Bathroom Vanities - Bathroom Furniture

Bathroom vanities or vanity units are used in almost every bathroom, this can mean that they are taken for granted. Most  people make their buying decisions solely upon the style, colour and finish of the cabinet door panels and counter top. But did you ever think about how tall - or short - your bathroom vanity would be?

Most vanity units tend to be about 29 inches high, add a top of around 1 inch thick, and you have an overall height of 30 inches. That's about the same height as your kitchen table. Now if your always going to sit at your vanity unit, then that's fine, but if you intend to use a 'short' vanity unit to hold a basin, then it may feel a little uncomfortable (a bit like standing up to eat at your kitchen table!) when washing or cleaning your teeth.

Many vanity manufacturers are now making taller (about 33 inches) units, so take some time to check the height as well as your preferred finish.

Vanity Unit Styles
bathroom vanities come in a huge variety of styles and finishes, from  antique look to modern glass and chrome. Your choice of vanity unit style can have a big influence over the look and feel of your bathroom, so it's worth putting some thought into your decision to make sure you get it right. Think about the theme of your bathroom decor, as well as the layout of your bathroom. Then position your bathroom cabinets and vanity to enhance the overall appearance of the room.

Vanity Designs
If your vanity unit is well designed it
can be used to store all sorts of items to help you keep your bathroom neat and tidy. It's useful to have partitions in the drawers for small things such as makeup, shelving for larger toiletries, and perhaps a small bin for used tissues etc. Hooks or rails in the doors for holding hair dryers or electric shavers are another useful feature of many vanity units.

Lighting For Vanities
When it comes to bathroom vanity lighting, overhead lights are not a good idea. If you only light shining from above, this will produce dark shadows under your eyes and the texture of your skin will be pronounced. Frontal lighting is necessary to reduce both contrast and shadows usually this is provided by Sconces on each side of the mirror, this gives even lighting for both sides of your face. A row of small vanity lights across the top, or all around the mirror can be used with wall sconces to provide an excellent even lighting. 
In addition to lighting for the vanity mirror itself, good overall bathroom lighting is also important.

Bathroom Vanities: Some things to think about:

  • Keep to the same 'style' with your vanity, never mix traditional and modern.
  • Be careful with colours, they can date very quickly.
  • Don't get overwhelmed by the choice available, pick a style you like, and make sure it blends with the rest of your bathroom
  • Check the height of your vanity unit.
  • Pay attention to lighting

Whether you have a large bathroom or a small one, bathroom vanity units can make a huge difference, so take your time to choose wisely.

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