Choosing Your Bathroom Vanity

When remodeling your bathroom, there are a variety of areas to take into consideration. From the large (a new bathtub) to the small (the hardware on the cabinets), each aspect is just as important as the next. One of the most-used items in your bathroom will be the vanity. It usually is also one of the largest items in your bathroom as well, so you should spend some extra time making sure you find the perfect one. Here are some tips for choosing the right vanity for your bathroom.

Think about storage. If you have extra storage options in your bathroom, such as a closet or shelves, you may not need to focus on the amount of storage in the vanity. However, if you plan on storing things in your vanity, you should take that into consideration. Search for vanities with ample under-the-sink storage space. Anything that has shelves or drawers is good for separating and organizing your items. You also should consider open and closed storage- closed would include cabinet doors, while open would not have any doors.

Stick to a budget. If you do your research ahead of time and decide on a price, it will be easier to narrow down your vanity choices. Don't be afraid to shop around and visit different retailers and stores to find the best price.

Measure the size. It sounds obvious enough, but you should measure your bathroom beforehand. Determine what is the maximum size of a vanity you can fit in the space and go from there. You may end up finding something much smaller and can then have more space in the bathroom for other things.

Choose a style. Much like kitchen cabinets, vanity cabinets are available in a variety of styles. Some popular styles include contemporary, vintage, hand-painted, wooden, and many more. You want the vanity's style to match with the rest of the bathroom. It's also important to take into account the material and type of wood the vanity is made of, as well as the cabinet doors. There are a variety of eco-friendly options (such as bamboo) and unique stains and glazes that can really change the look of your vanity.

Color-coordinate with your existing bathroom. Make sure you choose a vanity that matches well with the rest of your bathroom. If you want a bolder color, opt for colorful towels, paintings, shower curtains, or hardware. Anything that is too trendy or bold on a vanity may need to be replaced soon, so it's best to stick to classic colors and styles.