With the number of options available in the market, finding the right bathroom vanity is ordinarily easy. Bathroom furniture comes in a variety of designs and sizes. But finding aesthetically pleasing AND inexpensive bathroom vanities can be quite the challenge.
In this article, we’ll endeavour to answer questions regarding the selection of discount bathroom vanities.
How do you define discount bathroom vanities?
“Discount” actually has a relative definition. A 36-inch vanity worth $1200 may be considered as a bargain for others but may also be viewed as a high-end purchase for some. So to provide a concrete range as a basis for this article, let us assume that “discount” means $500 or less.
Although price actually forms a very significant factor in choosing a bath vanity, there are also quite a number of factors to consider like size, style, and quality.
What do you usually get for a discount price?
There are actually a lot of discount vanities for bathrooms available in the market. But if you’re expecting to get the lavish-looking furniture pieces or a chic, modern double vanity, then be primed to have your bubble burst.
The style of the item and location of the store will determine the kind of bathroom vanities you’ll be able to purchase with $500 or less. If you’re seeking the style which will give you value for money, then you may want to check out the vanities fashioned like bath cabinets. These vanities look very much similar to the base kitchen cabinets. These vanity cabinets are placed on the floors as it is without pegs. For the sake of uniformity, we’ll use the term “base-cabinet” for the rest of this article. These bathroom vanities provide you with more internal storage space as well as a substantial countertop area.
You’ll usually find these cheap bathroom vanities in home centers and building supply retailers. You’ll be able to find some really good Ikea cabinets for well under $500.
If you’re the type who’ll wish for a much more fashionable style, the variety of options under the $500 category dwindles.The more stylish ones don’t usually provide much ample space than the base-cabinet vanity does. Some even have no storage at all especially the minimalist and wall-mounted ones.
But if you’re willing to pump your price up to $600 or $700, then the selection of bathroom vanities cheap and stylish widens.
What factors do I need to consider?
The motto of a discount vanity cabinets’ purchaser is “you get what you pay for”. But there are sure to be good deals out there if you analyse first what your needs are and research about the products in the market.
Discount bathroom vanities are available in different widths and several heights. You can have the ready-made ones or the rta cabinets. Knowing its height is important as the really low ones can be very bothersome while the high ones are usually difficult for children to use.
Factor in the quality of the construction particularly if the cabinet is to be placed where a shower is as this will determine the longevity of the furniture piece. It might seem like a good deal now but if it cannot withstand high moisture levels then you might have to shell out another amount in the near future.
MDF or Medium Density Fiberboard is used usually for antique vanities but it doesn’t usually do well in a moist environment.
What the publisher has to say…
“I learned this the hard way with one of my own pieces of bathroom furniture. The piece was made with a combination of wood and MDF.”
He said that after a few years of light use, he noticed that the paint finish chipped off in some areas, especially the corners and edges. It was further identified that some parts got expanded or bloated due to moisture and water from the showers. He bought that because it gave his bathroom a look like the modern bathrooms in magazines but he swore he won’t be using this type of cabinet construction whenever water is involved.
Quality must always be considered a top priority in choosing your cabinets, may it be for your bath vanity or for your medicine cabinets. You must be able to identify if the slides on the drawers are well-oiled, the paint or finish is of good quality and the wood used is long-lasting.
These pieces of information are normally not available in the catalogue of the company websites so you may have to pay the supplier a heart-to-heart call. You must simply not settle for whatever is apparent just because it is cheap.
Where do I buy them?
There are three primary sources of inexpensive bathroom vanities, namely: online retailers, home centers and building supply outlets.
You can just do a quick internet search using the keywords “discount bathroom vanities”. Be wary though as some may not stay true to its label, that is, it’s referred to as an affordable one even if it’s priced the same as with other vanity sellers. Always be prepared to compare the prices and the specs between sources so that you can be really sure.
Now, if you’re still set with the lavish-looking vanities at discount prices, then DIY is the option for you. It may be additional work for you but it’s a good alternative to buying the same expensive looking cabinet for a much heftier price.
Do-it-yourself cabinets usually use an old piece of furniture which will be modified by incorporating a sink and a faucet. It does require some skill but if you know you can do it, then why not? You’ll be able to come up with a unique vanity by adding your personal touch. Plus, you get to save money. If you’re really not that crafty with the hammer, start learning now by searching through the various how-to videos available on the internet.
So as in all other purchases, always remember – shop around and take some notes. It might require your effort and time but it’ll sure ensure that you’ve got money left in your budget.