5 Ways to Conceal a Waste Pipe Under a Vanity

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5 ways to conceal a waste pipe under a vanity

You’ve got the vanity in but the waste pipe looks a bit out of place. Here are 5 ways to conceal a waste pipe under a vanity.

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 which require a little thought around concealing the waste pipe.

While none of these vanity styles are new, as cabinetmakers and plumbers have been installing them for years, it’s personal preference on how to conceal the waste and sometimes it is an afterthought at fit off.

Waste pipes can look unsightly if they are on display and don’t match the overall colour scheme of the bathroom. 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.

5 ways to conceal a pipe under a vanity

Here are 5 ways to conceal a waste pipe under a vanity

1. Conceal it in the 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.

It 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.

paint out the waste to work in with bathroom colour scheme
Photo by Houzz

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 can look odd underneath a floating vanity. Thinking about how the trap can be concealed will help the overall aesthetic of the bathroom.

How is your vanity waste concealed? Is it hooked up in the vanity or do you have bottle traps?