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Bathroom Vanity Types

There are numerous bathroom vanity types available on the market. They are available in a huge range of styles but there are three, along with some information on them.

Bathroom Vanity Types

Mounted Shelf Vanities:

Something as basic as a shelf mounted under or next to a mirror can serve with a pedestal or wall sink to make one of the simplest bathroom vanities. This option is cheap, easy to install and easy to maintain. The only drawback is the design because no matter how fancy your shelf it, it might stand out like a sore thumb, unless you do something really special with it.

Wall Mounted Vanities:

Wall mounted bathroom vanities are very popular. Over the years, some innovation in its design has gone into some of the unit on the market. Wall mounted vanities are normally eye catching. They create an illusion of extra space because they are affixed directly onto the wall. These vanities leave a sizeable gap between the bottom of the unit and the floor. The materials used in their construction vary according to the vanity you purchase. Some incorporate glass, stone, wood, metal or any combination of these materials. A careful combination of different materials can add a great deal of style and personality to your bathroom. Wall mounted vanities are versatile but they do require reinforced walls and their installation is quite complex. They are unlikely to be a viable choice if you have a tight budget.

Traditional Cabinet-Style Vanities:

Cabinets are the most common style and they can be found in most bathrooms. They can be mounted anywhere along the wall, in a corner or even semi recessed for those who require extra space. In some cases, vanities can be free standing units which have been converted from other furniture.


The most common material used to construct vanities in wood in one form or another. It could be furniture quality exposed wood or laminated particle board. The benchtop is usually the main factor when materials are chosen. A stone benchtop is very popular because it is relatively easy to maintain and it looks attractive. The types of stone used for benchtops are granite, marble and cornerstone. Other benchtop materials include glass, which can be used to highlight textured materials underneath while keeping them protected from moisture. Porcelain is easy to maintain but is normally only available in white, which makes it unsuitable in many bathrooms. Acrylic or laminate coatings over a chipboard base are normally the cheapest options and they are more than durable enough to last a long time. These are also available in a very broad range of textures and colours.

Handles and Hinges:

Choosing a bathroom vanity also involves choosing the right hinges and handles. Soft-closing hinges are very popular because they ensure the doors do not slam shut. This is accomplished by dampening the hinge towards the end. They add a layer of luxury to your bathroom but they are a bit pricey.

There are a huge variety of different styles of drawer ad cabinet handles you can choose from. These range is style from very plain to extremely elaborate. Elaborate is great if it fits the look of your bathroom, but you should consider how the style you choose will stand the test of time. What might be very trendy this year, can be forgotten in a few years.

Dual Sink Units:

If your bathroom is a very busy spot in the house, you may need to consider a two-sink vanity unit. A two sink unit has the benefit of allowing two people to get ready at the same time, without fighting over space. This can save everyone a few valuable minutes in the morning and it makes your bathroom more comfortable. Please note that a dual sink unit will require considerable more space and it is more expensive.