Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about finding the right vanity. Here’s the list of what to look for :

KNOW THE SIZE YOU CAN FIT 

The size of the vanity refers both the width and the length. First question you need to ask is “what size vanity can I fit ?” You need to measure the size of your bathroom and find out how much space you have available. Look for a cabinet or base that can fit in that space. 

What are standard sizes for bathroom vanities?

The standard bathroom vanity sizes are 24 inch, 30 inch, 36 inch, 42 inch, 48 inch, 60 inch single, 60 inch double and 72 inch double

What’s the standard height bathroom vanities?

The sizes vary from 32 inches to 36 inches. Standard bathroom vanity height is 36 inches including the counter top. 

SELECT YOUR DESIGN

Decide what kind of bathroom design you want. You should look for a bathroom vanity that goes well with the rest of the design in your home. If you have a modern theme, then choose modern bathroom vanities

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How can I make my bathroom look bigger?

Here are some tips to make your bathroom look larger

  • Select Warm Colors 
  • Choose a Light-Colored Flooring
  • Choose Slightly Smaller Vanity 
  • Don’t fill the space with unnecessary bathroom furniture 
  • Reflect the Space With Mirrors

CABINET COLOR

Cabinet color is the most important part of the decision. Bathroom vanity cabinets come in colors that range from light to dark shades. Find a color that will work best in your bathroom.

What are the most popular bathroom vanity colors?

White, espresso and gray are the most popular bathroom vanity cabinet colors. 

White Bathroom Vanities

You can never go wrong with white bathroom vanities in any bathroom design. Naturally, white bathroom vanities match really well with white bathroom fixtures and accessories. White vanity can also create a contrast with darker tile. Choose from free standing or wall mount white vanities to give your bathroom that modern look you are looking for. White bathroom vanities are timeless, classic, and simply stunning. White brings an element of peace and tranquility into any room. White bathroom vanity is very easy to incorporate into your bathroom. One of the greatest benefit of white bathroom cabinet is, it helps reflect the light, making darker bathrooms much brighter. Wide selection of white bathroom vanities in modern or traditional styles in variety of finishes including single and double vanity options in a wide range of sizes for your bathroom at Home Design Outlet Center.

HARDWARE

Don’t forget knobs change the way how vanities look. Most of the cabinets come with knobs already assembled but you can change them easily.

WOOD TYPE

What kind of wood is used for bathroom vanity?

Bathroom cabinets and vanities are typically made from these materials: Plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or solid wood. 

What is MDF Wood?

MDF (medium density fiberboard) is an engineered wood made from composite wood pieces and fibers, which are held together with either a wax or resin adhesive. A thin decorative veneer layer is then stretched around the composite plank of wood. 

MDF is one of the most economical materials in cabinet construction, it can be used in the bathroom vanity cabinets. It’s hard to determine the quality of the MDF; if it’s well made it will be durable even in humid bathroom conditions.

Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities

“Solid wood” is a term for two different styles of wood: Standard solid wood (all natural real wood), and solid hardwood plywood. 

Solid hardwood plywood is the most durable wood material for bathroom vanity cabinets. It is made from woods like oak, cherry, and maple. 

Natural solid wood(all natural real wood) tend to shrink and expand as humidity changes, which can cause cracks in the painted or veneered finish of your cabinets, and in some cases, this may lead to warping. Natural solid wood must be dried properly. 

Solid Wood Vs Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is a totally different material from natural wood. It is a manufactured wood that uses pure fine wood from a single natural wood source, which allows the wood to bend and expand in different humid conditions, but will always goes back to its original shape. That’s why no cracking or warping occurs.

IMPORTANT TIP:  Regardless of which material your vanity is made with, be sure you have a proper bathroom exhaust fan to remove moisture from the bathroom. 

BATHROOM VANITY STYLES

WALL-HUNG VANITIES

An alternative to traditional freestanding vanity is a wall-hung or wall-mount bathroom vanity that you can mount right on your wall. These are great for either small or bathrooms. The downside is that many of these models don’t have extra storage space. 

that you can mount right on your wall. These are great for either small or bathrooms. The downside is that many of these models don’t have extra storage space. 

FREE STANDING VANITIES

Free standing bathroom vanities stand on its own legs. They are the most common type of vanity.

DOUBLE SINK OR SINGLE SINK

SINGLE SINK BATHROOM VANITIES

Single sink bathroom vanities are perfect for those with smaller bathrooms. These vanities have a more compact design and take up much less space than a double bathroom vanity. 

DOUBLE SINK BATHROOM VANITIES 

Double bathroom vanities come with two sinks, which make these models perfect for larger bathrooms. Both you and your partner, spouse or kids will have a sink of your own. 

Carrara Marble Vanity Top With Rectangular Under mount Sink

VANITY TOP OPTIONS

Marble, granite and quartz are the most commonly used materials for vanity tops. There are also other options, like glass and stainless.

Bathroom Vanities Without Tops

Most of the vanities come with a top already attached to the cabinet. What if you love the vanity base but the vanity top doesn’t match your design ? Now, we offer bathroom vanities without tops ! You can order a custom vanity top from marble, granite or quartz. You can pick the color of your choice, select the size of your sink and hole openings for your faucets. Don’t worry custom made vanity tops don’t cost a fortune, we offer very competitive prices.

SINK ON TOP VS UNDER MOUNT

An under-mount sink, mounts underneath the counter, which is very common. A top vessel sink is not a common choice for bathrooms because the sink itself sits on the counter, takes up space on the counter. 

SINK TYPES 

Bathroom Vanity sinks now come in a range of shapes, such as rectangular, oval and round. Rectangular sink has a more modern look, but a round sink has a more classic or traditional look.

SINK MATERIAL

As you look over vanity sinks, pay attention to the material used in the construction of each sink. Porcelain is the best option because it is easy to maintain, but some may prefer an acrylic sink. There are also sinks made from stainless steel that work well in a contemporary bathroom. And there are glass vessel sinks that sit on top of the counter. 

What’s an acrylic sink?

Acrylic resin is a group of thermoplastic materials that can be used to make extremely clear, very durable product that’s used to make bathroom vanity sinks.

Do bathroom sinks need an overflow?

The sink overflow is a built-in feature that prevents accidental overflow of the sink and to help the sink basin drain faster.

What is a good size for a bathroom sink?

There is no standard size for a bath sink. Most round sinks are 16 to 20 inches in diameter, while most rectangular sinks are 19 to 24 inches wide and 16 to 23 inches front to back.

PRICING

While comparing bathroom vanity prices, find out if there are any hidden fees such as shipping and handling. Don’t forget, not every vanity is made the same way. They might look same but quality of the vanity might not be the same. 

What do bathroom vanities cost?

Stock bathroom vanities start at $399 for a basic small single-sink model. Depending on size, style, materials they go up to $3900. Semi custom bathroom vanities slightly cost more than stock vanities. If you want to customize any of the components such as hardware, countertop or sink, it will cost more. 

Visit Home Design Outlet Center Kitchen And Bath Tile Showroom to see the vanities on display in person. 

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