Bathroom Remodeling Part 2: 7 Tips for Choosing a Bathroom Vanity

Choosing the RIGHT Bathroom Vanity Takes More than You Think

We wrote about bathroom vanities last week, which you can read here. We selected our Top 10 Favorite Pre-Made Vanities for when our clients don’t have the time or budget for custom renovations. But how did we make those selections exactly? Well, a designer’s choices are never random. Today, we’re sharing with you our top 7 things to consider when choosing a bathroom vanity:

1. Sink Size

Always look for sizable sink. That shape of your sink is purely a stylistic choice, but the larger and deeper the better! You’ll want it to be at least 7-8″ deep since anything less will create splash-back. Shallow sinks are often impractical, but more aesthetically pleasing. For that reason, shallow sinks can still be great for guest bathrooms, where they may be used less frequently.
7 tips for choosing a bathroom vanity

2. Storage

Storage is an important element in any space, especially in a small bathroom. A bathroom vanity with a ample storage is a must. Look for vanity that has both shelves and pull out drawers. Shelves are useful for larger items you might not use everyday, while drawers of varying depths are handy for your every day toiletries. The variability in types of storage makes for better organization and easier access.

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3. Ample Counter Space

Everyone needs space to place their tooth brushes, creams, razors, and other toiletries. Though you may love the chic, minimalistic look of a free-standing sink, it’s probably not practical for everyday use. As we mentioned above: the guest powder room may be the place to have fun with aesthetically-pleasing elements that would be less comfortable in the bathroom you use to get ready in the morning.

7 Tips for Choosing a Bathroom Vanity

4. Consider Height

Pre-made vanities are generally built between 33″ to 36″ high. The best looking vanity in your space is going to be the one that’s the right height for you. Consider your own height in making your selection.

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5. Quiet Cabinets

There is nothing worse than hearing slamming vanity doors at 6am! Just like the kitchen cabinets, your vanity is used every day. It may cost you a little bit more to find the perfect quiet cabinets, but it is little luxuries like these which will get every day off to a better start. For a quick fix for loud cabinets without replacing them, consider adding rubber or felt patches to the back corners of the doors and drawers.

7 Tips for Choosing a Bathroom Vanity

6. Perfect Pulls

 The handles should be easy to grab and should be a shape that fits comfortably in your hand. Replacing the hardware on a pre-made vanity with something more unique is a wonderful and relatively inexpensive way to customize. Give your vanity some character and make it your own!
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7. Wear & Tear

If you’re designing the children’s bathroom, turn to natural wood versus painted, and for counter tops to granite Denver or quartz. These materials are much more durable then soft stones like marble. And a great thing about quartz is that it is virtually indestructible and comes in nearly every color!

Choosing the right vanity is just one element of designing the space. There are so many other pieces that get overlooked: Read our Top 5: Bathroom Design Details that people often forget about & if you missed it, you can read about our favorite pre-made vanities here.

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