Choosing and installing a vanity unit might seem like a daunting task. And that’s the first thing we want to clear up: it’s not as hard as you think! Many are on the market, but some do not fit your needs. That is why we’ve compiled this list of things to help you choose the suitable wooden vanity unit for your bathroom. If you follow this guide, it will be easy-peasy lemon squeezy!
First, know if you have enough space for a vanity or not. This depends on how much room you have in your bathroom and what size of wooden vanity units fit well in that space. If you have a lot of space, you should consider single-basin units. The peek-a-boo look is also popular in today’s bathroom designs. If your bathroom is small, installing more than one basin unit might be best. This will make the space seem more significant because of the different basins.
If you’re installing a single basin unit, measure your glass tops very carefully and make sure that the undersides of the glass are flat with no gaps or pin holes in between where water could potentially leak into or build up behind it. Generally, glass doesn’t last long when not correctly installed and maintained. (We’ll get into this more in our next section… installing your vanity)
Undermount sinks can be purchased in either solid surfaces or traditional porcelain. The typical under-mount sink comes with a mount (either plastic or metal) that is used to install your vanity. Please note that these are usually not included, so factor in the cost of a mount if you don’t already have one!
Vanity tops can be purchased as single pieces or with sinks. You can also buy an under-mount top separately from the sink. Each of these has a different price… so if you want to combine the top and sink, be sure to add the cost of both.
Next, be sure to choose your type of base and countertop. There are many different types of baseboards and tops. Be sure to check the specs before you purchase your new vanity. Prices vary, but most countertops require some edging or trim that is installed beside the cabinet(s) to keep it from looking unfinished without it. Make sure there is enough adjustment for tile installation at the bottom!
One more thing: create a storage space for your new vanity unit by installing additional storage cabinets on either side as needed. A bathroom is a place that should be designed with efficiency in mind! You can also keep a hair dryer, extra towels, and toiletries in your vanity cabinet. You can even install a TV or a lighting system inside the unit! Just make sure it is well-ventilated to avoid any moisture.
Now comes the fun part: installation! Pick out some sturdy wood furniture brackets and find studs inside the wall that can support the weight of your new vanity unit. Make sure there are no gaps between the wall and the brackets. (More on this later…