Have you ever been back stage at a show with the overhead lighting that hovers over the vanity changing and ready stations? If you’ve ever wondered about this lighting, it is actually very strategic, allowing the light to shine right above the performer’s station so that they can see to change makeup and costume between scenes. The lighting allows their specific work station to glow without causing it to be so bright that it results in a distraction to the audience who can see the light illuminating from off stage.

Well, your bathroom vanity lighting can also be strategically placed so that you get just the right amount of lighting next to the sink and mirrors. Have you ever tried to look at something in the mirror and every time you raised your arm, it shaded the spot you were trying to see? Well, with strategic vanity lighting, you should never have this problem again. We’ve provided some neat examples of bathroom vanity lighting with the images that follow.

Overhead Lighting
This bathroom features overhead lighting that illuminates the sink and mirror station for an optimal getting ready space and the assurance of never having to squint your eyes and move your limbs just right to see that spot on your face ever again.


Photo Credit: djspider.co

Hanging Lights
This vanity features a unique design that is suited to this particular bathroom because of the full half-wall of mirrors. The mirrors help reflect the entire bathroom space, and thus the drop-down lighting helps to illuminate the entire bathroom space, bouncing light off of the mirrors and making the bathroom seem much brighter because of the reflection.


Photo Credit: ccdesigntech.com

Side Vanity Lighting
While this option may not be quite as bright or as effective as the previous two, this is certainly a décor choice that will give your bathroom a stylistic edge. If your bathroom has decent lighting and you feel that the sink and dressing stations are adequately lit, choose some side vanity lighting for a little more lighting with a lot of style.


Photo Credit: alysonhuber.com

Vanity Mirror Backlight
Finally, another option is the vanity mirror back-light, which provides a subtle glow around and behind the bathroom mirror. A great way to build some unimposing lighting around the mirror, this option always looks cool and classy and can often serve for a great night light when needed, too.


Photo Credit: bathimports.com

These are just a few bathroom vanity lighting ideas that we found, but we certainly encourage you to be creative and find your own ways of making your vanity’s lighting meet the needs of your bathroom space while adding to the décor and stylistic setting of your bathroom at the same time. We’d love to get your opinions and hear about your bathroom’s lighting style in the comments below.



In this culture of DIYers, it’s no surprise that bathroom décor has fallen among the list of home renovations that folks enjoy self-managing. If you’re mechanically inclined and know your way around a construction site, doing it yourself is often a more satisfactory experience than hiring someone to do things for you or purchasing ready-to-go furniture and appliances. One of the benefits of doing it yourself is the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with tackling a difficult task and ending up with a beautiful renovation.

One popular DIY bathroom item is the bathroom vanity. Vanities are a necessary bathroom item for many people these days, especially for bathrooms with combined sink-vanity combos. If you have the room to spare and you’d like to undertake a project such as building your own vanity, we’ve included some guidelines below to help you construct your own double-sink bathroom vanity.

32’ Double Vanity with Center Drawers – Plan via Sawdust Girl
Materials Needed
2 -sheets of 3/4″ Cabinet grade plywood cut as shown below.
5 -8′ 1×2 poplar for faceframe
1- sheet of 1/2″ plywood for drawers
1- sheet of 1/4″ plywood or backerboard (smooth)
Door and drawer front material (3/4″ solid wood with applied moulding is the easiest door to make)

