A checklist to choosing the right vanity unit

Vanity units offer a stylish and compact means of storage perfect for any bathroom, particularly when space is at a premium. In this blog post, we have outlined key considerations when choosing the right vanity unit for your bathroom.


There’s a wide choice of vanity units, each offering different characteristics suited to different spaces. Here are just a few:


If you are looking to accommodate a sink within your vanity unit, single basins are the most common style, and are ideal for smaller spaces, whilst double basin vanity units are perfect for a shared or family bathroom. Be aware that two sinks are typically best accommodated by a width of at least 122cm or more.


Hanging vanities with drawers provide decent storage space, especially if they are accommodating a basin as they take advantage of the often unused space around plumbing and pipes. They typically float on the wall, and this modern style can open up floor space, especially in smaller bathrooms.


Freestanding vanity units resemble chests, and are the best option for optimum storage. These days, freestanding units can be as lavish as a fantastic piece of furniture, and can be a great addition to a bathroom.



There are a plethora of different sized vanity units available, each suited to differing bathroom sizes and layouts.

Your choice of vanity unit will ultimately be dictated by the dimensions of your bathroom: you will want to choose a suitable scale that does not take up too much space, to prevent the unit from dominating the room.

Another indicator of the size of the chosen vanity unit is the consideration of what the storage space will be used for. Decide what the vanity unit will house, as key to ensuring the unit has full aesthetic impact is making sure it doesn’t become an obstacle.

Along with size, height is another key consideration. Consider who is using the vanity unit – too high or too short can be equally as frustrating.

TOP TIP: Measure your bathroom before buying your vanity unit and visiting your supplier or showroom, considering how much counter and storage space is required. This will help the professionals guide you to the right design for you.



As vanity units are placed in environments that are humid and wet, ensuring the right material is used is essential. It should be able to withstand such an environment. Laminates and wood veneers tend to work well in bathrooms, providing that wood is correctly sealed and treated. If laminate or wood is not suitable, other materials include ceramic, stone and glass.

When deciding upon the countertop, be aware that it is easier to find a unique tile that matches the countertop, than attempting to find a top that matches a unique tile. In short: choosing an unusual tile limits the choice to more mundane options.



Putting electricity in cabinets can offer the perfect place to store and use electrical bathroom necessities, such as hair dryers and toothbrushes.

Additionally, adding electricity can mean that your vanity unit can offer an additional light source. Light fittings can substantially modernise a bathroom and, when fitted with dimmers, add warmth and character.

If you’re looking to add a vanity unit to your bathroom, contact Glamorgan Tiles on 01792 588554 for advice on the best unit for you.

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