Bathroom Remodeling: How to Choose the Best Vanity for Your Bathroom
Your bathroom space is being rearranged, but what products and materials will you use? Bathroom remodeling can be tricky business, especially if you haven’t already done your research.
All aspects of your bathrooms should get attention during a bathroom renovation. This includes the floors, countertops, walls and vanity. Even the faucets and lighting fixtures should come into consideration.
If you’re wondering what type of vanity you should select for your upcoming bathroom remodel, then this guide is for you.
Let’s review the steps you should take when deciding your new bathroom vanity.
Step 1: Determine Who Will Use the Bathroom Vanity and How
Is the bathroom you’re remodeling for going to be used by children or adults? If for adults, are they handicapped and/or old? In this case, you want to go with a shorter vanity that young people and the elderly or disabled can easily access.
It can also be as simple as identifying that you and your spouse will both use it and may need separate sinks set up. This can really cut down the amount of time spent in the morning getting ready for the day.
However, if you live alone, then a single sink vanity would be a better option. Don’t forget to consider countertop space. If you are one who uses a lot of makeup and products, then you’ll need the space to hold your items.
Step 2: Locate the Site of Your Plumbing
Since your vanity holds your sink, you’ll need to ensure the plumbing is where it needs to be. If you’re planning to add an additional sink, you’ll likely have to pay extra for a plumber to set this up before the vanity is installed.
Then there’s the fact that different bathroom vanity styles require different setups. For instance, a wall-mounted vanity may require the plumbing hookups to be moved. A floor-mounted vanity can use a typical plumbing setup.
Step 3: Calculate Placement and Size
When you install a vanity into your bathroom, it’s important to consider the spacing and placement. For instance, the swing of the door – is there enough space for the bathroom door to open without hitting the vanity?
What about the shower? To help save space, you should consider a curtain or a sliding door. Then there’s the toilet, do you want the vanity to sit in front of it or beside it? Or maybe you’d like for it to be far away from it.
The key is to ensure your bathroom vanity isn’t in the way while maneuvering through the bathroom. If everyone keeps bumping into things when using the bathroom, then it’s likely due to a poor layout.
If space is limited in your bathroom, you can opt for a smaller-sized vanity.
Step 4: Decide on the Amount of Storage Needed
One reason bathroom vanities are great is that it offers additional storage space for your bathroom products. It’s important to figure out exactly how much space you need so you can pick out the right vanity size.
Some vanities are very large and have plenty of storage space beneath. However, if you are limited in space, then you may have to settle for smaller. Some vanities come with three columns of drawers, plus lots of countertop space.
Keep in mind the direction of the doors and drawers when determining storage space. You want to be able to open the drawers and doors all the way without causing problems with space.
Step 5: Identify the Sink Style You Want
Now, it’s time to review the different styles of sinks you may want to install in your bathroom remodel. There are many different types to select from, including the popular bowl sinks that sit atop your vanity versus inside of it.
Keep in mind you want to choose a sink design that’s functional. You don’t want it to take up too much countertop space, for example. All sinks take up countertop space, but you want to ensure you’re still left with enough to do what you need to do.
Step 6: Determine the Type of Vanity Top You Desire
Stone countertops continue to be a very popular choice amongst homeowners. All stones are durable and perfect for bathroom settings.
You can have your pick of granite, marble and engineered quartz. The latter isn’t a natural stone but looks as such. Granite is tougher than marble when it comes to hardness. Quartz countertops come in a larger array of color options, since it’s man-made.
But do your research to see which of them you like the best.
Finding a Contractor and Dealer for Your Bathroom Remodeling
It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to redo your entire bathroom or just the vanity – you need a quality contractor for the job. At Fairfax Kitchen and Bath, we have a team of professionals who can assist with all aspects of your vanity replacement.
Not only do we sell bathroom vanities, but we also have stone countertops. Plus, we will fabricate and install both for you. The quality of our products is bar none, setting us apart from our competitors.
We are a locally owned and operated business. You can stop by our showroom in Fairfax, VA to see our materials and products firsthand. In fact, we recommend this, so you can ensure you’re getting exactly what you want.
With us, you always get a free consultation and estimation. Give us a call today to see how we can help with the replacement of your bathroom vanity!
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