Floating vs Free-Standing Bathroom Vanities

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Nov. 24

So, you’re ready to renovate your bathroom, and you need to choose a brand new vanity. If you haven’t shopped for bathroom supplies in a while, the first thing you’ll notice is how many different vanity styles are available. As overwhelming as that decision process might seem right now, having more choice is actually a good thing.

Before you go shopping for a vanity, think about how you will be using it. Will it need to store a lot of stuff? Is your bathroom large or small? Do you have children who need a step stool to use the sink? Would you prefer a vanity that can be customized with a marble countertop or unique hardware? Once you know exactly what your needs are, you’re ready to shop!

One of the choices you’ll have to make is whether to opt for a floating vanity or a free-standing type? Here’s what you need to know about each.

Floating vanity

Floating vanities can be installed at any height that’s convenient for you. The fact that they sit up and off the floor allows for better air circulation and easier cleaning. The open floor underneath makes a small bathroom look larger, too. The lack of legs gives you room to store a step stool or anything else you need to keep in the bathroom.

Free-standing vanity

Whereas floating vanities are very modern-looking, a free-standing vanity can be anything you want it to be – modern or traditional. You can choose a piece that sports ornate legs and a streamlined body for a transitional look, too. Don’t forget that any piece of furniture that fits into your bathroom can be re-purposed as a vanity (think: bedroom dresser!). Opting for a free-standing vanity also means that you save money on the cost of installation. All you need to do is slide it into place.

Which type of vanity would you choose?

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