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Is a Double Vanity Worth It?

Is a Double Vanity Worth It?

Posted by CabinetNow on 2020-10-23

Adding a vanity to your bathroom is a quick and easy way to give the room a new look. A bathroom vanity is more than just a storage solution and a beautiful piece of decor. It is also something that you and your family use every day. From style to function, your bathroom vanity needs to work with you and your family's needs. The choices for style and functionality are broad, with one of the most important being whether or not to get a double vanity. Even though this seems like a no brainer, you may want to weigh up the pros and cons to determine whether a double vanity is genuinely worth it. In this blog post, we let you know if it is worth the time, money, and effort to add a double vanity to your bathroom.

The Cost

Cost is always a significant factor when adding any piece of furniture to your home. No matter your budget, there will be a double vanity that will suit it. Figure out what you can afford before you start looking so that you don't break the bank (or your heart). Two sinks mean double the price of material, fixtures, and labor. Therefore you can expect that your renovation budget will increase with the addition of a double vanity. The average cost of a double vanity is between $300 and $3,800.

Double Vanity Pros:

From its extra storage space to maintaining it, double vanities have various benefits that homeowners love. Here are some of the pros that come with installing a double vanity:

  • His & Her Sinks: Double vanities are perfect for couples who share a bathroom. Avoid arguing about who gets to use the sink first, but adding two sinks into your bathroom. Plus, you get to avoid your partners dried up toothpaste and hair that they have left in the sink.
  • Double The Storage Space: It may be obvious, but having a double vanity gives you double the amount of storage space. In general, a vanity is the perfect place to keep clutter out of sight and neatly stored underneath the sink. You can store anything from makeup to toilet paper in your vanity.
  • Beautiful Decor Element: A well-designed vanity is something that can add a pop of color or element of beauty to your bathroom. The simple addition of a vanity in your bathroom can instantly freshen up the interior, taking it from simple to stylish.
  • Cost-Effective: Depending on the materials you use, the price of a double vanity can vary. For a cheaper option, opt for laminated medium-density fibreboard, or for a more expensive, durable option, go with solid wood.
  • Makes Cleaning Easy: It is not easy to clean a bathroom, especially if there are tons of items on top of the sink. You can keep all your bathroom essentials under the sink with a vanity, making cleaning your bathroom a breeze.
  • Add Value To Your Home: If you're thinking of selling your home, add more value to it by adding a high-quality, well-designed vanity to your bathroom. Potential buyers find furniture valuable, so adding a vanity is sure to be a showstopper.
  • Easy To Modify: If you can't find a double vanity that you like or want to give your vanity a makeover, it is a straightforward process. You can simply add a coat of paint and change the drawers and knobs.

Cons:

Even though double vanities have so many positive attributes, it also has a few disadvantages that homeowners need to be aware of. Here are some of the cons that you can expect:

  • Space: Installing a double vanity in your bathroom takes up plenty of space. Unless you have endless amounts of space, you might want to reconsider adding a double vanity. The extra space in your bathroom can be used as a shower stall or a laundry station. For smaller bathrooms or powder rooms, we advise sticking with a single vanity, so the room does not seem crowded and allows easy traffic flow.
  • Reduced Counter Space: To install a second sink, you'll need to give up some of your counter space. If you love having your bathroom essentials on your bathroom sink, this might be a problem.
  • Reduced Storage Space: There will be added plumbing under your new sinks and faucets, which will take away from the storage underneath the vanity. If space is already tight, you need to factor this into your decision-making process.
  • Two Clogged Sinks: One clogged sink is terrible enough; now imagine having two! The sinks of a double vanity typically share a drain, meaning a clog on one side means that both sides are affected.

Things To Consider When Adding A Double Vanity

Now that you know the pros and cons of installing a double vanity in your bathroom, here are a few other things that you need to consider before ordering it.

  • Using The Double Vanity: A vanity is meant to be used, so when purchasing it, ensure that it has all the functionality you wish for. From counter space to storage, make sure it ticks all your boxes. A double vanity is perfect for a bathroom that is shared by a couple or a family.
  • Traffic Flow: All vanities have doors and drawers that are continually being opened and closed. Therefore, you must make sure that you leave enough space for doors and drawers to open with ease.
  • Bathroom Layout: Your bathroom layout will hinder the size, shape, and style of your double vanity. Unless you plan to knock down walls, your double vanity will most probably be where your current vanity is.
  • Size Of Your Bathroom: A double vanity can quickly take up a lot of space, so you need to ensure that you use that space wisely. By measuring space, you can easily avoid any problems.

Finding The Perfect Double Vanity For Your Bathroom

There are hundreds of double vanity designs that you can choose from. To help your purchasing decision easier, here is some popular design that you'll love:

  • Floating Vanity: A massive trend at the moment is floating double vanities. It adds a modern element to your bathroom and makes it look clean and chic.
  • Open-Shelving: Instead of adding drawers and doors to your vanity, keep it open. Open-shelving works well in smaller bathrooms as it gives the illusion of more space. It will also force you to keep your storage space clean as everyone can see what is in it.
  • Minimalist: Add a minimalist look and feel to your bathroom with push-to-open drawers and doors for your vanity. With no visible hardware, this design looks neat, simple, and chic.
  • Use Wood: Even though traditional, wood vanities add a spa-like feel to your bathroom. Lighter woods often work better than dark colors, but overall it is always a beautiful addition. Don't forget to add the appropriate finishing to avoid pests and ensure that it is waterproof.

The Verdict

If you have the space and budget to install a double vanity in your bathroom, go ahead and do it. If you live with other people, whether your family or housemates, it is a great addition that will make living together a little easier - especially in the morning when everyone needs to use a sink.