Essentially a vanity unit and WC unit combined, as its name might suggest, a bathroom furniture combination unit is a space saving piece of furniture. Nevertheless, if you’ve bought one of these and are thinking about installing it yourself,you’ll find that as a large, single piece of bathroom furniture, it the potential to be really heavy. Not as much of a problem if you have a floor standing piece such as an Apex or Tabor, but if you’ve bought a wall mounted combination unit you’ll need a helper when it comes to fixing the item to the wall!
Before you begin your installation, check that you have all the parts and tools that you need. It may sound obvious, but if you cut off your bathroom water supply and dismantle your old basin and toilet only to find that you don’t have all the parts you neede to complete the installation of your bathroom furniture, you won’t be best pleased.
Once you’ve assembled your combination unit from its flat-pack delivery state, your water supply to your basin and toilet has been shut off, and your old sanitaryware has been removed, you can begin your installation.
Look around the bathroom: you’ll see that your water supply pipes and waste pipes will come either out from a wall or up from the floor. You’ll need to spot where these pipes enter and exit the room, then cut access holes as appropriate in your new bathroom furniture. Items don’t generally come pre-cut in this way, so wherever you bought your bathroom furniture, this will be one of your first tasks. When cutting your bathroom furniture, measure carefully first of all, and then double check each of your measurements. It’s better to spend some time making sure that you’re cutting in the right place from the outset, than to cut first – and then have to repair an unsightly mistake.
Use common sense when measuring for fixing holes on your walls, and make sure you drill carefully too – especially into tiled surfaces, which can be easy to crack. Plumb in your basin taps and waste and your WC waste and water supply securely, using good quality tools and materials that have been designed for the task in hand.
Always be sure, whether you’re fitting furniture to the wall, or plumbing in your sanitaryware, that you carefully follow any specific fitting instructions that have been provided along with your new bathroom furniture, as the manufacturer may pass on some important item-specific details.