How to Choose the Best Bathroom Vanities

From the sleek and contemporary to the elegant and traditional, bathroom vanities are available in a wide range of styles and sizes to suit any requirement. But with so many vanities to choose from, it can be a little tricky knowing which one is most suited to your bathroom design. So, to help you out, we have created this handy buying guide detailing how to choose the best bathroom vanities. Read on to discover more…

What is a bathroom vanity?

A bathroom vanity combines a sink with storage underneath, which means you can keep toiletries and beauty products hidden away yet easily accessible. Vanities are a very popular option for those undertaking a bathroom remodeling project, as they provide a stylish and practical storage solution. A vanity can feature doors or drawers, or even both, and most contemporary bathroom vanities in particular are supplied pre-assembled to save you time and effort during installation.

The majority of bathroom vanities with tops come in a range of materials and finishes including ceramic, stone, glass and wood. There’s also a choice of cabinet materials too, such as hardwood and manufactured wood. Vanities are designed to be water resistant, so to keep yours in top condition make sure to wipe dry any spills or splashes.

When deciding on the best spot to install your new vanity, you should choose a position that won’t obstruct the shower or bathroom door. Your vanity will be one of the most important elements in the bathroom, so the space around it needs to function properly.

Measure your bathroom

The first and most important step in choosing a new vanity is to accurately measure your bathroom. Double check your measurements, as the last thing you want to end up with is a vanity that’s way too small for the space. Vanities are available in a range of widths and depths, with narrow bathroom vanities now proving increasingly popular, so you should have no problem in finding one that perfectly fits your bathroom.

Remember to check the position of the plumbing, as this can determine the width of your new vanity. Costs will increase if you plan on moving the plumbing. Even something as simple as switching from a freestanding vanity to a wall hung design will mean that the plumbing will need to be re-routed, and you may need to fit new flooring too.

You will also need to consider how much counter and storage space you’ll require. It’s a good idea to clear out any junk that hasn’t been used in ages, and only keep what you need in your bathroom on a daily basis. You should also check that there’s enough space for doors or drawers to open fully. For families with children, it’s worth choosing a vanity with multiple drawers so you can allocate a drawer to each member.

How many sinks will you need?

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Bathroom vanities are available with a single sink or double sinks. Vanities with a single sink are a very popular option, and are ideal for small bathrooms. Double sink vanities are ideal for large family bathrooms, and they create a luxury look too.

When shopping for bathroom vanities with sinks, you will notice that there’s a choice of sink designs to take your pick from. Vanity basins, the most common type, are fitted directly into the opening on the counter. Semi-recessed sinks are designed to be fitted under the counter, which provides a neater appearance. A semi-recessed sink has no exposed edges to allow for easier cleaning. A countertop or vessel sink sits on top of the counter; this style of vanity is ideal for creating a chic, spa-style look.

Choose a color & style that will suit your bathroom

Before rushing into buying a new bathroom vanity, it’s important to take the style of the space into consideration – is it modern or traditional? Determining this will help you choose a design that complements your bathroom.

There are unique bathroom vanities for sale in a variety of colors and textures ranging from white gloss to luxurious wood effects. You should pick a vanity that will enhance and blend seamlessly in with the style of your bathroom.

Vanities with a black gloss finish are a great option for creating a designer look, while a dark wood finish adds a touch of luxury. To enhance a sense of space, opt for a white gloss finish, which will bounce the light around.

Freestanding bathroom vanities are the most common type, and incorporate maximum storage space. Wall hung vanities are ideal for smaller bathrooms as they help to create the illusion of more room. If you are really short on space, then it’s worth considering a corner vanity, which features a 90 degree angle at the back to allow it to fit perfectly into the corner of the bathroom.

Choosing a new faucet for your bathroom vanity

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Once you’ve decided on a vanity, you can now start looking for a faucet to add those all-important finishing touches. The right faucet can really enhance the design of your new bathroom vanity, but choosing the perfect one can be tricky, as there’s so many designs available ranging from the contemporary to the traditional.

The majority of vanity sinks feature a single faucet hole, which means you will need to opt for a monoblock sink faucet. A monoblock faucet features a single lever handle that provides smooth control over the flow and temperature of the water. When choosing a faucet, it’s important to take into consideration the water pressure in your home, is it low or high? This is to ensure your chosen faucet delivers the best possible performance.

It’s also a good idea to choose a faucet that matches the shape of your bathroom vanity, for example if it has square lines, try and pick a faucet with a geometric shape to create a look that flows.

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