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Design Bathroom Vanities for Function

October 4, 2016

Functional Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom vanities need to look good and function well, so you can be organized and efficient.

No matter how big (or small) your bathroom, if it seems like you always need more space, your bathroom vanities aren’t doing their jobs.

For starters, make sure you have the right wood for your needs.

You can craft bathroom vanities out of a variety of materials, but cabinetmakers will tell you wood is best. Ideally, choose a wood that’s highly durable, since a bathroom is a busy area of your home. Homeowners increasingly want woods that are sustainable and local to their regions, and a good cabinetmaker will help you identify matches. A finish coat seals the wood, waterproofing it and adding more protection.

Bathroom Vanities from the Inside Out

Quality cabinetmakers have an eye for design, but with a utilitarian perspective. For example, some bathrooms have a wraparound vanity to make the most of that corner section. Installing a Lazy Susan is a great way to maximize space — it gives you easy access to the far corners of your bathroom. Installing toe kicks below the vanity lets you get closer to the mirror to apply makeup, shave and perform other grooming tasks.

Soft-close cabinet doors are a must for many people, especially if you have children in the home. What you want your interior cabinets to look like, from size to custom storage and spacing, is up to you!

Some homeowners want tall cabinets with minimal (or removable) shelving because they stock up on economy-sized shampoos, cleaning products or toilet paper. Others prefer smaller drawers with customized spaces for their big makeup collections.

Talk Out Your Fantasy Bathroom

Some people have never thought about their dream bathroom vanity. You’ve probably always moved right into a home that already had a bathroom vanity. However, everyone uses their bathroom vanities differently.

Some need more cabinets, others prefer drawers and everybody has different products stored in the bathroom. Talking to your cabinetmaker about your daily primping routines can help you design the ideal bathroom vanity.

The hardware and stain or paint you choose can also make a big difference. For instance, some hardware is tough to use if you have big hands. And if you’re prone to getting hair dye or eye shadow all over the bathroom, you might want to stay away from light stains and paints!

Think about how you honestly use your bathroom vanities, and make notes well before you meet with your cabinetmaker. You’ll get a good idea of the kind of bathroom vanity you really need.

Working with a local cabinetmaker who listens is the key to bathroom vanities you’ll love. Call Swirl Woodcraft today, and schedule an appointment to discuss bathroom vanities, or any other cabinet or wood project you have in mind!