5 Things You Should Know before Buying Bathroom Vanities

First, congratulations on looking for tips to choose the best bathroom vanity for your home – you’re officially one step ahead of people who choose just whatever is there on the market and end up being disappointed.

Hear me out: choosing just any bathroom vanity without considering your options is a huge mistake, because you may end up having a bathroom vanity that looks completely out of place.

In order to prevent this, I’m going to break down five essential factors of shopping for a bathroom vanity that would be the right choice for your space, would look great with your overall design and would leave you satisfied for years to come!

1. First things first: What’s your size?

Don’t get me wrong… What’s the size of your bathroom? When choosing a bathroom vanity, it’s essential to first and foremost consider how much space you have to install a bathroom vanity.

If you have a spacious bathroom, you have a wide variety of different options, while if you have a small bathroom, you’d be limited to only a small range of bathroom vanities. But there are still cool options even for small bathrooms!

Before Googling your future bathroom vanity and checking out designs, note the dimensions of the area where you want to have your future bathroom vanity. Consider not only the width and depth of the area, but also the height, as there are wall-mounted bathroom vanities.

Small bathroom

When measuring the height, keep in mind that you’ll probably want to install a mirror or medicine cabinet above the bathroom vanity. And if it’s the former, make sure you won’t have to bend over in order to check yourself out in the mirror.

When measuring the depth, keep in mind that there will most likely be storage drawers, so they shouldn’t block the entryway.

2. Simple, wall or corner?

That’s not the new rock, paper, scissors game. When shopping for a bathroom vanity, you should have at least any idea of what your future vanity is going to look like.

It mainly comes down to your preference, but there are three types of mounting options out there: free standing, mounted on the wall and mounted in the corner.

Each type looks great if it actually matches your bathroom’s overall style. There are bathrooms in which a wall-mounted bathroom vanity would look out of place, as these things hang on the wall without touching the ground.

While the wall-mounted type is considered to be more modern, the free standing and corner-mounted ones are the classic ones. The latter is typically chosen by owners of small bathrooms.

3. What do you think about the sink?

If you’re sinking – ahem, sorry – thinking about getting a bathroom vanity, it’s also essential to know what sink type you want.

There are three things you should keep in mind when choosing a sink type: overall vanity style, counter space and overall style of your bathroom.

There are three main types of sinks available on the market. Note: I’m not talking about some super-modern, cool-looking horizontal-integrated siphon types. Only the common ones you’ll likely find at any store selling bathroom vanities.

If you’re looking for a cleaner appearance of your bathroom or/and are lazy to clean up regularly, consider getting the undermount type of sink. With no exposed edges, this type of sink is installed under the counter.

Drop-in sinks, meanwhile, are mounted directly into the opening on the counter, which allows the water to drop in. The vessel type is essentially a bowl-shaped unit mounted atop the counter.

4. Customize your bathroom vanity

Anything can be customized. While picking the right size, vanity type and sink type is crucial, it’s the design that makes your bathroom vanity stand out from the crowd.

However, don’t make the common mistake of customizing your bathroom vanity to the point when it just looks out of place. Your bathroom vanity, no matter how stylish, modern and cool-looking you want it to be, should first and foremost match your bathroom style.

Bathroom vanity

Sharp angles, bold shapes, clean-lined designs, streamlined, classic, panel doors, rick wood, rustic, casual designs… there is a wide variety of styles to choose from.

In fact, customizing your bathroom vanity is limited only to your imagination. Finish and material of your bathroom vanity are also important, because there is a wide range of options of finishes (stone, glass, ceramic) and materials (metal, glass, manufactured wood) to choose from.

Since most bathroom vanities don’t come with pre-mounted sink faucets and handles, you have one more option to let your imagination run wild.

5. Finishing up!

You’re far from finished here. There are still a few factors to consider before saying, ‘Yeah, I’ve made it!’

If you want to truly impress your guests, consider getting sinks, mirrors and cabinets from the same collection. Coordinating collections and styles are made by décor artists, which is why they look so great overall.

Some people want to make their bathroom vanities look more original by mounting two sinks, even if they’ll never use the second one. However, if your bathroom is truly huge and you’ll likely have multiple guests at the bathroom, you may want to consider this option.

When choosing a faucet, make sure you get the measurements right, as you don’t want the faucet to stick out or, on the contrary, spill the water all over the counter.

Last but not least: accessories. Accessories are essential to complete the overall look of your bathroom vanity. You might never in your life use or even touch those things, but they allow you to customize your bathroom vanity.

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