How to Choose the Right Bathroom Vanity


Unfortunately, vanity shopping has nothing to do with buying new expensive clothes for yourself. Instead, it refers to bathroom vanities, and choosing the right one can be just as difficult as choosing the right shirt for a party. You want something that’s stylish, will go along with your restroom design, and will leave a lasting impression on your guests. But you also need it to hold up to heavy use and general wear and tear.

Understanding How Much Vanity You Need

It’s likely that the size of your facility will dictate how large your bathroom vanity can be. Smaller bathrooms, for instance, may only have space for a small vanity with a single sink. However, larger bathrooms, like commercial bathrooms, may be able to accommodate much longer vanities that have two or more sinks built in.

If your bathroom has only one toilet, then a vanity with a single sink and mirror is probably more than enough. But if there are two or more toilets (or a toilet and a urinal), you might consider choosing a longer vanity if the bathroom has room for it.

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Storage Space Under the Vanity

Will cleaning products and toilet tissue refills be stored in the bathroom or in another location like a storage closet? If you plan on keeping them in the bathroom, you’ll need adequate storage space so they’re out of sight until your cleaning staff needs them. Most vanities can be built with drawers and cabinets, giving you ample space for storing supplies.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that while storage space is nice, it’s not always a convenient addition for your guests. This is especially true for the disabled, who may need space below the bathroom vanity to move in if they’re restricted to a wheelchair. Consult with your architect about ADA requirements and how to make sure that your bathroom provides accommodations for disabled individuals.

Choose Bathroom Vanity Material Wisely

The material your bathroom vanity is made from is just as important as the color, texture, or design. For example, a metal vanity wouldn’t be a good idea for a vanity that also features a sink or any plumbing. That’s because metal is highly susceptible to rusting when it comes in contact with moisture.

Although it can offer a distinctive look, wood isn’t necessarily a good choice for your bathroom vanity either. Wood is extremely porous and can easily absorb water should there ever be a leak. Once the wooden vanity absorbs water, it’s likely to begin rotting and could even start to grow mold, which is dangerous for both your staff and your guests.

One type of material that seems to be perfectly suited for bathroom vanities is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Durable plastic vanities come in a wide variety of colors and textures and are naturally resistant to rust, mold, mildew, and even graffiti.

For more information about HDPE and bathroom design, check out our free eBook Restroom Design for Commercial Facilities.This helpful guide features tons of information on basic restroom requirements, sustainability, material options, and more.