Five Tips for Choosing Bathroom Vanities

Posted: July 26, 2017

Single or double sink, floating or free-standing, on-trend or traditional? When it comes to bathroom vanities you’re spoilt for choice.

Too much choice, though, can be overwhelming. Need a helping hand finding the right bathroom vanity for you? Here are five things you need to know before deciding on a bathroom vanity.

Know your bathroom style

Before you get too far into your bathroom vanity search, you need to be clear on what style and design you’re after. Do you have your heart set on a sleek, clean and minimalist design, or are you chasing something trendy? Feel like flaunting a few funky features? How about brightly coloured tapware or pipes on display? Perhaps you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to bathrooms? If you don’t already know which style sets your heart aflutter, scour the web for inspiration and visit local bathroom showrooms to find out which style appeals to you.

Before you fall in love with a vanity, be sure to consider how it will tie in with the rest of your bathroom. There’s no use bringing home a beautiful vintage vanity if it clashes with the rest of your bathroom. Your bathroom vanity should complement your tiles, bathroom, shower and flooring. Keep in mind your vanity top, sinks, tapware and mixers are a great way to showcase your style without going over the top.

How much space do you have?

Grab your measuring tape and take note of how much space you have to work with in your bathroom. Consider the size of your vanity top, including width and depth. You want to be able to open vanity cupboards and drawers with ease and give yourself enough room to move around and enjoy your vanity. Don’t forget to think about the swing of your bathroom and shower doors. The last thing you want is doors banging into your new vanity.

If you have a small bathroom, you might opt for a wall-mounted vanity to create an illusion of more space. If shortage of space isn’t an issue, you could choose a vanity with extra storage for your bathroom products and towels, and more counter top space to display your bathroom products. Wall or corner-mounted vanities are perfect for small bathrooms giving you a stunning look without taking up unnecessary space.

Consider your needs

You’ll kick yourself down the track if you get too caught up in the look of your vanity without thinking about your needs. The perfect bathroom vanity should be stylish and practical. Think about whether your vanity is for an ensuite, family bathroom or powder room, and who will be using the bathroom. Double sinks are popular with couples and families, while a floating or pedestal vanity is suitable for a powder room, or small bathroom for a single. If your bathroom is likely to be a hive of family activity, extra bench space is an added bonus. If you have a young family, pay attention to the material of your vanity. Opt for something that can stand up to a little more than your average wear and tear.

Think about how much storage space you need. Do you want to use your vanity to store towels and toilet paper? Would you like to display soaps, candles and greenery on your vanity top? How much storage space you need will largely influence your vanity choice.

Before you get too far in the decision-making process, be sure to plan your budget. If you’re unsure of costs, your local bathroom design experts can work through design and prices with you.

Mounting options and materials

Floating (wall-mounted) bathroom vanities, or corner-mounted and pedestal vanities can create an illusion of greater space in smaller bathrooms. If you have room to move, you can choose between free standing, floating, or custom-made vanities.

It’s a matter of personal choice when it comes to mounting options. Floating vanities are currently on-trend thanks to their contemporary feel and ability to ‘do the job’ while opening up floor space. Free-standing vanities often provide greater storage space with the option to either display or hide your storage.

The materials you choose for your bathroom vanity will come down to personal preference, your needs and budget. Stone top, marble, plastic, laminate and timber are the main materials you will see in bathroom vanities. Stone tops are great for longevity and laminate is good for practicality. A timber vanity can offer a traditional look, while a timber vanity top paired with white cabinetry is currently on-trend for those seeking a natural look.

Basins and tapware

Once you’ve decided on a single or double basin, think about the positioning of your basins. You will usually see basins wall-mounted, semi-recessed, above counter, under counter or positioned as a vessel. Think about whether you like a rectangular look with sleek lines and minimal tapware, or a rounder finish. Again, it’s not all down to the look – your basin must be functional and meet the needs of those using it.

Tapware and mixers offer the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your style and add wow factor to your bathroom. Tapware comes in all styles, sizes and finishes, so be sure to do your research. Don’t forget to consider the placement of your taps. Tapware can be vanity top mounted or wall mounted. It is important to allow for easy flow of water away from the vanity top. At the same time, you need to ensure your tapware is not intrusive.

Discuss your bathroom vanity needs with All Bathroom Gear

Feeling overwhelmed at the mere thought of choosing a bathroom vanity? Let the bathroom design experts at All Bathroom Gear design the perfect bathroom vanity for you. Visit the Brisbane showroom for bathroom inspiration and chat to one of the friendly bathroom design experts. All Bathroom Gear will even come to your house to see your space and design your dream bathroom.

When it’s time to give your new bathroom the big reveal, be confident you’ve done your homework and chosen the right bathroom vanities for you.

Need help choosing bathroom vanities? Contact All Bathroom Gear today on 07 3391 8626.