Episode 73: Bathroom Design Essentials – Vanities

In this episode of the podcast, Frances walks through the different types of vanity options available, along with custom Vs off-the-shelf designs discussing what may work best for your requirements. She also looks at material types and what to consider when specifying for wet areas.

SHOWNOTES:

Vanities are a strong focal point that can make or break the overall design and functionality of a bathroom.

Custom Design Vanity

Allows you to customise the design, shape, configuration of the material and the material being used for the vanity.

  • Flexible in design
  • Scaled for the space
  • Created based on your needs, storage requirements, and bathroom usage
  • Custom materials – any combinations – i.e colours, styles
  • Customise size and configuration

Off the shelf

  • Sometimes able to  customise certain elements
  • Choose between different stone tops
  • If you want coloured cabinetry, choices are limited
  • Generally available in standard sizes- 600, 900, 1200, 1500 and 1800 mm.
  • Standard size may not be the right scale for the room, so it may not be ideal
  • You may not be able to choose the material type that you want
  • Limited colour choices – specific colours may not be available with off the shelf products.

Storage Configurations

What you need to store is going to drive the design and functionality of your vanity.

  • Drawers- How deep and wide you need your drawers Open Shelving- Combination- For instances, a combination of drawers, cupboards and open shelves.
  • Cupboards

Benchtop only with exposed pipework

Freeform concrete or a piece of stone that forms a vanity top.

  • No storage – very minimal look
  • Can be used in bathrooms where storage is not critical- i.e guest powder room

Different Types of Vanities

Floating/wall hung vanity

  • Creates an illusion of space as you can see the floor underneath.
  • Ideally 25-30 cm off the floor.
  • Looks a lot more sophisticated as things don’t feel bulky Ideal for smaller bathroom space
  • Has a more refined, superior finish If you have a well-designed floating vanity, then you are going to get much more functionality and usability
  • More often than not, more expensive than floor mounted vanity

Floor Mounted vanity

  • Has a kicker at the bottom
  • It can look bulkier
  • Doesn’t maximise on creating an illusion of space

Benchtops

  • Stone- all types of stone
  • Opt for a lighter coloured stone  if you don’t like the watermarks
  • Laminate
  • If you like an under mounted sink, laminate will not be a great choice
  • Timber
  • Need to be sealed to prevent watermarking and damage

Cabinetry

  • Laminate
  • 2pac
  • Thermo wrap
  • Timber- veneer and solid timber needs sealing as moisture can affect it.
Links mentioned in the podcast:

Episode 36: Kitchen Design Essentials – Benchtops part 1 

Episode 38: Kitchen Design Essentials-Benchtop Criteria and Materials – Part 2 

Episode 41: Kitchen Design Essentials – Cabinetry Materials 

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