Bathrooms, especially in older homes, tend to be the smallest rooms in the house. But just because you have a small footprint doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice luxury and looks. A good design is essential to maximizing every inch of what’s available. If you’re in the market for an upgrade of the cabinetry in your small bathroom, pay attention to the construction of the vanity. Here are some things to consider when selecting a modern vanity:
What to Look For
Since your space is limited, look for a vanity that offers clean lines and a frameless construction. If you can find a unit with no outer frame or center bars, it will enable you to maximize your storage space. The drawers will be larger and can hold more. The lack of a center bar means you can store more things underneath and get to them more readily. You want a cabinet where the drawers are constructed with dovetail joints and offer soft-closing drawers with concealed hinges. The grain on the doors should run vertically, but should be on the horizontal for the drawers. The cabinet should come fully assembled. You can choose a budget-conscious melamine cabinet, made from ultra dense furniture board, or you can scale things up a notch with a solid maple cabinet. A wood finish will add a modern yet warm look, while the melamine choices are white, gray, black or wood tone. You can add a painted front for a pop of color, but take care not to be too bold with your color choice, since you will have to live with it for years. You can choose a solid slab door or a Shaker-inspired one to add character and dimension. The finish on the cabinet can be either matte or glossy, depending on the look you’re seeking. A glossy finish provides a modern look and feel to the space, while a matte finish creates a timeless elegance. If you want to really create a clean modern vibe to your space, a European style cabinet in a matte, glossy, or textured finish will complete the look.
What Else to Consider
Since space is limited, you should consider a wall mounted vanity, which will provide ample storage without taking up precious floor space. Use an on-line design service, if available, to see how your cabinet will look before you make a final selection. These are a few considerations when choosing a modern vanity.