There are plenty of considerations you would have to decide on when you are planning to install a vanity in your bathroom, regardless if you are replacing an old unit or building a bathroom from scratch. Truth be told, it’s exciting to make such a choice – but you shouldn’t let this distract you from practical matters, either. And with the array of vanity unit options out there, it can quickly become overwhelming.
So how best to choose? Here are the top aspects you should consider when selecting the proper bathroom vanity.
The general guidelines
Of course, you should think first of its purpose and who will use it. If you install a cloakroom vanity, your visitors will probably use it the most, so you have to think about its functionality. Of course, you can go for a simpler vanity unit, and there are plenty of cloakroom vanity units that are small and compact yet stylish and modern.
Additionally, think about the space where you will place it, and consider the plumbing. Wall-mounted and floating units may entail changes to the plumbing if you already have an existing bathroom, but if you want a standard one on the floor, you don’t have to make any plumbing changes.
Below are a few other top considerations:
One of the definite perks of a vanity unit is that you have more storage space, and you can avoid clutter, which is the bane of many a bathroom. But before you decide on this, remember that cabinet or cupboard doors and drawers will take up space in different ways. For example, drawers will take up space in front, whilst doors tend to swing outwards and sideways. So look carefully at your bathroom’s layout and the potential placement of your vanity unit so you can determine which works best.
Another primary consideration is the design and style of your basin or sink. Whilst most people often spend more time thinking about the taps they would like, remember that this will only make up a portion of your basin. It’s the actual basin that you should think about the most because it will also impact your vanity’s overall appeal and its utility and function. There are indeed plenty of styles on offer, but this can make your choice more difficult.
Therefore, one of the best things you can do is decide on the amount of counter space you need and determine how much of this space you should allot for the basin. Make comparisons between standard basins and vessel basins, undermount basins, and all-in-one basins so you can gain a greater understanding of the setup of your vanity.
Bear in mind that your bathroom vanity will go through a lot of use, so you have to accommodate subsequent wear and tear. In addition, plenty of substances will come in contact with it, be it water, cleaning products, makeup, and other styling and hygiene products. It will also be in a more humid room, so think about a vanity for your bathroom that can hold its own against everyday use, and some materials are more suitable to moist and warm temperatures as well.
Make sure the material you choose is waterproof, and thermofoil, laminate, and wood veneers can withstand the bathroom atmosphere better than most.