Install Flooring Under Vanity or Around?

Old 04-30-21, 06:03 AM
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Install Flooring Under Vanity or Around?

Maybe a dumb question:

What is the best practice for installing flooring relative to a bathroom vanity? Should the flooring be installed first, with the vanity sitting on top of it? Or should the vanity be installed on the subfloor, with the finished flooring installed up to (around) the vanity?

Thanks for your help.

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More room to work if you install floor covering before installing the vanity.
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Old 04-30-21, 06:46 AM
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You can only install the floor underneath the vanity if your floor is perfectly level and your wall is perfectly plumb. Because typically you need to level the vanity with shims. When you screw the vanity to the wall, it often lifts the front off the floor because bathroom floors are rarely level due to the weight of the tub.

So usually you install the vanity first and put your flooring around it.
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Far easier and faster to install the flooring first.
Also if there's ever a leak under the sink it's less likely to ruin the subflooring.
It's very common and easy to just add 1/4 rd. or shoe molding at the base of the vanity if there's a gap.

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