Redecorating your bathroom can be a very good choice. Not only can you makeover the room to better suit your style and needs, but this type of renovation tends to have one of the best returns on investment out of any home renovation.
Bathrooms are one of the rooms home buyers tend to pay particular attention to when searching for a new home. However, this is only true if you improve the bathroom. One of the main components in any bathroom is the bathroom vanity, so it makes sense to pay attention to a few factors when shopping for a new bathroom vanity.
Choose the Right Location
In some cases, choosing the location for the bathroom vanity may be a no brainer. You simply put the new vanity right where the old one was. However, in other cases, there may be different options available. This is especially true if you’re designing a bathroom from scratch or relocating other major elements of the bathroom.
The most important thing is to locate the vanity someplace where it won’t interfere with the traffic flow of the bathroom or the opening of the door or the shower door. In a particularly small bathroom, you may even want to consider a small corner vanity to save space.
If the toilet is in the far corner from the door, the right placement of the vanity may at least partially block the view of the toilet, which can be a nice side benefit, especially if there aren’t a lot of bathrooms in the home and sometimes multiple people are getting ready at once (or, in the case of moms, if their small children tend to walk in on them in the bathroom).
Take Current Plumbing Into Account
You may want to choose a vanity that will be easily connected to your current plumbing setup. With some types of vanities, you’ll need the plumbing connection centered, which can limit your options.
Having to move the plumbing around will make it more expensive to redo the bathroom and also make it take longer, so if you’re on a strict budget or a tight timeline, you’ll want to avoid choosing any vanity that will require much in the way of plumbing changes.
Freestanding vanities are easier to deal with than wall-mounted vanities when it comes to plumbing hookups. Even if you have plenty of extra space off to one side of the plumbing connection, you may not be able to use it for all types of vanities.
In this type of situation, it may be better off to choose a smaller vanity with a cabinet or storage shelves in the remaining space.
Make Sure to Measure Carefully
If you like the size of your current bathroom vanity, you can measure it and look for one of the same size. Otherwise, carefully measure the available space to see what size might be suitable.
In some cases, you may need to choose a smaller vanity from among the unique white bathroom vanities available. In other cases, you may have space for that double-sink vanity you’ve been dreaming of with tons of storage underneath.
You don’t want to cram a large vanity into a small bathroom as it will look strange and make the bathroom feel even more cramped.
Even in small bathrooms, it’s a good idea to look for a vanity that’s at least 21 inches deep and 24 inches wide, as otherwise, the vanity won’t be as functional. The typical vanity is 32 inches high, but taller people may want to look into getting one that’s a bit higher to make it easier to use the sink without having to bend over too much.
Consider Storage Needs
If the bathroom doesn’t have closets or cupboards anywhere else, it’s especially important to choose a vanity that provides at least some storage. You don’t want to have all of your bathroom items in full view of anyone who enters.
It looks much nicer if you have a place to store cleaning supplies and extra towels and toilet paper. The room will look cleaner and less cluttered the more items you can put out of sight when not in use. However, if you don’t need the storage, a pedestal sink can provide more open space and make a small bathroom feel a bit less cramped.
A wall-mounted vanity can provide a bit of a compromise between cabinet vanities and pedestal sinks, offering a small amount of storage but also providing some open space underneath.
Choose Your Sink Style
Different sink types can really alter the look and feel of a bathroom vanity. You can opt for the typical integrated sink or under-mounted sink, or go with something a bit different and choose a vessel or semi-recessed sink that sits on top of the vanity and looks more like a bowl.
The different sink types can require slightly different plumbing needs. For example, you’ll need a taller faucet for a vessel sink. You’ll also have to determine whether the sink sizes available in the style you’re choosing are appropriate for your needs.
Keep in mind also that an integrated sink may be easier when it comes to cleaning the vanity as there are fewer crevices to worry about. Make sure to take the faucet type into account as well, especially if you have a preference. Faucets aren’t always included with the vanity.
Following the advice above will help make it more likely that you’ll end up with a user-friendly bathroom design and a vanity that will suit your needs.
Of course, you’ll also need to take into account other factors, such as the look and design aesthetic, but these should come after the more structural considerations discussed above.
You won’t be happy with the most beautiful vanity if you find that it interferes with your ability to move around your bathroom and you’re always bumping into the corners of the vanity as you navigate the room. These considerations will help at least narrow down the options and make the final decision a little bit easier.