Choosing a Vanity for Your Bathroom – What to Look For

Darek Kopacz Baths

The bathroom vanity is typically the focal piece of the entire space with its stylish exteriors, mirrors, and elegant facets. You’ll adorn it with trendy mirror lights that provide adequate illumination for putting on makeup and doing your hair. Choosing the right vanity can make a world of difference in the ultimate look and appeal of the bathroom. For this reason, you’ll make sure that it aligns well with the available floor area you have and blends with other essentials like the shower, bathtub, and toilet. Read ahead for some in-depth details on what to look for when choosing a vanity for your bathroom.

Work Out the Functionality of the Bathroom

Whether you’re renovating an existing bathroom or designing a new one from scratch, you’ll start by working out its functionality. Is it attached to the master bedroom? Are you and your partner going to be using it together in the mornings? In that case, you’ll need a dual vanity. Will the bathroom be used primarily by adults? Although the standard height for your countertops should be 31 inches, you could go with something higher for taller people. But, if children will be using the bathroom, you could choose a lower height. If you intend to use it for makeup and hairdos, make sure there’s adequate counter space and storage for all your supplies.

Measure Out the Available Space Carefully

When measuring the space for your new vanity, you’ll factor in the foot traffic and if opening cabinet drawers and doors will block movement. Also, check for the bathroom and shower door swing spaces and if they will get obstructed because of the vanity. Unless you’re open to investing more money into the bathroom, check for the placement of plumbing and electricals like switches and outlets for plugging in shavers and hairdryers. You’ll also check for the wiring for installing mirror lights. As a rule, vanities are available in widths of 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 inches with depths of 17 to 24 inches.

Picking Out the Countertops

Countertops are measured an inch more than the width and depth of the vanity. As needed, you’ll add fillers to cover any gaps between the edges and walls. If you purchase the countertop that comes with the vanity, you’ll have to go with whatever combination the store offers. However, picking out the countertop gives you access to an immense range of material choices and colors that can transform the bathroom entirely. For instance, you could check out granite, marble, ceramic or porcelain tiles, and even laminated wood. Crushed glass, quartz, solid surface, and concrete are other preferred options for contemporary bathrooms.

Types of Vanities You Like

Vanities are available in different styles suitable for bathrooms of every dimension. For instance, a freestanding vanity would be perfect for a small space and is easy to install. But, if the bathroom is large enough, you could get a built-in vanity that likely offers more storage space and countertop area. For compact bathrooms and powder rooms, the folks at Dynamic recommend wall-mounted or floating vanities with open space below the sink. Such vanities give the impression of a spacious bathroom. If you need storage, you can always install shelves on the walls to hold supplies. Corner vanities are yet another option for bathrooms with an awkward layout.

How Much Storage Do You Need

Storage is always one of the primary factors for a bathroom renovation. Your vanity cabinet can have pull-out drawers and shelves with swing-out doors to hold your makeup, spare toiletries, extra toilet paper, extra towels, napkins, face towels, washcloths, face tissues, and hairstyling equipment. Make a list of the items you absolutely need to have in there and match the space against the floor area you have available. Keep in mind that standard building codes mandate that the edge of the countertop should be at least 18 inches from the center of the toilet.

Let’s Talk Maintenance

Having worked out the aesthetics of your new bathroom design, let’s talk about maintenance. At some time, you’ll have to clean around and under the vanity. Also, prepare for the possibility of leaks and water damage and the need for repair jobs down the line. Since the bathroom is a space with lots of moisture, you’ll choose materials that are resistant to the damp. Your options include solid wood, Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC).

At Dynamic Plus, we understand that choosing the right vanity can be a complex task. You can rely on our team of expert consultants who’ll work with you to understand your requirements. They’ll help you design a delightful space that relaxes you each evening and refreshes you for a fantastic day. Contact us by filling this form: and let’s get started.