Updating your bathroom to match your style can be a fun and exciting process. While there are plenty of creative decisions to make, choosing the right vanity can completely transform the space. Whether you’re just beginning to design a new bathroom or you already have the perfect vision in mind, there are some important factors to consider before purchasing a new vanity. Here’s a helpful guide our team put together to help you decide which bathroom vanity is best for you.

Take Measurements

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Measure the space beforehand so you know what size vanity you need for the bathroom. As you take the measurements, be mindful of where your electrical switches, outlets, and irremovable features are located. It’s also important to make sure you will have room to move around in your bathroom easily after installing your vanity. Make sure you leave enough space for your shower, closet, and entryway doors to open and close properly.

To comply with standard building codes in Illinois, you’ll also need to leave at least 18 inches of space between the center of your toilet and the edge of your vanity. Finally, consider how tall you want your vanity to be. While the standard height for most vanities is between 32 and 36 inches, other sizes are available. Consider who will use the bathroom the most to choose a vanity that accommodates their needs.

Research Vanity Styles

Once you know how much space you have available, you can start researching vanity styles. As you review different types of vanities, consider how much storage and countertop space you’ll need in the bathroom. A few of the most popular types of vanities include:

  • Freestanding: These vanities can rest on the ground without any wall support. If you have a smaller bathroom, a freestanding vanity is an excellent option.
  • Corner: Installing a vanity in the bathroom’s corner can help you make the most of your space. If you’re looking for an option that doesn’t take up much room, this style could be the right choice.
  • Floating: These bathroom vanities hang on the wall, which creates the illusion that they’re floating in the space. If you enjoy modern decor, a floating vanity might be just right for your renovated bathroom.
  • Single sink: Guest bathrooms often feature single sink vanities. This is also a great option if only one person intends to use the space.
  • Double sink: These vanities are popular with couples and families because they provide an extra sink and plenty of counter space. Often, double sink vanities also include large cabinets and drawers, which can give you ample storage room.

Once you decide what type of vanity fits your needs, you can use popular decor keywords to narrow your search even further. Whether you’re using a search engine or browsing online shops, consider using these terms to find vanities that suit your style:

  • Traditional: This style typically describes vanities that come in subdued colors and have large cabinets with ornate molding and decorative trim. You may also find similar vanities categorized as “classic.”
  • Modern: Contemporary or modern vanities are known for their sleek and symmetrical design options. If you’re looking for a vanity that features unique curves and comes in bold, monochromatic colors, this style may be for you.
  • Transitional: Also referred to as cottage vanities, transitional vanities are simple and relaxed, prioritizing both function and aesthetic quality. Manufacturers also incorporate natural elements into this style.
  • Farmhouse: If you want to add a little rustic charm to your bathroom, a farmhouse vanity might be just the piece you’re looking for. The style’s aged finishes and warm wood grains give the vanity a vintage appearance.

Select the Right Materials and Color

Researching different materials can help you choose a well-built vanity that’s easy to clean and maintain. As you compare materials, consider their cost, durability, and upkeep requirements. Here are a few popular materials you can choose from:

  • Solid wood: Vanities made from solid maple, oak, or cherry wood are both beautiful and long-lasting. You can also stain these vanities to match the color with the rest of your bathroom decor.
  • Veneer: If you love the way solid wood vanities look but want a less expensive option, consider a veneer vanity. This material comes in a wide variety of finishes and colors that mimic the appearance of real wood at a fraction of the cost.
  • Laminate: These vanities provide a low-maintenance option, which is great for busy workers and families with children. Made with synthetic materials, these vanities also last a long time.
  • Cast polymer: If you’re looking for a truly exquisite vanity, consider researching cast polymer designs, which often feature granite, marble, and onyx. While cast polymer vanities are easy to clean and stain-resistant, it’s important to note they can be challenging to repair if damaged.

Once you decide which material suits your needs, start to explore color and finish options. While white and black vanities are popular, there are plenty of other options to consider. Some trending colors you might notice while searching for your perfect vanity include gray, navy, espresso, and light oak. Creating a digital mood board can help you curate your bathroom style and choose a color that aligns with your vision.

Find a Matching Countertop

While some vanities come with complementary tops, you may also find a preferred vanity bottom that’s sold separately. This would allow you to select a unique countertop and design a one-of-a-kind piece.  As you review countertops, consider how easy different materials are to clean. Here are a few types of countertops you can choose from:

  • Natural stone: Marble, granite, and other natural stone countertops are very durable, easy to clean, and stain-resistant. However, they do require routine polishing.
  • Ceramic: Countertops made with ceramic tile are easy to clean, durable, and moisture-resistant.
  • Laminate: As one of the most affordable options, laminate countertops require minimal maintenance. Chips and scratches, however, may be challenging to repair.
  • Engineered stone: Quartz composite and engineered stone countertops appear similar to natural stone countertops, but they’re more stain-resistant, prevent bacteria and mildew, and last longer.

We hope this article helps you decide which bathroom vanity works best for you. If you have questions during your bathroom remodeling process, our experts would be happy to offer advice. Contact us online today or give us a call at 773-777-2670 to get started. If you live in the area and want to see some of the high-quality products we have available, visit us at 6949 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois.