DIY : How to Choose a Bathroom Vanity – Andrew – Medium

Vanity Components and Materials

Once you’ve got the size and mounting option of your vanity decided, you’ve got the necessities figured out already. The rest is all about the style and preference of the vanity components.

Cabinet Material — If you are looking for quality, solid wood vanities is what you will want to look for. These types of vanities will last longer as you will usually immediately tell the difference between a solid wood vanity and one that is not. Think about it, your vanity is constantly exposed to water, shower humidity, and possibly blow dryers. All of these elements scream trouble at low quality construction.

Countertop — There are many different types of countertops including granite, marble, stone, and polymarble. Each countertop will change the aesthetic of your vanity. The most popular countertop material is marble due to the luxurious aesthetics that it emits. In the end it is up to your personal preference.

Bathroom Sink — Undermount, integrated or vessel sink? Each sink has it’s own function and aesthetic.

  • Undermount sinks are designed to mount underneath the countertop. This is a clean appearance and no exposed edges. It is easy to clean and maintain and is the most common type of sink.
  • Integrated sinks are built with the countertop. Since the countertop and sink come in one piece, these are easiest to install as they easily fall into the cabinet.
  • Vessel sinks are bowl shaped vanities that sit on top of the surface of the countertop. There are many unique sizes and shapes of vessel sinks to match the decor you are trying to achieve.

Bathroom Faucets — Centerset or Widespread faucets? Centerset faucets have a single lever to control the waterflow. Widespread faucets have two handles and a spout. For widespread faucets, the countertops usually need holes drilled in to accommodate the faucets.


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