A Guide to Measuring and Selecting a Bathroom Vanity

Whether you are renovating your bathroom or replacing an outdated vanity, your floor plan and overall space will help you determine the best size vanity for your room. Bathroom vanities are available in a wide range of sizes so getting accurate measurements is crucial. Budget Plumbing Centre is Perth’s leading supplier of high quality, affordable fixtures and fittings for bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Here’s our guide to help you determine the right vanity for your space.

Measuring the Available Space

Measure up your available space after the bath, shower and toilet have been accounted for. Ensure you leave enough space in front of the vanity and enough room for opening doors and drawers. If your space is blank, mark out the shower, bath and toilet sizes this will help you to visualise how much room you have available for the vanity. If you have measurements of a vanity that you like, try using a substitute such as a cardboard box to give you a visual indication of how it would affect the rest of the room.

Measuring the Vanity Size

To ensure the perfect fit in the room and correct plumbing, you will need to measure the vanity accurately.

Width – When measuring the width, if the top of the vanity has a counter top that is wider than the base, be sure to measure this separately and label this measurement ‘top width’. The width of the base is the measurement from end to end of the base cabinetry. This is the ‘base width’.

Depth – Measure the ‘base depth’ from the front of the vanity to the back wall. If the vanity is located between two walls or access around it is tight, you may need to remove a drawer or open a cupboard door and measure through the vanity. You will also need to measure the depth of the top of the vanity from the wall to the front edge of the countertop. This is the ‘top depth’ measurement.

Height – Measure the height of the vanity from the floor to the top surface. When selecting a vanity’s height, it’s important to factor in existing features such as mirrors, lighting, wall cabinets, tapware and height requirements of the home’s occupants.

Single, Double or Floating Vanity?

Vanities come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so it’s important you find one that not only fits the space but is also functional. Take into consideration who will be using the vanity the most, if it’s for a family, consider one with two basins and extra storage or if it’s for a children’s bathroom, consider purchasing a shorter vanity. If your bathroom is lacking space, consider a vanity that isn’t as too deep.

Single Vanities

The most common style, ideal for smaller bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms, these vanities hold one sink that can be placed in the middle or to the left or right depending on your needs.

They generally range in size from 0.6 – 1.2 metres wide.

Double Vanities

A great choice for busy, shared family bathrooms, these vanities hold two basins and often come with an abundance of storage. Ideal if you have more than 1.5m of space, double vanities typically range in size from 1.2 – 1.8 metres.

Floating Vanities

A popular choice for modern bathrooms, these vanities are wall-mounted and appear as though they are ‘floating’. They free up floor space and make cleaning around them easier. A great option for smaller bathrooms as the extra space below the vanity makes the room look and feel bigger.

Other Things to Consider When Measuring and Selecting a Vanity

  • Will your bathroom door swing inwards and hit the vanity? Not only is this annoying, it will cause damage to both the door and the vanity. Similarly, if your shower has a door that swings out you will also need to ensure the vanity is far enough away so the shower door will not hit it.
  • Your vanity shouldn’t make navigating the rest of your bathroom difficult. For small spaces you may need to opt for a slimline design to avoid bumping into it.
  • You will also need to decide on the cabinetry finish, type of storage, counter top material (if not included with the base), basin style, and tapware style.

When it comes to finding the right bathroom vanity, the options are limited only by space and budget. For a huge range of vanity units and other bathroom products check out Budget Plumbing Centre’s great selection of tapware, showers, basins, toilets, bathtubs – we have everything you need for your bathroom at Perth’s best prices. Visit our conveniently located outlets in Bibra Lake and Belmont today or get in touch with us online.

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