Bathroom Vanities Buying Guide

Things to Know When You're Buying a Bathroom Vanity

Buying a new bathroom vanity can easily dress up your space without a major renovation. Before you start, the first step is to measure! You’ll want to measure the width and depth of the space available, and even consider the swing of the door and opening of drawers before purchasing. Remember, it never hurts to tape out the “footprint” of your vanity on the floor and wall to get a sense for the space it will occupy.

To Consider

Before you select a bathroom vanity there are a few things you should take into consideration:

  • Available Space – if you have enough space, consider a double vanity with two sinks. Large single vanities offer plenty of storage and counter space.
  • Height – what is the most comfortable height for your household?
  • Width and depth – together these measurements will reveal the footprint of your bathroom vanity relative to the size of the bathroom.
  • Vanity tops – are you seeking a replacement vanity top or an all new bathroom vanity?
  • Sinks – do you already have a sink or are you seeking bathroom vanities that include the sink?
  • Styles – with traditional, transitional, modern, and contemporary styles to name a few, style is always a major consideration.
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Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

Number of Sinks

Choosing between a single or double vanity greatly depends on the space and use of the bathroom. A single vanity only has one sink, while a double naturall has two. The single would work well for a guest bathroom or powder room, while a double is ideal in a master suite.

Single Vanities

Double Vanities

Pro Tip: Two sinks are not necessarily better than one! As we show in our “Insider’s Guide to Bathroom Vanity Shopping,” different bathroom vanity widths create an inverse relationship between room and counterspace. For instance, a double sink bathroom vanity with a width of 72 inches is 200% larger than a single 24 inch wide bathroom vanity. This will naturally create more counterspace and storage space, yet at the expense of floor space. Also, consider that two sinks means two drains and potentially two times the potential plumbing snafus. So, it’s important to think about the number of people in your family, the overall floor space, and your actual bathroom needs when choosing the best bathroom vanity for your specific requirements.

Bathroom Vanity Widths

Bathroom Vanity Components

For more thoughts on vanity size, be sure to read “What Size Bathroom Vanity Do I Need?” on our blog. But wait, your journey doesn’t end at size! You have many more decisions to make about your vanity bases, tops, finishes, materials, and design.

Vanity Base

Vanity Base

You have many options when shopping for bathroom vanity bases. At the intersection of design, style and storage, you’ll find an option for every bathroom layout and aesthetic.

Vanity Tops

Vanity Top

Bathroom vanity tops come in wide array of materials to match your unique style. Below you’ll find more details on popular bathroom vanity tops that are trending now.

Bathroom Vanity Bases: What's Your Style?

To make your bathroom an extension of your home décor, we have vanity bases in many colors and styles. Feeling chipper? Choose a lighter finish for a small bathroom, so the room feels brighter and more spacious. On the other hand, a sleek white or grey base can be minimalist and trendy, while a dark wood stain looks classic and timeless. While shopping, be sure to check the product description for the included top or fixtures. Remember, the vanity tops, hardware, and accessories all combine to create the overall look, whether you’re seeking to create contrast or deliver a more coordinated look.

Black Finish

Black is timeless, versatile, flexible and virtually always in. With shades of London & Manhattan espresso, light espresso, and classic black, it won’t be hard to find the ideal shade for the look you are seeking.

White Finish

As our most stocked finish, white’s popularity drives our large supply. With classical leanings, country charm and a clean, crisp silhouette, you would be hard pressed to find a bathroom where a white vanity wouldn’t fit right in. Choose from Madison and Brooks white, French white, pure white and countless other shades.

Gray Finish

Modern, clean, and providing powerful contrast in brighter bathrooms, gray is a popular choice. Choose from a variety of shades including chilled gray, charcoal glaze, grayish blue, French gray and Kelly gray for the ideal shade.

Rattan/Wood Finish

For a classic and earthy look, rattan/wood comes in a wide variety of stains to work with existing colors and finishes in your home. Choose from finishes of antique cherry, burl, dark cherry, and dark walnut to name a few.

