Dry Feet for a Bathroom Cabinet

      Options for protecting the bottom edge of a wood cabinet from water in a wet location. August 29, 2005

I'm installing a bathroom vanity that is made of birch plywood sides. The entire piece is stained and finished, but I am wondering if I should seal the bottom edge of the ply where it meets the floor tile. I'm afraid dampness will damage the ply edge. The other option is to lift the vanity an 1/8" or so to raise it off the floor and then trim it out with quarter round. Does anyone have any ideas?

Forum Responses
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
From contributor T:
The plastic foot tabs on the bottom would be better. They are 1/4" high which is much better than 1/8". Then use a hardwood toe moulding. All raw edges should be sealed whether it is in the bathroom or not unless, you are using marine ply.

From contributor K:
I agree with Contributor T about marine ply, but you could/should also use clear caulk around the perimeter of the base of the vanity.

From contributor R:
I never run gables to the floor especially in a wet environment such as the bathroom, they either get beat up or discolored from water. I make a separate kick, which you can wrap with veneer or tile/laminate or whatever, but at least it’s easily replaced. The tile works great if you’re really worried about water.

From contributor R:
This worked for me with cabinets set directly on a jacuzzi tub deck (that's a lot of wet). Lay a bead of silicon caulk on the bottom of the cabinet immediately before setting it in place. Let the silicone dry, then trim off with a razor. It forms a silicone gasket, completely sealing the wood from the wet floor.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking

  • KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking: Installation

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2019 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article