Build onto an existing bathroom vanity

Miriam Fritz
by Miriam Fritz
I have this existing bathroom vanity, I love the tile surrounding it and don't want to mess with tearing it out and putting a new one in, is there a way that I could just add cabinets underneath and built them myself? I can't seem to find a DIY like this anywhere.
  13 answers
  • Judy Judy on Nov 07, 2016
    Measure the height of the space to your existing counter. Go to Lowes and purchase pre made cabinets just slide them underneath, secure with screws to the side walls. Another option, pre made white cubes for open shelving add baskets for storage.
  • Marion Marion on Nov 07, 2016
    I would go with the cubes and baskets idea. That way they can be reused when you decide to replace the vanity. you will need some wiggle room to fit the drain and probably the supply pipes underneath.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Nov 07, 2016
    I like the slide in cubes with baskets. Too many times with built ins you get stuff lost in the back that you don't find until a major change comes along. Be sure to measure distance side to drain pipe that might be in the way. You may need to put one on each side of the space where pipes hang down. Also measure back to front so you don't get them too big to go all the way under. For center area where pipes hang you may just have to put a piece of wood between the two cabinets to even up things. Another option would be Sterlite drawers. I just bought a couple of these 3 drawer units for beside my desk for storage. They have casters and come in a variety of sizes. If you don't like that you can see through them just paint the front of each. I've seen other ideas on this site for re-doing this type of storage unit.
  • Karen Dunnam Karen Dunnam on Nov 07, 2016
    You could also pick up some pre-made plastic or wire shelf units and place a couple of those, and add baskets to fill in around the pipe area. (I like to have removable shelves where water is involved.)
  • FRED RIGGS FRED RIGGS on Nov 07, 2016
    I like the others would go with the slide in cubes with baskets. That way nothing is sitting on the floor, you can see it all for handy retrieval
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Nov 07, 2016
    You could seek help from a cabinets maker or just a good handy man. Alternatively I would purchase some lovely cabinets that are on wheels roll them in under the existing bench. Being portable will allow you to clean under the sink easily. Perhaps you could also use the area for a washing basket.
  • Linda Klass Linda Klass on Nov 07, 2016
    You could create a shelf with or without short legs for the bottom then put storage crates on it. or this one without the sides and use baskets or just use something like this
  • Florida Beachpotato Florida Beachpotato on Nov 07, 2016
    use an adjustable shower rod to hang 2 pieces of ruffled curtain, meeting at the middle. Simple and inexpensive. Mine is navy blue denim. Also find a place for a plant, on the top or hanging from ceiling.
  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Nov 07, 2016
    Absolutely you can....You will want to build a stile and rail unit which is a front with intersecting boards...Google it to see how it's done....Build a base floor for the cab and attach the stile and rail front make some doors and you're in.
  • Allor Allor on Nov 08, 2016
    I recycled 3 old 2 drawer file cabinets (oak) that just happened to fit, paint to match and remove any legs/feet to reduce the height. It does work.
  • Goldrushgal Goldrushgal on Nov 08, 2016
    You could use low narrow shelving and simply build a frame to add doors. Check out the Habitat for Humanity Restore in your area. They have tons of used doors. You might get lucky and find a set to fit your space. Then paint to match your vanity.
  • Kathryn Matson Kathryn Matson on Nov 09, 2016
    I have a small guest bathroom and sink area. I got ahold of a large great sink from a friend which was new. It was so large I tore out the counter and just have a large sink now. I am so pleased with the results. It looks beautiful and now I have just the sink to clean.