Sabourin. Vanity. September 28th , 2017.
A bathroom vanity is a piece of furniture with a number of purposes. Usually you would expect your vanity to house your sink, and all the plumbing that goes with it. Hopefully with all the plumbing nicely housed out of view and out of the way. Your vanity is also a cabinet, so its the place where all those little things like the soap and the toothpaste are housed, as well as all those other things that really ought to be out of view as well. Make sure you choose a vanity of the right height. Most bathroom vanities are built at a standard height of 30 inches. Fine if youre the standard height, but if youre particularly short then you may find that the height of the vanity is too high for you, and if youre tall you may well have to stoop to clean your teeth. I suggest you spend some time in your local store looking at vanity units to decide what height is right for you.
Vanity Units are a very important part of your bathroom design and, therefore, require careful consideration when you are looking at getting a new bathroom vanity. Since they dont have functioning parts in the same way that tapware or toilet suites do you dont need to be so concerned with the plumbing when it comes to vanities. Vanities are predominantly about the space that you have available and the design and how that will impact on your bathroom. Vanities come in variety of colours, sizes and configurations. Wall hung vanities are becoming more popular in homes these days due to the modern look but floor standing vanities are still the standard. One of the main benefits of wall hung vanities is that they can create the perception of space in a bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, a wall hung vanity can be particularly beneficial in keeping with the theory that the more floor that is visible the larger the room looks. If you are going to apply this technique, it may also be a good idea to consider a wall hung toilet pan with the cistern hidden in the wall. Wall hung vanities look modern and chic but if it doesnt match your bathroom, a floor standing vanity will work well. These are conventional style vanities with the huge advantage of storage space. Trendier vanities have large, deep drawers to store hairdryers and similar products and floor standing vanities have more rooms for these types and features.
Deciding on a built-in vanity is a two-stage process. First, you choose the vanity base. Walk into any home remodeling center and you will find rows of stock vanity bases bolted to the wall, ready to take home. There are variations in style, including length, height, number and placement of doors and drawers, but thats about it. If you have an older, traditional home, this style is most likely your best choice. Now that you have your vanity base selected, theres still something missing...the vanity top. Most of the time, the vanity top will be made from cultured marble, ceramic, or granite, and usually the sink (or basin or vessel, depending on the manufacturers description) will be an integral part of the top, forming a one-piece unit that will not leak. In some cases, a vanity top will have a cut-out (or cut-outs in the case of a double vanity) to allow the basin (or basins) to drop in.
Your budget should vary according to the size of your bathroom and the vanity space you will be filling as well as the décor you have chosen to pursue. Achieving your budget and a cohesive theme within your bathroom are both very important and should be high priorities. Size is typically one of, if not the most important factor when determining the price of your bathroom vanity. Larger vanities tend to be more costly. The materials used in the vanity also play an important role in determining the cost. If you need a more exact budget you will do best to go to a professional for a consultation before beginning your project. Those who deal specifically with home improvement may also be the best source for finding good deals on bathroom vanities that work within the constraints of your budget as well.
Whatever type of vanity top you choose from one of the big box suppliers, the tops that you can take with you are fairly limited and conventional in appearance and configuration. However, those retailers always have a wide selection of vanity tops from various manufacturers that can be custom ordered. Prices are reasonable and you can choose from a wide variety of sink shapes and placements in the top. If youre re-doing an older house or simply prefer a traditional built-in vanity, this is an excellent way to add a little pop to your bathroom while maintaining a traditional appearance. Another thing to consider, if youre planning on doing it yourself, is the relative difficulty of connecting the supply lines and the drain. When it comes to modern sink and faucet installation, it has gotten simpler for do-it-yourselfers to make the necessary connections. The problem lies in access to the connecting points. With built-in vanity bases, as well as some of the fine furniture versions and the occasional free-standing ones, youre going to wind up with your head stuck in a cabinet, trying to thread a nut in a hard to reach area.
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