There are four important questions to ask yourself when shopping for a bathroom vanity. These questions will help you narrow down your search. Once you've answered them you'll know what features you'll need for your bathroom. Then, you can take a look at mounting options, which we explain below.
1. How many sinks do you need?
- Most bathroom vanities come with one or two sinks. Double sink vanities are wider than single sink vanities, but are ideal for bathrooms shared by two or more people. Single sink vanities don't take up much space and work well in small bathrooms.
2. How much space do you have?
- Measure your space because vanities come in a range of widths. A two-sink vanity is generally at least 60 inches wide, but with the addition of storage drawers and shelves, they can be wider. Single sink vanities can start at around 24 inches wide.
3. How much storage do you need?
- Vanities come with many options for storage, including drawers, shelves, and cabinets.
4. How do you want to customize it?
- Base. The vanity base can come in a variety of materials, including glass, metal, and wood, which is the most common option.
- Countertop. The countertops of vanities are highly customizable. The most popular materials are marble, granite, and stone. Polished stone finishes are durable and easy to clean. Though other common materials include wood, glass, and metal. Often vanities are available with countertops, but if you're looking to customize, the countertop should be 1 inch larger than the vanity base. For example, if the vanity base is 36 inches wide, then the countertop should be 37 inches wide.
- Sink. Most vanities feature undermount sinks, which are mounted below the counter. Another option is a vessel sink, which sits above the counter.
- Hardware. The majority of vanities do not come with sink faucets and handles, which provides another opportunity to customize the look to your home.
- Backsplash and sidesplash. Consider whether or not you will need a sidesplash or backsplash to make the vanity work in your space. If so, focus on brands that either include these pieces with the vanity or sell them separately. If you purchase these separately, ensure that the finish and dimensions match the vanity top. (For a backsplash, the length of the backsplash should match the length of the vanity top and with a sidesplash, the length of the sidesplash should match the width of the vanity top.)