Bathroom vanities are taking center stage, thanks in part to shows such as Fixer Upper paying them so much attention. What was once seen as functional storage space has become a focal point of bathroom design. Choosing the perfect bathroom vanity will depend on how much space you have available (typically they come in 24-, 30- and 36-inch widths), who’s using the vanity and how much storage you need. Here are some things to consider for each bathroom in your home before choosing a vanity.
The Master Bathroom Vanity
Regardless of the size of your master bathroom, your vanity most likely needs to serve different needs. If you share your bathroom with a spouse and are lucky enough to have space for two separate vanities (a his and hers, perhaps), you’ll have some wiggle room. But these two vanities still need to work well together in their shared space. Do you and your partner use the vanity differently? A double-sink vanity provide more counter space while two single-sink matching vanities allows for customization to suit each of your needs—whether that’s a height difference or storage preferences. Manufactures such as Bertch specialize in diverse styles, sizes, and finishes and offer a variety of height and depth options to suit your unique needs. How much additional storage does your master bath offer? If you’ve got a linen closet or built-ins, you might decide to choose a trendy open bottom or floating vanity. If you love the vintage vibe, a 1940s-era dresser or sideboard can be upcycled into a stylish vanity with plenty of drawers and cubbies for storage.
The Kids’ Bathroom Vanity
Most kids’ bathrooms don’t have a lot of extra storage space, so every inch counts. Drawers might work better in this vanity than cabinet doors because it provides each child with their own space. If your kids are still growing, consider installing a taller vanity with a built-in step stool that can be replaced with an additional drawer or shelf when they’re older. Also, remember that while your kids might be super into Disney right now, they’ll outgrow those favorite characters and designs long before the vanity will need to be replaced. Think about going with a neutral vanity—you can always add whimsical drawer pulls and colorful towels to make it their own. The number one consideration for your kids’ vanity? Sturdy construction and highly durable materials!
The Guest Bathroom Vanity
Social distancing has put a damper on welcoming guests into our homes, but this is also the perfect time to think about how well your guest bath suits typical guests in your home. Once we return to some sense of ‘normal’ you’ll likely be excited to welcome friends and extended family back into your home. Right now, it’s probably those in your own household using the guest bath, or perhaps it’s become more of a storage closet for extra soap, towels, and toilet paper. Keep universal design tips in mind when designing this space, so that your guest bath is safe for visitors of all ages and abilities. Overnight guests tend to crowd their bottles and containers onto the countertop. Choosing a vanity with drawers and doors might not be ideal here, as guests are more prone to leave things behind that aren’t out in the open. Opt for an open shelf vanity in the guest bath and consider a double vanity with just a single sink to provide extra countertop space for all your guests’ travel essentials. Use the open shelving underneath to store towels and washcloths and a basket of extra necessities (razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap) in case any are forgotten.
The Powder Room Vanity
Half baths are significantly smaller than full baths and typically have just enough space for a toilet and a small sink. A bowl sink makes the most of limited counter space and creates a modern aesthetic. A sleek, narrow vanity can still provide storage without taking up additional space. A corner vanity can be ideal for the smallest of spaces. A pedestal sink is perfect for bathrooms that don’t require extra storage. You might be more inclined to focus on function over form for this bathroom, but tight space doesn’t mean it can’t be big on design! A clear vessel bowl can draw the eye and create a stunning visual, even in the most cramped of spaces. Think minimalistic design and clean lines for your powder room makeover.
If you’re considering a partial or full remodel for any of the bathrooms in your home, contact your local Re-Bath today for a no-cost design consultation. Our Design Consultant brings the showroom to your family room and will help you bring your dream bathroom to life!