Bathrooms are often one of the most renovated spaces in a home. What really makes them great-besides the relief they provide-are the fact they are such small spaces. That makes them the perfect renovation spaces for beginning and budget friendly DIY aficionados alike. Smaller spaces mean more control and smaller budgets, allowing you to get the best of both worlds.
But best of all-a new vanity space is much more than its name implies (even though it’s the perfect place to look at yourself in the mirror)-it’s great for inventing clever storage solutions to store your harem of hygiene products and other everyday stuff you use in the bathroom that you don’t want people to see.
Who’s going to Use the Space?
That’s the question for the day-or at least when it comes to replacing a bathroom vanity cabinet and top. How much space do you currently have for storage? Does your significant other hog more than half of the vanity and sink basin for themselves? Are your kids fighting tooth (literally) and nail over who brushes their teeth first? These are all symptoms of that age old nervous disorder that I just invented called “Nowasheyroom”. Sufferers of Nowasheyroom may experience:
- · Whiny Bedtime Kid Syndrome– This occurs when sleepy children duke it out for the morning or night over a small vanity space. This creates a sound similar to a banshee caught in a bear trap. This sound increases x3 per child with whines bedtime kid syndrome.
- · Sore Elbows– Bumping elbows when brushing the teeth can lead to another age old disease I just invented called “Noluvins”. Noluvins can lead to couch time.
- · Couch Time– When you have a small sink basin remodel on your honey-do list, you can be sure you have plenty of this symptom until you renovate that vanity and sink basin.
- · Warning: Honey-do lists can be contagious among wives, increasing the susceptibility of spreading of couch time from husband to husband.
- · Cure: Install a double sink and vanity to alleviate these symptoms and return to a normal life.
What to Look Out For
There are three other important considerations to think about when buying a new vanity:
- 1. Height– Is it tall (or short) enough for you or your family? Unless you’re a circus freak, most vanity’s come in a standard size of 29-31″.
- 2. All Wood- Look out for cheap particle board vanities. Solid wood or nothing should be your motto if you want to get the most life out of your new bathroom vanity.
- 3. Use- Whether your kids are going to destroy them or you’re a lonely old lady who will seldom use your vanity, buy a well built vanity and vanity top/sink basin. Loose staples and poor cuts just can’t be accepted if you want your new vanity to last more than 6 months.
- 4. Storage- Clever storage solutions and good drawer slide hardware ensures your vanity is going to not only look good but be super functional too.
- 5. Flooring- Don’t expect flooring to continue under the old vanity. If your old vanity was bigger than the new vanity or a different shape, you’ll have to replace the whole floor in the bathroom.
- 6. Plumbing/Electrical Access- Often, existing drain pipes, water lines and electrical outlets are in the path of the new vanity. These mind boggling obstructions can easily interfere with drawers and the like, instantly making you say words that would quickly make this article have an “R” rating. Choose a vanity that has similar access for pipes and drawers or you may need to hire a plumber to make some adjustments to the plumbing.
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