Bathroom Vanities for Every Type of Space

Audrey Bruno
Written by Audrey Bruno
Updated December 8, 2021
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If you’re tired of beauty products taking over a cluttered counter space or searching for a toothbrush at the bottom of a shared drawer, it might be time for a new bathroom vanity. Bathroom vanities are essential to many everyday activities, from getting ready for work to preparing for bed. Whether you’re on the hunt for a chic floating vanity for your guest bathroom or one with ample storage space, there’s an option that’s right for you. 

Luckily, there are a few factors—like budget, bathroom size, pre-existing plumbing, and the design style you’re trying to achieve—that will help you narrow down your choice. The average cost to install a bathroom vanity is between $300 to $3,800, with custom designs driving up the cost. You’ll greatly minimize costs by placing your bath vanity in a spot with existing plumbing. If budget is a concern, you can always paint your existing bathroom vanity for a fresh look. 

Know Your Bathroom Vanity Options

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Each type of bath vanity comes with pros and cons. Some are equipped with tons of storage but are too big for small bathrooms, while some smaller vanities offer little-to-no storage space. The trick is to choose the vanity that matches your needs. Make sure there’s breathing room between shelves and cabinets, all doors open and close easily, and don’t cover up electrical outlets and switches.

1. Floating Vanities

A wooden floating vanity with a double sink
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Also known as wall-mounted vanities, this option is attached to the wall—creating the illusion that it’s “floating.” Floating vanities pair well with minimalist bathroom designs and save on space, making cramped rooms feel bigger.

Small floating vanities with a single sink and open shelving are budget-friendly but offer less storage space than other options. For primary bathrooms, larger floating vanities with double sinks, cabinets, and drawers are also popular. You don’t have to sacrifice counter space for this chic vanity style. 

2. Free-Standing Vanities

A vintage blue dresser used as a free-standing unity
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Free-standing vanities come in an array of sizes and finishes suited to all bathroom spaces. These vanities are “free-standing” because they’re not wall-mounted. They often feature under-the-sink storage and are beloved for how easy they are to install, but they can take up a lot of space on your bathroom floor.

Free-standing vanities are the perfect way to create a one-of-a-kind look with an old dresser or side table. Otherwise, affordable prefabricated units are easy to find. If you move around a lot, these vanities are easy to detach from your plumbing and take to your new home. 

3. Corner Vanities

Detail of a painted blue corner vanity
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Corner vanities fit neatly into corners where it’s impossible to install a traditional-sized vanity. They often work well in small spaces like half-baths and guest bathrooms. Some feature storage areas (usually under the sink), while others resemble pedestal sinks (see more on those below). You’ll find them in a variety of different materials, from wood to metal. 

4. Pedestal Sink Vanities

A modern pedestal sink vanity
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Pedestal sinks offer a classic feel that complements both modern and vintage bathrooms. Some options are wall-mounted while others are not, and the pedestal hides the plumbing. However, keep in mind that pedestal sink vanities rarely feature much (if any) storage. You may not have enough counter space for small objects like your phone or a jewelry tray. These sinks: 

  • Take up very little space

  • Offer limited or zero counter space or storage 

  • Come in ceramic, porcelain, or stone 

5. Offset Vanities

An offset wooden vanity in a modern bathroom
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In an offset vanity design, the sink is offset from the center of the countertop—creating just enough space for a lovely soap dispenser or a set of hand towels. This style is ideal for any bathroom, like a guest bathroom or a small primary bathroom. They also feature small storage spaces under the sink, like cabinets or drawers that come in different materials and colors. 

6. Built-in Vanity

A built-in vanity with lots of storage
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Built-in vanities are large furnishings that typically take up most (if not all) of the space against one wall. They often feature tons of storage, but they cannot be moved into a new home like a free-standing vanity. Choose a built-in vanity for larger households or if you don’t want to worry about remodeling your bathroom again any time soon.

7. Cabinet-Style Vanities

A cabinet-style vanity with a granite countertop
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Like the wide variety of kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinet-style vanities come in various styles, sizes, and finishes. With a custom design, you may also have the opportunity to pick the countertop material you prefer, such as laminate, ceramic, tile, granite, or composite. 

One advantage to having cabinets with drawers, shelves, and doors means you have lots of storage, and the cabinets hide the plumbing. A drawback is that cabinet styles can age quickly. One look is all it takes to tell that some cabinets were around when leg warmers and shoulder pads were cool. Fortunately, you can almost always refurbish this vanity style no matter how large it is. 

When measuring for a cabinet-style vanity, be sure to pay close attention to the following: 

  • Cabinet sizes range from 24 to 60 inches in width and 17 to 24 inches in depth

  • Allow at least 18 inches between the cabinet edge and the center of the toilet to comply with building codes. 

8. Double-Sink Vanities

A white double sink vanity
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While most small options are single-sink vanities, a double-sink vanity is ideal for couples or larger bathrooms. These vanities offer space for two sinks, so more than one person can get ready at once. Double-sink vanities feature plenty of counter space for toiletries and accessories and an abundance of storage. Some models come with a built-in mirror as well.  When you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom vanity, a handyman in your area can professionally install your new model. Or contact a local cabinet installer for cabinet-style vanity installation, so you’ll have plenty of space for all of your family’s toiletries.

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