An old chest of drawers can easily be converted into a washbasin. You need two holes in the cover plate and a lead-through in the rear wall. The siphon for the water drain does not take up much space. Water inlet hoses are pliable and flexible and can be easily laid inside.
The amount determines the suitability
The most important aspect of planning to place a sink on top of an old dresser is the right height. In the generally applicable building standard DIN 68935, the height range of 85 to 95 centimeters is specified for rental apartments. A chest of drawers that is converted into a vanity is ideally 75 to eighty centimeters high. Lower chests of drawers can be raised with feet or a different or second cover plate.
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It must also be ensured that the chest of drawers no longer creates any free space under the washbasin. Wheelchair users can no longer reach the pool. The position of the basin on the dresser should not be too far from the front edge. Otherwise, the flexing effect will be too great when using, which will be difficult especially for children who need to step up.
Material and surfaces
A chest of drawers that is placed in the bathroom should be made of solid wood. Furniture made of multi-purpose panels and veneered chests of drawers cannot withstand the inevitable moisture. Frequent spray water is to be expected on the cover plate, which is why a glass or stone plate may be the best solution.
The surfaces of the chest of drawers can be protected against humidity and splashing water with different processing methods:
- Seal with a waterproof varnish
- Treat with wood oil until filling
- Waxing in surfaces (requires relatively frequent regrowth)
Drilling and penetration of lines
At least two round holes must be drilled in the cover plate.
1. Reinforced hose for water inflow under the fitting (diameter 1 inch = 25.4 mm)
2. Siphon connection for water drainage under the sink (diameter 32-60 mm)
The back wall is either removed or a bushing cut out for the wall connection of the siphon. Plastic siphons can be shortened and have a standard size of forty millimeters.Tips & Tricks If you want to preserve the interior of your dresser as much as possible, you can install a countertop washbasin with a laterally offset drainage hole. For drawers, particularly flat siphons can avoid having to "sacrifice" more than one drawer.