How to Choose the Right Bathroom Vanity for Your Space
For those with an eye for design and a knack for creativity, remodeling your bathroom’s vanity is a fun way to personalize your space. Even if you don’t consider yourself the artsy type, giving your bathroom’s mirror and counter top a new look can be an exciting process. Not sure how to pick the right bathroom vanity for your space and budget? Read on for some helpful bathroom vanity design tips.
Measure Your Space and Choose Your Placement
Whether you’re building a new bathroom or giving your space a major makeover, be sure you measure the height, width and depth of the space for your vanity. You’ll also want to be sure that it doesn’t block your shower or bathroom door, and that its surrounding areas can still be accessed during cleaning. And for those who have small spaces or need plenty of storage, a vanity cabinet is an ideal option. In addition, keep in mind that because many vanity counter tops tend to hang off the cabinets on the front the sides, so you’ll also need to consider those extra measurements.
Wall-Mounted Vanity or Traditional Floor-Mounted Vanity?
If you really want to give your bathroom a modern look, consider a wall-mounted vanity. However, this option may require rerouting your plumbing. If you’re on a budget, it might be a good idea to stick with a traditional floor-mounted vanity.
Determine Your Style, Material and Vanity Top
If you’re only replacing your bathroom’s vanity, be sure the style matches with the existing flooring. If you want a modern and contemporary style, vanities with sleek lines and a minimalist feel (such as pedestal bowl/vessel sink styles) can help you achieve that look. For a more traditional vanity style, a counter top under-mount sink with a backsplash offers a classic look. You’ll also want to determine whether you want frame or frameless mirror style.
When choosing a material for your bathroom vanity cabinet, consider these common types:
Solid, Laminated or Veneer Wood – This finish can look classic or modern, depending on the style. Wood vanities are usually coated with lacquer for protection, but some experts recommend cleaning up water right away to avoid any damage to the finish.
Laminate - This synthetic finish is easy to maintain, durable and very affordable.
Veneer – An more affordable alternative to wood cabinets, veneer models are popular for those on a budget.
When selecting a counter top for your vanity, you’ll want to consider not only the style, but also the durability. Here are the most common types of vanity counter tops:
Laminates - Most economical option and easy to clean, but can be chipped or scratched; water- and stain-resistant and available in many design styles.
Ceramic Tile – Easy to clean and moisture-resistant, but grout my et stained and needs to be resealed.
Cast Polymers – Stain- and mildew-resistant, easy to clean and available in different styles (such as granite and marble designs); can be difficult to repair scratches and chips.
Solid Materials – Very durable and constructed from composite resins; tends to be more expensive.
Natural Stone – Very durable and easy to maintain/clean; stain- and scratch-resistant, but also needs to be polished and sealed regularly.
Man-Made Stone – Can cost the same as natural stone, but more stain- and mildew-resistant.
Regardless of your design preferences, the possibilities are endless. Plus, swapping out your old counter tops with a more unique style is a much more affordable than giving your entire bathroom a makeover.