What Is A Bathroom Vanity?

December 22, 2022

Even though bathroom vanities are essential fixtures in any home, you probably don’t give yours much thought unless it’s an eyesore. But what is a vanity sink if not the main place where you brush your teeth, freshen up, and likely greet yourself every morning? It’s time to show the world what bathroom vanities are made of. Read on to learn everything you need to know about what the underlooked bathroom vanity is and if it’s time for a new one.

What is a Bathroom Vanity?

A bathroom vanity combines a sink, countertop, and vanity cabinet. It’s usually installed in the bathroom as a convenient storage spot for all your toiletries and grooming items. The size and shape of vanities can vary greatly depending on your available space, from single-sink units to double-sink ones and everything in between.

What is a vanity cabinet, historically? Vanities have been around even longer than plumbing has! Before indoor plumbing, people would wash their hands and face in a basin built into a vanity table in their bedroom. Once indoor plumbing became common, the basic shape of the vanity table remained with one major upgrade—running water! At that point, vanities moved out of the bedroom and into a vanity bathroom. 

Types of Bathroom Vanities

When it comes to bathroom vanities, there are a variety of options available. You can choose the one that best suits your space and needs from double and floating vanities to traditional units.

Double vanity: What is a double vanity? Exactly what it sounds like! Perfect for couples, a double vanity sports two sinks in one unit for added convenience.

Floating vanity: Sounds fancy, but what is a floating vanity exactly? Floating vanities are suspended from the wall, creating the illusion of more space while allowing for storage room and easy access underneath.

Freestanding: Have an old dresser you want to convert to a vanity? It would probably end up as a freestanding vanity, which sits against the wall but is not attached.

Console: There’s no storage with a console vanity, just a table featuring a sink and exposed plumbing. It’s a true throwback to the old dressing table.

How Much Does a Bathroom Vanity Cost?

Like with many home projects, the cost of a bathroom vanity can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the size, materials used, and design. The national average cost for installing a bathroom vanity (materials and labor) is $436.11, according to Porch.com. If installing yourself, you can expect to spend an average of $314.48 for your vanity, but it will depend on your location, materials, size, and more.

The larger your space, the more it will cost—a single sink in a 5′ countertop can cost between $500-$1800, while double vanities generally cost between $550 to $1900.

What are bathroom vanities made of? The material options are extensive and the material you choose also makes a big difference in the price. A porcelain or granite vanity top will stretch your money the farthest per square foot, while stone and concrete are the priciest.

How to Install a Bathroom Vanity

Installing a bathroom vanity is a relatively straightforward process that you can do in a few steps. 

  1. Remove the old vanity if there’s one already in place. 
  2. Make flooring modifications if your old vanity has a different footprint than its replacement. 
  3. Assemble your new vanity according to the manufacturer’s instructions—if applicable—and set or secure it in place.
  4. Attach all the necessary plumbing for the water and drain.

Depending on the type of vanity you’ve chosen, there may be varying levels of complexity in terms of installation. If you’re unsure about any part of the process or don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, it’s best to hire someone with experience, like a Tasker.

How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity

To remove a bathroom vanity, start by turning off the water supply to the sink and removing any attached pipes or drains. Next, disconnect the vanity from its mountings—this could include screws or nails—and carefully lift it away. 

You may need assistance if the vanity is too large or heavy to move. Once you remove the vanity, use a utility knife to cut off any caulk and sealant around the edges. Then clean up any debris that was left behind. Don’t worry about the sink, countertop, and faucet; you’ll take care of that later. 

How to Build a Bathroom Vanity

The easiest option is not to have to build a vanity at all—there are ready-made vanities available on the market. Still, they may be more challenging to have delivered and more expensive than a vanity you assemble yourself.

Ready-to-build vanities come with instructions that are usually simple enough to follow, but assembly is only half the battle. You’ll also have to remove your old vanity and set up the plumbing for the new one. A Tasker can help with assembly, plumbing, and hauling away any heavy trash.

The options for bathroom vanities are almost endless. So find one that fits your style and budget, and let a Tasker help with the rest!