Vanity units buying guide

What is a bathroom vanity unit and what will it do for your bathroom? In this handy guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know before you buy.

It’s an item of furniture you’ve most probably heard of but don’t really know what function it performs. In this article, we’ll show you exactly what a vanity unit is and which types of bathroom they’re suitable for, before taking you through all your options.

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What is a vanity unit?

A vanity unit is an item of bathroom furniture that integrates a basin with cupboards or drawers underneath.

To confuse matters a little more, they can sometimes be referred to by a number of names, including bathroom sink cabinets, under sink cabinets, basin cabinets or even bathroom combination vanity units. However, all these terms mean pretty much the same thing.

Vanity units provide extra storage space within your bathroom, both with cupboards and drawers, as well as surface areas for keeping everyday essentials close to hand. They are also very good at hiding away unsightly pipework.

As well as being functional, vanity units add a real touch of style, from traditional and classic looks to ultra-modern and minimalist. Basins can be fully or semi recessed into the unit, or you can even choose a countertop basin.

Orchard Derwent white floorstanding vanity door unit and ceramic basin 600mm

The 600mm wide Derwent white vanity door unit is one of our most popular, with a high quality ceramic basin and large undersink cupboard providing plenty of storage space

What types of bathroom are they suitable for?

Vanity units (or bathroom sink cabinets, as they are often called) are ideal for both large and small bathrooms, as well as wide range of styles. If you have space, you could choose a large unit for a strong visual impact. Having a large unit also means that you can keep a lot of your bathroom essentials within easy reach.

There are plenty of options for smaller bathrooms too. You can choose a simple, slimline vanity unit that will not only look great but also provide some handy extra storage.

Cloakroom vanity units

Looking for cloakroom ideas? Both of these small vanity units use corners effectively, making them ideal for more compact spaces

If space is a real issue, why not consider using the corners of your room? With one of our bathroom corner units, your vanity unit will fit nice and snugly.

What kind of colours are available?

There are a variety of colours and finishes to choose from, so you can find exactly the right look to fit in with the style of your bathroom. White or white gloss finishes are popular, as they are easy to clean and provide a minimalist, fresh look. However, we have a range of different colours available, from a classic oak to an attractive, period-style vintage grey.

The Bath Co. Camberley satin grey floorstanding vanity unit and ceramic basin 600mm

For traditional or Victorian bathrooms, this gorgeous, vintage style vanity unit from the Camberley range is both functional and elegant

What sizes are available?

Vanity units come in a wide range of heights, widths and depths, so there are plenty of options to fit your space. It’s important to measure your room carefully so you can see what units would fit and work well. Don’t forget to factor in the space needed to open doors and drawers, too.

Are they easy to install?

Our vanity units are delivered to you pre-assembled, and your unit can be taken right into your bathroom by our delivery team. Vanity units can be floorstanding or wall hung and are easy to install, usually with an inset at the rear for all your pipework. If you are unsure, we would recommend that you employ a professional plumber to fit the basin.

Mode Tate anthracite black & oak wall hung vanity unit and ceramic basin 600mm

Wall hung vanity units, like this one from the Tate anthracite black & oak range, help to keep your floorspace clear

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