When building custom bathroom cabinets, you have a lot of decisions to make and a lot of options to choose from. The first thing you need to consider is how much space you have to work with so you can know which vanity cabinet box to choose. Double bathroom vanities are convenient for big families who share the bathroom, yet a single vanity saves a ton of space and provides more room to move about. The other things to consider is style, wood finish, and counter space. Here’s a breakdown to help get you going.
Deciding on Multiple Bathroom Sinks or Just One?
Having more than one sink is great when the mornings are rushed or you have several kids that need to comb their hair and brush their teeth. It could also come in handy if one faucet or sink drain fails and you have the other one to use until the problem is fixed. But having such a convenient option does not come without drawbacks. It consumes a lot more space. It means you have more to clean and maintain. It also makes it easier to build up clutter. It’s simply too easy to pile up things when the space is there.
Regardless of any drawbacks that custom dual sink vanities provide, they definitely have advantages such as the ones mentioned above. In addition, they add dual functionality to save time like when something needs soaked. The other sink can still be used for washing hands, shaving, rinsing something off, etc.
Choosing a smaller, one-sink vanity cabinet will offer more space for other bathroom cabinetry, shelving, or extra room to move around with a comfortable distance between the tub and the toilet. Of course, it all depends on the setup your bathroom has as to what options you’ll have. A single sink cabinet will surely make cleaning tasks easier from having that extra space and from having less to clean and scrub.
Vanity Cabinet Storage Options
If you decide on one sink, your storage options are somewhat limited to one drawer and either an open space or one shelf. You can easily maximize that space, but you’ll have to work with what is there. You can decide on shelf options, as well as the cabinet base width. The wider the vanity, the more counter space you’ll have.
Just remember that there is potential with any vanity sink cabinet to have leaks underneath, but that is normal and usually expected at some point. Decide what you want to store inside the cabinet based on that.
Bathroom Vanity Finishes
The choice for your finished vanity cabinets depends on the existing theme and design in your room. If you are remodeling the bathroom, you have the power to choose from more finish options and work with them for everything else. There are several hardwood vanity options available and tons of finishes. Which finish do you want—A darker tone or lighter one and a colorful stain or a standard, wood-toned one?
Aside from the stain, you should consider applying a protective coating to block water and moisture, as well as stains. It also makes it easier to clean. There are many polyurethanes available, as well as other types of wood protectants.
The finish of your vanity can be paint or stain. Stains offer a natural look, but paint has the potential to blend well with other colors in the room and may be easier to repair.