Bathroom Vanity: What you need to know

A bath vanity usually serves as the centrepiece of the bathroom. But what is it for and is it really important? In this article, we’ll tell you everything you know.

What is a bathroom vanity?

A bathroom vanity basically is a bathroom sink and storage combined.  This bathroom cabinetry is essentially designed to provide hold for the basin, house the plumbing without making it visible (you can see it here on how to do that), as well offer a storage area for personal implements. The benchtop, albeit more common in kitchen cabinets, is also an essential part of the vanity. It is available in stone, reconstituted stone, cement, wood, laminate and many other materials. The vanity in your bathroom as well as your medicine cabinets can be made from varied materials but most, if not all, are waterproof because the bathroom is considered to be the biggest wet area in a house.

What are the options vanities for bathrooms?

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It is not surprising that vanities come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and designs since it is considered as the main furniture in the bathroom. The bathroom wall cabinets and even the laundry room cabinets can be ofdifferent styles and designs. You may be inclined to have a traditional design. Other possible designs are French provincial, art deco, modern, country, minimalist and even your own personal style as you can easily order custom cabinets. You may purchase ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets so long as you have ascertained the size that fits your bathroom. Bath vanities also come in different shapes. With the advances in design technology, vanities may have sharp corners or gentle corners, integrated shelving; gone are the perpetually rectangular designs of yesterday. A double vanity is also very trendy nowadays because it allows two people to use the bathroom simultaneously.

How do you choose the right Bathroom Vanity?

Firstly, know the size of the space. One can’t use storage cabinets, however great the design, if it doesn’t fit in your bathroom. Account also for the size of cabinet doors; make sure that there is enough space for it to open. Next, remember how you utilize the spaces in the vanity. Ensure that it has ample storage area for your toiletries, cleaning products as well as appliances like hair dryers and curling irons. You may also want to keep a fresh set of towels in your bathroom so make sure that the bathroom vanity contains racks or shelves for these.

Apart from that, you also need to decide if a single or a double vanity is more suitable for your circumstances.

Bear in mind that the vanity is the centrepiece and it therefore dictates the entire feel and style of the bathroom. If you want to present a minimalist look, avoid using a very decorative and lavish vanity. Also, don’t use simple over-the-toilet cabinets if you’re going for a much grander look. Also, remember the maintenance required. As much as you want diamond cabinets or timber benchtops, you also have to be prepared to clean and maintain it accordingly. Otherwise, it aesthetics will easily fade.

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