The Ultimate Guide: What To Consider When Shopping for a Bathroom Vanity


Are you renovating a bathroom and in the market for a new bathroom vanity? Look no further! This ultimate guide will help you navigate the myriad choices and find the perfect vanity for your project. Whether you're in the midst of upgrading your existing bathroom or planning a bathroom remodel, the right vanity can make a huge difference in both style and functionality. Today we will explore essential factors to consider when purchasing a bathroom vanity: size and style, materials and storage options, plus our team’s expert tips to help you make an informed decision and avoid costly mistakes. Let's get started on finding the perfect bathroom vanity for you!

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bathroom Vanity

We get it: bathrooms can be expensive to remodel and, often, you need to decide where to save or splurge. When it comes to choosing a bathroom vanity, there are several factors to consider. These factors will help ensure that you select a vanity that not only fits your space, but also meets your functional and aesthetic needs for years to come.



1. Style and Design

One of the first things to consider when buying a bathroom vanity is the overall style you are trying to achieve. Do you prefer a clean modern look or are you more drawn to a classic, traditional design? Is your home’s architecture mid-century modern or Craftsman style?

Simply put, the style of your vanity should complement the overall aesthetic of your bathroom. Consider the existing elements in your bathroom, such as the flooring, wall color, and fixtures. The same is true if you are still in the planning stages. Choose a vanity that complements the other elements in order to create a cohesive and visually appealing space. Additionally, think about the future. Will the style you choose stand the test of time or is it likely to become outdated quickly?




2. Size and Layout

Another crucial factor to consider is the size and layout of your bathroom. Measure the available space carefully to ensure that the vanity you choose fits perfectly. Be sure to factor in the placement of other fixtures, such as toilets and bathtubs, too. This will ensure there is enough clearance for comfortable movement while also potentially meeting Universal Design standards.

It's also essential to consider the functionality of the vanity. Do you need extra storage space for towels and toiletries? If so, opt for a vanity with ample cabinets or drawers. If space is limited, consider a wall-mounted vanity to maximize floor space.

3. Quality and Durability

Investing in a high-quality bathroom vanity is essential to ensure its longevity. When shopping for your bathroom remodel, look for vanities made from durable materials such as solid wood. The key is to choose a vanity material that is resistant to warping and moisture damage. Similarly, pay attention to the construction of the vanity. Check for solid joinery techniques such as dovetail or mortise and tenon joints, which indicate superior craftsmanship. Inspect the hardware, such as hinges and drawer slides, to ensure they are sturdy and operate smoothly. A soft-close drawer or cabinet is also a bonus! 

Different Types of Bathroom Vanities

When it comes to bathroom vanities, the options are seemingly endless! Our design team put together their top 3 types to help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs and preferences.

1. Freestanding Vanities

Freestanding vanities are the most common type thanks to their design and size options. This style stands directly on the floor and typically features cabinets and drawers for storage. They come in tons of styles, from sleek and modern to ornate and traditional and everything in between. Our team tends to prefer freestanding vanities because they provide ample storage space, making them ideal for larger bathrooms or those in need of extra storage.

2. Wall-Mounted Vanities

Wall-mounted vanities are a popular choice for smaller bathrooms or if your goal is to maximize floor space. These vanities are mounted directly to the wall, creating a floating effect. Wall-mounted vanities bring a streamlined look to the space and are perfect for making a small bathroom appear more spacious. However, they may have limited storage space when compared to freestanding vanities. Keep that in mind if you choose this option.

3. Vessel Sink Vanities

Vessel sink vanities definitely make more of a statement in the bathroom. These vanities feature a bowl-shaped sink that sits on top of the countertop, rather than being recessed or under-mounted. Vessel sinks come in various materials, including glass, porcelain, and stone. 

If you choose this open, be sure to consider the height of the vanity and sink combination to ensure comfortable use. Also, keep in mind that vessel sinks may require additional countertop space due to their above-counter installation, as well as a taller faucet.


Materials and Finishes for Bathroom Vanities

Next, let’s discuss materials and finishes for the base of your bathroom vanity because, once again, there are countless options! Each material has its unique characteristics and benefits, so it's essential to consider your preferences and requirements, along with your overall design goals.

