Bathroom Vanity

BaUpgrading a bathroom is an exciting home remodeling project that gives you the opportunity to create a space that is welcoming, beautiful, and functional. You’ll have plenty of decisions to make—from selecting tile and flooring to choosing a new bathtub or a luxurious shower replacementWhile every element is essential, one of the most important features to consider is your bathroom vanity, particularly with a full bathroom renovation.

Many vanities are designed to increase the functionality of a bathroom, and they are also a major focal point in your space. Before you jump ahead to selecting any other fixture, a professional Birmingham bathroom contractor will most likely have you select your vanity and countertop to ensure that your tub, shower, and other features match the materials—and that the vanity fits your space. To help you get started, the Alabama bathroom remodeling experts at Blair Remodeling have a few tips to consider when choosing your vanity.

Size It Up

The size of the vanity you choose will depend greatly on amount of space in your bathroom. If you’re remodeling an expansive master bath, you’ll have plenty of room for a bigger vanity, while a large vanity in a small guest room would look and feel completely out of place.

Find the Right Height

The standard height of a vanity is 32-inches tall. While this height is perfect for most households, you might consider a taller 34- or 35-inch vanity if you’re planning to age in place to make washing up easier as you get older—or if the members of your family are above average height.

The Storage Factor

We all know that storage in a bathroom is essential. To access to your storage needs, take an inventory of the items that you currently store in your bathroom. Like the size of your vanity, the amount of storage you need is dependent on the space and type of bathroom that you’re remodeling. While you’ll probably need plenty of drawers for makeup, medications, and other small items in a master bath, you’re storage needs will be different for a second or guest bathroom.

So Many Material Options

Selecting the right materials for your vanity is an important decision as they are placed in high traffic areas that are humid and wet. You’ll probably find that most vanities are made of wood veneers, laminates, or thermofoil because these materials stand up well in wet areas. If you prefer a solid wood vanity, make sure that it is sealed properly and lacquered to prevent moisture damage. While the type of material you choose is also dependent on your budget—solid wood is obviously more expensive than laminate—avoid a vanity made of MDF. Although MDF is budget-friendly, it will not withstand the moist environment in your bathroom.

In addition to deciding on a material for your vanity, you also need to choose the material for your countertop. Many professional bathroom contractors will advise that you choose your countertop material first to ensure that your cabinets, flooring, and other elements complement your counter.

Location, Location, Location

The last thing you want is to have to squeeze by your vanity to get to your bathtub or toilet! Work with your bathroom contractor to determine the best location for your vanity installation, and be sure to consider important factors such as easy access for cleaning and whether family members will need to share space in the bathroom as part of their morning routines.

Additional Plumbing Costs

A full bathroom remodel can mean that some elements are moved from their original location. If that is the case with your vanity, you’ll need to factor additional plumbing costs into your budget. Selecting a bathroom contractor that is a licensed plumber will save you money because you won’t have to hire a subcontractor to complete the plumbing for your remodeling project.

If you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom with a new vanity, Blair Remodeling offers a variety of high-quality vanities, countertops, and other bath products at affordable prices. From full bathroom renovations to installing replacement tubsour bathroom contractors always ensure 100% customer satisfaction on every job—just like we have since our founding in 1965! Give us a call today and tell us about your bathroom remodeling ideas, or complete our simple online form now to request your free, no obligation cost estimate.