I watch those ‘fix it up’ renovation TV shows like they are some kind of bored homeowner’s porn.
Updating my home is certainly on my bucket list as is learning how to choose a Bathroom Vanity.
How to Choose a Bathroom Vanity.
Every time that I see a bathroom getting updated, I am in aw.
I have been looking at those basic pre-fabricated sinks and vanities for as long as I have had a bathroom. I know that sounds odd.
Things have changed in the world of updating bathrooms.
Homeowners are smarter and they are willing to pay a bit more for those home updates.
How to choose a Bathroom Vanity in eight steps
- Work with the space that you actually have. Smaller bathrooms can benefit from a smaller vanity while larger bathrooms can go bigger. If space is tight, consider a vanity that fits close to a wall or fits in a corner.
- Measure, measure, and then measure again.Getting your bathroom measurements right is really important here.
Lowes gives these recommendations when it comes to measurements and space.
Here are several key factors to keep in mind.
Make sure to leave enough room for door openings (entry and shower) and trim. Every space is different, so open vanity doors and drawers and measure against the dimensions of your bathroom. You’ll want to ensure the vanity won’t be too big or disrupt the flow of traffic.
Keep in mind existing features such as mirrors, electrical switches and outlets.
Check your plumbing location. This could determine the width of your vanity. Moving plumbing will increase costs.
- How much space will you actually need for your vanity?
Lowes also says this:
Then measure sizes for vanity cabinets and vanity cabinets with tops. Take into account your storage needs and who will use it. Standard countertop height is 31 inches, but it’s really a matter of personal preference. Taller adults might want a higher countertop, while shorter models work better for small children.
Width: 12 to 84 inches. Typical cabinet widths are 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 inches
Height: 31 to 35-1/2 inches
Depth: 17 to 24 inches
If you’re purchasing a vanity without a top, you’ll also need to measure for the countertop. Measure the width and depth of the vanity cabinet. The vanity top should be 1 inch wider and 1 inch deeper than the vanity cabinet.
- Back in the day, vanities were built-in as in attached to the wall. Today vanities are built-in and free-standing. Free-standing vanities seem to be the most popular with folks wanting to make a style statement while built-ins are popular with the novice or budget conscious person.
- Take into consideration what your vanity is made out of. You may not want a nice wood vanity if you have small kids as water may become an issue.
- Faucets come in many different sizes and colors. Make sure that the faucet that you choose fits your vanity and matches your bathroom.
- What will your vanity top look like? Some vanity tops come attached to the vanity. Some vanity tops do not come with the vanity.
The National Kitchen +Bathroom Association says this:
If you’re looking for a bathroom countertop—usually called a vanity top—look for something that will stand up to water, soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, and alcohol- and acetone-based liquids. Replacing a vanity top is a feasible do-it-yourself project since you don’t have to replace the whole vanity cabinet if you don’t want to. Most bathroom vanity tops are surfaced with one of the following five materials.
- Granite and marble
- Solid surface material
- Lastly, shop around and ask questions. Research your options and find what works best for you and your bathroom.
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