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Bathroom Vanity Sizes, Shapes & Materials: What Options Are There?

Whether you’re searching for a conventional, modern, or somewhere-in-between bathroom vanity, you’ll find it here.

Whether you’ve finally decided to remodel or are still constructing your dream house, your vanity will be one of the most crucial components in your bathroom. The vanity, as the essential hub for washing up, brushing teeth, styling hair, putting on cosmetics and many other duties, must be both a functional workhorse and an appealing focal point. Fortunately, when it comes to bathroom vanity size, form and material, your options are nearly unlimited. We’ll go over each of these qualities in greater depth below to help you choose the best bathroom vanity for you and your family.

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Vanity Size

The overall size of your vanity will be determined by the number of sinks you require in your bathroom and the amount of free counter space you like. Two sinks (called a double vanity) are usually in larger bathrooms, but the choice is yours. Sinks are occasionally included with vanities, although many homeowners choose to choose their own.

The majority of vanities are offered in industry-standard sizes:

  • Standard height: 30 – 34 inches
  • Standard width: 24 – 72 inches
  • Standard depth: 18 – 21 inches

Of course, all of these dimensions are somewhat negotiable. Families with taller members, for example, may prefer “comfort height” vanities, which measure 36 inches rather than the conventional 30–34 inches. The other measurements (width and depth) are entirely dependent on the size of your area and your particular preferences. Naturally, you’ll want to maintain the vanity depth within reach of the faucet, items on the back of the counter and the mirror for cleaning.

How Measure

It is critical to measure your area before purchasing a bathroom vanity. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Allow for door openings (entry and bathroom) and trim. Because every space is unique, open the doors and drawers on the vanity before comparing it to the size of your bathroom. You’ll want to make sure the vanity isn’t too enormous and doesn’t obstruct traffic movement.
  • Consider existing features like mirrors, electrical switches and outlets.
  • Examine the placement of your plumbing. This may influence the breadth of your vanity. Moving plumbing will raise your bills.
  • Allow at least 18 inches from the cabinet edge to the center of the toilet for typical building code compliance.

Next, determine the dimensions of vanity cabinets and vanity cabinets with tops. Consider your storage requirements as well as who will utilize the vanity. The normal countertop height is 31 inches, but this is entirely subjective. Taller people may prefer a higher countertop, whereas shorter models are more suited to little children. If you buy a vanity without a top, you must also measure for the countertop. Take measurements of the vanity cabinet’s width and depth. The vanity cabinet should be one inch broader and one inch deeper than the vanity top. Make sure to account for fillers if you intend to use them. A filler (or filler strip) is a piece of wood that is placed next to a vanity to fill any gaps between the vanity and the wall.

Vanity Shape

A vanity’s shape mainly relates to its overall design. Aside from common shapes, you’ll have a wealth of additional shape options. There are boxy modern vanities, curved vanities, pedestal vanities and many more. Many of your choices will include storage. Under your countertop, you can have one or two large drawers, many smaller drawers, cabinet doors with shelving, open shelves, no storage at all, or a variety of different alternatives.

Tops

First, you must determine whether you want a vanity with or without a top. Either option has pros and cons. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of selecting bathroom vanities with tops.

Pros

  • Buying a vanity that already contains the top and sink is usually less expensive.
  • Vanities with tops are pre-drilled and built, making it a simple do-it-yourself project. Not having to hire a contractor saves you money that may be put toward other aspects of the remodeling.

Cons

  • Because a vanity combo does not enable you to choose the top, your material options are more limited.

Here are the benefits and drawbacks of buying bathroom vanities without tops or a bathroom vanity without a sink.

Pros

  • A vanity without a top is a terrific idea if you appreciate the design process and want to create a unique look for your bathroom. For modern or transitional bathrooms, go with marble or quartz. Concrete would look great in an industrial or modern setting. Vitreous china provides a clean aesthetic at a low cost.
  • Purchasing a vanity without a top gives you the option of selecting a sink. The options are limitless. Choose simple undermount sinks to complement your new custom countertop, or choose a farmhouse, modern vessel, or magnificent copper or brass sink.

