Adding a wall mounted faucet is a great way to add a designer flair to a bathroom of any size or shape. Unfortunately, doing so isn’t exactly easy: you’ll need to tear out part of your wall, reroute your plumbing, and work around any existing studs, to say nothing of retiling the wall when you’re done. The good news is, there’s a great new way to get this look without all the heavy remodeling. Bathroom vanities with off-the-wall wall mounting systems like those from Direct Vanity are a brand new way to get the best of both worlds.
Many bathroom vanities come paired with stone vanity tops, and more often than not these stone surfaces are pre-cut to accommodate a standard sink and faucet. All you have to do is slide the faucet assembly and sink into the pre-drilled holes and tighten a few nuts and bolts. What off-the-wall wall mounting systems do is move those pre-drilled faucet holes from the top of the vanity up to the integrated backsplash, changing the placement dramatically but only minorly altering the installation.
A typical stone backsplash that’s integrated into a vanity top is about four inches tall and flat on the back so it sits flush with the wall. But on a vanity with an off-the-wall wall mounting system, there’s a small, hollow wooden panel behind the backsplash. This creates a nesting place for the faucet assembly, so that when the hardware is slipped through the holes in the backsplash (and the faucet and handles are screwed onto the front), all the hardware will sit nestled in the small wooden panel and the vanity will still sit seamlessly up against the wall.
This creates the illusion that the faucet is coming directly out of the wall without any plumbing work or demolishing your walls or existing tile. Instead, the water supply lines snake down the back of the vanity (hidden by the panel) and attach underneath exactly where they would on a standard vanity (though the hoses will need to be a tad bit longer). The whole thing has a completely seamless appearance, and only adds a few inches to the overall depth of the vanity.
Another simple advantage of this type of setup is that your faucet and handles will always be installed in the right position. In a traditional wall mounted installation, you have to contend with wall studs. This can limit the available placement of the faucet and handles, force you to install them too close together, or even limit where you can install your vanity. There’s also some degree of guesswork involved in choosing how high up to install the faucet based on the way the water flows (if it’s a standard stream or a waterfall style faucet). Having the holes pre-drilled takes out all this guesswork, and ensures the faucet will have an elegant 8″ spread.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of off-the-wall wall mounting systems is that they aren’t necessarily a permanent part of your bathroom. Once a wall mounted faucet is installed into a wall – and worse, once it’s tiled into place – there’s no room to alter the positioning without ripping out all the tile and the underlying wall. While the faucet itself can be changed with later remodels, you’re restricted to the same size and positioning for any future bathroom vanities, unless you want to undertake a much larger project. Bathroom vanities with off-the-wall wall mounting systems offer you the freedom to update your bathroom’s look without a lot of costly and invasive construction.
Off-the-wall wall mounting systems level the playing field, making installing a wall mounted faucet just as easily as installing a conventional one. Better still, it’s a solution that comes without compromise. The faucet holes are drilled into the vanity top (and with Direct Vanity are factory defaulted to work with a particular rough in from Danze), but you’re nearly always free to choose the faucet you want to get the look you want. Plus, because they’re integrated into real stone backsplashes, they not only have the elegant, slightly unconventional style of being mounted on the wall, but also the high quality look and feel of natural stone.
What do you think of these wall mount faucet ready bathroom vanities? Do you like the look, or is it worth the extra work to build your own backslash? Let me know in the comments!
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