Choosing A Bathroom Vanity and Sink For A Bath Remodeling

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When it comes to bathroom remodeling, one of the key decisions you'll need to make-in fact, probably the most important decision-will be your choice of the bathroom vanity and sink. Your bathroom vanity serves as both form and function within the space. First, it is generally a source of storage for accessories like makeup, toothpaste, and more. It is also a major design element that can set the tone and style of the space.

When choosing a vanity and sink, you'll have plenty of aesthetic options to consider, as well as some technical details that will help to guide your choice. Let's look at some of the most popular vanity and sink choices as well as the technical requirements you'll need to consider when shopping for the perfect bathroom vanity and sink.

Choosing The Right Size Vanity

The first consideration you'll need to make is the size of your vanity. This is mostly determined by the available space, your overall bathroom floor plan, and the existing plumbing available. This choice is a bit more flexible if you're starting from scratch, or you've taken your existing bathroom down to the studs. But for most homeowners remodeling their bathroom, there will be some constraints. Here are some things to consider when shopping.

• Width – Make sure existing elements like doorways and built-ins can open properly.

• Depth – You'll need to consider leaving space for foot traffic to prevent corners from catching you. If your vanity will be placed in an alcove, depth is as important as width for a clean, professional finish.

• Height – If you are sizing your vanity to existing elements like medicine cabinets, mirrors or fixtures, make sure to factor in the faucet height before choosing a vanity.

Number of Sinks

Where is the bathroom located? What will its primary function be? These answers, as well as the maximum allowable width will be factors when considering whether to install a single or double sink vanity. As a general rule, if the bathroom will be used by guests, a single sink is probably sufficient. In the master bath, a double sink is convenient-especially if you and your spouse need to prepare for work each morning. The space available will determine if a double sink bathroom vanity is possible. The minimum width required is about 48 inches. 

Types of Vanity Mounts

Bathroom vanities are available that mount into your space in several different configurations. There are three common choices when it comes to mounting options:

  1. Freestanding vanities are the most common. They generally are sit on legs and come in a variety of foot styles.
  2. Wall mount or floating vanities are excellent options for a smaller bathroom. They tend to fit into a more modern design aesthetic and can give the impression of more space. However they offer less storage space.
  3. Corner units are generally limited to a single sink, but can be a good option depending on the size of the space and the placement of the plumbing.

Another interesting option trending for smaller spaces is the pedestal sink. While they lack the storage of a vanity, pedestal sinks are extremely utilitarian and offer a retro-cool look that can fit into almost any bathroom design.

Choosing a Style of Vanity

Your overall aesthetic design will determine the right style of vanity. Today, manufacturers are producing bathroom vanities to fit any style or need. From traditional styles with ornate detail to more clean cabinet designs like Shaker and Mission, you can create any look that fits into your personal style.

A modern vanity is an excellent choice for a contemporary remodel because of the clean lines and simple style. They also come in a variety of materials from industrial looking stainless steel and aluminum to solid wood.

After You've Chosen Your Bathroom Vanity

It's time to settle on the details, including the type of sink, materials, backsplash options and fixtures. Typically, sink choices are dictated by the style and size of the vanity you've chosen. They may even be included with the vanity. There are four main styles of bathroom sinks:

• Undermount – Installed under the countertop for a seamless finish.

• Vessel – Vessel sinks sit on top on the counter and come in a variety of shapes and materials including porcealin, glass, hammered copper, stone, round or square.

• Drop-In – Top mounted, the edges rest on the countertop but the basin is inset.

• Integrated – The countertop and sink are a continuous piece of material, often engineered stone or cultured marble.

Your vanity, sink and fixtures will likely come in a variety of materials. Vanities are available in painted wood, natural-finished wood, and metal. Countertops can range from stone or ceramic to engineered stone and laminate. Working with your interior designer to choose materials that work well together will ensure that you get the look you're going for in the space.

Choosing your vanity and sink is a critical component of any bathroom remodeling. It's also one of the most fun tasks to undertake. Your vanity can set the tone of your bathroom and showcase your unique style! Whether it's a traditional, ornate vanity, or a sleek contemporary aluminum unit, choosing the right vanity starts with establishing your needs, the physical constraints of the space, and your aesthetic preferences.

At Forward Design Build, our team of talented designers can help you to make the task of choosing the perfect bathroom vanity easy... and fun! We have the experience, expertise, and selection that can help you to find the perfect vanity to set the tone for your dream bathroom