Remodeling Your Bathroom Part 3 of 6: Choosing Your Vanity
Welcome to the next part of our ongoing series on bathroom remodeling, a.k.a., choosing your vanity! The vanity is the cabinet-and-sink combination where you spend most of your hygiene time in the bathroom. Once you have your toilet and shower picked out, and know the general style of your bathroom, you need to make some choices about the size and design of the vanity. Here's what to consider.
Choosing a Size
The vanity must fit the size of your bathroom: A large vanity won't fit in a small space, and a small vanity will leave too much open, unusable space if the bathroom is too large. Fortunately, some quick measurements can help prevent problems here. Make sure that no corners will get in the way of your common movements, and that no part of the vanity will get in the way of doorways, toilets, and so on. This is also a good time to adjust the height of the vanity if you found the previous version too short or too high. Make sure that protruding faucets won't get in the way of existing mirrors or cabinets.
There are many different sink types to choose from. The common choices are:
- Undermount: These are mounted from underneath the vanity and typically have a smooth top that is level with the counter.
- Drop In: Here the sink's lip protrudes from the counter, but the rest is inset – one of the most traditional options.
- Integrated: This is a countertop that includes a built-in sink so that they are a single component, make installation easier.
- Vessel: These sinks sit on top of the counter, typically in a bowl-like shape, and work well for modern style bathrooms.
Single or Double Sink
This is typically an easy decision for most bathrooms. However, you'll want to consider how many people will be using the bathroom at once. Half-baths and guest bathrooms typically only need one sink. Master bedroom bathrooms typically have a double sink so that two people can use them at once. If you are remodeling an old bathroom for a larger space, you may want to consider upgrading to a double sink.
Mounting the Vanity
Mounting refers to how the vanity is installed into your bathroom. Freestanding vanities are more like pieces of furniture, have legs, and require that a floor be installed underneath. This can be a great look, but it does leave some extra places where dust bunnies can collect and will require your plumbing to be located in the wall. A wall-mounted vanity secures the vanity to the wall – and often the floor as well – which offers extra support and you don’t need to run your flooring underneath. With this type of vanity, the plumbing usually comes up through the floor and through the base of the vanity. With a corner mount installs the vanity at an angle in a corner, an option for smaller sinks and bathrooms. When in doubt, it's a good idea to go with the mounting option that your bathroom previously had. Note that some designs and styles will favor a particular mounting option.
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