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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Vanity

Heather Asiyanbi - 5/7/18 11:00 AM

Your bathroom vanity needs to do it all, and do it all with style. Not only does it need to provide exactly the right amount of storage you need, it also needs to stand up to the wettest room in the house, properly fit the layout of your bathroom, and fit in perfectly with your design scheme. 

1. Storage

Whether your bathroom is big or small, can fit two sinks or just one, your bathroom vanity should include some type of storage. The best judge of how much storage your new vanity should have is how you use your current piece and what is either missing or is too much. Upgrade or downsize as needed.

2. Placement & Size

Traffic flow in the bathroom is just as important as it is in the kitchen. A vanity that’s too big and interrupts morning routines because doors can’t open properly or makes cleaning around it difficult will turn into an unnecessary headache. Likewise, a vanity that’s too small will not only look awkward, it won’t function in the space.

Additional details to consider when choosing a vanity include:

  • Is the area around the vanity easy to clean?
  • Can people get around even if vanity doors are open?
  • The size of the vanity should be commensurate with the size of the bathroom.
  • Aim for a vanity that’s 34 to 35 inches tall.
  • Can electricity be installed inside the cabinet for small appliances like hairdryers?
  • Bigger, deeper bowls mean less mess to clean.

3. Style

French country, mid-century modern, transitional, contemporary … how the vanity looks has be taken under consideration because of its prominence in the room. Small details like a flat, painted cabinet door or an antiqued, raised panel door will either pull the bathroom together or … not.

4. Materials

Your bathroom is the wettest room in the house, so your vanity needs to stand up to all that moisture without warping, molding, peeling or cracking. Wood is by far the most popular choice for cabinet vanity material and for good reason; it can be painted, stained, or sealed, so be sure your choice is properly lacquered to protect your investment.

Vanity tops should also be fairly indestructible as well as easy to clean, so experts recommend materials that don’t require a lot of maintenance like granite and quartz.

Topics: Bathroom- Vanity

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