Being such a large piece of furniture in a bathroom, choosing the correct vanity can make a big difference to the look and feel of a new bathroom. To help renovators with making the right choice when purchasing a vanity, we have put together a complete guide to bathroom vanities.

Floor Mounted Vanities

A floor-mounted vanity is just that - a vanity that is standing on your bathroom floor. When thinking of a bathroom vanity, this is most likely what you would imagine. A floor-mounted vanity may range from old and classic to new and chic, depending on your chosen style.  

Floor mounted vanities often offer much more storage space for your bathroom. Furthermore, a floor-mounted vanity usually has a large cabinet space beneath the sink, allowing for ample storage space. If you have many products to store or prefer a larger storage area, consider a floor-mounted vanity.  

Though it may offer more storage, a floor-mounted vanity is often harder to clean the tiles around the vanity. And being mounted on the floor, it can get difficult to clean around the bottom of your vanity.

Wall Hung Vanities

Wall-hung vanities (often called wall hung vanities) are vanities that attach to your bathroom wall. The vanity is effective floating with the bottom of the vanity not touching the floor. These vanities, in general, look more contemporary.  

The plus of having a wall hung vanity is that it is easier to clean around than a floor mounted vanity. Floating vanities allow you to clean underneath the entire area, ensuring you get everything neat and tidy. For minimal cleaning time, consider installing a wall-hung vanity in your home’s bathroom.  These vanities can also work great for small bathroom renovations as they can add a feeling of space.

However, if you prefer an option with more storage, a wall-hung vanity is not the best. They often offer little in the way of storage due to there smaller size. Also, they will likely require modification to the plumbing to ensure that the drainage is not exposed below the vanity. And there is likely to be additional installation costs associated with modifications to the plumbing.

Vanities With Above Counter Basins (Vessel Basins)

A vanity with an above-counter basin, aka vessel basin, is one that has the sink sitting on top of your counter rather than incorporated into the countertop. These vanities have the potential to look classy and can add lots of character to your bathroom.  

Regarding bench space, counter basins generally take up more bench space than under counter basins and as such are not the best option if you have a small vanity with minimal bench space.

Also, if you have children, an above-counter basin may also be an issue, as the higher sink may be out of reach for the younger ones.

Vanities With Under Counter Basins

A vanity with an under-counter basin is the traditional bathroom vanity idea - one cabinet with the sink built in - though the under-counter basins are seamless. They have no lip that connects the sink to the vanity; it flows seamlessly together. That said, an under-counter basin can be attached to any vanity, whether it be wall-hung, floor mounted, etc.  

The seamless flow of under-counter basins offers an elegant and modern touch to your space. Clean-up is easy and quick, and the attached sink allows for extra room on your countertop. When undergoing a bathroom renovation, a vanity with an under-counter basin is perfect for resale value.  

That said, the installation process can be tricky and more expensive than a traditional option. The seamless sink may look better, but it may not run cheaper. It's crucial to weigh the cost versus the benefits (like resale value) when choosing your countertop.

Countertop/Benchtop Material For Your Vanity   

The range of vanity countertops has grown over the years. Below is a list of vanity countertops to choose from for your next bathroom renovation.

Engineered Stone Counter Tops

Engineered stone for your vanity countertop is the perfect option if you're looking for a specific color. Being a made made stone, this option comes in a range of colors, including marble look-a-like options. Further, this type of stone is designed to be highly wear and stain resistant and is unlikely to be stained by aggressive products which can be found in a bathroom.


Ceramic is a cheaper material that will hold up against wear and tear. Although they are still hardy, ceramic tops are not as touch as engineered stone and hence more likely to chip.  Like the engineered stone option, ceramic is easy to clean and prevents any mold or liquid stains. That said, ceramic in particular generally only come in white, and it may be harder to find different color options.


Acrylic is generally the cheapest of all the counter top options. This option is best for rental properties as the top is very difficult to chip and hence is more forgiving with tenants who are not as caring. The down side to Acrylic is that it feels and looks like plastic and is generally not used in high end designer bathrooms.  


As discussed, choosing the right vanity is essential to achieving a successful bathroom renovation. Each vanity and countertop material has its pros and cons, so remember to weigh your options and choose the best fit for your bathroom and style.

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