Install a sink yourself: what height? What precautions?


Do you want to redo your bathroom or simply put your sink yourself and you wonder about the height to respect and the precautions to be taken? Rest assured, it is not very difficult to set the right height corresponding to your needs for more comfort. Let’s take stock to complete your project.

How high should you fix your sink?

In terms of sink height, the European standard fixes the height of the drain at 83 cm from the floor. This is indeed the standard height applied to sinks placed on a column. As for the furniture with an integrated sink, they are of a standard height of 85 to 87 cm.

Obviously, these are standard standards. If you live in a large family, you can raise the height of the sink quite a bit so that you don’t have to lean forward all the time when you use 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 norm in this case is recommended at 50 cm. Otherwise, you can set the sink at the standard 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 its use with a chair or a wheelchair. Thus, it is recommended to place the drain of the suspended washbasin at least 67 cm from the floor, or even 70 cm, in order to be able to slide a chair or the armchair underneath. There are models equipped with handles to facilitate the approach, with soap dishes and / or dispensers to be fixed to the wall.

How to fix your sink yourself?

You can easily fix your sink yourself, whether it is a column, cabinet or wall-hung model. However, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises, it is recommended to check beforehand the possibility of carrying out your project. The wall supporting the washbasin cabinet or the wall-mounted washbasin must be absolutely solid and capable of withstanding 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 and then the threaded rods provided for the installation of the sink. Start by installing the drain, the tap and the drain so that everything can be adjusted more easily. Then place the sink and make the necessary connections on the hot and cold water pipes and on the drain. Finish by installing a silicone gasket and check that no leaks appear. However, wait 24 hours to use the sink, while the silicone seal dries.

To place your mirror over 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 may be greater if your size requires it.

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

Last safety point which is essential to avoid accidents. Make sure to respect the electrical standards in force, that is to say to leave a distance of 30 to 40 cm between your sink and your electrical outlets or with the spotlights lighting the mirror.

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