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You’ve installed the steam shower or the whirlpool bathtub you’ve always dreamed of. Now, you’re looking at the space leftover in your bathroom and wondering how you’re ever going to fit a vanity in there.

Choosing the right vanity isn’t just an issue for those people with small bathrooms. The type of vanity you choose affects the entire look of your bathroom.

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So, to help you choose well, I want to point out that there is such a thing as a corner bathroom vanity unit. The corner unit not only works to maximize space in small bathrooms, it also functions as a focal point in both large and small bathrooms.

What do you think of corner bathroom vanities?

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The bathroom vanity is such a vital part of our daily lives. If it didn’t keep all of our stuff organized, it would be really hard to get out on time in the morning, especially if you have kids. Just think, without the right vanity you’ll end up looking at the clutter every morning. That alone could make you want to step into the steam shower and just stay there until you forget about the mess!

So, when it comes time to renovate – or simply upgrade – your bathroom, give the vanity a lot of thought.

One decision you’ll have to make is whether to opt for a single or double vanity. Here’s what you need to know about each.

You know a single vanity is perfect if…

  • you have a small bathroom
  • you can’t afford higher plumbing costs than are already necessary
  • you live alone or you and your family members use the sink and counter at different times
  • you’re working with a small budget

You know a double vanity is perfect if…

  • multiple family members ned to use the sink and counter space at the same time
  • you have a large bathroom and a larger budget
  • you need more room to store toiletries

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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?