The vanity unit is a critical focal point of the design of any bathroom. Whether you choose freestanding or wall mounted, your choice of vanity should accommodate the type of basin and your space and storage requirements. You can complement your vanity with a range of other furniture items including mirrors, basins, cabinets, showers, toilets and other bathroom accessories.
Your vanity needs to look great, it needs to fit properly and complement the rest of your bathroom and also needs to be practical.
1. Plan your layout
Measure your available space after your bath and shower have been accounted for, as well as your toilet if you’ve decided to include it in the same room. Make sure to leave plenty of space in front of the vanity and enough room around it for opening doors and drawers. If you’re catering to a big busy family or you’re a working couple a double sink vanity may be more suited to your lifestyle. Otherwise, a single vanity will be fine especially if your bathroom is a small space or a simple ensuite. The width, height and shape of your mirror may also be affected by the amount of space available too and how you want to accentuate it.
When deciding where your vanity should go, you need to keep the plumbing and electrics in mind. Consider whether you’re likely to store and use your electric shaver and hairdryer near the vanity. There are rules where you're allowed to place electrical outlets in bathrooms, so it's worth checking with an electrician before choosing a design. TIP: when renovating a bathroom, it will be more cost efficient to keep the layout of plumbing the same, configuring layout of plumbing will incur more cost.
If you envision a wall mounted vanity for your bathroom design, you will need to make structural provisions for it within the supporting wall, and the ability to locate the water outlet to be directed inside the supporting wall. Otherwise a freestanding vanity can be used in your bathroom design.
2. Choose a style
So you know the bathroom look you want, how much room you have and where you want to install the vanity. Next, you need to think about which vanity you want. Think carefully about what material will best suit you for the counter top and the unit. Fontaine has a wide variety of vanity materials to choose from.
The simple airy white look is a safe design choice if you’re reselling. It’s also great for your investment property especially if you want it to look appealing for renting, as it’s not obstructive or trendy and suits most tastes. The simple look will likely never date and creates the illusion of more space which is especially beneficial for smaller bathrooms or ensuites. At Fontaine, we love “handleless” (aka. shadow line) drawers on our vanities because it looks especially sleek and minimalist.
The Chadwick is a great choice if you’re after a sleek contemporary look. Like many Fontaine vanities, you can select from a variety of stone top finishes to match with your desired bathroom design.
If you’re after an industrial geometric style in your bathroom, the Laurent is a great option. This vanity also comes with a variety of marble stone top finishes to choose from. We have the options of double and single basins with a several sizes to suit your bathroom space. See more.
3. Get Inspired
Take the time to browse home improvement and renovation magazines/websites. Display homes can also be a great source of inspiration too as you can see how vanities function and appear in a completed bathroom. This will help you visualise your own space to help you make your decision.
Feel free to contact us if you need bathroom vanity ideas. We have plenty of experience assisting the selection of bathroom vanities and other bathroom furniture for customers Australia-wide. Feel free to drop into one of our showrooms in Hallam VIC and Niddrie VIC to browse and speak face-to-face with our friendly staff. We also showcase a wide range of vanities and other bathroom accessories that will create the perfect bathroom sanctuary for your home or investment property.