Bathroom Vanity Replacement Guide

September 13, 2020

Bathroom Vanity Replacement Guide Intro

Looking to update your current bathroom vanity but unsure of where to start? Or maybe you know you are ready for an upgrade, but you are not sure exactly what you are looking for? If this sounds like you, keep reading for some simple steps to guide you towards the perfect bathroom vanity! 

Budget. Having a rough estimate of what you want to spend on your vanity may help you navigate some of the below steps much easier. Sticking to your budget may mean ruling out some pricier options, or you may know that you want a high-quality piece and be ready to invest in a vanity that will stand the test of time.

Size. An easy place to start is by deciding exactly how big or small you want your vanity to be. You may want it to be the same size as your current vanity, or you may want to adjust the size. Thinking about sizing also includes thinking about whether you want single or double sinks. (Pro-tip: if you are thinking of going with a different size than you currently have, try taping off the measurements so you can make sure it works within your space.)

Materials. Your next step is to think about the materials you are looking for with regards to the cabinet base, countertop, and sink. When it comes to the cabinet base itself, your options will typically be particle board, MDF, plywood or solid wood. While particle board is your least expensive option, it is also the least durable and is easily damaged by water. MDF or composite wood is more durable than particle board and can be painted but not stained. Plywood is made from layers of wood sheets glued together, although it is not as durable as real wood, it can look very realistic and is a great option if you are on a budget. Solid wood is the most durable material but can be costly and is not always the best option in high humidity or rooms with low ventilation.

When it comes to countertop materials, the options can be endless, ranging from concrete, to luxury stone, to tile or wood.  Granite, marble, quartz, and other stones are beautiful and durable but can be costly. Tile can be laid in beautiful and unique patterns but is hard to keep clean. Wood countertops can create a rustic, earthy vibe in your bathroom but must be properly sealed to prevent water damage.

Bathroom Décor. Whether you are only changing out your vanity or doing a complete bathroom renovation, you need to think about the décor in your bathroom. What color are the walls, floors, and shower or tub? Are you going for a bright, airy bohemian feel or a more modern style with chic metal hardware? Decide on colors for the cabinet base and countertop as well. Once you choose colors and style, this will narrow down your options.

Vanity Style. It may seem obvious, but you should remember to think about whether you want a freestanding vanity or a floating vanity. While freestanding vanities tend to be more traditional, floating vanities give off a sleek and modern feel.

Features. Finally, are there any features you know you want in your vanity? Do you need ample storage or lots of drawers? You may want soft-close hinges and drawers to cut down on noise. If there is a certain type of hardware, knob, or faucet you have your heart set on, keep that in mind when you are browsing.

Hopefully, this will make choosing your new bathroom vanity a breeze and make your search fun instead of stressful. If you want some great options, check out our line of beautiful vanities and feel free to send us a message if you want some assistance making your selection!

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