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Learn how to install an Ikea Hemnes sink cabinet and see how we solved a problem or two that we encountered while doing the installation.
At the end of July I gave an update on our main bath renovation that included gray paint, a new shower curtain, and a grout refresh.
Next on our renovation list was replacing the pedestal sink with a vanity that would give us much-needed storage. We found a vanity locally that we loved but it was above our budget.
Luckily, on the way home from Haven, we stopped at IKEA to simply look around. However, we soon realized that they had a bathroom vanity that we considered perfect for our remodel project.
We purchased a Hemnes sink cabinet with two drawers, a Rattviken sink, and an Apelskar faucet all from the IKEA store in Charlotte, NC. We both were thrilled to get exactly what we needed at a reasonable price.
2020 Update: We installed the same Ikea Hemnes sink at our lake house. Read about the installation of the sink in this blog post.
The past two weeks have been crazy busy for me with going back to school and unexpected weekend travel.
I intended to help Mr. SP install the sink cabinet, sink, and faucet but haven’t been home enough in the past two weeks to lend a helping hand.
So, Mr. SP did all of the work and he will share his thoughts on his first IKEA product installation experience. (Am I lucky or what? I have a husband who not only did the work, but also wrote the text for my post.)
Take it away, Mr. SP!
How to Install an Ikea Hemnes Cabinet
The bathroom vanity/sink/faucet combination is essentially cafeteria style – you can choose each of the three components individually.
The vanity comes in various styles, colors, and sizes. Similarly, you can choose the sink in various styles and sizes. Finally, there were numerous choices of bathroom faucets from which to chose that are appropriate for the sink choices.
Assembling the Ikea Hemnes Cabinet
The cabinet was in a single, well packed box. I quickly inventoried all the pieces and found that it was all there. The hardware and some unique tools were also included in the hardware kit. The instructions had essentially no text, but only cartoons. That proved sufficient as the instructions were well done and the kit was easily constructed.
Below are photos of the various, simple steps in the construction of the cabinet. It went together very easily and was of very good construction. I thought that I would have to glue some pieces together, but everything fit so well and tight, that I found that unnecessary.
Once together, the cabinet was brought into the bathroom and positioned in place. The cabinet was leveled using screw feet on the bottom of the front legs (no rear legs on this cabinet, making it necessary to mount to the wall).
Marks were drawn on the walls where anchors would be placed to hold the cabinet in place. I scored the tile, then used a masonry bit to drill 5/8” holes in the wall to mount the anchors. I was fortunate enough to hit wood behind the wall, so lag screws were used to screw the cabinet to the wall.
Once mounted to the wall, the sink was fastened to the wall and cabinet using silicon adhesive. I let this dry overnight. I was willing to quit at this time anyway because plumbing came next, and I was more than willing to procrastinate.
All the plumbing came with the sink. This is important because special plumbing is necessary to make the necessary space for the cabinet drawers (more on this later).
The plumbing all went together easily – until I had to connect the 1-1/4” drain pipe to the wall 1-1/2” wall pipe.
All that was needed was a conversion kit (about $1.50), but the big box hardware stores did not have it. It was both laughable and frustrating to listen to the employees in those big box stores guessing and debating as to what I needed.
I went to the small, local True-Value store in desperation, and they had exactly what I needed. I now know to go there first. Going to the locally owned store should have been my first choice anyway. I have always been pleased with my transactions there.
Once I had this part, the plumbing was completed quickly and easily. I was as efficient as I could have been with plumbing to maximize the space (again, more on this later – suspenseful, right?).
Installing the Ikea Faucet
I unpacked the funky new faucet that we had chosen, and put that in quickly.
It also came with all the necessary parts, and a unique tool to help installation.
Again, I am impressed with the user-friendliness of the IKEA products.
Once connected to the water source, the faucet was tested, and the entire system check for leaks. There were none.
A Problem with the Ikea Hemnes Cabinet and How it Was Solved
Finally, it was time place the drawers on the drawer slides provided in the kit. They are really well designed, and beefy.
The drawers fit into them well and locked into place. The bottom drawer closed easily, and completely.
However, the top drawer closed to within 1/2” of complete. The drawer back hit on the overflow drain pipe from the sink. This is somewhat distressing, as I was as efficient with the plumbing as I believe I could have been.
A possible solution to the problem was cutting a notch, and shortening the top drawer slightly where it interferes with the drain. Instead, I moved one side of the drawer back in a few inches to accommodate the plumbing. Once completed, the drawers fit well within the cabinet.
Overall, we are very pleased with the end result, and impressed with the overall layout and simplicity of the kit.
The only two detriments that I can note are:
- The necessary purchase of the pipe conversion (this is minor)
- The interference of the drawer with the drain pipe – this is unfortunate as IKEA could have made the top drawer 1” shorter and removed such tight tolerances in the plumbing layout.
Again, it is worth noting that we are completely pleased with the end product and feel that the value, style are superb.
Thanks to my handy husband for installing our new vanity. I have not lived in a home with drawers in the bathroom since I was a teenager. I am so excited to take advantage of our new storage space.
What’s next for this space? We have a large mirror on order and art is needed to brighten the wall space.
How We Renovated our Guest Bathroom
Check out how we renovated the guest bathroom in our home.
- Bathroom Renovation – Part One
- Bathroom Renovation – Part Two
- Bathroom Renovation – Part Three
- Bathroom Renovation – Part Four
- Bathroom Renovation – Part Five
- Bathroom Renovation – Part Six
- Bathroom Renovation – Part Seven
- Bathroom Reveal