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PresidentsDad

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05-18-2020 04:21 PM

Hi All,
Couple of questions as I embark on the design of a vanity that will have a wall on both sides. The distance between the walls is 88.5”. Given that I probably cannot get an 88.5” vanity around the corners and into the room, I was thinking of making two 44.25” vanities with a mirror image. Essentially a sink on the left with doors under that and and a drawer and doors on the other half and then mirror that for the right side (we’ll call this vanity A). I also have another vanity of the same type across the hallway, but it has one open end, so I was just going to build the same thing and put a faux raised panel on the end (we’ll call this one vanity B). The existing design for Vanity A has a small drawer on the left, then the sink, then a bank of drawers, then another sink, then a small drawer. The existing design for vanity B has the sink first, then a double bank of drawers, then the other sink.

Questions:
For vanity A ,obviously, building a 44.25” vanity times two will be exactly the distance between the two walls, probably not good for fitment. How much wiggle room should I leave? 1/4” total? Something else?

What say the team on which existing design would work better? I was thinking the design for existing vanity B would be easiest, except instead of having the double bank of drawers, just have two drawers up top and two doors underneath that. Would it be an issue with the sinks pushed out to the edges? The existing plumbing actually supports the existing vanity B design in both areas.

Vanity A

Vanity B


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#1 posted 05-18-2020 04:54 PM

I did something similar a few years ago. The amount of “wiggle room” you’ll need will depend on the variances in the two end walls. Variances in how parallel they are, how plumb they are, how straight they are — there’s a ton of minor variances in 2×4 with drywall wall construction compared to cabinets. When I did this a few years ago, I allowed an inch on each end, then custom cut a couple of filler panels to match the face frames on my cabinets. (If I recall, one of the fillers was about 3/8” wide at the bottom and 7/8” wide at the top. I could have avoided cutting a taper if I had been willing to add some trim along the edges of the cabinets — which I was trying to avoid.)

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LeeRoyMan

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 04:59 PM

For vanity A
Are you planning on removing the casing on the doors, if not you will have to put one in and the other will have to drop down from the top.
My next question is the design. I make the cabinets smaller, and add fillers on each end that comes out flush with the face of the doors. Here is one method of what I’m talking about.

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 05:09 PM

I wouldn’t allow anything. Make it to fit. Make sure to allow enough space for your door so they don’t hit the wall. Make the boxes 1/8” smaller than face frames. More than likely, the shortest distance is in the corner where they mudded the drywall. Measure front and back.

If frameless, see LRM’s post about a filler.

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#4 posted 05-18-2020 05:36 PM

I could remove the casing, that would not be that difficult. I did forget to mention, these would be face frame style cabinets. Question: The filler on the end, would it simply be attached to the side edge of the cabinet (or the front edge)?


For vanity A
Are you planning on removing the casing on the doors, if not you will have to put one in and the other will have to drop down from the top.
My next question is the design. I make the cabinets smaller, and add fillers on each end that comes out flush with the face of the doors. Here is one method of what I m talking about.

- LeeRoyMan


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LeeRoyMan

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#5 posted 05-18-2020 05:46 PM

I have done it several ways.
Just depends on your face frame,
or the reveal you want (between the door and the filler),
or just the overall appearance you want.

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#6 posted 05-18-2020 05:47 PM

Makes sense, thanks for the illustration.


I have done it several ways.
Just depends on your face frame,
or the reveal you want (between the door and the filler),
or just the overall appearance you want.

- LeeRoyMan


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