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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-28-2015, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Bathroom vanity as stand?

I've got a 48" good quality, unused vanity sitting in the garage. Got a 55G a while back and the vanity seems perfect as a stand due to the same length.
But I'm not sure whether the vanity can support a topped off 55G.

There's also a granite top with a square sink cut. The tank will be placed on top of that. The vanity itself is probably 3-4 heavier than a stand of equal size.
Any insight regarding weight support is appreciated. I'll get some pics up when I can.
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More than likely it won't hold the weight. Is it a real wood/plywood or is it mdf?

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Much depends on how and what materials were used. Lots of vanity are meant to be attached solidly to the wall behind and have very little strength without that to keep them from "racking" or falling sideways.
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55G tank with all the fixings is about 500lbs. I don't think most bathroom vanitys can carry that safely.

I would brace the inside with 2x4s and then would feel comfortable with it.

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It is possible to modify any cabinet to make it strong and stable enough to hold an aquarium, but it could be more work, and almost as much cost, as making a stand from the ground up. It is worth doing if the cabinet is the right size and you really like its appearance, but lack the tools and ability to duplicate that appearance with a DIY stand.

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