If you are renovating an existing bath or starting from zero, you need consider a few things before selecting a new vanity to avoid unwanted installation-day surprises.
1. You need find the Right Size
Your bathroom floor plan and existing plumbing, are the baselines for determining where the vanity should go and how big it can be.
Width: Check that existing elements like doorways and built-ins will be able to open properly.
Depth: Leave enough space for traffic lanes so protruding corners won't catch you.
Height: Factor in faucet height if you have existing medicine cabinets, mirrors, or light fixtures.
2. Number of Sinks
The max width your vanity can be will decide how many sinks you can have: 48 inches is the common threshold for two sinks, though it's sometimes possible to fit both in smaller sizes. If you're close to 48 inches, consider how much counter space you'd like, as adding another sink diminishes the usable surface.
3. Mounting Options
For the easiest install, pick the mounting option that matches your current vanity—so the plumbing lines will be where you need them.
Freestanding options are the most common and offer a range of foot styles. Wall mount or floating vanities skew modern and generally offer less storage given their cropped height. Corner units fill a specific need and are limited to one sink.
4. Choosing a Style
With your measurements set it's time to think about the details, including sink types, materials, and whether a backsplash or faucet is included.
Sinks are almost always included with the vanity and come in four main styles:
Under mount: Installed underneath the counter for a seamless top.
Vessel: Sits on top of the counter; available in a variety of shapes including bowl and square.
Drop in: Top mounted so the edges rest on the counter but the basin is inset.
Integrated: The countertop includes the sink itself in one continuous piece.
Vanity base: Most often wood, but varies based on the desired finish.
Countertop: Stone or ceramic are the most popular.
Sink: Can match or vary from the countertop.
Hardware: The cabinet knobs or pulls.
6. Backsplash and Faucet
There are styles that include a backsplash in the same material as the countertop. For most vanities, you purchase the faucet separately. However, some vanities do include the faucets in one set style and finish.