Whether you are renovating or building a bathroom from scratch, selecting a new vanity always requires unique considerations due to availability of space.
It is important to be careful while shopping for vanity to avoid any installation day surprises. If you get the wrong size, mismatch materials, or something that doesn’t have appropriate storage, your whole bathroom will suffer.
Here are some important considerations when shopping for vanity:
The material is the most important consideration when designing a new bathroom. Bathrooms have a lot of moisture; the humidity and can cause lots of problems for wood furniture. However, if you insist on getting wood, then consider getting solid wood cabinets. They are durable and can withstand the atmosphere of the bathroom.
Other options include rubber and MDF cabinets.
The vanity should always make sense of the bathroom size. It shouldn’t be too big or too small. If you are getting a renovation then the size should not be much of a problem. But if you are remodeling or building a new bathroom, then the minimum size should be at least 21 inches deep and 24 inches wide. The maximum size will depend on the size of the room.
Also consider the flow of bathroom traffic while selecting the new spot for the vanity. It should not create a mess and should be easily accessible for cleaning.
The standard size of a bathroom vanity is 32 inches. However, the new trend is of 36 inches, which is the same height as kitchen counter tops. This is considered a comfortable height and does not cause pain in the lower back while bending.
But this height will be inappropriate for children’s bathroom, these are designed for adults.
Always have your storage needs in mind while buying your vanity. Consider the things that you want to install. Take inventory of the current vanity which will give you a good idea. Add the things that you wish to put in your bathroom and cross out the things that you no longer need.
Your storage needs also guide you in your storage needs.
Types of vanities
There are generally three types of vanities available:
Floating: they are wall mounted vanities which will save you a lot floor space and give your bathroom a very chic look.
Open Space: these provide very visible and inviting storage spaces and make you bathroom more airy and accessible.
Free Standing: these are seated on the floor and attached to the wall.
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