Which Bathroom Vanity Is For You?


    Planning to remodel your bathroom? You will soon find that one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is choosing a new vanity base and vanity top. Let’s see what the options are and which one is right for you.

    There are two basic types of vanities, built-in and freestanding. A built-in is exactly what the name suggests, with a solid vanity base and countertop installed against the wall and designed as part of the structure.

    Whether you’re leaning towards modern decor or remodeling a bathroom in a contemporary home, loft, high-end condominium or high-end townhouse, a freestanding vanity will definitely boost your creativity. available These vanities increase the visual space of small bathrooms and powder rooms found in today’s new construction.

    Built-in Vanities – Traditional Experience

    Deciding on a built-in vanity is a two-step process. First, you select the 24 inch vanity with sink base. Walk into any home improvement store and you’ll find rows of stock vacuum bases mounted on the wall, ready to take home. There are differences in style, including length, height, number and placement of doors and drawers, but that’s about it. If you have an old traditional house, this style will be your best choice.

    Now that you’ve chosen your vanity base, there’s still something missing…the vanity top. Most often, the vanity top is made of cultured marble, ceramic or granite, and usually the sink (or basin or bowl, depending on the manufacturer’s description) is a central part of the top. – Piece by piece. Leak free unit. In some cases, a vanity will have a cutout in the top (or cutout in the case of a double vanity) to allow the basin (or basins) to drop into.

    No matter what type of vanity top you choose from one of the big box suppliers, the tops you can come up with are very limited and traditional in appearance and configuration. However, these retailers always have several 24 inch bathroom vanity tops that can be custom ordered from different manufacturers. Prices are reasonable and you can choose from a wide range of sink shapes and great placements. Whether you’re remodeling an older home or prefer a traditional built-in vanity, this is a great way to add ‘pop’ to your bathroom while maintaining a traditional look.

    Another thing to consider is the relative difficulty of connecting the supply and drain lines if you want to do it yourself. When it comes to modern sink and faucet installation, it’s easy to do it yourself to make the necessary connections. The problem is access to connection points. With built-in vanity bases, as well as some great furniture versions and the odd free-standing version, you’ve got your head stuck in a cabinet trying to thread a nut in an out-of-reach spot. . .

    Most of the problems with accessing these built-ins stem from their name. You cannot move the base or countertop to reach the water lines. Depending on the exact arrangement of your bathroom lines, this may not be a problem, but other times it may require complete routing of the water supply line to avoid the structural side of the cabinet. At worst, you can add some very colorful adjectives to your vocabulary when you pull out the entire unit for a mid-project supply line review. However, as they say in the military, proper planning prevents poor performance.

    Freestanding Vanities – Contemporary to Eclectic

    Freestanding vanity bases allow you to be a little more adventurous with design. Unlike built-in vacuum bases, they usually come complete with a vacuum top. Because of this, you have the opportunity to consider the overall look before committing to a particular style. Some freestanding bases look like fine furniture, using tops similar to building blocks made of granite or glass. Holes for vessel and pipe are pre-drilled and ready to install.

    These vases are contemporary, artistic and sometimes whimsical. They range from tempered glass to antique hammered copper, cultured stone, real stone and stainless steel. Some are designed to sit on a flat counter top, while others sit within the counter top just a few inches above the bowl. Either way, many of them leave supply lines