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A beginner's guide to floating bathroom vanities
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A beginner's guide to floating bathroom vanities

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 2 years ago 6 min read

Welcome to the wonderful world of floating bathroom vanities... If you're looking to pick out the perfect wall hung vanity unit, we'll guide you through your options and help you make all the right decisions.

The hottest thing right now in the bathroom industry is none other than floating bathroom vanities. They offer a variety of styles and finishes suited to your preference as well as the space you are working with, this space-saving design has much to offer! While it is important to consider the perks, with so many choices, it might be mind-boggling to make a decision. This article will help you weigh up the options that are available out there, so you can have an easier time deciding.

You could just be looking for a new sink option or you could be looking at redoing your entire bathroom. Whatever you’re thinking of, a floating bathroom vanity could be just what you need.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of floating vanities

As the name suggests, these vanities give an illusion that they are floating—a vision achieved by mounting them to the wall, instead of connecting them to the floor of the bathroom. This then gives your bathroom a sleek, minimalistic finish, with a large amount of space made available. Even if you're only considering cheaper options, these vanities will still help your bathroom look and feel luxurious.

Creating more space in your bathroom is the dream, right? And this is exactly what floating vanities offer. If you pick the right position, sleek and modern floating vanities bring both form and function for your bathroom.

The perks of a floating vanity

In this modern age, a floating vanity will trump a traditional freestanding vanity any day of the week. For starters, they save a significant amount of space without compromising on style or design, which gives you the best of both aspects. They are also extremely versatile and can be hung or placed anywhere. Let’s elaborate on that...

Since floating vanities don't use up floor space, it frees up your bathroom visually and gives you more room to walk about. This also makes cleaning much easier as the floor is clear of any clutter. They also provide for efficient storage of items without having to compromise on space, as most come complete with cabinets below the basin.

In addition, within the world of floating vanities, there exists a multitude of styles that you can choose. From single-sink to double-sink options, to different sizes, finishes, and colours, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice!

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Some colours and details we'd recommend


If you are looking at a crisp, spa-like feel in your bathroom, white might just be the colour to go for. With a modern gloss white finish, you can easily achieve this look in your very own bathroom. White is certainly the shade to choose if you're seeking to create a clean, contemporary appearance. Pair this with faux marble wall panels or tiles and you can instantly achieve a luxurious look in your bathroom.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to bring that modern vanity look to your space, go for grey. This on-trend colour of the moment can add a genuine contemporary touch to your space. Reminiscent of the ocean, grey is perfect for nautical or coastal-themed bathrooms.

There’s always a time and place for pink hues, so why not add them to your bathroom vanity? This blush-coloured tone is vibrant, yet delicate enough to warm up the interiors of your bathroom without being too overpowering. It brings back memories of the sky at sunset, which sets a peaceful yet relaxing atmosphere that allows one to rejuvenate fully. This also blends nicely with a creamy white bathroom, with powder blue, or acting as the centrepiece in a monochrome area.

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If you love the look of wood and want to still keep your bathroom looking modern, you can always opt for a walnut or oak-effect vanity. This brings warmth to your bathroom without losing that contemporary touch.

Contrasting colours

Should you like more character in your bathroom, we recommend playing around with the colours of the basin and the cabinets of your vanity. For instance, a sleek white basin would perfectly contrast with a grey cabinet. Pair this with some chrome hardware and you've got a vanity to die for!

Mode Adler white 600mm wall hung vanity unit and basin

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Things to consider when getting a floating vanity

While floating vanities may seem like all sunshine and roses, it is also important to be aware of some drawbacks that might be present. Firstly, you must be prepared for the difficulties that come with installing a floating vanity, which might incur heavier costs from your installer. Another thing to consider is safety. If you live in a household with adventurous small children, you will need to discourage them from attempting to climb or play on top of it.

However, despite these important considerations, the floating vanity has far more benefits than drawbacks. This makes it an ideal option and proves to be the reason why it is very popular amongst bathroom owners.

Height and weight considerations

Floating vanities do not necessarily have a standard height and weight due to the variety of options available out there. Instead, they come in several different heights and weights, of which they range from around 400mm (16 inches) to 500mm (20 inches) tall. However, when installed they can reach the height of about 750mm to 800mm (30 inches to 32 inches). Not to fret, though! You can still place the vanity unit at your preferred height during the installation process.

Similar to other bathroom furniture, you must consider the weight of these floating vanities. This also varies from one model to the next, and is dependent on factors such as the installation, materials and anchor style. On average, floating vanities that are about 70kg to 90kg can be safely installed without the risk of any accidents—however this should never simply involve guesswork on your behalf.

While the safety of installing floating vanities can be generally guaranteed, we would always recommend hiring a professional contractor to aid with the installation process. This is to make sure that your vanities are secure and the weight limit of the vanity has not been exceeded in any way. This is a valid safety consideration as floating vanities might not be able to bear a lot of weight and hence would not be ideal for climbing.

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Bring warmth to your bathroom with the Wye walnut wall hung vanity unit from Orchard Bathrooms

In conclusion

With all this information, it’s undeniable that floating vanities are the way to go for your next bathroom makeover. The benefits of this style, together with the huge range of options available, means you’re able to take your imagination and run wild. Do remember to do your research and approach a professional Tradesperson when installing your next floating vanity.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 2 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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