Pocket hole jig
Miter saw for faceframe

1 ¾” wood screws
1 ¼ Kreg pocket hole screws
Wood glue


  1. Secure dividers and sides to bottom with 1 ¾” wood screws
  2. Attach long cleats to top. Drive two screws into each divider.
  3. Attach back cleats using pocket hole screws
  4. Secure bottom. This second bottom is going to make this big vanity heavy but will add stability and help distribute the weight of the entire piece onto the bun feet.
  5. Square up by checking the diagonal measurement from top left to bottom right and vice versa. The measurement should be exactly the same. Doesn’t matter what the number is – just make sure it’s the same. Secure the back with ¾” – 1 ¼” staples or screws.
  6. Build side face frames our of 1×2 poplar (which is really 3/4″ x 1 1/2″) with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.  Make sure to adjust size to fit the side of your vanity specifically.  It should be flush with the front and back (covering the exposed side of back you just attached).
  7. Attach side face frames with glue and small brad nails.
  8. Build front face frame making sure the placement of the styles (vertical pieces) are in the correct place for YOUR vanity. Things don’t always turn out exactly the way you planned, even with the best planning so double check your specific dimensions before building your face frame.
  9. Add countertop and feet. Build your own countertop or buy granite or tile, or do concrete… the possibilities are endless.
  10. Build the drawers. There are many ways to build a drawer box depending on the tools you have and your level of experience. Build your drawers paying attention to the outside dimensions. This will leave ½” clearance for 22” drawer glides. If you don’t have a router table or table saw to cut a dado, you can simply cut the drawer bottom to fit exactly inside the box and glue and screw it together.
  11. Build doors and drawer fronts.

At this point, your new vanity should be ready to paint and install. Choose a color that complements your bathroom, and you should be all set. If building your own bathroom vanity turns out not to be for you, check out steamshowersinc.com for ready-built vanities that come with drop in sinks and take some of the responsibility off your own shoulders.

If you had an endless surplus of options, what bathroom accessories would you choose to accentuate and complete your bathroom? We are looking to add some new, trendy products to our current database, and we need your help to find out what types of products you like best.  Of course every bathroom has to have the basics: you’re always going to need things like a toilet, bathtub, shower, sinks, and/or vanity in your bathroom. These household icons are what make a bathroom a bathroom, and you wouldn’t be quite comfortable or at ease without them. However, there are other bathroom accessories that can add to the décor, create a sense of luxury and sophistication, and ultimately make your bathroom experience more comfortable and accessible.

When it comes to bathroom décor and bathroom accessories, there are a number of possible options for your bathroom, and it’s all a matter of what fits your personal preference and what you think is going to make your bathroom experience easier and more convenient.

Here are a few ideas that we’ve been considering adding to our collection. Let us know what you think, and if you find these items boring, let us know what you’d like to see!

Dual Rug-Shower Curtain Set
Do you have a somewhat plain bathroom, and you want a few decorative pieces to liven it up a bit? What if you could choose from an assortment of colors and designs to ensure that your bathroom décor matches your standing bathroom colors to a T?

BathroomPhoto Credit: icanhasgif.com

Towel Bar Set
For those bathrooms that are being completely renovated or that are being built from scratch in new homes, an absolute necessity can often be as simple as a towel bar set. Ever use a bathroom where the hand towel or bath towel were situated in the most awkward positions? Well, now’s your chance to strategically place these hooks, rings and bars in the perfect spaces.

 Bathroom1Photo Credit: houzz.com

Towel Set
What good are towel racks without towels? Nothing is worse than having the perfect bathroom with ugly towels that stand out like a sore thumb. If you’ve put in a lot of work and effort for your bathroom, you want towels that add to the décor, and preferably, spare towels, which can be used for guests or simply so that laundry doesn’t have to be done every other day.

Bathroom2Photo Credit: groupon.com

Over-the-Toilet Cabinets
With small bathrooms or bathrooms in which space is limited, any possibility for additional space is essential. One easy and relatively cheap way to create more space in your bathroom is with over-the-toilet cabinets. These cabinets simply need to be put together, and they’re ready to go.

Bathroom3Photo Credit: wayfair.com

Shower Soap Dispenser
Have you ever dealt with multiple bottles that barely fit in your shower and just take up valuable room? What about those nasty water and mold residues that build up over time when you’ve had the same bottle sitting in the same space in your shower for too long? Well a perfect solution to this problem may just be a trio soap dispenser for your shower. Just dump your shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel into this dispenser and never struggle to get the last few drops of your bottle out again. The suction cupped backing gets this machine up and out of your way, freeing up the limited shower space, and allowing you to stick it to any part of the shower wall that works best.

Bathroom4Photo Credit: pinterest.com

Do you have any other product ideas that you’d like to see featured on http://www.steamshowersinc.com? We’re looking to add products that will resonate with our existing client base and cater to their needs. Do you have an idea for a product that we didn’t list above? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below, as we’d love to hear from you and get a hold of the products that you’re looking for!