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Bathroom Vanity Units

Bathroom vanity units are often the focal point of the bathroom due to their size. Whilst they provide extra storage space, they also add a touch of style to your bathroom. They come in a range of sizes, styles and materials to complement bathrooms both large and small.

What is a bathroom vanity unit?

Essentially, it is a bathroom cabinet which is topped with a sink or vanity basin. They are designed to hide exposed plumbing pipes and have drawers or cupboards to store all your bathroom essentials.

What size bathroom vanity unit should I buy?

When it comes to choosing the size of your vanity, be sure to measure the area carefully and pay attention to the following things:

  • Ensure that your vanity unit is in proportion to other items and fixtures in your bathroom.

  • Make sure that existing fixtures have room to function (i.e. cupboard doors have space to open).

  • Leave enough room to walk through the door or walkways without bumping into the vanity.

  • Ensure the bathroom vanity unit is at a comfortable height – consider the height of those who will be using it.

  • Make sure you have enough storage space for your needs.

  • If you have the space, consider a double vanity for more space and (hopefully) stress-free mornings.

What style bathroom vanity should I buy?

If you already have a vanity unit, it’s best to stick to the same type for easy installation. This will ensure the plumbing is in the correct place and you shouldn’t need to make any changes. Here’s a breakdown of some of the types of bathroom vanities for you to consider:

  • Freestanding Vanity Unit:

    This is the most common type of unit. They are flexible, usually open backed and are relatively easy to install.

  • Wall Hung Vanity Unit:

    This is a contemporary option. They make it easier to clean the floor and can make your bathroom look bigger, but have reduced storage space due to their cropped height.

  • Double Vanity Unit:

    Double vanities can be both wall hung and freestanding. They have two sink units, making it perfect for busy family homes, or couples who fight over the bathroom sink in the mornings.

What material should my vanity unit be made from?

You will probably find that most vanity bases are made from wood, whereas the countertop is often stone or ceramic. Whilst wooden bathroom vanity units provide a natural feel, they can be a bit pricey if you choose to go with solid wood. MDF (medium density fibreboard) is less expensive, durable and resistant to moisture when covered with laminate. If you have a small bathroom, consider a glass or white vanity for a timeless feel that will help your space look larger. Particleboard or plywood are good options for a lower budget, just be sure to get the top quality for your money or you may find you’re replacing it sooner than you’d prefer.

Bathroom vanity units make fantastic storage solutions, and are available on Houzz in a range of colours, styles and sizes. For more bathroom storage solutions, be sure to take a look at our wonderful collection of bathroom cabinets and organisers, too.
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