Top 10 Bathroom Vanity Ideas

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    Bathroom Vanity Ideas

    Elegant Bathroom Vanity and Clawfoot Bathtub 164845703
    Elegant Bathroom Vanity and Clawfoot Bathtub. Getty / Perry Mastrovito

    Bathroom vanity units are one of the easiest, fastest, and most satisfying bathroom remodeling projects you can take on.  

    Exaggeration?  Hardly.  When you compare them to kitchen base cabinets, you'll see just how easy they are.  

    • Top and Sink Included:  Many bathroom vanities are bundled with an included top and sink. All you need to do is add the fixtures and hook up the plumbing.  Some even come paired up with fixtures.  Not only that, the tops are pre-drilled for easy insertion of the...MORE fixtures.
    • Often Free-Standing:  Free-standing bathroom vanity units only need minimal installation. A few screws into the studs behind the unit to stabilize it, and you're good to go.
    • Easily Shippable:  Most bathroom vanities are flat-packed, shipped flat, and easily transportable.  They can even be ordered on-line.  Shipping costs for these small units are minimal compared to shipping cabinets for an entire 10' x 10' kitchen.
    • Scalable In Predictable Sizes:  Bathroom vanities start at 24 inches and can even scale up as big as 60 inches wide--that's wide enough to accommodate two separate sinks.  48 inch bathroom vanities, while not wide enough for two sinks, will accommodate large sink basins.  While not practical for one person to wrestle, 72 inch wide vanities are available, too.
    • Money-Saving:  Labor charges for installation?  How does zero dollars sound?  The hardest part is assembling the vanity.  Installation is a snap.  Cutting out labor changes means you have more money to spend on other parts of your bathroom remodel.  I estimate that roughly half of the cost of a professionally-installed bathroom vanity is devoted to labor.

    Bath Vanity Common Sizes

    Depth

    About 22".  By "depth," we mean, if you are standing at the sink, the distance from the back wall to the front edge of the counter.

    Height

    About 34".  Like depth, this measurement rarely varies.  

    Width

    Vanities can be as small as two feet wide--barely big enough for the sink--to behemoths that are 6 feet wide that can accommodate two sinks and acres of counter space.

    The scaling:

    • 24 Inch
    • 30 Inch
    • 36 Inch
    • 48 Inch
    • 60 Inch
    • 72 Inch
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    Elegant Dark-Wood 48" Bathroom Vanity

    Pegasus Bimini Elegant Cane Bathroom Vanity 48 Inch Wide
    Pegasus Bimini Elegant Cane Bathroom Vanity 48 Inch Wide. © Pegasus

    Buy on Amazon - Pegasus Bimini Vanity Unit

    If you're interested in that dark-wood Espresso stained look, with a touch of elegance, you migth want to look at the Pegasus Bimini series, available through our shopping partner, PriceGrabber.  

    This pictured 48 inch wide vanity unit comes with tilt-out and easy-gliding solid wood drawers. Sink and top are sold separately.

    What you can't see very well in this photo is the touch that I love:  the British cane inserts in the door.

    Pegasus Bimini is...MORE a survivor.  In a world where bathroom vanities come and go, this line has been around at least since 2009 (when I first wrote this article).  This means that if you bought a Bimini item a few years ago, you can still purchase an accessory (like a mirror) today.  Or you can outfit yet another bathroom in matching Bimini.

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    Classic, Jefferson-Era Bathroom Vanity With...Glass Vessel Sink?

    American Standard Jefferson Vanity
    American Standard Jefferson Vanity. Copyright American Standard

    Buy on Amazon - American Standard Jefferson Bathroom Vanity

    This American Standard bathroom vanity unit will fit in a guest bathroom or powder room, due to its compact 24 inch width. Birchwood veneers makes this bath vanity unit a timeless classic.

    Believe it or not, it does come with the pictured glass vessel sink.  What a strange contrast, the glass and chrome paired up with the birch base!

    At around $350, this one isn't a bad bargain at all--if this is your thing.

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    Rare: Mission Style 48" Bathroom Vanity

    Sunnywood Mission Bath Vanity Cabinet 48"
    Sunnywood Mission Bath Vanity Cabinet 48". via Amazon

    Buy on Amazon - Sunnywood Grand Haven 48" Mission Vanity

    This 48 inch bathroom vanity has a handrubbed finish that gives it the appearance of an antique piece.  The finish also is "mildly distressed," which means that it is ever-so-lightly battered by hand to give it the look of antique wood.

    But here is what makes it unique:  it is Mission.  Mission is a difficult style to find in bathroom vanities.

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    40" Wood Bathroom Vanity

    40" Wood Bathroom Vanity
    40" Wood Bathroom Vanity. Modern Bathroom Via PriceGrabber

    Honey Oak: that's the name for the wood finish on this 40" bathroom vanity cabinet. This bathroom vanity set comes with countertop, sink, trap, and mirror.

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    33" Wood Bathroom Vanity

    33" Wood Bathroom Vanity
    33" Wood Bathroom Vanity. Modern Bathroom Via PriceGrabber

    Wall-mounting is a great idea not just for saving floor space, but for giving your bathroom vanity a modern, other-worldly appearance. Wall-mounted vanities are not hard to install. Studs behind the sink are sixteen inches on-center, giving you two solid attachment points.

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    Single Wall-Mounted Bathroom Vanity

    Single Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanity
    Single Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanity. Modern Bathroom Via PriceGrabber

    One problem with wall-mounted vanities is a lack of usable counter space. The Perfecta wall-mounted bathroom vanity idea gives you two "wing" pieces that extend your counter, for a total vanity width of 48".

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    30" Wall-Mounted Modern Bathroom Vanity

    30" Wall-Mounted Modern Bathroom Vanity
    30" Wall-Mounted Modern Bathroom Vanity. Modern Bathroom Via PriceGrabber

    Adding even more storage space to the wall-mounted vanity is this Bianca series from Modern Bathroom. It's an elegant dark wood cube that appears to be levitating. This 30" wide bathroom vanity also features soft drawer closing guides so that you will never hear the drawers slamming shut.

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    72" Wall-Mounted Double Bathroom Vanity Set

    72" Wall-Mounted Double Bathroom Vanity Set
    72" Wall-Mounted Double Bathroom Vanity Set. Modern Bathroom/Via PriceGrabber

    Now, this is a big honking wall-mounted bathroom vanity! At 72", this Bianca series double-basin vanity features four drawers and two cabinets that open via doors.

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    Bathroom Vanity Ideas: 30" Vanity Set

    30" Vanity Set
    30" Vanity Set. Modern Bathroom/Via PriceGrabber

    A simple, elegant, contemporary bathroom vanity idea, this 30" Metro is really all about the sink basin. But it's a sink basin that just so happens to come with a stand and mirror, too.