Brown Finish

Of course, brown is another way to refine rattan/wood finishes. Some brown finishes include tobacco, restored khaki wood, antique brown, and maple.

Silver finish

A little further off the beaten path, you’ll find multicolor options and glitzier options, including silver for a noticeably modern twist.

Bathroom Vanity Base Designs

Free Standing Vanity

Free Standing Vanities

Free standing bathroom vanities are popular for their simple installation and mobility. While it will still need to be connected to the sink and fixtures, it stands as its own piece of furniture. Many homeowners and designers also like to choose styles similar to a dresser to add interest and storage.

  • Compatible with many sink designs
  • Adequate storage
  • Simpler installation
  • Larger footprint
  • Dust bunnies (if footed)

Wall Mount Vanities

Wall mounted vanities add a modern, minimal look to your style, but also work well very well in small spaces. When the floor is visible underneath, the room appears larger and you’ll have more room to stand in the bathroom. Before ordering, make sure your wall can hold the weight of the vanity and sink.

  • More control of vanity height
  • Smaller Footprint
  • Sharp Design
  • More involved/difficult installation
  • Often less storage space
Wall Mount Vanity
Corner Vanity

Corner Vanities

We love corner sinks designs for tiny bathrooms. These provide just enough storage for the basics while fitting in a small space. As with any small space, take plenty of measurements before ordering.

  • Smallest footprint
  • Uncommon design
  • Limited counter space
  • Limited storage space
Vanity Tops: What's Your Style?

Looking for that relaxing, spa feel in your bathroom? Try a clean white quartz or marble vanity top. These finishes are popular for a reason, since they coordinate with almost any shower curtain or towel color combination. White quartz is more durable for a bathroom that gets daily use, and keeps the room looking fresh and clean. With marble, keep in mind that it stains and usually requires additional maintenance.

Quartz countertops

Popular white vanity counter top materials include premium granite, quartz, and solid white. Find single and double bowl options as well as backsplash and side splash options for your best setup. With quartz marking a contemporary favorite, this is a very popular material for making an update.

Tan Countertops

In this more traditional group of bathroom vanity tops, popular options in tan include granite, Kashmir white and golden sand.

Gray Countertop

With the rise in popularity of concrete surfaces, grey counter tops work with many spaces. In the bathroom, rather than concrete it’s common to see gray granite, quartz and cultured marble.

Pro Tip: Consider buying a base that includes the sink to eliminate one of the many choices you need to make in a bathroom makeover. You’ll be sure that the top fits the base perfectly, and you can also focus on choosing the right piece to match your flooring, fixtures and hardware.

Bathroom Vanity Sink Designs

Undermount Sinks

An undermount sits below the counter without its own edge. This sleek option allows for easy cleaning of water and messes, as bacteria tends to build up along the edge of a sink.

  • Clean and streamlined design
  • Generally easier to clean (no lip)
  • Potentially more sink volume
  • Sink size depends on vanity design
Undermount Sink
Vessel Sink

Vessel Sinks

Vessel sinks are a decorative style that sits on top of a vanity, rather than being set inside. This creates a unique and artistic look for your bathroom.

  • Added counterspace
  • Versatile vanity combinations
  • Unique design
  • Potentially more difficult to clean
  • More limited sink volume

Drop-in Sinks

The edge of a drop in sink rests on the countertop and can be styled with a contrasting ceramic color. They install quickly since they simply need to drop in and seal the edge.

  • Fast and easy installation
  • Easy to scale in larger buildings (apartments, etc.)
  • Bacteria along the seal is common
  • Seal decay can occur over time
Drop-in Sinks
Integrated Sinks

Integrated Sinks

Also called a counter sink, this style flows seamlessly from counter to sink. These are the easiest to clean (just a quick wipe down) and the easiest to install!

  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to install
  • Minimalist design
  • Potentially higher price tag

With so many options to consider, you’re ready to measure and choose the perfect vanity for your bathroom! We’re sure you’ll find something that handles your storage and style needs, while giving you a relaxing and clean environment. We look forward to helping you create a beautiful space that suits your home décor and lifestyle.

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