Consider the look of your other bathroom fixtures when purchasing a vanity. Remember: The real key is to creating a bathroom you love is to use a combination of materials and accessories to create a style all your own.
With bathroom cabinetry, you really do get what you pay for. Particleboard is a common material for stock cabinet cases, especially those covered with laminates and vinyl finishes. You’ll pay more for high-pressure laminates or thick veneers coated with a multi-step polyurethane varnish process, but over time it will be worth the expense.
Bath cabinets and vanities made of wood may be solid, veneered or laminated. Oak is by far the favourite cabinet wood of choice; however, maple and cherry are also quite popular. With most veneer and solid cabinets, the wood has typically been stained or dyed to achieve the desired finish and tone.
Wood veneer cabinet doors are a popular alternative to solid wood. Veneered panels are less expensive than solid wood, and they have the advantage of permitting the same pattern across all adjacent doors.
Laminate cabinets have a synthetic finish that’s attractive, rugged and easy to care for. The durability and affordability of laminate construction make this type of cabinet ideal for children’s baths.
When choosing a vanity top, you’ll need to weigh style and colour considerations against the ability to resist scratching, chipping and staining. Also keep in mind that countertops will overhang cabinets on both the front and sides, so be sure to compensate for the extra width and depth when measuring.
Consider frequency of use when it comes to lavatory sink styles. Sculptural glass vessel sinks may be best for powder rooms or guest baths, while in frequently used family bathrooms, a larger, deeper porcelain-enameled cast iron sink is a good choice because it reduces splashing and countertop cleanup. Many vanities or vanity tops include a sink, while others require you to choose one that fits the style.