Cons

  • Creating a bespoke look is often more expensive, so consider your options when renewing or upgrading your bathroom.
  • Unless you have extensive DIY skills, it is recommended that you hire a contractor to install the vanity, top and sink, which will also cost extra.
Sinks

When choosing a vanity, you should also consider the type of sink. Sinks come in a variety of shapes, including round, oval, square and rectangular. The most common types are:

  • Drop-In Sinks: The sink’s edges rest on the countertop, and the base is hidden beneath the counter.
  • Vessel Sinks: Vessel sinks are sinks that sit on top of a counter.
  • Wall-mounted Sinks: These sinks are attached to the wall and can make a tiny bathroom appear larger.
  • Undermount Sinks: These sinks are installed beneath the countertop.
Types

After you’ve decided on the vanity size for your bathroom makeover, the next step is to decide on the shape. Bathroom vanities are available in a range of styles, such as cabinet-style vanities, freestanding vanities, floating vanities, pedestal vanities and many others.

  • Cabinet-Style Vanities: These vanities are attached to the wall with normal kitchen-style cabinets and sit on the floor.
  • Freestanding vanities are similar to cabinet-style vanities in that they do not attach to the wall.
  • Vanities, Floating or Wall-Mounted: Floating vanities are mounted to the wall and have space underneath them rather than sitting on the floor.
  • Pedestal Vanities: Pedestal sinks have no counter space because they are simply sinks with pedestals that extend to the floor.

Different vanity shapes have different advantages and disadvantages, and assessing your needs and the style you want in your new bathroom will assist you in selecting which vanity form is best for you!

Material

Bathroom vanity materials include concrete, wood, laminate and porcelain, as well as granite, marble and quartz. Consider the rest of your area first when choosing the proper material for your countertops. Vanity countertops are typically the same color and material scheme as the rest of your bathroom. You should also consider how long your vanity will need to last. If they will not be subjected to everyday use (in a guest bathroom, for example), more delicate material like wood can be appealing. However, for heavy daily use, wooden countertops may show noticeable wear and tear far faster than marble. In the same line, if you have children, you may want to think about a more durable countertop material.

Color and Finish

The majority of vanity finishes are composed of glass, metal or wood and are available in a variety of colors. Vanities in white and black are among the most popular, but other popular hues and finishes include navy, gray, light wood and rich espresso. If you’re feeling very daring, you can paint a wood cabinet any color you like.

Hardware

Examine the description of the vanity you’re thinking about purchasing. Some will come with the door and drawer hardware already installed. If the vanity doesn’t come with hardware, there are a plethora of options at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Faucets

Most vanity tops have faucet holes predrilled. The most often used faucet holes are for centerset or widespread faucets. Widespread faucets include a spout and separate hot and cold water handles. When the faucet is fitted, all of the elements will appear to be independent. Widespread faucets with 6- to 16-inch drillings are offered for basins with predrilled 3-hole installations. Centerset faucets are designed for basins that have a 4-inch predrilled 3-hole installation. A spout and valves are combined on a single base unit. A single-handle mixing lever or two handles positioned on a 6-inch plate can be seen on centerset faucets.

Storage and Accessories

Is this vanity intended for a master bathroom, a powder room, a guest bathroom or a children’s bathroom? Consider your specific requirements. If you use this bathroom daily, you will value enough storage space (including drawers and countertop space). If more storage is required, look beyond the vanity. There are various elegant and functional solutions available, such as bathroom linen cabinets and bathroom wall cabinets. Consider a mirrored medicine cabinet in place of a mirror. Bathroom medicine cabinets are a convenient way to keep daily necessities close at hand. Medicine cabinets can be recessed or wall-mounted.

When building a vanity, you must surround the space with a bathroom backsplash or a bathroom sink side splash. This will prevent your walls from becoming damp or damaged. Backsplashes and side splashes are frequently paired with a vanity top. Custom vanities may have to be purchased separately.

Ultimately, the vanity you select will be determined by your own preferences as well as the merchant you work with. While you cannot purchase vanities from Valor Home Services, we have a team of designers who can help you choose the right vanity for your bathroom update or remodel. You don’t even have to pick it up! Our crew has it all handled. After ordering and delivery, our skilled team of experts will then help you install the vanity in our new luxury bathroom. Do you like what you hear? Great, we’re happy to help. All you need to do is call our office today.