Concealing a basin waste pipe can be as simple as choosing the right vanity. But there are many choices in the way a basin is mounted in the bathroom. Wall-mounted vanities and open shelf vanities are just some of the basin vanity trends hitting bathrooms in 2017. While none of these styles are ‘new’, as cabinetmakers and plumbers have been installing them for years, concealing the waste pipe under a vanity is often considered as an afterthought at fit off.
Waste pipes can look unsightly if they are on display, especially when minimalism and clean lines are looked on with appreciation. A waste pipe underneath a wall mounted vanity can stick out like a sore thumb in a newly renovated bathroom.
That’s why it’s important to choose the basin and vanity well before the plumber roughs in the pipes, so the services are in the correct position for fit off.
Concealing the waste pipe should be considered when the vanity is chosen to ensure your bathroom has the look that you require.
Here are 5 ways to conceal a waste pipe under a vanity
1. Conceal it in the wall and vanity cupboard.
If your vanity is wall hung, ideally you want the waste pipe to be coming through the wall and through the back of the vanity with a p-trap. If the vanity has depth, an s trap should also work. It all depends on how high the waste enters the back of the vanity.
2. Use a Bottle Trap.
Bottle traps are often used on wall basins or open vanities where the waste pipe can be seen when entering the bathroom. Bottle traps will add expense to your budget, but they are unobtrusive and are a stylish option.
3. Use Chrome Plated Traps or Get a Copper Trap Chrome Plated.
This can be a little fiddly, but can look great on wall basins or shallow, open vanities which require an exposed trap and waste. The process involves a plumber fitting and welding a chrome trap to the basin, then removing it to get chrome plated. This can take a day or so depending on how busy the chrome plater is. Once the traps are chrome plated, they can be picked up and taken to site to be installed. Alternatively, if PVC is installed, a chrome paint can be used, but the PVC must be clean for this to be effective.
4. Paint it out.
If your budget is limited, paint the pipe in the same colour as the tiles, wall or vanity.
5. Box it out.
If painting a waste pipe still looks out of place, get your builder to box it out.
An exposed waste pipe is one of those aesthetic problems that need forethought and planning to avoid. In some cases it can be simply a matter of budget and/or the easiest way to hook the plumbing without adding extra cost to the bathroom renovation.