How to Shop For a Bathroom Vanity

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GlucksteinElements Camille vanity in black, Orly wall sconces, Westbury mirror, Pleated Texture peel-and-stick wallpaper; GlucksteinHome Perfect towels, Concrete bath accessories

When it comes to the home renovation wish list, the main bathroom usually holds a top spot and it’s easy to see why – it’s a workhorse in the house. Having a functional and beautiful space to indulge in some self-care is an investment in both you and your home. If you’re ready for a refresh, a new vanity is a quick and impactful way to improve the look and feel of your bathroom. Here are some helpful tips to remember when shopping for a vanity.   


In order to reduce time and cost, keep the vanity in the same location as your current plumbing. This also means being mindful of the existing space. Ready-made vanities come in a variety of sizes, so narrow your search by knowing how big or small you need. If you love a particular style, check the retailer’s website to see what other sizes are available. Selection online may vary from in-store and you could be pleasantly surprised with additional choices online.


Switching out the vanity can also change the overall feel of your bathroom, as it’s typically the largest piece in the room dictating much of the bathroom style. A vanity with clean lines gives the space a more modern vibe while traditional details – like fluting – can lean towards a classic aesthetic. Don’t forget to complete your new look with lighting, mirrors, and accessories.

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GlucksteinElements Larsen 36-inch white oak vanity, Lowell wall sconces, Cole mirror

Material & Finishes

You might not give much thought to what a vanity is made of, but the quality of the materials and finishes will give an indication of the longevity of the piece. Look for solid construction of the frame and drawers, and when possible opt for vanities with minimal assembly. Integrated ceramic sinks and solid surface countertops are also durable, easy to maintain, and long lasting, adding to the lifespan of your vanity. 

GlucksteinElements Crosby vanity in white
GlucksteinElements Crosby 42-inch vanity in white, Allegra wall sconces, Burke mirror, Felix towel ring, Everett runner, Faux Grasscloth peel-and-stick wallpaper; GlucksteinHome Perfect towels


Shopping for a vanity often starts with the size and style, but it’s the details that will make the difference. If this is the main bathroom in the house, think about your storage needs and how the vanity can help with them. Divided inserts corral make-up, lotions, and accessories to help keep the bathroom organized while large drawers can hold extra towels. Knowing what you need out of a vanity will help you find the right one.

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