When you’re renovating your bathroom it’s very easy to get caught up not knowing what kind of fixtures you should use or the type of vanity you need. The best thing to do before beginning any demolition or hiring an expert to work on your bathroom is come up with a plan of what you want and what you want your new bathroom to look like. This will ensure that all of the decisions you make and things you buy will work together to create a cohesive and attractive bathroom that you and your family will love.
Bathroom Vanity Types
Consider the Classic: The Pedestal Sink
The Pedestal Sink is a very popular type of vanity, and for good reason. They are small enough to use when you don’t have a lot of extra room in your bathroom, but because of their attractive style, they will add a little more interest to space. People who have larger bathrooms and want the sink to be the focal point of the room often choose a pedestal sink for this reason. They have a sink that is mounted on top of a solid pedestal an all of the water lines are hidden inside the pedestal for a very clean look.
Stick with the Basics: The Free Standing Vanity
This type of vanity offers the same function as a pedestal sink, but instead of being the slender and elegant look of the pedestal sink, this sink is blocky and either square or rectangular. This type of vanity can support either two or one sinks, depending on the size of your bathroom as well as your needs. Because of the way the plumbing runs through the vanity as well as the smaller size of the vanity, you generally will have fake drawers and doors on this type of sink, although you may have an open shelf at the bottom for some storage.
Go Modern: A Floating Vanity
While not nearly as popular or common as other types of vanities, floating vanities are mounted directly onto the bathroom wall. This means you can not only easily clean underneath them when you are mopping the bathroom floor, but that they are also visually lighter than other types of vanities, making them ideal if you have a particularly small bathroom. They offer enough countertop space for your toothbrush and toothpaste and usually have some storage underneath, as well.
Choose an Updated Look: The Vessel Vanity
While once only relegated to fancy hotels and restaurants, the vessel vanity is becoming more popular for homeowners to have in their own bathrooms. These vanities have a large, curved bowl for the sink that sits on top of the vanity itself. The bowl leaves a lot of storage space on top of the vanity, and you can easily store items underneath inside cupboards and shelves below.
The Reliable: The Vanity Cabinet
This is one of the most common types of vanities available and features an under-mounted sink that is dropped flush with the countertop. They have pull-out doors, incredibly similar to what you find in your kitchen. Unfortunately, they are not going to offer as much storage as the vessel sink vanity, since the sink fits down into your storage space and you still have to account for all of the plumbing pipes. However, they are easy to clean, easy to install, and popular as you can choose from a variety of materials for both the actual cabinets and frame as well as the vanity top for a unique look.
Choosing the right bathroom vanity involves a lot more than just simply thinking about what kind of look you want in your bathroom. It’s important that you take into consideration how much space you have that you are willing to give up to the vanity, as well as how much storage space you need. While you may love the look of a pedestal sink, if you have a large family and need extra storage space, you may be much better off with a vanity cabinet. On the other hand, smaller spaces will usually look more open and airy if you can reduce the amount of bulk your vanity has, so picking a slimmer and more streamlined option may be a great choice for you.