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Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

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.

Measure Your Space

It's important to measure your space. Here are several key factors to keep in mind.

  • Make sure to leave enough room for door openings (entry and shower) and trim. Every space is different, so open vanity doors and drawers and measure against the dimensions of your bathroom. You'll want to ensure the vanity won't be too big or disrupt the flow of traffic.
  • Keep in mind existing features such as mirrors, electrical switches and outlets.
  • Check your plumbing location. This could determine the width of your vanity. Moving plumbing will increase costs.


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.

  • Width: 12 to 84 inches. Typical cabinet widths are 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 inches
  • Height: 31 to 35-1/2 inches
  • Depth: 17 to 24 inches


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.

Watch Our DIY Basics Video: How to Use a Tape Measure

Good to Know

For standard building code compliance, allow at least 18 inches from the cabinet edge to the center of the toilet.

Bathroom Vanity Styles

Choose the best bathroom vanity for your style and space.

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.


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Explore Your Options

Double vanities and sinks

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.

Wood Type
Types can range from basic engineered wood, birch or pine to more expensive materials such as Asian hardwood, oak, maple and more.


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Other Vanity Considerations

Center-set Faucet

Coordinating Collections
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.

  • Widespread Faucets: They have a spout with separate hot and cold water handles. All pieces appear to be separate. Widespread faucets are available with 6- to 16-inch drillings for 3-hole predrilled installation basins.
  • Centerset Faucets: They're made for 4-inch predrilled with 3-hole installation basins. They combine a spout and valves on a single base unit. Centerset faucets may have a single-handle mixing lever or two handles mounted on a 6-inch plate.


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