How to Choose the Right Bathroom Vanity

When you’re strategizing for your home remodel, there are quite a few points to take into account. Particularly if you are building a bathroom vanity, you’ll want the space to be both functional and pretty to look at. There are plenty of vanity styles and options that will work for every kind of interior design style. It all depends on what kind of look you are going for. Of course, this also means that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the choices. Making the right decisions means understanding what you need from the space and how you can make it work to meet those needs. 

Before you start ordering countertops or drawing up a design, you’ll want to take a step back and ask yourself a few major questions about the vanity you want to build and how you want to go about building it. If you aren’t sure where to begin, these are a few things that you should make a point of asking yourself.

Who Will Be Using This Vanity and How?

Of course, every project begins and ends with how you are going to be using the space. Your vanity is going to be the main focal point of your bathroom, and you’ll want to install a vanity that will not only work for you but will also look nice. Typically, a vanity is a place where you will be getting ready in the mornings, so your morning routine plays a heavy role in what kind of vanity you’ll want to build.

If you and a partner are sharing a bathroom, you might want there to be two sinks, one for each of you so you aren’t fighting over sink space. If there’s just you, you might be able to use a smaller space. The type of vanity also depends on your own personal preferences. If you have quite a few products to use and like them to be out of sight, you’ll want to build drawers that will accommodate your personal care items. If you are the type who prefers to have their products out on the counter for easy access, you might want to put more emphasis on counter space. Before you build your vanity, ask yourself what kind of things you need from the space, what kind of things you want from the space, and how you can go about combining that with your personal vision.

How Much Space Do You Have? 

Once you know what kind of things you’ll need to incorporate into your vanity, you’ll want to take measurements to see how much space you have available. If you’ll be sharing the space with your partner, you’ll want to take into account each of your individual needs and split the space down the middle. You’ll also need to take into account the size of different tools that you use in your routine. For instance, if you need a drawer deep enough to store a hairdryer and a hair straightener, you’ll need to measure them and see if you can build a drawer deep enough. 

Depending on the space available and the size of the vanity you want, it’s worth planning uses for each aspect of the vanity before you build it. Plan what will go into each drawer and cabinet, take measurements, and make sure you’re not underestimating or overestimating the amount of space that you’ll need. 

You’ll also want to keep in mind any potential obstacles to your design. You’ll need to make sure that the door will still swing all the way in and that the toilet and shower will be large enough to accommodate everyone in your household. You’ll want to test the flow of traffic to make sure that everyone is going to be able to navigate the bathroom easily without bumping into the vanity.

There are plenty of ways that you can optimize the space you have using organizational tricks, built-in drawers, and cabinet mounted storage. Even if your bathroom is small, it doesn’t mean that you will not be able to have a vanity that meets your needs.

Vanity Type Options 

There are several options for different aspects of your vanity that depend on your preferences or the setup of your home. These are 2 types of vanities that might work for you depending on your space: 

A Freestanding Vanity- This is the most common type of vanity available. They typically come pre-made, they are easy to install, and there’s a minimal amount of commitment to both the design and the project. Freestanding vanities just rest on the floor like any other piece of furniture and get secured to the wall with mounting screws to keep it in place. It’s a quick and easy way to change the look of your bathroom without a major home renovation. 

A Wall Mount Vanity- These are also known as floating vanities, and these mount directly on the wall without any support from the floor. They’re typically a very sleek and tend to be more of a permanent set up in your home. In some cases, the type of plumbing you have might play a factor in which type of vanity will work for your space. You’ll want to talk to a professional before you embark on any substantial changes to your bathroom vanity. 

The type of vanity you choose will typically depend on the size of the investment you are willing to make, the style you want to incorporate into your bathroom, and the space you have to work with. It’s a good idea to consult a professional before you select a vanity type to see what kind of options you have and what pros and cons there might be for each type in your case.

What Type of Sink You Should Get For Your Vanity 

Of course, once you’ve decided on the number of sinks you want to be installed, you’ll want to consider more than just the hardware you’ll be using to complete the look. You’ll also want to select the right kind of sink that will give you the utility that you need. There are a few different types of sinks that could work for you and they can be broadly categorized into the following styles: 

Traditional Molded-In Sink- This type of sink typically gets dropped into the top of your vanity and has a lip that will stick out above the countertop. This makes it easy to install and clean, but you’ll need to keep an eye on the seal between the sink and the countertop and possibly re-seal it regularly. 

