Bathroom vanities are an integral part of every modern bathroom. Whether it’s your master bathroom or powder room, you want to make sure the bathroom vanity appeals to your tastes and preferences. When it comes to bathroom remodeling the style and aesthetics matter as much as the functionalities.
According to a survey by National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the average amount spent on bathroom remodels was $11,364 in 2016. Interestingly, bathroom vanities accounted for 16% ($1,818) of the bathroom remodeling budget.
- Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown
Among many other factors, in any bathroom remodeling project, the door style affects the overall aesthetics of your vanity as well as your bathroom. From flat-panel vanities to raised panel vanities to slab door vanities, the options are countless. However, the Shaker bathroom vanity has piqued homeowners’ interest over the past few years, thanks to its minimalist and sleek appearance.
Shaker bathroom vanities play a key role in shaping the overall experience in bathrooms, whether it’s a master bathroom, guest bathroom or powder room. That’s why it is extremely important that you choose your bathroom vanities carefully.
In this guide, let’s talk about how to select the right Shaker bathroom vanity for your bathroom, whether it’s a traditional, modern or transitional.
How to Measure Bathroom Space
If you’re buying an RTA Shaker style vanity, it’s important to measure the space of your bathroom. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
#1 – Leave Enough Room for Door and Traffic: Shaker bathroom vanities offer a wide range of storage features. However, before you select a particular vanity, make sure you measure it against the area of your bathroom. You want to leave enough room for door openings and trim. The vanity shouldn’t be too big for the normal flow of traffic.
#2 – Check the Plumbing Location: In order to keep the remodeling cost in check, you want to use the existing plumbing in your bathroom. Therefore, see if your Shaker bathroom vanity is compatible with your existing plumbing. Moving your plumbing means higher remodeling cost.
#3 – Fixtures: Apart from the size of your Shaker bathroom vanity, consider the electrical switches, outlets, and mirrors.
How High Should a Bathroom Vanity Be?
The height of a bathroom vanity affects the functionality. Measure the height of the Shaker bathroom vanity with and without tops. While the standard countertop height is 31 inches, some vanities can be 35½” tall. You want to consider the height of the family members while choosing your Shaker bathroom vanity. While shorter vanities are convenient for kids, taller adults will need a higher vanity.
Here are some standard dimensions of a bathroom vanity.
Width: 12”, 24”, 30”, 36” 48” and 60”
Height: 31” to 35½”
Depth: 17” to 24”
#4 – Vanity Top: If you’re buying a Shaker bathroom vanity, make sure the vanity countertop is 1” wider and 1” deeper than that bathroom vanity.
#5 – Filler Strip: If you’re planning to use a filler strip to close the gap between your bathroom vanity and its adjacent wall, be sure to factor in some allowance for the same.
How to Customize Your Shaker Bathroom Vanity
Once you have taken care of the measurements, it’s time to customize your Shaker bathroom vanity cabinet in order to infuse your personality into your bathroom decor. Let’s explore what your options are:
Color and Finish: Shaker bathroom vanities are available in a wide array of color and finish options. At Nu Kitchen Design, we offer Shaker bathroom vanity in snow white, vintage white, light grey, dark grey, and espresso options. The color and finish of your Shaker bathroom vanity depend on the style and personal preferences.
Hardware: Bathroom vanities look great when you pair them with the right kind of hardware accessories such as the door knobs and drawer pulls. Many RTA cabinet stores don’t offer any hardware with their vanities. Check the description of the vanity you’re interested in purchasing.
Size: The size of your Shaker bathroom vanity largely depends on the area of your bathroom. While small bathrooms can accommodate a single vanity, larger bathrooms will have ample space for a large size vanity. Alternatively, you can install two small vanities side by side. It all depends on your personal style.
Storage: Different households have different storage needs, depending on the number of people using the vanity and the frequency of usage. Larger bathrooms typically require more storage capacity. Therefore, you need to choose a Shaker bathroom vanity which features multiple door compartments and drawers to store a wide range of bathroom essentials. For example, this 60” Shaker bathroom vanity with a sink base and drawers on either side, offers plenty of storage options for a fairly large household.
Wood Type: What wood to use for bathroom vanity, you ask? The longevity of your bathroom vanity typically depends on the quality of wood. While cheaper vanities are constructed from engineered wood, premium Shaker style vanities use high-quality birch wood for structural integrity.
Vanity Styles: In general, bathroom vanities come in two styles such freestanding and built-in. While freestanding bathroom vanities are ideal for the small bathroom, larger bathrooms can use built-in vanities offering more storage space and countertop. With regards to the countertops, you could choose from granite, quartz, marble, laminate, concrete, wood and solid surface. Needless to say, each countertop can affect the bathroom remodeling costs.
At Nu Kitchen Design, we offer a wide range of Shaker style bathroom vanities available in both inset and overlay design to suit a variety of bathroom remodeling projects. When you purchase one of our Shaker bathroom vanities, you get the following benefits:
- Sturdy unit constructed from superior birch wood
- MDF door panels to avoid warping and cracking
- Dovetailed drawers running on full-extension slides
- Shaker doors mounted on adjustable, concealed and soft-closing hinges