Every time I think about bathroom vanities I am reminded on the Carly Simon song “You’re So Vain”. I find it doubly ironic that I am sitting here looking at little clouds of creamer floating around in my coffee cup – of course, you will only know what I am talking about if you are a fan of the song. Despite the fact that Carly clearly paints vanity as a poor quality for a person to have and, arguably, it can be quite bad when taken overboard – we are all a little vain when we boil things down. Why else would a bathroom vanity be called a “vanity”?
We sit in front of these cupboards which house our various beauty supplies (makeup, styling gel, hair dryers, razors, shaving cream, et cetera), pull these items out, lay them on our countertops, stand in front of our mirrors, and proceed to primp ourselves. Men and women alike abide by this ritual day in and day out in many cultures and countries. In my quite humble opinion, this small amount of personal vanity isn’t anything to be embarrassed about.
As we move forward into embracing this tiny bit of vanity we all hold so dear to our daily routines, let’s take a look at some of the most popular bathroom vanities on today’s market which can help you accomplish bathroom tasks while also achieving your favorite overall design and décor style.
As with all things in life, it’s usually a good idea to contemplate your purchases before you make them. While some things in life may be more enjoyable and, ultimately, better when experienced spontaneously, making major purchases on a whim often leads to disappointment. Personally, I find that I overlook some wonderful options when I dive in and buy the first thing that strikes my fancy. Many other people I know find that they overspend when they just jump in and make a purchase.
To help you avoid those problems, I have gone ahead and created this short buying guide. The following list has a few things you may want to consider before purchasing your bathroom vanity. They are designed to help you create a list of your desired characteristics so you can have it ready as you go through the different popular options listed further down this page.
Size – Obviously, one of the most important things to consider is the amount of space you have available and how you would like to use that space. Would you like to fully fill that space with a vanity or would you like to leave some open space on either or both sides of the vanity? It’s also important to consider the location of other items and fixtures in your bathroom. For example, if you purchase a large vanity designed for a sink in the middle, will anything else in the room interfere with you actually accessing and using that sink comfortably?
Counter Space – As someone with many children, counter space is a hot commodity and a luxury in my home. The more we have, the better. However, some people may see counter space as a problem. They may see counter space as simply somewhere else for other people to dump things. Consider your needs and desires in terms of counter space before selecting your vanity. If you are hoping to minimize counter space, you may want to look into a pedestal sink.
Storage – Some vanities have plenty of storage beneath the countertop, while others have very little. Some have none at all, unless you count floor space. Consider your needs while browsing your options. Think about the amount of stuff you have to house under your sink as well as the size and shape of those things. Would it be in your best interest to purchase a vanity with drawers, cupboards, or a combination of both? Would you like to have some open space to display certain items for easy access?
Décor – This is one of those topics I really don’t even feel I need to write about. It should be fairly obvious that you will want to select a vanity which fits in with your décor. I have even gone ahead and helped you find a great option by discussing possible styles with which the vanities on this page would work well.
With or Without Sink and Counter? – Some vanities are purchased on their own, while others actually come with a countertop and/or a sink. Obviously, those which come with a counter and a sink are the easiest ones to install. You will not need to find a countertop, have it cut and ensure your sink fits into the space provided. Those which come with neither, however, are much more customizable.
On or Above Floor? – Some vanities go straight down to the floor and butt up against the floor itself. Others, however, sit on feet above the floor – much like a dresser or cabinet. Personally, I am a fan of the country cottage style and, thus, love the look of a vanity which sits atop feet. That being said, I would never choose that style for my own home, as I absolutely despise cleaning beneath these types of cabinets. In making this decision, try to match your personal style tastes with your level of enthusiasm for cleaning.
Plumbing Concerns – Depending upon the type of vanity you choose, you may find that there is a particular location for plumbing hookups. This is especially of concern for full vanity sets (complete with countertop and sink). In our home, the plumbing comes out from the wall to the left side of our vanity. Most of the time, however, cabinets are built for plumbing which comes up directly behind them. Some fancy handiwork may be required if your chosen vanity doesn’t accommodate the location of your plumbing.