Top Tips for Choosing the Right Vanity Unit
A vanity unit is at the top of everyone’s wish list when designing a new bathroom, and it’s not difficult to see why. From the sleek and contemporary to the classic and elegant, vanity units are available in an array of styles to suit any bathroom design.
A bathroom vanity unit provides an attractive focal point and creates valuable storage space too. But how do you go about choosing the right vanity unit? Read on to discover all you need to know to help you choose the perfect one.
Before you buy a vanity unit…
Your vanity unit needs to look great and meet your storage requirements, so have a good clear out and only keep what you need in your bathroom on a day-to-day basis. You will need to accurately measure the available space and double check the measurements to avoid any costly mistakes. It’s a good idea to take the style of your bathroom into consideration so you can choose a vanity unit that complements and enhances the space.
Choose a vanity unit that features soft close doors or drawers to prevent accidental bangs and slams. Don’t forget to factor in the space that’s required for doors and drawers to open fully.
Bathroom furniture is mostly constructed from MDF (medium density fibreboard) or MFC (melamine faced chipboard). MDF is a composite material and is usually made in white. MFC comes in a variety of wood finishes such as walnut.
Why choose a vanity unit?
Vanity units provide a fantastic storage solution for toiletries and beauty products, so there’s no excuse for a cluttered bathroom. A vanity unit combines a basin with storage underneath, which helps to save space, especially in a small bathroom.
As well as styles, bathroom vanity units come in a range of sizes and finishes, so you should have no problem finding one that perfectly suits your space no matter how big or small.
Vanity unit designs
Most vanity units feature a single basin with either drawers or a cupboard underneath, but some incorporate double sinks, which are great for creating a spa-hotel look. There’s also wall hung vanity units and floorstanding designs. A wall mounted vanity unit maximises floor space and makes cleaning a lot easier too, but is a little more challenging to install compared to a floorstanding model.
Cloakroom vanity units are specifically designed for small spaces, so you can still incorporate storage into a compact bathroom. Corner vanity units are a great option for small bathrooms too.
For a coordinated appearance you may want to consider choosing a combination vanity unit. Toilet and sink vanity units include a toilet and vanity sink unit, and there’s a range of designs and sizes available. The toilet unit is supplied with a back to wall pan, and it houses the concealed cistern and pipework for a neater finish. The WC unit can be fitted next to the vanity unit or completely separately.
The majority of bathroom vanity units are supplied pre-assembled, which significantly reduces installation time.
When shopping for a new vanity unit you’ll notice that there’s a variety of colours to choose from such as white, red and black, as well as wood effects too including walnut and oak. Wood finishes are perfect for adding luxury to the bathroom, while black and grey create a contemporary look. White gloss vanity units are a popular option for creating a smart, modern look, and the glossy finish helps to bounce the light around to enhance a sense of space. A red vanity unit provides a great way to add pop of colour to the bathroom.
Finally, don’t forget to choose an equally stylish basin tap to complete your new vanity unit. When choosing a new tap ensure it suits the design of the unit. Most vanity unit basins feature a single tap hole, so you will need to choose a mono basin tap, which has a single lever handle to control both the flow and temperature of the water.