Lending a bathroom that unbeatable combination – timeless elegance and sheer functionality – bathroom vanities make for wonderful additions, whatever the type of bathroom your home features. Indeed, that’s because while they help store many of your bathroom’s possessions, they also ensure the place can be decluttered and offer a touch of traditional or contemporary style to go along with whatever the interior décor of the overall room.
But how do you go about selecting the right bathroom vanity? How do you know, out of all the makes and models out there, which one single unit is right for your bathroom? Well, we strongly advise you come along to our Putney site (the newest of bathroom showrooms in the London area) so you can check them all out for yourself and, additionally, you might want to ask yourself the following questions – the answers to which should give you a good clue as to the right bathroom vanity for you:
Bathroom vanity or sink console?
How much space is there? If it’s restricted your best bet may be a sink console, which by and large tends to be smaller than a bathroom vanity; this means it’ll be naturally ideal for the likes of a powder room or guest bathroom, should your home feature either. Granted, sink consoles aren’t blessed with great storage space beneath a sink like a bathroom vanity, but some do come complete with a small enclosed cabinet. The latter, by contrast, are generally larger and so better suited to larger high end bathrooms.
Finding the right size
Obviously, the vanity you select for your bathroom ought to be a good proportionate size for the general size of the room and its furniture and fixtures. To that end, in addition to measuring and bearing in mind the dimensions of the area that the final vanity you choose will fill, you might want to consider the arrangement of the room’s other features – the size and shape of the vanity has to complement them; don’t forget. Moreover, where will it be positioned in relation to the bathroom’s door? What about swing-path – will there be enough clearance?
Choosing a bathroom vanity style
Is your bathroom traditional-looking or does it have a modernist appearance? Be sure to think about the pre-existing style of the room when picking through potential vanities. For instance, an elegantly carved or pastel-coloured ceramic vanity might suit a traditional-styled room; a clean-lined, more simple-looking one, perhaps in bold colours or starker black or white, will likely better fit a room with a contemporary feel.
In terms of what your preferred vanity should be made from, well, that’s most likely to come down to two factors, style and price. In the style stakes, as noted above, you may prefer a wooden or ceramic unit for a more traditionally designed bathroom; that said, you should be aware that solid or ceramic models aren’t necessarily the cheapest, although they’re certainly value for money. Cheaper options tend to be offered by those made from pressed wood or, if you prefer, medium density fibreboard (MDF); they’re certainly durable and dependable when covered with laminate to protect them from moisture – important in a bathroom, for sure. Additionally, you may find that in smaller bathrooms glass vanities achieve the fabulous trick of suggesting there’s more space – and look great whatever the style of the rest of the room.
What goes on top?
The general rule of thumb is that a bathroom vanity will either come with a top or with a sink bowl set in the countertop. Should you have already chosen a sink for your bathroom (possible if you’re looking to renovate the room in general), then a unit with a top is likely to be the best of the two options here. That said, you should check whether it will be compatible with the sink you’re looking to install (whether or not it has cut-out holes to enable matching with a faucet or sink).