Is it time for a bathroom makeover or do you just envision a spruce-up? A vanity can dictate the overall look of a room. Whether you're going traditional, modern or somewhere in-between, we can help you select the best vanity for your space.
It's important to measure your space. Here are several key factors to keep in mind.
Then measure sizes for vanity cabinets and vanity cabinets with tops. Take into account your storage needs and who will use it. Standard countertop height is 31 inches, but it's really a matter of personal preference. Taller adults might want a higher countertop, while shorter models work better for small children.
If you're purchasing a vanity without a top, you’ll also need to measure for the countertop. Measure the width and depth of the vanity cabinet. The vanity top should be 1 inch wider and 1 inch deeper than the vanity cabinet.
Be sure to include allowances for fillers if you plan on using them. A filler (or filler strip) is a piece of wood used next to a vanity to close any gap that's between the vanity and the wall.
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For standard building code compliance, allow at least 18 inches from the cabinet edge to the center of the toilet.
Vanities come in two styles -- freestanding or built-in. Freestanding vanities are good for small spaces and come in many different styles. Built-ins are better for larger spaces, typically offering more countertop space and storage.
You'll also need to decide if you'd like to purchase a vanity with or without a top. Installing a vanity with a top is easier, but the downside is that you're limited to the top that's sold with the vanity. Purchasing a vanity without a top gives you the opportunity to choose your material. Countertops are available in a wide range of materials including solid surface, glass, cultured and natural stone.
The vanity can define your bathroom space. Since bathrooms are usually separate from the rest of your home, you can deviate from your typical style. If your home is traditional, you can opt for a more modern look in your bathroom. Consider the following options before purchasing:
Color and Finish
Vanities can be made of glass, metal or wood and typically come in white, black, mid-tone brown or espresso finishes. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can paint a wood cabinet the color of your choice.
Check the description on the vanity that you're interested in purchasing. Some will already include the door and drawer hardware.
In a small bathroom, a single vanity is probably your only option. But with a bigger bathroom you can decide if you’d like to do one larger vanity or break it up with two smaller vanities side by side.
Is this vanity going in a master bathroom or a powder room? A guest room or a kids’ bathroom? Think about your particular needs. If you use this bathroom every day, then ample storage space (including drawers and countertop space) is going to be more important to you.
Types can range from basic engineered wood, birch or pine to more expensive materials such as Asian hardwood, oak, maple and more.
To create a cohesive look in your bathroom, look for vanities that are sold with matching mirrors.
Most vanity tops are pre-drilled for faucets. The most popular openings are for center-set or widespread faucets.