Vanity units combine stylish looks with excellent functionality, and they have become an essential item for any bathroom. If you’re considering a vanity unit, but just can’t decide if you really need one, these six reasons might just be all you need to convince you.
1. Wide range of sizes to suit any bathroom
Bathroom vanity units are available in a wide range of sizes to suit any space – small or large – so you’ll have no trouble finding one that fits perfectly. When choosing a new bathroom unit with basin, make sure to accurately measure the space and double check your measurements just to be on the safe side.
If you have a small bathroom, there are plenty of compact designs available to help you make the most of a tiny space. A corner vanity unit is a great option for a small en-suite or downstairs toilet. The corner design makes use of what could otherwise be wasted space, but still provides a practical storage solution.
Slimline vanity units are also ideal for small bathrooms and cloakrooms. They feature a slim, compact design to maximise space and a basin that usually has a tap-hole in a corner positon. Enhance a sense of space further with a wall mounted unit.
For those lucky enough to have a spacious bathroom, you could choose a vanity unit with double basins for a luxury, spa-hotel look. A bathroom vanity unit with twin basins is not only a stylish option, it helps to ease the morning rush on busy weekday mornings too. This type of vanity unit has plenty of storage space for toiletries and beauty products.
2. Creates essential storage space
The main purpose of a vanity unit is to add essential storage space to your bathroom, and to save you from fitting a separate basin and storage unit. Vanity units provide an attractive and practical way to store toiletries, beauty products, loo roll, spare towels and cleaning products. They keep these essential items hidden away yet easily accessible, to ensure your bathroom remains calm, ordered and clutter free.
Before choosing a new vanity unit, it’s a good idea to clear out items from your bathroom that you don’t use and just keep what you need on a daily basis. This will help you choose the most appropriate vanity sink unit that suits your requirements.
3. Superb choice of styles
As well as an impressive choice of sizes, there’s also a great range of styles available too including modern and traditional. Modern bathroom sink units feature clean lines, concealed drawer or door handles, and glossy finishes in a variety of colours. A white gloss finish is a popular option for creating a fresh, modern look, while black is ideal for adding designer style to your bathroom. You could even add a splash of colour with a red vanity unit, or create an on-trend look with a grey finish.
A traditional vanity basin unit is ideal for those who want to add class and elegance to their bathroom. These typically feature wood effect panelled doors, decorative handles and a floorstanding design. They come in a choice of natural finishes such as ivory for a timeless feel. Traditional style vanity units are also perfect for country bathrooms, and for adding a rustic touch.
Bathroom vanity units also come with a choice of basin styles including inset and semi-recessed. An inset vanity basin creates a contemporary look, while a semi-recessed design is more suited to a traditional style unit.
4. Wall mounted and floorstanding designs
Bathroom vanity units are also available in wall mounted and floorstanding designs. Wall mounted units work well in small bathrooms, as they help to enhance a sense of space by appearing to float above the floor. They also create a clean, modern look and enhance a contemporary scheme.
Floorstanding vanity sink units are easier to install compared to a wall mounted design, and are ideal for adding classic style to your bathroom if preferred.
Both types come in a range of styles and sizes, so whether you choose a wall mounted or floorstanding basin unit, you’ll have no trouble finding the right one to suit your bathroom.
5. Matching units for a coordinated look
When shopping for a new vanity unit you may notice that they are part of a matching collection, which can include a mirrored cabinet, cistern unit and wall cabinet. This provides a great way to add extra storage space to your bathroom, plus it creates a stylish coordinated look too.
Cistern units can be fitted next to the vanity unit or separately. They hide unsightly pipework from view, and are designed to be used with a back to wall toilet and concealed cistern.
A mirrored cabinet is usually fitted above the basin unit, and it creates more room for toiletries, which always comes in handy in a family bathroom.
6. An easy bathroom upgrade
Replacing an old sink with a vanity unit provides a simple yet effective way to upgrade your bathroom. If you are experienced at DIY, then you can save money on calling out a plumber by fitting the unit yourself. But if you lack the experience, it’s definitely worth hiring a professional to prevent any costly mistakes.
To fit a new vanity unit you will need to switch off the water supply and then remove the old sink and taps. Next you can position the new unit and mark where you want it to go. You can then fit the unit to the wall. Connect the pipework and install the basin and taps.
Take a look at out expert guide and video for step-by-step instructions on how to install a vanity unit.
Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!