Bathroom Vanities

A bathroom vanity is by far the most customizable fixture in your bathroom.


The toilet seat and bathtub are somehow basic. I mean, sure, the sizes can change, but the style stays the same, have you noticed?

With this realization, we’ve come to bathroom vanities. They come in different colors, shapes, designs, so you get a lot of room to explore your taste and mix-match it with the theme of the bathroom.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, get your eyeballs rolling to the next section!

Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities are ‘defined’ as:

The bathroom vanity is a bathroom fixture with ‘mirror, sink, countertop, and cabinets or shelves.

The lower part of the vanity hides sink plumbing, and the upper part has drawers to keep bathroom essentials.


The first vanity dates back to the 18th century when it only had a basin and a counter in rare cases. Then, as we progressed, vanities started coming in different designs and sizes.

Previously, vanities were called dressing or toilet tables and had a distinct look, so it took years for the transition.

Vanities today have lights, designing details, shelves, or cabinets to accommodate homeowner’s storage needs.

There are no restrictions on vanity sizes and colors. You can go for anything that doesn’t go overboard.

You can get a bathroom vanity from any hardware store (ready-made) or customize them as you like with the help of your carpenter.

Let’s look at different types of bathroom vanities that you can use in your bathrooms.

Types of a Bathroom Vanity

When we talk about bathroom fixtures, vanities are important. You may have seen a bathroom vanity with a sink, but there’s a lot more that you need to discover. Let’s dive in!

Free Standing

We’ll take our start with the first and probably the oldest (1762 by Thomas Chippendale) vanity type.

The free-standing vanity has a sink and cabinets, but its placement is not particular. You can place it either in the bathroom or the bedroom, and it’s totally your call.

These bathroom vanities come with vintage style, and if you have one of them, you can paint them for a retro theme.

Pedestal Vanity

Pedestal vanities are minimalist. It’s just a sink on a pedestal, but these are fixed because their plumbing isn’t normally concealed under the table, unlike freestanding. There are no cabinets!

It’s a good option if you have a minimalistic theme or space issues at your place. It’ll add the needed style without making your bathroom look congested.

Vessel Vanity

Vessel vanities are different from the above two. When you have a vessel vanity, your sink goes on top of the vanity, and it’s not fixed in the vanity in most cases.

There are semi-vessel vanities as well where half of the sink is IN the vanity and half of it is on top.

Vessel vanities are perfect for all types of bathrooms (modern, contemporary, smaller, bigger, ventilated, non-ventilated). They are easy to install and add style.

Some of the vessel vanities can be expensive, depending on the size you want. But, you get considerable space for customization.

Wall Mounted Vanities

Wall-mounted vanities are very stylish. They are hung to the wall and are shorter than floor vanities for the sake of their unique style. They don’t touch or extend to the floor.

Floating vanities also are less spacious, and the sink plumbing is within the wall. Although the style of wall-mounted vanities seems modern, there’s no restriction to how you put them to use.

You can match these with the contemporary themed washrooms or have them in your bedroom as well.

Narrow Vanities

Narrow vanities, as you may have guessed, are for smaller spaces.

When you’re remodeling your bathroom due to space issues, going for shallow depth (cabinets) or a narrow wardrobe is the ultimate solution without making the room look congested.

You may think pedestal vanities are a better option in such a situation, yes they are, but when people need that extra space for their shampoos and scrubs, shallow depth vanities are perfect options.

Narrow vanities give you a good walking space with a breathable fixture adjustment. You can have them in your bedrooms or lounge as well for added convenience.


When you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom, understand what you need in terms of design and space. You must measure your bathroom and the wall where you want it fixed.

These measurements will help you get a perfect size if you’re ordering online, otherwise a carpenter or interior designer will take care of it.

There are plenty of service providers and brands to address your issues.

So, which of the vanity type do you think will fit in your bathroom perfectly? Comment down and share your thoughts with us!

by Lisa Wilson

Without the internet, Lisa would never have discovered upcycling. She used wisdom from other people’s blogs to begin her upcycling journey, then she started writing her own!