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How to choose a suitable bathroom vanity?
Feb 16, 2017

Which should I choose: a bathroom vanity or a sink console?


Your choice depends largely on the space available as well as your storage needs. Sink consoles tend to be smaller, so they’re 

great for powder rooms or guest baths. While they often don’t come with storage beneath the sink, you can still find those that 

come equipped with a small enclosed cabinet if need be. Bathroom vanities are usually larger, so they work well with master baths. 

What size bathroom vanities work for my space?

You want your bathroom vanity to be in proportion to the overall size of your bathroom as well as other bathroom fixtures. 

Be sure to carefully measure the area where you want your bath vanity; at the same time, consider the placement of the surrounding 

fixtures. If a door is nearby, open and close it to make sure its path is clear. Single vanities are ideal for a small powder room or 

guest bath, whereas a double vanities are preferred for a master bath. 

What types of materials are available for bathroom vanities?

Wood vanities provide a natural feel, but can be a bit pricey if you choose to go with solid wood. Medium Density Fiberboard, or 

MDF, is less expensive and more durable after it’s covered with laminate. If you have a smaller bathroom, consider a glass vanity 

for a timeless feel that will help your space look larger. Particleboard or plywood are good options for lower budget vanities, just 

be sure to get top quality for your money or you may find you’re replacing it sooner than you prefer. 

What if my bath vanity doesn't come with a top?

Oftentimes vanities are sold only as cabinets, leaving you to decide what to top it with. There are two choices: bathroom vanities 

with tops or just a vanity top. As the name suggests, bathroom vanities with tops come complete with a sink bowl built into the 

countertop. If you’ve already picked out a separate sink, the vanity top may be a better choice. However, be sure to check 

whether the top already has holes cut out that are compatible with the shape and size of the sink you chose.

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