1. Solid Wood

Solid wood vanities are a popular choice due to their durability and timeless appeal for many bathroom remodels. The options are nearly endless thanks to all the different types of wood available, along with distinctive grain patterns and stain finishes. You can also stain or paint your wooden vanity to match your desired aesthetic. They provide a warm and natural look to the bathroom and can withstand the rigors of daily use. However, it's important to note that solid wood vanities may require regular maintenance to prevent water damage.


2. Engineered Wood

Engineered wood, such as moisture-resistant MDF, is an increasingly popular vanity material because it is generally more affordable than solid wood. Engineered wood vanities offer a smooth surface finish that lends itself well to modern and contemporary design aesthetics. This material choice has become a popular choice for bathrooms as they are less prone to warping or cracking due to moisture.

Understanding Different Bathroom Sink Options

Now that we’ve discussed our recommended materials for the vanity base, it’s time to think about sinks for your bathroom renovation. Choosing the right bathroom sink for your vanity is an important decision that can significantly impact the functionality and style of your space. There are several sink options available, each with its own unique features and benefits. Here’s a quick breakdown of each:

1. Undermount Sink

Undermount sinks are installed underneath the countertop, creating a seamless look. They are a popular choice for bathroom vanities as they are easy to clean and provide a sleek appearance. Undermount sinks are popular because you get a generous amount of countertop space, plus it’s easier to wipe directly into the sink.


2. Drop-in Sink

Drop-in sinks, also known as self-rimming or top-mount sinks, are inserted into a hole cut in the countertop. The sink's rim rests on the countertop, creating a visible edge. Drop-in sinks are a versatile option and can be easily replaced or upgraded without needing to replace the entire vanity. They are available in various shapes and sizes, making them suitable for different bathroom styles. However, the downside of a drop-in sink is that  cleaning is slightly more challenging when compared to undermount sinks.

3. Vessel Sink

As we discussed earlier, vessel sinks sit on top of the countertop, creating a dramatic look. Jst like other sinks, they are available in various materials, shapes, and colors. Vessel sinks add a touch of elegance and luxury to any bathroom. It's important to consider the height of the vanity and sink combination to ensure that it isn’t too tall to use comfortably.

If you choose this open, be sure to consider the height of the vanity and sink combination to ensure comfortable use. Also, keep in mind that vessel sinks may require additional countertop space due to their above-counter installation, as well as a taller faucet.

Choosing the Right Size for Your Bathroom Vanity

And lastly, choosing the right size for your bathroom vanity is crucial. Not only to ensure that it fits perfectly in your space, but also to make sure it meets your functional needs. Keep in mind the following factors when determining the size of your vanity.

1. Available Space & Accessibility

Measure the available space in your bathroom to determine the maximum size of the vanity you can accommodate. Be sure to factor in the placement of other fixtures, such as toilets and bathtubs. Ensure there is enough clearance on each side so you can easily walk around and so that it doesn’t restrict movement. Additionally, consider the height of the vanity as it can impact the height of your mirror and lighting.

It's also important to consider the depth of the vanity, especially if you have limited space between the vanity and the wall. Ensure that the vanity's depth allows for comfortable use of the sink and does not obstruct the movement in the bathroom. It can be a delicate balance, but our design team are pros at it!

2. Storage Needs

Next, evaluate your storage needs and choose a vanity with sufficient cabinet or drawer space. How many people will be using the bathroom? What items and how much of each do you need to store? Factor in items such as towels, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. If you have limited storage space thanks to a small bathroom, consider additional storage solutions such as wall shelves or a medicine cabinet to keep your bathroom organized and clutter-free.

3. Plumbing Considerations

We know there’s a lot to take into account, but there’s one more thing: be sure to factor in the location of any plumbing when selecting a vanity. For example, make sure that the plumbing lines align with the vanity's cutouts for the sink and faucet. You may need to consult a plumber to make any necessary adjustments or modifications.

We hope that, with the help of this ultimate guide, you feel well-equipped to find the perfect bathroom vanity for your remodel project. Need more help with your bathroom remodel? Reach out to our team to discuss your project!

Article Categories: Bathroooms, Bathrooms, Interior Design, Bathroom Remodels, Design Tips And Trends

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