Everything You Need to Know About Bathroom Vanities

Make Your Next Bathroom Remodel a Success With the Perfect Vanity

A vanity is a vital part of a bathroom remodel, not only in terms of function but also in terms of style. Taking the time to choose the ideal vanity for your bathroom is necessary to ensure proper storage, counter space, and visual appeal. Read on for our summary of each aspect you should consider when choosing a vanity for your bathroom remodel.

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The size of your new vanity is one of the first things to consider before making a purchase. While a bigger vanity does mean more storage space, that shouldn’t be the only consideration here. Instead, think about the overall size of your new bathroom and plan to install a vanity that will fit comfortably within it. Having a vanity that’s too large in a smaller bathroom will make the entire room less functional and comfortable. Additionally, a vanity that is too small for the room it sits in will often get lost in its surroundings.

Another size consideration for your new vanity is height. Think about who will be using it, and select accordingly. The standard vanity height for adults ranges from 32-35 inches, but you may need to go higher or shorter depending on the needs of your household.


When you start thinking about your storage needs for your new vanity, the best place to start is by looking at how you are currently using the storage in your bathroom. Do you have extra space in your current vanity? If so, you can probably look at downsizing your vanity or choosing a model with fewer cabinets and drawers. However, if you feel like your bathroom items are cramped in limited storage space, you may need to look at a larger vanity. Alternatively, you can look at adding additional storage in the form of wall-hung cabinets or storage that rests on top of the vanity counter space.


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With any home renovation purchase, it can be tempting to opt for cheaper materials. It is especially important to select high-quality, durable materials for your new bathroom vanity. This is because your vanity will be subjected to humidity, moisture, and heavy usage from the household. While cheaper materials may save you some money upfront, you will end up paying much more to replace water damaged cabinets down the road.

Wood veneers, laminates, and thermofoil are some of the best performing materials for bathroom vanities.


Considering the vanity’s placement in your new bathroom can also help to narrow down your choices. You want to be sure that wherever you choose to put your new vanity, that you will not be limiting the functions of the bathroom. These functions include shower door opening and closing, clear and unobstructed foot traffic access throughout, and easy access for cleaning.

Another consideration for placement is the existing plumbing in your bathroom. Moving the rough plumbing during a bathroom remodel can quickly add significant costs. For this reason, it is important for homeowners looking to maximize their budget to consider finding a vanity that fits in with your existing plumbing as closely as possible.

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