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Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

Need to refresh your bathroom? A vanity is the focal point of any bath, and can anchor your design style as well as the room's layout. Whether classic, modern, or eclectic, Lowe's carries a variety of models to suit your needs and your budget. And below, we offer a step-by-step guide to everything you need to know and to do when buying a vanity. Explore now!

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Measure Your Space

It's important to measure your space before determining the vanity you'd like to purchase. There are several key factors that you should keep in mind:

  • Make sure to leave enough space for door openings.
  • Keep in mind existing features such as mirrors,
    electrical switches and outlets.
  • Check your plumbing location. This could determine
    the width of your vanity. Try to avoid moving
    plumbing if possible because it can be considerably
    more expensive.

If you're purchasing a vanity without a top, you'll also need to measure for the countertop. Measure the width and depth of your cabinet. The vanity top should be 1-in wider and 1-in deeper than the vanity cabinet.

Once you have taken these items into consideration,
it's time to measure for your vanity.

  • Width: Vanity cabinets and vanity cabinets with tops
    range in widths from 12-in to 84-in. Typical cabinet
    widths are 24-in, 36-in, 48-in, 60-in and 72-in.
  • Height: Vanity cabinets and vanity cabinets with tops
    range in heights from 31-in to 35-1/2-in.
  • Depth: Vanity cabinets and vanity cabinets with tops
    range in depths from 17-in to 24-in.

Good to Know
For standard building code compliance, you should
allow at least 18-in from the cabinet edge to the center
of the toilet.


Choose Your Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

There are two types of vanities that you can choose: vanities with tops or vanities without tops. Choosing a vanity with a top is easier, but the downside is that you're limited to the top that's sold with the vanity. Purchasing a vanity without a top gives you the opportunity to choose your material. Countertops are available in a wide range of materials including solid surface, glass, marble, granite and more.

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Explore Your Options

The vanity can define your bathroom space. Since bathrooms are usually separate from the rest of your home, you can deviate from your typical style. If your home is traditional, you can opt for a more modern look in your bathroom. Here are several different options to consider in a vanity.

  1. Wood Type: Types can range from basic MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), birch or pine to more expensive materials such as Asian hardwood, oak, maple and more. The type of wood will affect your budget. Prices can range from $100 to over $3,000.
  2. Colour and Finish: Vanities come in a wide variety of colours and finishes. They can be made of glass, metal and wood. Colours usually are comprised of white, black or espresso finishes. If you're feeling more adventurous, you can paint a wood cabinet the color of your choice.
  3. Hardware: Check the description on the vanity that you're interested in purchasing. Some will already include the door and drawer hardware.
  4. Storage: Is this vanity going in a master bathroom or a powder room? A guest room or a kids' bathroom? Think about your particular needs. If you use this bathroom every day, then ample storage space (including drawers and countertop space) is going to be more important to you.
  5. Size: In a small bathroom, a single vanity is probably your only option. But with a bigger bathroom you can decide if you'd like to do one larger vanity or break it up with two smaller vanities side by side.


Things To Consider

Here are some other important items that you should consider when purchasing a vanity.

  1. Coordinating Collections: Some vanities are sold with the matching mirror. Please see the link below for our complete listing.
  2. Faucets: Most vanity tops are pre-drilled for faucets.
    The most popular openings are for center-set or widespread faucets.
    • Widespread Faucets: They have a spout with separate hot and cold water handles. All pieces appear to be separate. Widespread faucets are available from 6-in to 16-in drillings for 3-hole predrilled installation basins.
    • Center-set Faucets (mini-widespread): They're made for 4-in predrilled with 3-hole installation basins. They combine a spout and valves on a single base unit. Center-set faucets may have a single-handle mixing lever or two handles mounted onto a 6-in plate.
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