Home Planning & Renovations

Choosing a Bathroom Vanity

By Tiffany Smolick


Suggestions for Choosing the Right Bathroom Vanity

February 22, 2012

With so many different styles, colors, architectural designs and sizes from which to choose, selecting a new bathroom vanity can be complicated and frustrating. You want to create a desired ambiance and impressive aesthetic affect by installing just the right bathroom vanity but how do you know it will suit your needs once it is installed?

Size Matters
When renovating your bathroom to include a new vanity, you may not think that slight differences in sizes matter. However, unless your bathroom is larger than average, a smaller vanity equipped with sleek, elegant fixtures is the best route. Opting for this size also provides enough space between the toilet and the vanity for cleaning purposes and for placement of a trashcan.

Installing a bathroom vanity that is too large for the size of the bathroom will result in a claustrophobic, clunky appearance. Find out the amount of square feet comprising your bathroom and discuss appropriate size choices with a knowledgeable MyHome technician.

Dressing Up Your Bathroom
The vanity style you select can either compliment or drag down the overall appearance of your bathroom, depending on its wall color or wallpaper design and decorative items as well as the general design of your home. For traditionally furnished homes, antique bathroom vanities made from granite or marble with old-fashioned-style chrome fixtures offer the perfect accent to this type of furnishing backdrop.

Alternatively, if your home is modern or eclectic, choosing a minimalistic kind of free-standing bathroom vanity/sink enhanced with gold fixtures and a frameless or thin-framed mirror. This type of vanity may not offer much storage space but this is easily rectified by installing a adjacent shelving or a recessed cabinet above the vanity.

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Bathroom Vanity
To make it easier to perform plumbing repairs, have a vanity installed that does not prevent access to pipes with a vertical wood plank stuck between the doors. Both doors on a two-door bathroom vanity should be free of this kind of obstruction.

Consider the functionality you expect out of the vanity and sink. Are two people or six people going to be using it? Will two sinks reduce the potential hassle of having too many people trying to use just one sink? Also, think about how many drawers you may need to satisfy storage requirements for family members’ toiletry items.