Choosing the best vanity for your bathroom renovation is important. Whether you’re adding a new bathroom vanity for better functionality, style, or both, taking the right steps ensures your renovation will be a success. Bathroom renovations offer some of the biggest return on investments when you’re prepared to sell the property later down the line. If you’re unsure about where to start, head over to Pinterest to begin gathering inspiration. You can quickly put together boards featuring themes and styles you resonate with most. By curating ahead of time, you can give yourself a complete overview and “guide” to your renovation. Additionally, create a color palette that you can follow throughout the renovation or redesign process if necessary. With that in mind, here are a few tips on getting the bathroom vanity of your dreams:
Saving For Your Vanity
Fortunately, you can get a stellar vanity without breaking the bank. And with so many wonderful savings apps out there, it’s easier than ever to achieve your savings goal. For example, with the Simple app, every transaction you make will be rounded up to the nearest dollar, and those extra cents are siphoned into a savings account. Alternatively, you can set specific saving amounts and have money automatically moved into a savings account until you reach that goal. This is ideal for those who find it difficult to maintain a savings balance.
Installing A Bathroom Vanity DIY
It’s possible to DIY your own vanity installation if it’s simple enough, but there are a few things you should note. You should be able to utilize a drill, electric stud finder, a caulk gun, wood shims, and several other pieces of equipment. The process can be lengthy and complex, especially if you discover extra plumbing work that needs to be done. Small vanities in simple bathrooms are possible to DIY with little experience. However, pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions, watch video tutorials, and read as many articles as you can. Keep in mind that more ornate vanities will likely require the help of a professional contractor.
Types Of Bathroom Vanities & Sinks
There are countless types of sinks that you can choose from. Now that you’ve thought about what type of sink you want and what your goals are, you can begin browsing through styles. The three main sink types are self-rimming, vessel, and undermount. Self-rimming sinks are also called drop-in sinks and are fairly standard-issue. Installed above the countertop, they tend to be easy to install and replace because in most cases, you don’t need to make any adjustments to your existing vanity. Vessel sinks sit on top of the vanity counter, and undermount sinks are installed beneath a solid surface.
Dual sinks, often referred to as “his and hers” sinks, are also common among modern homes, and if you have the space, they might be ideal. This is especially true if you live with a partner who has a similar work schedule as you.
For each sink type, there are many different materials to choose from. For instance, vessel sinks that sit above the vanity can come in glass, ceramic, stone, and several other options. If you want more under-cabinet storage, a vessel sink might just be the best for you.
Deciding On Size And Proportion
When you’re dealing with a small space, you’ll of course want to do everything you can to maximize it. With that in mind, you’ll need to keep several things in mind. If you do have very specific size limitations, this isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. If you’re limited in the amount of choices you can make, it can help you avoid option paralysis.
As you start to think about your vanity size and proportion, consider your goals and needs. For example, is it more important for you to have a double sink setup or do you prefer to optimize on storage space? Next, measure the potential space you have for your vanity. For the sake of measurements, choose the width and depth that pushes your size requirements as far as you can go. This way, you know that there is no wiggle room beyond those numbers, and if you choose something with a little less depth or width, you’ll understand you’re getting a little more floor space.
Standard vanity widths traditionally come in sizes of 24", 30", 36", 48", and 60”. The vanity’s depth is measured from front to back, and is typically 20” or 21”. You can always go for something a bit more customized in terms of width and depth, but you should expect a steeper cost.
If the vanity you’re interested in has different dimensions than your current vanity, use masking tape to track the difference and give you a visual aid. Pay attention to the clearance around your doors and how it works with different elements of your bathroom, like the shelving, tub, and shower. Keeping these other elements in mind ensures the flow of your bathroom space remains a priority. For instance, if you have to move slightly out of your way just to maneuver around your bathroom sink, it’s