Posted on May 23 2019
A bathroom vanity is normally the centerpiece of a bathroom. That is why choosing the right vanity size, style, and hardware is essential for any bathroom decor. There are many questions you will have to ask yourself about what you want and actually need after seeing a large variety of options available online and in store. This article will help you make the right decision.
One or Two Sinks
Double sink bathroom vanity models are becoming more common in today's shared households. It's a great way to save time while getting ready for work in the morning because you don't need to sit around waiting for your partner or friend to free up the sink and counter space. You will need extra space for your two sink vanity because they normally start at 48 inches in width and go up to 72 inches.
If you are remodeling your bathroom, a good point of reference for size is measuring your old bathroom vanity. Make sure to not only measure the width but also depth and height. Take into consideration how much extra room you have or are willing to dedicate to your new vanity in case you see a model you like that is bigger than your current one.
Standard vanity widths are 24, 30, 36, 48, 60 and 72 inches, but you can find some sizes in between. Often the countertop is about an inch wider than the cabinet, so the width normally refers to countertop width. Take a look at the unit's specification sheet to verify.
Standard depth from front to back is normally 20 or 21 inches. Make sure there is nothing in the way of the vanity doors or drawers preventing it from fully opening. A corner bathroom vanity can be a great solution for saving floor space.
There is no standard for vanity height, but most free standing units range from 32 to 36 inches. A floating bathroom vanity would provide you with an option to install it as high or low as you prefer. Have in mind that vessel sink models will add an additional 5 or 6 inches to the overall height, so don't just go by cabinet height.
Bathroom Vanity Hardware
Some vanity models come with door and drawer hinges/handles, faucets and tops, while others are more customizable and let you buy these items separately. Hardware comes in a variety of finishes, such as chrome, bronze, nickel and matte black. Some people prefer all the metal vanity parts to match with their doorknobs, wall hangers and other metal pieces of bathroom decor, while others focus more on the overall theme of the bathroom and try to experiment with different color combinations.
Color and Finishes
The most popular bathroom vanity material is wood, but it can also be made out of glass or metal. The colors tend to be mostly of natural wood or painted in washed out or neutral tones such as gray, white or black. You might also find some distressed finishes on antique and farmhouse models, which give the vanity a faux aged look, recreating the beauty of time and wear. This look can also be achieved with vanities made out of reclaimed wood.
Bathroom Vanity Styles
There are two main categories for bathroom vanity styles: modern/contemporary and traditional/antique
Chose a contemporary bathroom vanity if you prefer a minimalistic, light and sleek bathroom decor. Create an airy and open feel where each piece perfectly connects together forming a fluid interior design.
A traditional and antique bathroom vanity unit is meant to create warmth, coziness and channel the beauty of time while displaying details of the past. It might bring you back to a certain era to appreciate the elegance of a timeless piece.