Five Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Vanity

Five things to consider BEFORE replacing your vanity. When it comes to vanities, it’s easy to focus on sinks and faucets. While the cabinet may not be the most glamorous part, choosing the right style can make or break the entire bathroom design. It’s why you need to consider these five characteristics before you make a change. Placement Where your vanity goes is just as important as how it looks. Things to consider are… Is there room for traffic to flow, even if drawers or doors are open? Do the drawers or doors block the shower door or other doors? Is there adequate space for a mirror and/or medicine chest on the wall above? Plumbing Moving the vanity to a different location requires plumbing changes that add to the overall re-model costs. Even changing from a floor-mounted vanity to a wall-mounted version may require rerouting pipes and drains; therefore it’s important to budget accordingly. Materials Since bath rooms are humid and vanities can be wet and busy; you need materials that can stand up to these conditions. Thermafoil and laminates hold up well. Wood can be used but must be sealed properly to prevent water stains and warping. Size Vanities need to be scaled to the size of the room they’re in.  Some designers recommend adding 20% more storage space than you think you’ll need.  The problem is – cram in a vanity that’s too big and it throws off the overall balance. We’ll talk about how to increase storage efficiency in the next section. The other consideration is height. The traditional standard for vanities is 32” high, but...