Bathroom vanity replacement

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by rburt5, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. rburt5

    rburt5 Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Canton, Ohio
    I want to replace my bathroom vanity. It sets tightly between two walls that are 48" apart. This is not a high end remodel, and I would like to stay away from custom built cabinets. The problem is that 48" cabinets from the big box stores say they need a 49" top (for overhang?) Would it work if I ordered a 48" vanity top from somewhere? Or can I get a standard 49" formica vanity top and cut off 1/2" from each end?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    You do NOT need "overhang" if it is going between side walls. In fact that would be one thing you did NOT want. Buy the 48" cabinet AND a 49" countertop, the cut the 1/2" off each end.
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  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    If you want something that looks nice, a countertop specialty shop can make a vanity top any size.
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  5. queen50

    queen50 Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    Auburn, Washington
    You may be able to get a bargain on granite for
    For the size of top you need you may be able to get a good bargain at a granite supply place.
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Many tops can be fairly easily cut to fit in there. Depending on how square the opening is, you might want to consider a slightly narrower cabinet, and then buy the prefinished matching filler pieces trimmed to fill in that small gap exactly. If you don't want or need drawers, it's not all that hard to just build a frame - there are a bunch of prefinished doors you could then put on it. Lots of choices, some of them depend on your skill levels and what tools you have. Something like a quarter-round trim can hide slight misfits if the walls aren't plumb or square.

    A granite fabricator will often have some remnants that could be used, but making the cutout for the sink (especially if you want an undermount that needs to be polished), can be more than the stone, and polishing the front edge is not inexpensive, either.

    A prefabbed stone counter with the sink hole already there can be cut down to fit, often for only slightly more than one made from other solid surface or Formica(TM) surfaces, and are much more durable.
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