How to choose a bathroom vanity

January 8, 2015

A bathroom vanity can be a statement of style as much as a practical piece of bathroom storage and counter space. Here's what you need to know about the different styles of vanity and their tops and finishes.

How to choose a bathroom vanity

Bathroom vanity styles

Bathroom vanities are available in different styles to suit your space.

Casual: Casual bathroom vanities are built to be practical.

  • They maximize storage space and durability while offering a simple and inviting style.
  • They are well suited for guest bathrooms, but they will fit in any bathroom in your home.

Traditional: Traditional bathroom vanities feature elegant trimming and styling on polished woods and metals for a decorative and practical addition to any bathroom.

  • This style is especially suitable for a master bathroom.

Contemporary: These modern bathroom vanities offer cutting-edge style with sleek edges and lines as well as minimalist designs and faucets.

Bathroom vanity finishes

Finishes are especially important for avoiding wear and tear in the bathroom.

  • Solid wood: Solid woods like birch, pine or oak can be stained for an elegant, durable finish.
  • Polishes stone: Polished stone finishes are easy to clean and durable.
  • Veneer: Veneer wood panels give your cabinet a uniform look. They are inexpensive compared to solid wood finishing.
  • Laminates: Laminate finishes are sleek and easy to clean, making them excellent for kids' bathrooms.

Bathroom vanity tops

Vanity tops are available in several materials.

  • Laminate: Laminate is an economical choice that is both durable and easy to clean. It is available in numerous colours and styles to meet your needs. It's also moisture-resistant, making it a perfect fit for any bathroom.
  • Tile: Tiles of stone, ceramic or porcelain are durable countertop materials that tend to last a long time.
  • Solid surface: This material is sturdy and moisture resistant. A sink made of a solid surface can be seamlessly integrated into the countertop.
  • Natural stone: These countertops are elegant and durable, though some stones require special maintenance to last.

Factors to consider when buying a bathroom vanity

Consider these factors before purchasing your next vanity:

Single vs. multiple sink vanity: A vanity with two or more sinks is ideal for bathrooms being used regularly by more than one person.

They offer more bathroom storage and counter space. A single sink bathroom vanity is ideal for smaller bathrooms as they make the room feel bigger.

Matching mirror: Some vanities can be purchased with a matching mirror for a co-ordinated look.

Faucet openings: Some vanity cabinets have holes drilled into them to accept certain types of faucets. Consider if the vanity you are looking for can be used with your ideal faucet.

Know your options

Think about the space you have available and the style you want to see in your bathroom. Know your options before buying your next bathroom vanity to ensure you find the style you're looking for.

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