When thinking about your bathroom remodel, give considerable thought to the vanity, the place where every morning starts. You want it to be an efficient and easy to function “grooming go-to” where everything is within reach and organized to help you maximize your morning rituals.
Sinks and mirror areas should complement each other to capture simplicity and elegance as well as form and function. Let’s look at a few things to consider in choosing and designing a bathroom vanity for your remodeling project.
What works better, a vanity or a sink console?
This definitely depends on the space you’re working with around the vanity and your storage needs. A fixture too big overcrowds the bathroom, and of course, one too small may not serve your functional needs as well. If you’re remodeling a powder room or guest bathroom, typically a sink console is more suitable as they run smaller and take up less space. Some may include a small storage cabinet beneath the sink to keep essentials out of view, but try not to pick a piece that overpowers the space. Conversely, a vanity works better for a larger bathroom which offers the benefit of form and function.
What size should my bathroom vanity be?
Again, it’s a matter of how small or big the space is along with the fixtures that will be installed alongside it. You don’t want a vanity that’s out of proportion to the space it will fit in if it looks like it will inhibit movement or block access to other components in your bathroom. A single vanity may be just right for small powder rooms, while larger, double vanities could be perfect for a master bath where two people can get ready at the same time.
What types of materials should I consider for my vanity?
Since your vanity is going to be in a space that sees a lot of wetness, humidity, and activity, you want to choose sturdy materials that can withstand the daily routines people use vanities for. Wood veneers, laminates, and thermofoil are good choices that work well in vanities. Durable vanity tops such as granite are great choices as they’re easy to clean and maintain their polished look. Try to avoid tops that incorporate grout that can get very dirty and hard to clean.
If you can determine what you’ll need for everyday use, storage needs for accessories, and what needs to be within easy reach, you’ll be well on your way to deciding which vanity and style will work best in your bathroom remodel.