If you're thinking about renovating your bathroom, you might have thought about installing a bathroom vanity. A bathroom vanity is usually a cabinet with a built-in countertop and sink that is intended to conceal the sink plumbing and allow storage/counter space. Sinks may be added separately without the need for a vanity, but a vanity can be a quite lovely stylistic touch that becomes the central focus of any bathroom. Based on how much room you have in the bathroom and the decor you would like, vanities are offered in a variety of different sizes and styles to suit the needs and wants of any homeowner.
If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, you might have thought about installing a bathroom vanity. A bathroom vanity is usually a cabinet with a built-in countertop and sink that is intended to conceal the sink plumbing and allow storage/counter space. Sinks may be added separately without the need for a vanity, but a vanity can be a quite lovely stylistic touch that becomes the central focus of any bathroom. Based on how much room you have in the bathroom and the decor you would like, vanities are offered in a variety of different sizes and styles to suit the needs and wants of any homeowner.
Bathroom vanities may be installed in your bathroom in a number of ways like floating, integrated and freestanding. A floating vanity is mounted on and supported by the wall only, as opposed to the floor. Integrated vanities are a one-piece sink and countertop which is designed to be mounted on a separate vanity cabinet. A free-standing vanity is not supported by the wall and is only connected to the wall via the sink plumbing. In addition to the varied installation methods, vanities can be crafted in a large array of styles including contemporary and traditional. Contemporary is a modern-style vanity which based on no-frills design and a smooth look, while traditional usually indicates a large vanity set on the floor which is the centerpiece of the bathroom.
A bathroom vanity can be constructed from almost every material you can imagine like glass, porcelain, steel, stone and wood, with wood being the most frequently used material. Wooden vanities are typically built from hardwood, veneer or laminate, with hardwood typically being the most expensive. Woods like oak, cherry or maple are frequently used to construct hardwood vanities, combining beauty and strength. As a less-expensive alternative to hardwood, veneer involves gluing a thin layer of hardwood over a less-expensive material in order to mimic the look of hardwood. Veneer has the advantage of providing a uniform appearance to the wood grain, enabling it to be repeated across the face of the vanity. Laminate involves placing a protective layer over an underlying material such as plywood which is designed to protect the wood and give it the appearance of hardwood, stone or another material. If you’re on a budget, many home improvement stores offer prebuilt bathroom vanities made with particle board or plywood which are less expensive than high-end or custom built vanities.
In addition to the vanity itself, the vanity countertop can be constructed from granite, marble, laminate or tile. Granite is one of the more frequently used materials for bathroom countertops as it offers strength, a wide range of natural colors and great stain resistance. Granite however can be chipped or cracked by a hard-enough impact and will have to be resealed periodically to prevent water damage or stains. In addition to granite, marble is also a very beautiful option for vanity countertops that possesses many of the same benefits but isn’t nearly as durable or resistant to stains. Laminate is an inexpensive alternative to marble or granite which can mimic the look of those stones as well as hardwood, is very easy to clean and water-resistant. However, a laminate countertop will have to be replaced altogether if it is scratched or chipped. Finally, tile is also an outstanding option for a vanity countertop which is very attractive, although the grout between tiles can be easily stained and/or difficult to clean properly.
When selecting a new vanity for your bathroom, your chief concern should be the available space in your bathroom. Vanities are available in a number of different pre-made sizes or you can buy a custom-built vanity that is made to accommodate your bathroom. Vanities are also offered in a “his and hers” setup with double sinks, allowing two people to take advantage of the vanity together. When purchasing a vanity, keep in mind that it may not have the sink or faucet unless you chose an integral bowl sink that is molded into the vanity countertop, so you might also need to select a sink and faucet that complements the look of your vanity. Styles available for your new sink include undermount sinks which attach to the bottom of the vanity counter, surface mounted sinks that mount to the top of the counter and vessel sinks which mount a bowl on top of the vanity itself. Unless you mean for the vanity to be used by small children, your vanity should generally be around 34 inches in height for maximum comfort and ease of use.