How to Choose the Right Bathroom Vanity


When you’re picking out a bathroom vanity, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. How much space do you have? What style do you want? Do you need to rearrange the plumbing? What materials do you want? Do you want to choose the countertop separately? How much storage do you need? Here’s a guide to choosing the right vanity for your bathroom.


Before choosing you bathroom vanity, the first thing you need to do is measure your bathroom. Be sure to do this carefully, or else you could end up with a vanity that’s not the right size. Keep in mind where the traffic will flow in your bathroom, and leave enough space to move around without feeling cramped. Take into consideration the length of the cabinet doors when they swing open. Also, make sure you measure where the bathroom doors and shower doors swing open. Bathroom vanities require enough space in the surrounding area to function properly.

The minimum recommended size for a bathroom vanity is 21 inches deep and 24 inches wide. Standard building code requires a space of at least 18 inches between the cabinet edge and the center of the toilet.


Try to keep the plumbing in the same place if you can. Do not move the plumbing unless you absolutely have to. This will add significant cost and time to your remodeling project. When you’re measuring, start with the plumbing and build around that.

vanitylightStyle & Material

When choosing a style for your bathroom vanity, you don’t have to worry about the style of the rest of the house – just the bathroom. The bathroom doesn’t need to match the rest of the house because it’s usually a secluded area, separate from the rest of the design. For example, you could match a traditional style house with a modern bathroom. Here are some examples of different materials and styles available of bathroom vanities:

  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Contemporary
  • Antique
  • Double

A great vanity style for modern look is to mount the vanity on the wall. This leaves space between the cabinets and the floor, and gives a hovering effect. You can even put some lighting below the vanity to enhance the effect.

Top or No Top?

Bathroom vanities have two options – with a top or without a top. The advantage of with-top is that it’s easier and all-in-one. The advantage of without-a-top is that you have more options available for customization.

When choosing a top separately, it’s recommended that you choose the top first. It’s easier to find a vanity that matches your top, than to find a top that will match your vanity.

Here are some common materials available for vanity tops:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Laminate
  • Solid Surface
  • Tile
  • Wood

Take into consideration that a vanity top should be durable against water, soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, and other common bathroom elements. Materials like natural stone are more durable and better suited for bathrooms than materials like wood.


The best way to determine how much storage you need is to gather up all the items you plan to put in your vanity. A good rule of thumb is to measure how much storage space you need, then add 25% just to make sure. It’s better to have too much storage space than too little. If you don’t have enough room below the counter, you can add cabinets on top the counter for more storage space.

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Do you want a new bathroom vanity? If you live in Chicago or the surrounding area, 123 Remodeling can help. Call us today to set up your free consultation: 773-685-6095, or click the button below:


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