choosing a bathroom vanity

"Think About Proportion and Size 

One of the first things to think about when selecting a new vanity for your bathroom is to consider what would be appropriate and adequate in terms of size. For instance, are you swapping out your old one because it’s too small? Are you planning to install a new vanity in a tiny powder room and need to find something small enough that would fit? While the standard widths for vanity cabinets are 24", 30", 36", 48", and 60", you may find some in-between sizes out there, from as small as 14" wide to over 72" inches. The standard depth of a vanity, from front to back, is typically between 20" and 21", but there are certainly narrow depth options around 18" deep. 

Measuring Is Key

Once you’ve decided on your ideal vanity size, you should confirm that you have enough clearance around any opening doors, shower stalls, and drawers, as there is nothing worse than installing a big new vanity and not being able to open the bathroom door all the way. In fact, y may even want to take some painter’s tape and mark out the dimensions to make sure you make the right choice. 

Evaluate Your Sink Needs

Sinks—like the vanity cabinet itself—come in a range of sizes, depths, shapes, and types. Your vanity cabinet may require a specific type of sink, or it may even come with a sink, so be sure you read the product details carefully before you make your selection. 

4. Review the Number of Sinks You Need

It is also important to consider the number of sinks, because more isn’t always better. While two sinks can help ease morning traffic, especially for large families, they also reduce countertop space. You may need to ask yourself: would a double sink with little countertop space be more useful than a single sink with more surface space? 

Prioritize Storage or Easy Cleaning

The two main ways of mounting a bathroom vanity are either freestanding, wall-mounted, or corner-mounted. Freestanding vanities are the standard selection and typically provide more storage than their wall-mounted cousins, as the cabinets are longer and rest either directly on the floor or are raised on legs. 

While extra storage is always nice, it is important to note freestanding vanities are also known for being harder to clean, since there are more corners and nooks where dust can hang out around them. 

6. Examine Your Existing Plumbing

If you’re installing a new vanity, you or your plumber will likely be doing some new plumbing work. Yet, it is critical to remember the location of the existing plumbing. Typically, freestanding vanities are more forgiving for irregular or off-center existing plumbing connections, and require only minimal alterations, if any, to the existing water supply or drain. 

However, a wall-mounted vanity has less flexibility, and you may find that moving some of the plumbing hookups is required. Be aware that this can result in a longer timeline and possibly a higher cost than anticipated.

7. Don’t Neglect the Faucet

Finally, it’s important to remember that faucets aren’t always included in a new vanity, which may require a bit of research and coordination. If you do have to purchase the vanity or sink separately, take note of the number of faucet holes, how far apart they are, and how they should be installed.

For instance, does the sink require a center set or widespread faucet? Does the faucet or sink come with a drain? Again, these questions can all be answered by carefully reading the product details, so be sure not to skimp on your research."

How to Choose the Right Vanity For Your Bathroom

By Kate Reggev