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Bathroom Storage 101: Things to Consider When Buying a Vanity

For some people bathrooms are simple lavatory rooms where they go about life’s most mundane tasks and for others, bathrooms are private oases of peace where they can escape from the rest of the world and enjoy sweet relaxing moments of solitude.

Who do you think got it better? If you’d rather choose the latter, you probably want to know how you can turn your lavatory room into your own serene sanctuary.

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Bathroom Storage 101: Things to Consider When Buying a Vanity

While they can come in various styles, all beautiful bathrooms have a few things in common. They’re all well-organized, harmonious, and clutter-free.

You can waste thousands and thousands of dollars on fancy bathtubs, smart toilets, and popular basins and still fail to create your dream bathroom if one thing is missing.

Ladies and gents, introducing the often overlooked yet essential element to your bathroom – the bath vanity.

Is a Vanity Necessary?

It’s safe to say that bathroom vanity cabinets can single-handedly make or break the entire bathroom look.

However, if you’re redoing your bathroom on a budget, you can’t help but wonder whether a bath vanity is a necessity or a luxury.

Thing is, bathroom vanities and cabinets are both of these things. They’re absolutely necessary to keep your bathroom neat and tidy and they offer luxury in the sense of beauty, provided that you choose the right bath vanity for your space.

Since you don’t buy bathroom vanity every day and a quality unit isn’t a small investment, it’s good to know your wall-hung from your floor-mounts and your laminate tops from your marble tops.

Doing a bit of research before you head out to the store will help you navigate through the huge selection of bathroom vanities and cabinets available nowadays and ensure you’re happy with your purchase for many years down the line.

So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about hunting down the perfect bath vanity.

Get Over the Boring Stuff First

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We’ve all been there; falling in love with a piece of bathroom furniture only to find out that it doesn’t work with our space.

If you want to avoid any unpleasant surprises, make sure you first get over the “boring” stuff such as examining the existing plumbing, physical space, and access points to ensure everything goes with your plan.

Your current plumbing system plays a major role in choosing the right bath vanity. If you aren’t planning on repiping, it’s best to stick to freestanding bathroom vanity units which tend to be easier to install and only require minimal alterations.

But if wall-hung units are your thing, you might need to put on your big boy/girl pants and do some extra plumbing work or call a plumber. Just keep in mind that this will probably cost you extra time and money.

The next thing you should do is to align your storage needs with the physical space of your bathroom.

At first, you’ll think, the more storage space the better, but if you choose a huge bath vanity for your small bathroom, you’ll probably end up with an awkwardly small space that’s impossible to move around.

And that leads us to the next point or should I say access point. Ensure that you have enough clearance around your vanity if you want it to be functional.

For instance, your vanity may neatly enclose your piping and physically fit in your bathroom, but if you can’t open its doors because of the shower stall or toilet, you’re in a pickle.

After you figure out the right size and shape of your unit, it’s time to get familiar with some of the quality aspects and materials.


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Take the Necessary Stuff into Consideration

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Squeaking cabinet doors, crooked drawers, and swollen countertops aren’t something you usually see on your Pinterest or Instagram feed.

However, if you skim on quality when buying bathroom cabinets this will become your reality much sooner than you think.

To avoid any of these scenarios you need to know what you’re buying. So what are the best quality vanities, anyway?

Unquestionably, the best material for luxury bathroom cabinets is solid wood. Nothing compares to the feel and charm that these units bring to space.

Although many would say that high-moisture environments and solid wood don’t get along very well, if you choose a vanity made from teak or oak, you have nothing to worry about since these two have excellent moisture resistance.

Apart from the material, you should also examine how the unit is assembled. Check whether the drawers are gliding smoothly, whether the doors are closing all the way, and most importantly whether they’re staying closed.

Last but not least, you should choose a durable countertop that can withstand all the splish sessions and regular cleaning.

Here you’ll be faced with several high-end options such as marble, granite, and quartz as well as more affordable options such as laminate and ceramic tile.

In this case, it’s safe to say that the price is a great indicator of what you can expect from your countertop.

Dive into The Interesting Stuff

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Finally, the part we’ve all been waiting for! After you’re done with the technicalities it’s time to explore all the lovely styles and designs out there.

The best thing about bathroom vanities nowadays is that they’re just as beautiful as they’re functional.

And according to interior designers choosing bathroom accessories that are as beautiful as they are functional is a surefire way to an organized and sophisticated bathroom.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a contemporary, traditional, or industrial look, the endless styles, and designs that are available Australia-wide will have you spoiled for choice.

However, keep in mind that trends come and go and it’s best to stick to timeless classics such as neutral colors and standard shapes to ensure you stay in love with your vanity for many years down the road.

With that being said, you can now start your hunt for the perfect bath vanity.


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