Bathroom Vanities and Sink Consoles
Vanities and sink consoles are often the focal point of the bathroom. Whether your bathroom is big or small, widely used or only occasionally, you’ll want to put some thought into your vanity or sink console to choose one that best complements your space. It’s an area of the bathroom that gets a lot of attention, so make the most of it. When shopping for a vanity or sink console, be aware of the following: Which should you choose: a vanity or a sink console?
This depends largely on bathroom space as well as storage needs. Sink consoles tend to be smaller, so they’re great for powder rooms or guest baths. While they often don’t come with storage beneath the sink, you can still find those that come equipped with a small enclosed cabinet if need be. Bathroom vanities are usually larger, so they work well will master baths or those with more space. What size vanity or sink console should you consider?
You want the vanity to be in proportion to the overall size of your bathroom as well as the other bathroom fixtures. Be sure to carefully measure the area where you want your vanity; at the same time, consider the placement of the surrounding fixtures. If the door is nearby, test the swing-path to make sure it’s clear. What style is right for your bathroom?
The sky is the limit: there are vanity styles for every décor theme, so choose what’s right for your bathroom. Choose a beautifully carved wooden design for a traditional look, a clean-lined vanity in a bold color for a contemporary feel or white, fresh ceramic to evoke a classic nod. What types of materials are available for vanities or consoles?
The answer is: many, so it goes back to the style you choose as well as your budget. Wood vanities provide a natural feel, but can be a bit pricey if you choose to go with solid wood. MDF (medium density fiberboard, a.k.a. pressed wood) is less expensive, durable and resistant to moisture after covered with laminate. If you have a smaller bathroom, consider a glass vanity for a timeless feel that will help your space look larger. Particleboard or plywood are good options for a lower budget, just be sure to get the top quality for your money or you may find you’re replacing it sooner than you’re prefer. Your vanity doesn’t come with a top. Now what?
Oftentimes vanities are sold as only cabinets, leaving you to decide what to top it with. There are two choices: vanity top sinks or a vanity top in general. As the name suggests, vanity top sinks come complete with a sink bowl built into the countertop. If you’ve already picked out a separate sink, the vanity top may be a better choice. However, be sure to check whether the top already has cut-out holes for a faucet or sink, as it will need to match the sink you have in mind to be compatible.