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The powder room is the secret star of many homes. Typically located on the main floor and smaller than the usual master bath, it’s a place where many homeowners express their personality and use colors and styles they’d be too nervous to try in more frequently-used spaces. It’s also a space that can often present challenges, since a powder bathroom is typically smaller than a regular bathroom, but still needs to fit a certain amount of plumbing and storage in there to be functional. Whether you install a bathroom vanity yourself or hire someone, renovating a bathroom delivers one of your biggest returns on investment, and especially if you can’t change the footprint of the room, upgrading the vanity can be a key component of the remodel.
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Best Overall: Simpli Home Chelsea Bath Vanity
Choosing a powder room vanity that’s attractive, simple and classic is a smart investment, especially if you’re redoing your bathroom with future resale value in mind. To that end, resist a vanity that has too many quirks, like overwrought styling, an unusual color, or tricky storage configurations that may not have universal appeal. A powder room vanity with transitional cabinet styling like Shaker style cabinet doors, mullion accents and tapered legs will work both in older homes and newer ones. This cabinet comes in six sizes, starting at 24” wide, and in three classic colors, so it easily fits into most powder rooms. It comes with an integrated white quartz top and white sink, with a double-door cabinet and drawer for storage, giving you both style and function as well.
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Best Budget: Project Source Integral Single Sink Vanity
Whether you’re fixing up a bathroom for resale value or to increase your own functionality, it can quickly turn into an expensive proposition. Each part of the project, from the faucets to the floor tiles, can add up quickly, so that even a DIYer can find the project costing hundreds or thousands of dollars. So, if you can find a powder room vanity in a style you like that hides the plumbing, holds up the sink and offers storage for under $150, snatch it up! This powder room vanity is one of the least expensive ones on the market, but still delivers on style with its raised-panels cabinet doors, cultured marble top and an integrated bowl in crisp white or warm brownish gold.
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Best Corner: Home Decorators Collection Hamilton Corner Bath Vanity
Some powder rooms have especially tricky configurations. They may be super-small or have a door that swings awkwardly into the room, limiting your floor space. In these powder rooms, a corner cabinet can be a great space-saving solution. By tucking the sink into a corner, instead of flat against the wall, they’re able to shave off a few inches of space on either side, while still delivering a generously-sized sink and cabinet space. This one’s our pick because of the versatile grey finish— a new classic in the bath and kitchen sections — and grey granite top. It delivers a high-end feel even though it’s technically a space-saving solution with its recessed doors and scalloped feet.
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Best Open Shelving: Legion Furniture Single Bathroom Vanity
Many people love the look of open shelving in a bathroom — it’s the perfect way to display your textured baskets and neatly-folded towels! But the reality of most master bathrooms is that it’s impossible to keep open shelving tidy and uncluttered. That’s why it’s a popular look for the powder room. Open shelving gives your houseguests easy access to things they might need, like an extra roll of toilet paper or a hand towel, but because it’s a lesser-used room, it’s going to stay as neat and pretty as you like it. In this bathroom vanity, done in an almost-black espresso finish, it also helps to open up the look of the vanity, which could seem bulky if it were all enclosed. Shaker-style cabinets and a high-contrast white ceramic top complete the look.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Best Contemporary: Find Fixtures Compacto Small Bathroom Vanity Set
The hallmarks of contemporary style furnishings: Clean lines, modern finishes, integragrated functionality and subdued details. So for people who love contemporary-style furnishings, this powder room vanity is a good pick. It mounts directly to the wall, hiding the plumbing while not adding any more cabinetry than necessary for storage. The sink and cabinet handles are flush with the lines of the vanity, so there is no extra bulk. And it comes in three up-to-date colorways to work with various powder rooms. At only 16 inches wide, this is one of the narrowest powder room vanities on the market, making it an excellent space-saving choice for teeny-tiny bathrooms. Plus, because it “floats” on the wall, it has a lighter, less bulky appearance in a small room.
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Best Antique: Dark Cherry Vanity with Marble Top
Whether you have an older home or want to give a new construction a sense of provenance, a vanity with antique-inspired detailing can lend the powder room a sense of history. To find one that works, look for period elements like ornate paneling, hand-carved wood details, darker wood stains, ornate hardware and a curvier vanity top that mimics old-world styles. This elegant vanity also includes soft-close hardware on the cabinet door for a luxe touch.
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Best Farmhouse: High Back Cast Iron Porcelain Farm Sink Stand
If you’ve ever dreamed of living on a farm in France, tending the chickens, making your own cheese and sipping wine every night with dinner, this powder room vanity is for you! The vanity boasts open-shelving framing with turned feet and elegant X-framed supports, all done in a rustic reclaimed wood. The high-backed sink is an unusual find for a powder room that harkens back to utilitarian farms of the olden days, and will immediately set the tone for the powder room whether it’s finished in toile wallpaper or ethereal French gray paint. Because it’s made of reclaimed materials, it’s a good fit for fans of up-cycled products as well.