26 May Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide
Is it time for a bathroom makeover or do you just envision a spruce-up? A vanity can dictate the overall look of a room. Whether you’re going traditional, modern or somewhere in-between, we can help you select the best vanity for your space.
Bathroom Vanity Styles
Vanities come in two styles — freestanding or built-in. Freestanding vanities are good for small spaces and come in many different styles. Built-ins are better for larger spaces, typically offering more countertop space and storage.
You’ll also need to decide if you’d like to purchase a vanity with or without a top. Installing a vanity with a top is easier, but the downside is that you’re limited to the top that’s sold with the vanity. Purchasing a vanity without a top gives you the opportunity to choose your material. Countertops are available in a wide range of materials including solid surface, glass, cultured and natural stone.
Explore Your Options
The vanity can define your bathroom space. Since bathrooms are usually separate from the rest of your home, you can deviate from your typical style. If your home is traditional, you can opt for a more modern look in your bathroom.
Consider the following options before purchasing:
1. Color and Finish
Vanities can be made of glass, metal or wood and typically come in white, black, mid-tone brown or espresso finishes. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can paint a wood cabinet the color of your choice.
Check the description on the vanity that you’re interested in purchasing.
Some will already include the door and drawer hardware.
In a small bathroom, a single vanity is probably your only option. But with a bigger bathroom you can decide if you’d like to do one larger vanity or break it up with two smaller vanities side by side.
Is this vanity going in a master bathroom or a powder room? A guest room or a kids’ bathroom? Think about your particular needs. If you use this bathroom every day, then ample storage space (including drawers and countertop space) is going to be more important to you.
4. Wood Type
Types can range from basic engineered wood, birch or pine to more expensive materials such as Asian hardwood, oak, maple and more.
Other Vanity Considerations
To create a cohesive look in your bathroom, look for vanities that are sold with matching mirrors.
1. Faucets :
Most vanity tops are pre-drilled for faucets. The most popular openings are for center-set or widespread faucets.
2. Widespread Faucets:
They have a spout with separate hot and cold water handles. All pieces appear to be separate. Widespread faucets are available with 6- to 16-inch drillings for 3-hole predrilled installation basins.
3. Centerset Faucets:
They’re made for 4-inch predrilled with 3-hole installation basins. They combine a spout and valves on a single base unit.
Centerset faucets may have a single-handle mixing lever or two handles mounted on a 6-inch plate.