Choosing A Bathroom Vanity
One of the largest pieces in your bathroom is the vanity. So when it comes time to update it, there are a few things you will need to consider.
We’ve got some handy hints and tips to help you along the way with choosing a bathroom vanity.
If you have any decisions to make about the type, size, shape or design of your new bathroom vanity, you might like to read on…
And of course, we’ll also keep you up to date with the latest in design trends to get your creative mind racing!
So you’ve decided to update or renovate your bathroom, bravo! This can be an exciting journey for some, or the biggest nightmare for others.
If you’re worried or stressed about your choices, never fear – we’ve got you covered.
One of the first things you will need to think about in your bathroom renovation, is choosing a bathroom vanity. For various reasons, which we’ll cover below, so we’ll try and help you along the way, to make your reno just that little bit easier.
Find a comfy spot and let’s get that vanity locked in and ordered!
If you’re living in a home that is over 15 years old, chances are that you have a floor mounted vanity.
This is when your vanity sits on the floor and is backed up against a wall. All your plumbing is also concealed behind cupboard doors and/or cut-out drawers.
Because wall hung vanities were not so popular then, this was the mainstream type of vanity. It still has a place in bathroom design, and is still quite popular if you are renovating and need to keep plumbing in it’s existing place or you would like loads of storage.
This style of vanity has a lot of pro’s…for example, you save money by not having to move plumbing. You get loads of storage space. AND you still get a great look!
Generally speaking, floor mounted vanities were also made in a few standard sizes, which makes for easy swap-out’s. A handy person could DIY the swap, apart from reconnecting the plumbing, for which you should use a qualified, licensed plumber.
Design Tip – Keep in mind that you may need to order this piece in through your bathroom supplier. They may have limited stock, which can take up to 8 weeks. Or if your existing vanity is an odd size, you may also need to have it custom built, which could add time and $$ to your budget.
Get the Look – ABI Addison Timber Vanity
Let’s take a look now at the single wall hung vanity. This style of vanity has been a game changer in the world of bathroom design and style.
Not only are the designs so varied, but the overall look you can achieve with a wall hung vanity is lighter than a floor mounted option.
Bringing the vanity off the floor helps to create a sense of space, and generally appears to make your bathroom seem larger and more airy.
A single basin wall hung vanity makes a great choice for a smaller or more compact bathroom. Because the storage underneath is normally cut out around the plumbing, you may find you actually have even more space than in your previous floor mounted vanity.
Design Tip – Don’t be tempted to go for the largest vanity you can squeeze into the space. Think about the scale and proportion of the vanity so it doesn’t overwhelm the space and look off balance with the rest of your fixtures and fittings.
Get the Look – ABI Addison White Vanity
Two Points of View
If you have a larger bathroom, chances are you’re going to want to include a double basin vanity in your new bathroom.
And why not – if you have the space, you should utilise as much of your floor plan as possible. The bathroom is one place that you can’t afford to waste valuable space!
Double vanities are such an important part of a large bathroom. Not only for storage, but also for the overall visual impact they have. This will help to soften all the other hard surfaces and provide you with an important design element.
Choosing the perfect size is also a big factor in your decision. You need the vanity to sit in balance and proportion to the other elements within the space. If it’s too large it will create imbalance, and if it’s too small it will be consumed by other pieces and disappear into the background.
Design Tip – If you are going from a single basin vanity to a double, be sure to factor in extra costs, such as additional plumbing, 2 x basins, 2 x mirrors, 2 x tapware. These costs can add up quickly, and you don’t want to be left having to choose fixtures that you’re not in love with.
Get the Look – ABI Harlow Timber Double Vanity
Not So Vain
While vanities in a bathroom are a given, have you ever thought about using vanity type cabinetry in other area’s of your home?
When you think about it, they are usually the perfect shape for something like a floating office desk, a make up station in a walk-in-robe, or even a TV cabinet in your living space!
Really, there are quite a few different ways they could be used. With built in storage and so many designs and styles, you will probably be surprised at how versatile they could be.
Check in with your builder or carpenter to ensure that the piece can be supported structurally, and wall hung in the area you would like to put it. Vanities can be quite heavy, especially if you are going with a marble, stone or composite bench top, so make sure you can achieve the overall look before you click that ‘buy’ button…
Design Tip – Use bathroom cabinetry in your laundry space. They are created using water resistant materials, and are design for a basin and plumbing similar to that in your laundry sink! Plus, you get the added bonus of having a beautiful piece of furniture in your laundry, and not a standard laundry tub – winner!!
Get the Look – ABI Milton Timber Vanity
It’s Not All in Vain
Along with so many other decisions you will have to make in your bathroom design, the bathroom vanity is a big choice.
If you keep in tune with your style, space and budget, you really can’t go wrong. Just think about what you would like to change about your current vanity, and start to hone in on the key things you need from your new one.
Ensure you cover off all your NEED’s and you are sure to choose the perfect piece for your lifestyle.
Did you have a Want/Need list for your new bathroom vanity? We’d love to hear about it!