13 Types of Bathroom Vanities

When you’re trying to decorate a large or small bathroom while still making it function, you need to know about different types of bathroom vanities.
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When you’re remodeling a large or small bathroom while still making it function, you need to know about different types of bathroom vanities to get a proper bathroom vanity in your space.

This could be for a single sink, a double sink vanity right up to a double bathroom vanity.

A great vanity will provide you with a comfortable spot for not only storing items but also for securing a great sink. In fact, many bathroom vanities are designed with some classy features all around to create some elaborate looks.

However, in order to have a quality bathroom vanity, you have to watch for what you are installing. You must choose a quality traditional vanity, a more modern vanity, or a free standing vanity that is not only appealing in its design but also fully functional. Whichever vanity style you prefer, it has to be made with the proper materials to keep it standing tall.

A vanity can especially be made with a refined or modern look depending on what you prefer. Also, the price of your vanity can vary based on what you choose but you should be prepared to spend quite a bit on one of these top-quality options.

There are a few different types of bathroom vanities worth exploring in detail for any kind of custom bathroom space you want to establish. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these vanities can work for your needs.

Types of Bathroom Vanities

1. Pedestal Sink

A pedestal sink option is also known as a free standing sink. This does not have any particular storage features around its body but it does come with a powerful look that adds a sense of class to any bathroom. It can fit in well with any kind of bathroom but it can also go along with any theme you want to establish.

You can also get your pedestal sink adjusted with one of many different types of add-ons to make it stand out. You can get a rack or other material added onto the body of your sink although you’d have to check on how well such add-ons might fit onto your unit before using it.

2. Free Standing

A free-standing vanity is designed with some of the same functional features as a pedestal sink but instead offers a square or rectangular look. It can support one or two sinks in a spot. This is a great option that is available in a variety of design choices and finishes. Wood materials are typically used on most of these vanities although some ceramic items can be found around the top areas.

3. Wall Mounted/Floating

A wall-mounted vanity is a little different in that it is directly mounted onto your walled surface in your bathroom. This is great for how it can fit in well within your bathroom and not take up loads of space in the process. In addition, it does not have to be connected directly to your floor. Still, you should be cautious for how you plan on using it. It could be hurt by any thrusts or other forms of force added onto the surface. Excess force can cause the vanity to fall off of the wall and cause damage to your bathroom if you are not careful enough with it.

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4. Vessel

A vessel vanity is something often found in fancy restaurants and hotel lobbies. This is a vanity that uses a rising bowl around the sink area. It protrudes from out of the main body of the vanity and is linked to its own separate tap. There are storage spots on the bottom part like with anything else but the sink on its own will have a fancier look to it. This is a beautiful choice to have but it can take up quite a bit of space depending on what you plan on using with it.

5. Under-Mounted Sink

An under-mounted sink vanity uses a basin that is built directly inside of the vanity. This adds a more refined and modern look to the vanity as it offers a flatter appearance overall. Sometimes a slight riser can be found around the outside edges of the basin to create a special look all the way through. This is an attractive choice although the under-mounted design does keep the vanity from having as much storage space as some other choices. Still, it is a tradeoff for having an option that has a nice total design to it that adds a refined design.

6. Vanity Cabinet

The last of the options to see is a vanity cabinet. This is designed with a series of pull-out doors similar to what you might find out of a more traditional kitchen cabinet. This is made with a classic design that is attractive and gives off a nice tone when used right. It also serves as an appropriate basic option for your design needs that isn’t too complicated or rough to add to a space.

Common Materials

The materials you can use for getting a bathroom vanity ready in your home include all sorts of good options. But no matter what you choose, you must be cautious.

First of all, your materials must be able to handle the moisture and humidity in your bathroom. They should not be at risk of wearing out or warping. In some cases, you might have to get a series of coverings to keep your space comfortable.

Also, the materials must be strong enough to handle the weight you might add to the vanity. This includes weight from not only the faucet fixtures but also any decorative or functional items you plan on adding to the top.

With this in mind, there are many types of materials that should be considered when you aim to get your vanity ready:

1. Solid Plywood

While many forms of wood can be used in your vanity, solid plywood is a good option to consider. This is a sturdier form of wood similar to what you might find in your attic or other parts of your home. Solid plywood is made with several sheets of wood glued together to create a sturdy body that is powerful and stands out. This does a much better job with handling moisture than many other forms of wood.

2. Particle Board

Particle board is used in many vanities as a composite material. It mixes wood particles with glue and is then heated and pressed. It is then covered with a melamine or veneer surface to add a refined style. This is sturdy but it needs to be covered up with a proper material like a veneer or melamine so the risk of the particle board being damaged by moisture and steam will be eliminated.

3. Laminate

The top part of your vanity can be made with a laminate material in mind. Laminate is popular for how it offers a great design that features a smooth surface thanks to how many paper sheets are affixed together with adhesive into one sturdy body. This can be painted in a variety of ways as well. It creates a good tone that is powerful and can last for a while without collecting water. Still, it should be treated carefully as it could scratch.

4. Marble

You can always use a marble top for the vanity as well. This can add a smooth and cool surface that is strong enough to handle many conditions. You will need to clean it regularly though as sometimes stains might be very easy to spot on a marble surface.


Cabinets are typically found in a variety of great vanities but you should check carefully on how they are designed. Many cabinets are made with a mix of drawers that pull out and traditional doors that you can open. Sometimes, they are made with shelves in the middle parts. Others might allow you to move shelves up and down based on your preference. Check carefully to see what you can find out of your cabinets and drawers so you can have a great vanity that adds a nice look to your bathroom.

Vanity Shapes

1. Square

A standard square vanity is designed with smaller rooms in mind.

2. Round

A round unit is made for powder rooms for the most part because of how small such an option might be.

3. Rectangular

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A rectangular vanity is made to be added to a larger bathroom. It works especially well in a master bathroom attached to the primary bedroom in your home. Such a vanity should include two separate sink spots.


The cost of your bathroom vanity will clearly vary based on the type of option you choose for your luxury bathroom. A pedestal sink should be the least expensive in that it can go for about $200 to $500 depending on the option you pick out.

A more advanced vanity with a larger size can go from $750 to $1,500. You will certainly pay more money if you use a vanity that features two sinks.

You will have to spend extra money with getting the vanity installed as well. While the plumbing connections that your vanity requires should be fully accessible and easy to handle, you will have to look at how well your unit can be fixed up. It can cost about $100 to $200 to get your vanity installed but it will cost even more if you need added plumbing connections added.

You may have to spend an extra $500 to $2,500 to get a customized vanity added. This will be based heavily on how intense the process of securing a vanity in an area might be and how many new connections are required. You might spend more if you have to use any sealants or other materials to secure a spot in an area. The cost will be especially high if you have a wall-mounted choice to work with.


The size of your vanity should be about 30 to 40 inches in height and around 16 to 25 inches deep. This is enough to create a sizeable space that offers enough room for your needs while still being slim enough to keep from taking up more room in your bathroom than what you can afford.

The basin should be about 5 to 8 inches deep. It can be about 10 to 12 inches in diameter.


There are a few additional features that you can look for in one of these vanities:

  • A soap pump can be included inside the body of a vanity.
  • Some posts may be added to your vanity to create a series of supports for towels.
  • A matching frame for a mirror above the vanity can also be added if desired.

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