Under-Mount Sink- The under-mount sink is incorporated directly into your bathroom’s design. The sink is flush with the top of the counter which makes it easy to clean and gives your counter a sleeker look. However, it is installed from beneath your counter, which depends on the type of plumbing you have and requires holes to be cut for the taps and hardware. 

Vessel Sink- A vessel sink is when the basin sits on top of the counter like a bowl. It can be partially recessed or fully out on the countertop. They come in lots of different styles and materials depending on your preference and are typically associated with a modern look. However, they do take up quite a bit of counter space and won’t work for everyone. 

Depending on your personal style and the plumbing in your home, any of these options might work for you.

What Type of Countertop You Should Get For Your Vanity 

There are several types of countertops available for your vanity. It depends on the type of look you like and what your budget might be. 

Acrylic Countertop- Acrylic countertops are great for the most customizable style for your bathroom. Typically they are about 33% resin-based and the remaining components are mineral-based. They’re resilient and versatile. They also have invisible seams so you won’t have any lines breaking up your counter space. Acrylic is also easy to clean since it’s not porous and you won’t need to seal it constantly as you might with other countertop types. This is a low maintenance countertop that will allow you to customize your bathroom’s look. 

Granite Countertop- Granite is a common countertop that provides a luxurious look to bathrooms and kitchens. It’s very hard and doesn’t typically get scratched or damaged. There’s no risk of putting a hot styling tool down on it. They’re a great option for a bathroom counter, but they do require some upkeep. Granite is porous and if it isn’t resealed regularly, it can absorb oil or other liquids that can cause permanent stains. An unsealed countertop can also be difficult to clean properly as bacteria can get trapped in its pores. 

Quartz Countertop- Quartz is a step up from granite in terms of countertop materials. Just like granite, it is very hard and durable. It’s glossy and stain and crack resistant. It doesn’t require the upkeep of granite though since it is non-porous. There’s no need to seal or re-seal it as time goes on. It’s easy to clean and will stay beautiful for years to come. However, it isn’t heat-tolerant like granite, and it is more expensive as a result of being so durable. 

Solid Surface Countertop- A solid surface countertop is a good compromise for people who want the look of a granite or quartz countertop but don’t have the budget or appreciate the drawbacks of either option. Solid surface countertops are seamless and easy to keep clean. It’s also easy to repair. It does run a larger risk of getting damaged and can’t hold up against heat, but it’s a great option to consider for a bathroom countertop.

What Kind of Finish Materials You Should Use 

Once you’ve gotten the entire design figured out and selected the sink, storage, and countertop specifications you’d like, it’s time for the finishing touches! These are a few options that you can use as materials for your bathroom vanity: 

Solid Wood- Solid wood is the most highly recommended option for a bathroom vanity since it’s durable and looks gorgeous. You can get plenty of different finishes and looks from hardwood depending on the type of wood and the stain you use on it. 

Composite Materials- Of course, if solid wood or hardwood isn’t an option you’d like to go with, there are several composite materials that will suit your needs. Specifically, you can use plywood or particleboard as a more cost-effective material that will still give you a beautifully finished vanity. 

Can You Install Your Home Vanity? 

A lot of people like to roll up their sleeves and change up their homes themselves, and in some cases, this might be a good opportunity to do so! However, installing your own vanity can be tricky, since it involves changes to your plumbing, and in most cases, you’ll need a professional to handle the installation of a freestanding vanity. Professionals can also call attention to potential problems that you might not have thought of and give you solutions or options to adjust your bathroom design. Even if it’s just a consult, it’s a good idea to get a professional to check out your space before you break out the sledgehammer and start a major renovation project. The last thing you want is to get into a project and realize that you bit off more than you could chew. 

For most of us, our day starts with us getting ready in front of the bathroom mirror. Creating a vanity that will address all of your needs will set you up for success on a daily basis. Depending on your personal style, there’s no limit to the number of ways you could style your vanity. These are just the beginning of your options. If you’re looking for the best option for your space, you can reach out to our professionals here. Our team would love to help you develop the perfect vanity for your home and needs!