Bathrooms can be small and tight spaces, and as such, it requires a lot of consideration when you choose the elements that will make up the space. Of course, some elements are a given, such as the toilet and bath or shower, and the bathroom vanity is another (necessary) element that you should think about. Your bathroom vanity can easily be the centrepiece or focal point of your bathroom, so you have to choose one that’s just the right fit! But how can you be sure that you’ve made the proper choice? It has to be the right combination of functionality, ease of use, comfort, utility, and of course, aesthetic appeal. So without further ado, here’s how to select the best bathroom vanity for your needs.
Think about who will be using it – and how
The first thing you have to do is think about who will be using your vanity – and how they will be using it. For instance, if you are planning a bathroom remodel in the master bedroom, you may want to consider a double vanity for you and your spouse or partner so it will be easier to get ready in the morning. But consider how you will be using it as well – is it simply for hygiene, or will you use it to groom yourself, style your hair, and fix your makeup? If so, you would need a larger space on the counter and the appropriate amount of storage.
The point is to list down what you (and others in your household) need and want. Then, once you have finalised your negotiables and non-negotiables, it will be easier to choose from your list of classy bathroom furniture vanity sets and go on from there.
Determine prospective obstacles
Whilst the design of your bathroom (the plumbing, for instance) can always be modified; it’s a little harder to change the layout, such as the placement of the windows, not to mention the doors! There are other considerations as well. For instance, how does your bathroom door swing? Is it inwards or outwards? If it swings inwards, it may hit the bathroom vanity, which is annoying and useless.
Another consideration is the shower. If you have an enclosure with a shower door, this could be detrimental to your vanity. The same is true for the toilet – would you prefer to have the vanity beside, in front of, or far from it? Yet one more consideration is the traffic flow. Your bathroom vanity shouldn’t restrict the flow of traffic and make it difficult for you to manoeuvre.
You could experiment with it by going around the bathroom space, and you can additionally place something roughly the same size as your proposed vanity, so you have a good idea of how the space is used. Then, when you already have an idea of the placement, take a measuring tape to measure the length and breadth of the vanity.
Figure out the plumbing
Of course, you also have to find out where the plumbing is because it is another factor which helps you decide where you can place the vanity. Also, it will help you decide what style is right for you. For instance, a vanity mounted on the floor is ideal for traditional plumbing, but a vanity mounted on a wall will require the removal of the plumbing for your basin. Deciding on a new layout isn’t impossible, but it will depend on your budget and what you want.
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