A Guide to Buying a Bathroom Vanity

Every home deserves a nice, well-equipped, and gorgeous bathroom. Whether you like going for the elegant Victorian style or with strong, edgy wood designs –suitability is something you should prioritize when buying a bathroom vanity. It doesn’t pay to have a bathroom looking like a million dollars that doesn’t really fit in. You need to have the right blend of beauty and accessibility.

One of the really defining features of a good bathroom is its cabinetry. In other words, the bathroom vanity. It usually greets you the moment you walk in and it’s there to either make you feel welcome or – well, you know the opposite. There are many factors to consider when buying a bathroom vanity. So if you’re planning to buy one anytime soon, better scroll down and take a few tips from us to bring with you.

  1. Size matters.

No matter how perfect or gorgeous a bathroom vanity is and you think like it’s really the one for you, think again. Will that thing fit into your bathroom or will it take up half the space. Vanities purport to free up space and not the other way around. Make sure that there is enough room for entry into the shower or toilet and also consider the space the vanity will consume when it’s open. If you have a small bathroom, it’d be best to use around 24-36 inch width vanities. But if you have command over a very spacious bathroom, then you’re free to choose a bigger vanity instead.

  1. The users matter.

If your family shares one common bathroom, take into consideration the other people who will be using the vanity. See to it that the height of the vanity is convenient for both children and adults alike. Choosing a vanity with a 24-inch depth and placing the sink towards the far end of the wall might make it difficult for little hands to reach. If you’re out of options and finding the right fit for everyone seems impossible, simply put the sink near the user’s side and put a handy, movable pedestal for children. Opting for a two-sink vanity is best for larger families. This way, more than one person can use it at the same time.

  1. The room matters.

Ask yourself, what room is this vanity for? If you’re living in a house with multiple bathrooms and each is designated to a different kind of room; it is important to note the room’s purpose. For example, you don’t need extra-large bathroom vanities with lots of drawers for a powder room. Something simple, preferably wall-hanged, will be perfect for such a room. It’s small and you don’t really have anything else to do than to primp yourself so there won’t be a need for excessive storage. On the other hand, the master’s bedroom should have a bigger vanity with lots of storage space since this is where you will usually store extra towels and toiletries. In this case, the bigger the better.

  1. Materials matter.

When choosing a bathroom vanity, you will most likely come across four (4) different material grades. This includes RTA, stock, semi-custom, and custom. In addition you also have to choose between two general construction approaches: face framed and frameless. RTA, short for Ready to Assemble vanities are by far the cheapest ones out in the market. They come in a box, prepared but not assembled so you’ll have to do some work yourself. If you’re looking for quality, we don’t recommend them. They usually don’t last for a long period of time as material quality is sacrificed in exchange for affordability. Stock cabinets are sold at a reasonable price. They have better material (compared to RTA) but don’t give much room for personalization. They offer little variety in terms of door style and materials. Semi-custom vanities give you more freedom to choose your favored styles and materials but they’d come in 3-inch increments and may not exactly suit what you have in mind. Custom vanities are by far the best, but you’d have to shed a little bit more from your pocket. You can choose the kind of material you want, the exact length and width, and you also have command over which designs you like best. In other words, you get to have a bathroom vanity that screams you.

  1. The drawers matter.

When buying or having a vanity custom made, check for the quality of the drawers. They should be sturdy and long-lasting. You’re going to use them as storage so it’s important to know that they won’t break easily. Choose somewhere around 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch thick, especially on the bottom. Make sure they glide in and out without much fuss and that they don’t sag when extended. Opt for more drawers than space hogging cabinets. You can always fold towels than hang them. It saves a lot of space and serves far more purpose.

  1. The lighting matters

.A bathroom is where you pamper yourself; it’s where the magic of beauty starts. Doing that in dim light can have serious consequences. For most people, bathroom vanities also serve as their bedroom dresser. Have ample light, preferably a mix of warm and bright lights. Also, you might want to reconsider putting the light directly above the vanity and above your mirror. This will reflect some of the light back and that won’t be very good for your eyes. Instead of bulbs, use sconces instead. Attach one to each side for a natural effect. This way, it wouldn’t be too bright nor too dim but perfect for doing your touch-ups.

  1. The design and layout matters.

If your bathroom is going for the Craftsman’s style don’t buy a very elegant piece of vanity; this destroys the harmony of your bathroom layout. If you have a sleek, smart layout for your bedroom, a vanity that’s simple and edgy will perfectly match the interior. Be careful with colors as well. Don’t use overly active colors like reds and oranges if you’re aiming for a clean and tranquil design. They are very stimulating and might distract you rather than relax you. If you’re buying the vanity after your bathroom interior is finished, it would be best to adapt the fixture with the layout and not do it the other way around.

Aside from the colors and layout, there’s a couple more things you can do to customize your vanity’s look. You can add accessories such as posts and pilasters or even engrave a nice detail on your vanity’s doors and drawers. This works best when you opt for a customized bathroom vanity. A new trend for suspended vanities is even growing more and more popular. This kind of vanity gives an impression of a more spacious bathroom because the floor area becomes open. Add a few special touches to create some personality – but remember not to overdo it!

  1. The provider matters.

Know the right providers and manufacturers of bathroom cabinetry before you purchase anything. You can purchase vanities at building supply stores and home development shops such as the Home Depot but make sure you’re buying the right kind. Consult other family members, friends, and even the internet as to which shops provide the best deals. Carefully screen your choices, the same vanity might be introduced at a much cheaper price on another store compared to the one you were about to buy from. Just like all commodities, bathroom vanities can be put up on discounted sales or prices may simply vary from one establishment to another. Do your research.

  1. Convenience matters most.

Most importantly, a bathroom vanity’s main purpose is to extend space and to avoid making your bathroom seem like a house of clutter. It’s introduced to the market primarily to provide convenience to its buyers. Many vanities nowadays are packaged with a couple of handy innovations. For example, we now have models with pull-out hair dryer drawers and others with accessible power outlets to cater your beautifying machinery such as hair irons and electric shavers. The bottom line is, you have to choose according to your needs and not just on how pretty a vanity looks.

 In summary, always go for quality when buying a bathroom vanity for your home. Never go for cheap rip-offs that will wither away in a short period of time. This will incur more costs on your part for you will have to buy another one every time a furniture expires. Always examine the type of environment you’ll house the fixture in. In the case of vanities, you have to choose materials that will withstand a lot of moisture. Laminated boards and thin plywoods will never last in this kind of setting, so better choose thick, and solid materials like hard wood.

Lastly, before making your way to the nearest bathroom retail outlet to shop around for vanity, create your vision. What kind of look would you feel most happy with? If you’re able to generate a definite picture in mind, then you’re ready to take home your brand new bathroom vanity!

2 thoughts on “A Guide to Buying a Bathroom Vanity”

  1. My wife and I just bought a fixer upper and she has been after me about remodeling our spare bathroom. She is tired of the outdated look from the 70’s. I can’t imagine why…I think it’s fine LOL. Anyway, I have been searching for vanities so this is a very timely post for me. Thanks for sharing your insight. I hadn’t given too much thought to lighting, so I am glad I read this. I will share this with my wife and see if we can come up with the best solution. It’s kind of a tight space, so we are trying to figure out the best configuration. Great food for thought, thank you.

    1. Hi there,
      Thank you for stopping by,
      I kind of get why your wife would want a change from the 70’s, I mean with all the impressive and creative vanity options available nowadays, a fresh new look is welcomed! Watch out for a post on some of the best vanities for small spaces in future.
      Regards!

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