Connie's Corner

Tips from Waypoint's award-winning designer
July 14, 2014

Floating Bathroom Vanities


Waypoint's style 630F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

Vanities are key to the design of any bathroom. Not only do they support the counter top but they are usually the only storage space in many bathrooms.  There are lots of vanity styles, finishes and configurations to choose from today. While vanities with furniture detailing (molding details, furniture feet and custom end panels) are still in vogue, floating vanities often associated with contemporary environments. But as we’ll soon see the two looks can be combined.

Waypoint's style 650S in Maple Honey

The storage tower above was made by simply installing  two W1530 cabinets…one on top of the other. A Tall End Pane (TEP) was split and attached to the ends to conceal the joint. Grid glass inserts provide semi-concealed storage.

Floating vanities are especially nice in small bathrooms. The open area below gives the effect of more space.  They are also sometimes considered easier to clean because the flooring runs continuously under the vanity.

Waypoint's style 740F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

True floating vanities require through-the-wall plumbing or occasionaly they can work with exposed plumbing if the pipes and drains are finished to match the rest of the fittings.

Supporting the floating vanities is also a critical component to a successful installation. A ledger strip, legs or even multiple walls might be required to properly support the vanity. When there are legs,  I always secure them to the floor with a bolt. In the middle image (style 650S in Maple Honey) the legs were purchased from Hafele and came with a threaded connection that worked perfectly but I have also used a threaded bolt drilling into a wooden leg and then down into the floor to secure it. You never know when something might happen that would jeopardize the installation.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces