Bath Vanities for Popular Bath Layouts

Bath Vanities for Popular Bath Layouts

A vanity helps establish the style in any bathroom, no matter the size. It serves important functions such as holding the sink, hiding plumbing, and providing storage. You’ll also gain a countertop for hand towels, soap, and decorative items like flowers, trays, and mirrors. To choose a vanity for your bath layout, measure the area and determine which standard size will fit best. Don’t limit yourself to the most obvious solution — maybe you have room for an island or double pedestal sinks instead of the expected square unit against a wall.

In a smaller bath, a compact corner vanity might allow you to bring in a bigger tub or shower stall. Also consider vanities made of interesting materials like acrylic, fiberglass, or reclaimed wood that can inspire your design plan. The vanity’s countertop is another important aspect of your strategy. If you’re planning on natural stone or cement, you’ll need a unit strong enough to support the weight. Our catalog offers options for all styles, finishes, and shapes. Browse through and take notes on sink types, finishes, and cabinet configurations, saving your favorites into one of our project folders. Ready to begin? Read on for more ideas on finding the perfect vanity for you.


Bathroom Vanities for Master Baths


Most master baths are attached to bedrooms, so they tend to be small and perhaps not large enough for a 60- or 72-inch vanity. Free-standing vanities with legs are common in master baths — they sometimes resemble buffets or consoles and usually offer pull-out drawers for make-up, shaving supplies, and other toiletries.



With the extra storage space built into the vanity, you can opt out of the traditional medicine cabinet and go for a stylish flat or framed mirror instead. Remember that a spacious master bathroom doesn’t require the largest vanity it can hold. Choose a narrow model and use the extra space for a spa shelf, hamper, or wicker wastebasket. If his-and-her sinks are on your wish list, a 72-inch free-standing vanity of pure white wood brightens the room and plays off brightly-colored towels. Try a single framed mirror over each sink or a long rectangular mirror flanked by two pendant lights.

Add on a tall free-standing storage shelf with frosted glass panes, using the height to section off space for the bathtub or bidet. For a modern take, look for a free-standing vanity with flat-panel doors and incorporate colorful abstract patterns, glass or metallic tile, and a cement countertop.


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Bathroom Vanities for Full Baths

A full bath that includes a tub, shower, toilet, and sink is standard in most homes and is often the largest bath in the home. Since a full bath gets plenty of use, a vanity with ample countertop and storage space is a reliable choice. You can mix and match freestanding units to configure the right number of drawers and shelves, choosing a finish and countertop material that suits the bath decor. A floating vanity with two wide pull-out soft-close drawers compliments a wood-paneled bathtub and glass shower doors. Offset a square white sink onto a black countertop and reflect the overhead lighting into a flat, minimalist mirror.

For a contemporary look, try a transitional vanity with a matte finish in a neutral shade, bringing in darker accents such as a brown countertop, chalk-painted shelving, and hand-dyed textiles. Twin sinks aren’t limited to long vanities — try two small bowls in a smaller 60-inch freestanding unit. A short rectangular model with a dark walnut finish can accommodate two round 12- or 14-inch sinks, and you can match the drawer handles to the faucets. Some wood vanities don’t require countertops — just use the top of the vanity itself. (Look in our buying guide for leads to unique and interesting vanities.)

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Bathroom Vanities for Three-Quarter Baths

Three-quarter baths — those with a toilet, sink, and shower, but no tub — are usually smaller than full or master baths. You can make the most of the space with a wall mount or corner unit that opens up floor room to use for a bathmat or decorative rug. If you need storage space but must preserve every inch, look for a model with flat panel drawers and integrated handles. The absence of hardware keeps the look clean and open, and you’ll love how the drawers swing back into place on their own.


Take the look up a notch with a custom-cut marble countertop, pure white porcelain sink, and a mirror framed in natural wood. Choose a deep frame for the mirror and use it as a shelf for small vases, pretty bottles, even a few rolled-up hand towels. In a three-quarter bathroom that has a tub instead of a shower, consider a minimalist vanity made of two stacked thick wood planks. Attach them to a tile backsplash, install your sinks, and use the space between for storage. If you need to go even smaller, look for a freestanding corner vanity with mock drawers and a shelf for towels. Even more simple is a shallow wall-mount in gloss white. With a sleek medicine cabinet above and a shelf below, you won’t miss the counter space.

A Victorian pedestal with grooved edges and curves looks beautiful under an ornately framed oval mirror. Also, as a side note, wallpaper is popular in powder rooms. If you plan to put up a roll or two, consider a vanity with a solid or natural wood finish that stands out against the pattern you selected. Also consider any metallic tones or shiny elements in the wallpaper, choosing faucet fixtures and cabinet hardware that matches or complements them. Sometimes powder rooms are larger than average. In that case, choose as you would for a three-quarter bath. A floating cabinet with a roomy sink and large pull-out drawers is a contemporary strategy that suits many styles of decor. Take advantage of the extra floor space by bringing in a sheepskin bath mat or geometric carpet tiles.

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A new vanity not only gives your bath an update, it also improves overall function by providing more storage, a bigger sink, or opening up floor space. When choosing your vanity, allow the layout of the room and amenities inside to guide you to the best models and styles. Also consider any wallpaper or architectural elements in the room that could affect installation. Our guide and catalog makes it easy to review and save your choices alongside those for handles, knobs, light fixtures, mirrors, wall cabinets, and countertops. Order your favorites, install, and you’ll soon be visiting your dream bath in real life instead of in a Web browser!



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