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Simplify your search for the perfect bathroom vanity by first considering these options.
BY: Lisa Siglag
The bathroom vanity sets the tone for your entire bathroom, and the breadth of vanity options makes it easy to feel overwhelmed when shopping for a new one. First and foremost, you’ll need to consider function, then style and then, of course, budget, which will both limit and guide you to select the right vanity for your space. Begin your search by answering these seven questions to help you hone in on your needs:
“Is wheelchair accessibility important in my home?"
Wheelchair accessibility requires enough floor space in front of the vanity for a wheelchair to pull up to the countertop. Plus, the vanity should leave enough room for the chair to navigate around a door opening and closing. In addition, the height of the vanity needs to be lower to accommodate someone in a wheelchair.
“What kind of storage construction do I want?”
Before you purchase a vanity with drawers, check how they slide. See if they offer a soft-close so the drawer doesn’t slam shut. Also look for drawer stops so that the drawer won’t end up pulling out of place and into your hands when you’re trying to reach something from the very back. Check the drawer joints -- a dovetail joint (interlocking edges that require no nails or screws) is a sign of high quality. Also, what is it made of (solid wood or particle board)? Will it stand the test of time? As a general rule, look for the highest-quality vanity you can afford, and you will be enjoying your bathroom vanity for years to come.
Lisa Siglag is the former editor of House Beautiful Kitchens and Baths and a freelance writer specializing in home design. She has written for Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful Home Remodeling and Decorating, Custom Home and Country Living. Her dining room is graced with white beadboard and pale-blue walls. Lisa's articles have previously appeared in Home Sweet Solutions.