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How to Choose a Bathroom Vanity

How to Choose a Bathroom Vanity

When doing a bathroom remodel, one of the most important pieces of furniture you will need to get is the vanity. Bathroom vanities come in many different styles, shapes, sizes, and materials, and some may have luxury features. To make sure you get the right vanity for your remodel, be sure to consider these factors.

Size and Space

Ideally, you will want a professional designer to help you determine the right size of your vanity. If you do the measuring yourself, make sure you factor in these aspects:

  • Location of light switches and electrical sockets
  • Location of plumbing
  • Space for door openings (bathroom door and shower doors)
  • Size of vanity with any drawers/cabinet doors open

Most vanities are about 12-84 inches wide and 17-24 inches deep. If you have a small bathroom, look for a floating vanity or a vanity on legs. This will create the illusion of more space. Also keep in mind how important storage space is in a small bathroom.

Vanity Countertop

Most vanities come with tops to them. However, you may opt to get one without a countertop and have it fitted for a countertop of your choice (such as a marble countertop). If so, remember that the countertop should hang an inch over the vanity, so add an inch to your length and width measurements.

Some vanity countertop materials to consider are:

  • Marble or other natural stone
  • Glass
  • Ceramic tile

Vanity Material

Vanities are in humid, wet environments and should be made of a suitable material. Wood veneers and laminates are good choices but hardwood is much more attractive. Hardwood vanities should always be sealed and lacquered to protect them from moisture.

You will also want to take into consideration the finish of the vanity and how it will affect the appearance of your bathroom. If you aren’t sure what finish to use, consider the finish of any other wood pieces in your bathroom, such as molding, and try to match them.


In a guest bathroom, you might not need to worry about storage space as much with your vanity. In a master bath or bathroom used by teenagers, storage is imperative. Cabinet-style vanities offer more storage space, but you must also remember that they take up more space when the cabinet doors are open. For smaller bathrooms, a drawer-style vanity might be a better choice.


The hardware on your vanity – such as knobs and pulls – can make a big aesthetic difference. Try to match the hardware style to other hardware in your bathroom, such as the door handles, soap dish, and fixtures. Or, you can always take the hardware off your vanity and swap it for hardware which does match (but make sure you budget for this).


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