower the ends of the pipelines into the container and rinse them with a strong pressure of water. This will prevent possible clogging of the faucet.
Step 4 . Attach a cabinet to the wall. The standard height of the nightstand is 50-60 cm. The nightstand has a special niche for placing the siphon, the drain is made from below. Mark the location of the hoses and drill holes for them. It is necessary to work with a drill with nozzles (crowns) of a large diameter. Standard sewer pipes have a diameter of 50 mm, the hole is made approximately 55 mm. Measure the distance from the siphon to the wall and drill a hole in this place. According to the same algorithm, make holes in the internal partitions for flexible hoses.
Practical advice . So that the exit holes have even edges, before the end of drilling, loosen the pressure, and slightly tilt the crown in different directions.
If you plan to connect a washing machine to the drain, you need a tee and a special sealing rubber. Assemble the tee and insert it into the drain hole.
Step 5 . Carefully put the cabinet in place from above, level it.
For these purposes, it has adjustable legs.
Step 6. Start installing the siphon. Insert the thick end of the corrugated hose into the drain, the other end should be above the upper partition of the cabinet. Assemble the siphon, carefully monitor the correct position of all rubber gaskets. Do not tighten them with great effort, make the connection by hand. With great efforts, the rubber gaskets can be damaged, to eliminate the leak, they need to be replaced with new ones.
Step 7 . Connect the upper end of the tube to the siphon body. Now you can put the sink on the cabinet and adjust the length of the plastic siphon tube.
Step 8 . Mark the position of the sink fixing holes to the wall. Drill the appropriate holes for the plastic dowels. Tile drilling should be done with a bitite or diamond drill. Screw the threaded pins into the holes, the washbasin will be attached to them. There are two ways to clean dust during drilling. The first is to hold the hose of the vacuum cleaner next to the drill, the dust will be absorbed immediately. The second – make an envelope from a sheet of paper and fix it with tape under the opening.
Step 9 . Screw the trap from the siphon onto the sink, put it back in place and finally fix all the connections. Tighten the stud nuts through the plastic washer. Connect cold and hot water to the faucet with flexible hoses. Turn on the feed and check the quality of the connections.
It is important . If leakage is detected in threaded connections, never try to fix the problem by additional tightening. Modern joints are made of a very good, but very fragile silumin alloy, it will definitely crack under minor overloads. If it is not immediately broken, then after a few weeks or months it will definitely crack. It is then very difficult to unscrew small fragments from the thread, you need to have or make yourself special devices. Leaks are found – completely unscrew the connection, remove the old gasket and wind a new one. At the same time, the thickness should be slightly increased. Exactly how much depends on the condition of the thread.
And another very unpleasant feature of flexible hoses is that the ends cannot hold the load. They are not only made of low-quality materials, but also very thin. Choose flexible hoses of such a length that they are as flat as possible after connection. If there are irregularities, then they cause an increased load on the weak ends, which over time can become the cause of their destruction. This shortcoming has both connections under the nut and under the coupling. Experienced plumbers try not to use flexible rubber hoses for water, instead they install metal hoses for gas. It is a little more expensive, but much more reliable.
How to assemble a bedside table under the sink
Step 1 . Open the package.
Check the completeness according to the attached list. Study the instructions, familiarize yourself with the attached diagram. See the installation location of each element and its purpose. The standard set of accessories includes:
- handles according to the number of doors or drawers;
- hinges for fastening doors or guides for fixing drawers. If there are additional shelves, corners are added to fix them. Responsible manufacturers prepare holes for self-tapping screws on the side surfaces of the cabinet, you only need to insert the appropriate hardware into them and fix individual elements;
- Euroscrews for fastening the sidewalls between horizons and collets and a set of dowels for them;
- screws for fixing door hinges, hardware for fixing legs, self-tapping screws;
- plugs for hiding screws, nails or small self-tapping screws for fixing the back wall;
- assembly key.
Step 2 . Start assembly from the sides. They have through holes and indirect dowels for the euro screw. Attach the door hinges, the holes for them are made at the factory. Watch the tightening force, remember that when turning the self-tapping screw in the chipboard, the hole will have to be repaired, it will take a long time.
Step 3 . Drive the collets into the pegs and set them in place against the corner walls of the cabinet. Tighten the fasteners. Work carefully, do not allow excessive loads. If there is not enough experience, it is advisable to call sacramento kitchen remodeling contractors.
Step 4. Assemble the cabinet frame completely, work on a flat surface, do not allow individual elements to fall. After all the elements are assembled, tighten the connections, check the strength of the structure. If it wobbles a little, it’s not a problem. Due to the back wall, the strength will increase significantly. If there are additional corners in the kit, then install them in place
Step 5 . Attach the back wall with small nails or self-tapping screws.
Step 6 . Screw the legs of the cabinet.
It is necessary to adjust the legs so that the cabinet stands flat
Practical advice . It is advisable to drill technological holes for water and drainage in the elements before assembling the cabinet. This is much easier to work with than with an assembled cabinet. If a stone slab is provided under the sink, then it is installed in the corresponding grooves. Some designs have additional fastening with metal corners.
Step 7. Hang the doors, install the drawers. Carefully adjust the spatial position of the door. They must close / open smoothly, large gaps are not allowed. For adjustment, there are screws on the hanging hinges, when changing their length, the position of the door changes. Take your time, adjust carefully.
A plate will be placed on top of the cabinet or a counter-type sink will be installed. There are sets of bathroom furniture in which pencil cases or other items are located close to the cabinet. In such cases, they should be connected to each other with the help of special ties. Holes in the side surfaces are made at the factory, if they are not there, you will have to drill them yourself. Pay attention that all pieces of furniture are located on the same level.