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How to choose a bathroom vanity unit

It may not be something that you’ve given a great deal of thought to before, however, vanity units are a vital part of a bathroom design. Not only are they important from a practical point of view ­– providing a great deal of storage in a potentially heavily used part of the house; they also create an opportunity to establish a point of interest within the design scheme of the room.

So, where do you start?

1. Drawers, Shelves or cupboards

As with kitchen design, the trend over the recent years has increasingly been to introduce more drawer storage in place of the shelves and cupboards. Drawers offer the benefit of concealed storage that enables you to easily access all the items from above. However, taller items may not fit if the drawers are not deep enough, such as cleaning products, and they can be more easily knocked over compared to the shelving / cupboards.

2. Floor-standing or wall-mounted

Wall-mounted units leave the floor space free, creating the optical illusion of a bigger bathroom. Floor-standing enables you to have a bigger unit and is also beneficial if you are concerned of the strength of the wall.

3. Countertop or under-mounted basin

For many, the choice between the countertop and under-mounted basin is purely aesthetic. There are so many beautiful basins to choose from, and they alone can act as a feature. However, it’s worth considering that a countertop basin can prove to be a little messier with splashing, particularly if wet shaving; and some find them trickier to clean than their under-mounted basin counterparts. With this in mind, you will need to consider which countertop surface will be best suited to your choice.

4. Countertop surface material

As a heavily used area with much water exposure and cleaning products, we would recommend choosing a smooth and hardwearing material such as stone of quartz. This will provide the most longevity for your bathroom unit and be the easiest to maintain. Wood or tiling with grout, while attractive initially, will wear sooner and require more maintenance.

5. Lighting

Adding decorative lighting to the bathroom can transform the space and really accentuate the overall scheme. Adding lighting to both the mirror and vanity unit provides both a practical benefit and high impact. It works particularly well to light underneath the vanity unit, creating a beautiful up-lighting effect. We would recommend a separate switch for the feature lights to the main lights to enable you to choose between different lighting moods.

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