Installing a sink yourself: what height? What precautions to take?

Do you want to redo your bathroom or simply install your sink yourself and are you wondering about the height to respect and the precautions to take? Rest assured, it is not very difficult to set the right height corresponding to your need for more comfort. Let’s take stock to carry out your project.

How high should your sink be fixed?

In terms of washbasin height, the European standard sets the height of the drain at 83 cm from the floor. This is indeed the standard height applied to washbasins placed on a pedestal. As for furniture with an integrated washbasin, they have a standard height of 85 to 87 cm.

Of course, these are standard norms. If you live in a large family, you can raise the height of the washbasin slightly so that you don’t have to constantly lean forward when using it. However, avoid exceeding 92 cm so as not to inconvenience other potential users.

Conversely, in a children’s bathroom, you can choose to fix the sinks at their height to promote their autonomy. The standard standard in this case is advised at 50 cm. Otherwise, you can fix the sink at the classic height and install a step to facilitate access for your youngest.

In the case of a person with reduced mobility, it is imperative to fix the sink at a height that allows it to be used with a chair or a wheelchair. Thus, it is recommended to place the drain of the suspended sink at least 67 cm from the ground, or even 70 cm, in order to be able to slide a chair or armchair underneath. There are models equipped with handles to facilitate access, with soap dishes and/or dispensers to be fixed to the wall.

How to fix your sink yourself?

You can completely fix your washbasin yourself, whether it is a model on a column, on furniture or suspended. Nevertheless, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises, it is recommended to check beforehand the possibility of carrying out your project. The wall that supports the washbasin cabinet or the wall-mounted washbasin must absolutely be solid and capable of supporting such a load.

Take your measurements, making sure beforehand that they correspond to your needs while respecting your comfort. For a straight installation, use a spirit level and mark the fixing points with a pencil on your wall to avoid mistakes.

With your drill, drill the wall so as to install your dowels then the threaded rods provided for the installation of the washbasin. Start by installing the drain, the tap and the waste device so that everything can be adjusted more easily. Then place the sink and make the necessary connections to the hot and cold water pipes and to the drain. Finish by placing a silicone joint and check that there are no leaks. On the other hand, wait 24 hours to use the sink, the time that the silicone seal dries.

To place your mirror above the sink, be sure to take your height into account so that your face is fully visible in the mirror. For information, it is advisable to leave a gap of 20 cm between the sink and the mirror, but this gap can be greater if your size requires it.

For a person with reduced mobility, opt for a tilted or tilting mirror to facilitate visibility.

Last point of safety which is essential to avoid accidents. Be sure to comply with the electrical standards in force, i.e. leave a distance of 30 to 40 cm between your sink and your electrical outlets or with the spotlights illuminating the mirror.

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