While the bath/shower combo may be the namesake of the bathroom, it is the toilet and sink that matter far more. After all, we use them multiple times a day. And that raises the bathroom vanity to prominence, since you use it when getting ready in the morning and getting ready for bed. Modest changes to the design and layout can therefore have a major impact on your life. Before you revamp the bathroom, understand the benefits of various vanities you could have installed in the bathroom instead. Here are some of the best .
The Floating Vanity
The floating vanity is becoming popular because it is a good compromise solution for small bathrooms. It hides the under-sink plumbing while providing a stylish, convenient storage option. Yet there is room under the vanity for your feet, slippers or a stack of towels.
The Large Vanity
The large vanity is a universal solution for storage needs in a mid-sized or large bathroom. You get a lot of storage space, and everything is hidden from sight. People don’t see trash in a small trash bin or dirty towels in the laundry basket hidden in the vanity. You have room for everyone’s stuff, allowing you to have a relatively clutter-free vanity.
Freestanding vanities are coming into vogue for a variety of reasons. One is that it is an ideal solution for small bathrooms. You can build it around your sink or locate the vanity around the wall-hung toilet. This gives you much-needed storage space in an area that is otherwise wasted. The vanity top can double as a support bar or de facto shelf. Freestanding vanities are the only real option when the sink and toilet are right next to each other. Note that the vanity could fit around the curves of the sink and toilet, hiding the plumbing and maximizing your storage space. Freestanding vanities can also help you organize a cluttered shared bathroom.
Traditional Wood Vanities
We’re seeing a design trend away from metal and ceramic in favor of natural materials. More stone and less linoleum. Less bright shiny metal and more wood. This has caused antique wood vanities to soar in value along with real cast iron foot tubs. It has also led to modern sinks resembling a bowl on a wood table to become all the rage. This has created demand for traditional wood vanities for use in modern homes, though wood vanities are a good choice for historic homes, as well. Traditional wood vanities resemble wood cabinets but are engineered to survive the tough environment of the modern bathroom. A side benefit of wood vanities built around your sink or toilet is that they can be complemented with
free standing wooden shelves or separate stand-alone vanities. Vanity suites give you both the sink vanity and a stand-alone vanity that can make up for your lack of a linen closet.
Note that traditional vanities are an option for small bathrooms. For example, you can choose a traditional drawer vanity that resembles a chest of drawers but goes under the sink.