What to Consider When Buying a Bathroom Vanity

November 25, 2019

What to Consider When Buying a Bathroom Vanity

Whether you’re renovating the entire home or just want to spruce up certain rooms, a new bathroom vanity is an easy and affordable way to transform the look and feel of your space! With so many options, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed about where to begin or what type of vanity to purchase. Don’t worry - our in-house experts are here to help you narrow down the best vanity to match your needs! 

Choose the Right Size

It’s tempting to go online and start adding your favorite designs to your shopping cart, but the last thing you want is to end up with a gorgeous vanity that doesn’t fit! It’s important to first have a general (or exact) idea of what size you need. 

If you’re replacing an existing vanity and you like the way it currently fits in your bathroom, simply measure it to figure out which size to order. This is also the easiest option from an installation perspective.

On the other hand, if you’re outfitting a bathroom from scratch or want to try a different size, the vanity should be proportionate to the overall space and allow plenty of room for someone to move about comfortably. Here are a few tips for picking the right size:

If you’re shopping for a guest bathroom or powder room, you may prefer a more compact size. Popular sizes for small spaces include 24-inch and 30-inch bathroom vanities.

If you have a little more room, such as in a full-bath layout, you may need a larger size to balance the rest of the space. 36-inch, 42-inch, and 48-inch vanities are often used for mid-size bathrooms.

For shared master bathrooms, a double sink vanity can be a huge time-saver when getting ready in the mornings! Keep in mind that double-sink bathroom vanities are often 60 or 72-inches in size. Of course, if you prefer a little more counter space, 60-inch single vanities will also work well for larger bathrooms.

Don’t forget to take the depth and height into consideration when buying your vanity. Although 21-22” is standard, some bathrooms call for slimmer options. Additionally, bathroom vanity heights can range from 30” to 36”. The right height will depend on the end user, as 35” to 36” is a comfortable height for most adults, but may be just out of reach for younger children.

Determine Your Budget

Vanity prices can range widely, depending on factors such as size and material. As with most other home fixtures, you’ll want to invest in a long-lasting vanity that will look and work great for years. Although mass-produced vanities are often priced at the lower end of the range, many of them use low-grade Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) for their bases. Upgrading to solid wood construction can allow you to get more value out of your purchase.

Vanities come in all stages of completeness - some may require extensive assembly, additional hardware, sinks, or countertops. While a pre-assembled vanity cabinet with countertop may require a higher upfront cost, it can also save you quite a bit of time and expense overall. Finally, make sure your budget covers the installation cost, which can be in the low hundreds to over a thousand dollars, depending on the size and amount of assembly needed. 

Find the Perfect Style and Color

If you want your entire home, from the entryway to the master bedroom, to look cohesive, don’t overlook the bathrooms! Whether you’re going for sleek and contemporary or English countryside, vanities now come in more styles and colors than ever before.

Farmhouse bathroom vanities are currently in high demand, while modern bathroom vanities are a versatile choice for most decor types. Of course, if you’re a fan of classic elegance, traditional bathroom vanities never go out of style! A beautiful bathroom vanity that matches the overall theme of the house can go a long way to making your space look as welcoming as possible.

As consumers lean toward unexpected colors and finishes throughout their homes, furniture manufacturers are more than happy to meet that demand. While white remains the most popular bathroom vanity color, we’re also in love with some of our newest finishes and colors! From gray to blue to stained oak, there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to finding vanities that stand out.

Pick a Countertop Material

The right countertop material is key to ensuring your vanity lasts for years and years! Mass-produced vanities tend to have relatively inexpensive man-made materials like laminate or solid surface for their countertops. While these materials are cost-efficient for bulk use, they may not be the ideal choice if you are looking for something a little more upscale.

Quartz is great man-made alternative to natural stone. While it is an engineered stone and is therefore durable, stain-resistant, and easy to maintain, it contains powdered quartz minerals, which give it an appearance more reminiscent of natural stone. For the ultimate in luxury, marble-topped bathroom vanities make a lasting impression, thanks to their distinctive veining and patterns. Be aware, however, that natural stone such as marble may require special care or maintenance, so it may not be great for kids or high-traffic bathrooms. 

Additional Features

A well-made vanity may offer subtle features you didn’t even know you wanted! Dovetail drawers, for example, utilize a woodworking technique that ensures drawers remain strong and near-impossible to break at the joints. Other high-end features include soft-close hinges and drawers, which are quieter and reduce the possibility of breakage or splintering.

At Kitchen Bath Collection, you’ll find stunning bathroom vanities that are thoughtfully designed and expertly made. As the exclusive manufacturer, we’re pleased to bring you our high quality designs at a fraction of the price you’d expect. Browse our selection today, and feel free to contact us via phone or email with your questions.




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