How to Select a Bathroom Vanity

Beth Rice 26/04/2018

From master bath to the kids’ sinks to the guest bath, bathroom vanities need to be ready for action. Used daily for washing and as storage and style elements, they offer a great way to dress up the bathroom. We’re taking you through the steps to choosing a bathroom vanity to make sure you find the best fit, form, and function for your bathroom space.

Start with Measurements

Choosing a vanity will depend on the size of your bathroom, what height you’re comfortable with, how much counter space you’re looking for, and what materials best fit your style.

  • Measure the bathroom space, taking note of your shower door and bathroom door. Make sure there will be enough room for vanity doors and drawers to open.
  • Measure the depth, width, and height of vanity cabinets.
  • If you’re getting a vanity without a top, you will need to measure for the countertop. The vanity top should be 1” wider and 1” deeper than the vanity cabinet.
  • Take note of electrical switches, outlets, and plumbing.
  • Assess the space needed for mirrors.
  • Some vanity styles come with a backsplash in the same material as the countertop—take into account the height of the backsplash.

Amish 60" Lancaster Mission Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

The Amish 60″ Lancaster Mission Single Unit Bathroom Cabinet features a 4″ backsplash.

Standard and Popular Sizes

Vanity Height: 

Standard is 32” but can range from 30” to 36” with some higher countertops for taller folks and smaller ones for children.

Vanity Width:

Depends on your bathroom space and what you’re looking for. Standard widths include:  12”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 48” and 60”. Some are even up to 84” wide.

A width of 48” is common for two sinks with 48”-60” being popular for large bathrooms and 30”-36” for smaller bathrooms.

Popular Widths:  24”, 30” and 36”

Garland Large Brown Maple Free Standing Bathroom VanityGarland Large Brown Maple Bathroom Vanity

The Garland Large Brown Maple Free Standing Bathroom Vanity stands 36″ high with the top and 61″ wide. Shown with choice of single or double sink.

Vanity Depth:

Standard: Within the 18”-23” range

Popular Depth:  21”

Amish Mesa Mission Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet with Inlays

The depth of the Amish Mesa Mission Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet with Inlays is 21.125″.

Sink Types

Undermount:  Sink is installed underneath counter and creates a smooth flow from counter to sink.

Drop In:  Hole is cut out of the countertop and sink is dropped in. The rim of the sink rests on the vanity counter.

Vessel: Entire sink sits on top of the counter. Vessel sinks come in many styles, designs, and materials.

Integrated: Sink and counter top are one piece.

For the Powder Room

A smaller space will need a smaller bathroom vanity. A powder room is not used as often as the hall bathroom or master bath, so less storage is needed.

 Garland Small Brown Maple Free Standing Bathroom Vanity

The Garland Small Brown Maple Bathroom Vanity

  • Freestanding version saves space
  • One sink, minimal counter space
  • 4” Backsplash
  • Choice of wood or glass doors
  • One adjustable shelf in lower cabinet
  • Choice of cultured marble, solid surface, or granite top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Guest/Hall Bath

The guest or hall bath may be used by kids and teens and should be large enough to store accessories and daily bathing essentials.

Lancaster Mission Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

The  Amish 49” Lancaster Mission Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

 

  • Freestanding version saves space
  • One sink, modest counter space
  • 4” backsplash
  • Two storage drawers for bathroom essentials
  • Choice of plain or smoked glass
  • Cabinet space for storing towels and toiletries
  • Choice of solid surface or granite top

 

 

 

For the Master Bath

Used daily, therefore needs maximum counter and storage space.

Amish Mid Century Bathroom Vanity

The Amish Mid Century Bathroom Vanity
  • Double sink, 69” width offering extra counter space
  • 4” backsplash
  • 3 drawers, 2 cabinets with adjustable shelf for storage
  • Choice of wood and varnish
  • Choice of solid surface or granite top

Amish 72" Mesa Mission Double Bathroom Vanity Cabinet with Inlays

The Amish 72” Mesa Mission Double Bathroom Vanity Cabinet with Inlays
  • Double sink with 72” width offering plenty of his and hers counter space
  • 4” backsplash
  • 3 drawers and adjustable lower shelves
  • Choice of wood, varnish, and hardware
  • Choice of solid surface or granite top

Get the most out of your bathroom space with a custom-made bathroom vanity offering the perfect fit.

 

 

Beth Riceby Beth Rice (110 Posts)

Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.


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