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.
What 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.
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.
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.
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Bathroom Vanity Widths
Perfect for a powder rooms or guest baths, 24 inch vanities will only store a few items but are ideal for bathrooms with very limited space.
With a few more inches available, this size provides room for décor items on the edges like a soap dispenser and vase of flowers to brighten the room.
The 36 inch width is more popular for a guest bath with a little more space in storage. These vanities typically have drawers and cabinets to hide supplies or toiletries.
If you have a large bathroom, but not quite enough space for a double vanity, this width provides enough room for two people to get ready for the day as well as plenty of storage for bathroom necessities.
At 48 inches, you’ll start seeing options for double vanities, but keep in mind that the storage space is limited due to plumbing requirements for two sinks. If you are lacking other storage for towels and cleaning products in the bathroom, choose a single vanity at this width.
This size gives plenty of room for two sinks with storage in a standard bathroom. Many styles include drawers, cabinets, and enough counter room for two people to get ready for the day.
As one of the largest standard vanity sizes, space is a luxury with 72 inch vanities and offers many styling options. Typically offered as a double vanity, this is the ideal size for a large master suite.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Free Standing Vanity Pros
Compatible with many sink designs
Free Standing Vanity Cons
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.
Wall Mount Vanity Pros
More control of vanity height
Wall Mount Vanity Cons
More involved/difficult installation
Often less storage space
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.
Corner Vanity Pros
Corner Vanity Cons
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.
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.
In this more traditional group of bathroom vanity tops, popular options in tan include granite, Kashmir white and golden sand.
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
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.
Undermount Sink Pros
Clean and streamlined design
Generally easier to clean (no lip)
Potentially more sink volume
Undermount Sink Cons
Sink size depends on vanity design
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.
Vessel Sink Pros
Versatile vanity combinations
Vessel Sink Cons
Potentially more difficult to clean
More limited sink volume
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.
Undermount Sink Pros
Fast and easy installation
Easy to scale in larger buildings (apartments, etc.)
Undermount Sink Pros
Bacteria along the seal is common
Seal decay can occur over time
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!
Integrated Sink Pros
Easy to clean
Easy to install
Integrated Sink Cons
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.