By John Francis
Your bathroom vanity is the only major piece of furniture you
have in your bathroom. Whether you are building a new home and
looking for that perfect vanity or replacing an old one, it is
important to choose well. Your bathroom vanity will make a big
difference in how your bathroom looks, and you will live with
it for many years.
When choosing the parts for a bathroom vanity, you will find
you have many options. Styles can be traditional or
contemporary. There is a variey of wood available. You can
purchase all-in-one vanities or look at each piece separately.
When picking out countertops, choose something durable. If you
plan to place a hot hair dryer on the surface on occasion,
sure it is heat resistant. Most will work with hot air
appliances, but some materials stain from the heat easier than
The sink should be durable. Materials for the sink present
somewhat of a trade-off. While materials such as stone are
unlikely to crack or chip, they stain easier than some
materials and repair presents a problem. Porcelain, though it
cracks and chips more easily, is commonly used. Porcelain is
cheaper to purchase and easy to repair.
Cabinetry should be big enough to store whatever you need to
store, but small enough so that it doesn't take up the entire
bathroom. Materials should be easy to clean and not affected
You'll want some sort of mirror above the sink. In addition to
being functional, mirrors add elegance. Some people like to
even more functionality by adding a mirrored medicine chest.
Lighting is important to your bathroom. You don't want
harsh light, but you do need enough to illuminate the room
comfortably. You can find fixtures with lights in almost any
multiple you wish. Some are softer, some less soft. The size
and color of your room will help to determine what is right
you. A light on top of the mirror will give you good
illumination, while lights on the side reduce shadows on your
Your bathroom vanity will be the centerpiece of your bathroom.
You want one that is functional, yet adds personality to the
room. Thanks to the wide variety of bathroom vanities
available, you should be able to purchase a durable bathroom
vanity that also suits your sense of style.
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