Bathroom Vanity Types and Styles (with Pictures!)

Bathroom Vanity Types and Styles (with Pictures!)

48" Bathroom Vanity

If you are looking to design or remodel a bathroom you’ve probably come across many different types of vanities. This blog post will help you to decide what vanity will be best in your bathroom!

We will spend some time breaking down the different sizes and types of vanities, as well as going into a few popular styles of bathroom vanities. By the end of this article you will be on your way to bathroom vanity expert!

Types of Vanities

Before we get into the sizing details, let’s take a look at the different key types and features of bathroom vanities.

Freestanding Vanity vs Wall Mount Vanity

In the world of vanities there are two main types to choose from for your bathroom vanity. Freestanding vanities are the first type and can be the simpler option. Similar to a pedestal sink, a freestanding vanity sits completely on it’s own and is a popular option for smaller bathrooms in order to save space.

Wall mount vanities on the other hand are a more integrated solution. These typically mount to your wall and will integrate into the rest of your home.

Freestanding vs Wall Mounted Vanities

Under-mount or Vessel Sinks?

The other important piece to vanities is the type of sink you want to use. Depending on the style of sink the top of your bathroom vanity may have a slightly different design. Plus an under-mount vs vessel sink will give an entirely different look and feel to the room.

Under mount sinks are fairly standard, you’ve probably seen one before! As the name suggests, these sinks mount to the bottom of your vanity top and can give a seamless look to the unit. They are also a bit easier to clean and give you more access to your counter space.

Vessel sinks on the other hand are more of a statement piece. Vessel sinks will sit on the surface of your vanity like a bowl and the faucet comes up over the top to flow into the vessel. They can offer a host of unique and beautiful designs and styles to add to the feel of your bathroom. Unfortunately they can be slightly more expensive than their more mainstream under-mount counterparts. They are also a bit more difficult to clean due to the extra surface area, and tend to take up some of your counter space. If you like the look however, it is well worth it!

Which look do you like better? A vessel sink or a under-mount?

Bathroom Vanity Sizing

Now that you know what type of vanity and sink you want, it’s time to pick out the size. A bathroom vanity can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and they all have their various pros and cons.

18″ and 24″ Vanities

18" Bathroom Vanity
Fairmont Designs 18″ Vanity

This is the smallest you can go with a vanity. These are just large enough for the sink, but definitely won’t have much (if any) counter space. Great for small bathrooms where you absolutely cannot sacrifice space.

30″ Vanities

30" Bathroom Vanity

Fairmont Designs 30″ Vanity

This is typically the smallest vanity you can get and still have counter space. It is great for tight areas without being too small. It is just big enough to hold one sink with a little bit of counter space and will help take up as little space as possible.

36″ and 42″ Vanities

36" Bathroom Vanity

Fairmont Designs 36″ Vanity

Both 36″ and 42″ vanities can act as a single sink vanity and still give you an adequate amount of counter space. These can work great for a master bathroom, especially if you choose to place them side by side for a double sink setup!

48″ Vanities

48" Bathroom Vanity

Fairmont Designs 48″ Vanity

48″ vanities are probably the most versatile type of bathroom vanity you can get. They are small enough that they will work with a single sink and plenty of counter space. However, they can also fit a double sink setup if you want to as well!

60″ and 72″ Vanities

72in Bathroom Vanity
Fairmont Designs 72″ Vanity

These are your biggest vanity sizes and are designed to be spacious and fit two sinks. These are great for master bathrooms and the larger 72″ is the preferred size to give you as much counter space as possible.

Bathroom Vanity Styles

Alright, so now you know what type of vanity, sink, and the size of it. Now just to pick your style. Below we will go over a few popular styles of design and their characteristics. If you want to see a more in depth overview check out some of the articles HGTV wrote on vanity styles.

Modern – Sleek and minimal look. Influenced by the modernist art movement that started in the late 19th century.

Contemporary – Used to describe what is ‘currently present’ as far as design trends go. Features “new materials and clean lines.”

Rustic – Tends to feature natural materials and gives a more ‘natural and outdoorsy’ feel to the bathroom.

Traditional – Traditional styling typically features elegant designs and details. It typically is a very rich and warm style.

What’s Next?

Now that you know quite a bit about bathroom vanities, you’re probably getting ready to pick out your specific products! If you’re ready to choose products for your remodel or just have some questions about your project, don’t be afraid to reach out!

If you are ready to start your project, schedule a free consultation today! Just have a few questions? Send us an email and we will get right back to you!