Thinking about a bathroom remodel? Here are four design considerations to help choose your next bathroom vanity.
If you’re in the market for a bathroom vanity makeover, you might find that it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find that perfect fit for your home and your lifestyle, given all the considerations. Some questions will arise, like, “What are the benefits of a pedestal vanity versus a floor-mounted style?” and, “What materials hold up best in a damp, humid environment?” You might even find yourself asking, “What should I consider if my kids will be the ones using it most?” Read on for some answers.
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Bathroom remodels are the most common home improvement project, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, whether you’re remodeling from scratch or simply want to refresh an outdated look, we’ve got you covered with advice from the experts.
1. Bathroom Use
Start by considering how the vanity will be used in the space:
- Is it for a full or half bath?
- Will children be using it frequently?
- Is it for a guest bathroom or a master?
Remember, form follows function, so thinking about the vanity’s purpose makes it easier for you to determine what materials to use, how much storage space you anticipate needing, and even how many sinks you should install.
2. Bathroom Vanity Materials
If the vanity will be used daily, you’ll want it to be built with sturdy, low-maintenance materials like veneers and engineered stone. Likewise, if the vanity will be near a shower that gets a lot of use, you should consider more water- and humidity-resistant materials, such as laminates and thermofoil. Steer clear of hard-to-clean grout and temperamental wood and stone, unless it’s been properly sealed and lacquered. And, because bathroom remodels show one of the highest home renovation paybacks, you’ll want to make sure you’re investing in quality, durable materials.
3. Bathroom Vanity Type
Vanities come in all shapes and sizes: floor-mounted, wall-mounted, furniture, corner, pedestal and vessel. Whatever you choose, bathroom vanity storage should always be a consideration. Furniture and floor- and wall-mounted vanities provide the luxury of abundant storage and countertop space. Pedestal and corner bathroom vanities are attractive and work well in tight spaces, but might not offer much room to keep your things. This does, however, make them great for guest baths or powder rooms. If opting for a sleeker style, be sure you have storage nearby, such as a linen closet or a space saver like mobile shelving. And keep in mind that it might not have a substantial backsplash, which helps protect the paint and drywall behind the sink.
Determining where to put your new vanity is as important as deciding how it will look. You’re not necessarily limited to the same location as your old vanity, although rerouting plumbing will definitely cost you a pretty penny. Whatever location you choose, be sure it doesn’t interfere with the walkability of the room, and ensure that all doors, cabinets and drawers have plenty of space to open and close. Similarly, consider where the lights are fixed in the room, since they might be installed to center over the vanity.
Once you determine your priorities, check out our bathroom vanity options — and you’ll be well on your way to designing a bathroom that meets all your needs.