If you’re renovating or building your bathroom from scratch, often, one of the biggest concerns is choosing bathroom vanity units that not only look good but also meet your storage needs.
If you’re planning to set your bathroom vanity unit as the main attraction in this space, it’s important that you choose the right piece of furniture. While there are many things to think through, we believe that the bulk of your decision rests on 5 important considerations.
Let’s sink in and find out what they are.
1. Who is going to use it?
First things first: Who is going to use your bathroom vanity unit?
Depending on whether you live by yourself, with your partner or with a big, happy family, you’re bound to have different needs, so make sure you know what you need before you hit the buy button.
Also, unlike in the past, each house, nowadays, has different kinds of bathrooms that serve different needs. There can be a master bathroom, a separate bathroom for guests, and even a shared bathroom if you have kids.
Each water closet may require different bathroom vanity units, so it’s best to keep in mind what type of bathroom you’re building or renovating when you’re choosing furniture.
2. Find out where your plumbing is located
Since it costs time and money to make changes to your plumbing, it will also determine the style of vanity you choose. For example, a free-standing vanity works well in bathrooms with a typical plumbing layout. A wall-hung vanity, on the other hand, requires you to move the plumbing hookups for your sink.
Moving your plumbing is not impossible, though – it just depends on what you want and the budget you have set aside for this.
3. How much space do you have in your bathroom?
Bathroom designs can be changed anytime. Doors and walls, though? That’s a little harder and costlier.
In addition to these, there are other elements that you must consider when deciding where to place your vanity and what shape and size you need to consider buying.
Walk around the bathroom and determine how the door swings open, how the shower cubicle door opens – if you have one – how far away you want the vanity to be from the toilet, whether vanity cupboard doors have room to be opened, and whether the placement of the vanity makes it difficult to navigate through the bathroom.
Use a substitute like a box and try to visualize the size and placement of your vanity. Then make the necessary measurements of the area where you decide to position it.
4. Determine the amount of storage you need
Bathroom vanity units offer great storage space for your bathroom essentials.
Before you get too excited about the storage, though, you have to look at the space and size you’ve decided on, as explained before. Depending on the space available and what you want to store, you may have to make a few compromises along the way.
For example, you may not be able to accommodate three columns of drawers and have room for the sink plumbing. You may have to do some mixing and matching here.
5. Determine the style, tone, and colour of the bathroom vanity unit
Like all other furniture in your house, bathroom vanity units also need to be purchased with long-term wear and tear in mind as they’re things that are used multiple times every day.
You must also decide how these will match the style, tone, and colour of the bathroom. Consider the size and shape of the basin, the benchtop, the cabinet, the tapware, and even accessories like the handle of the cupboard.
Sometimes, you might need to choose cupboards without handles if they pose a hazard that could cause damage while navigating.
It’s all about making the right choices
Remember, there are no wrong choices when it comes to your bathroom vanity units.
If planned out and selected carefully, this type of furniture can completely revamp your bathroom without the need for a full-scale renovation!