A vanity unit is an item of bathroom furniture you may have heard of, but perhaps don't know exactly what function it performs.

With our handy buying guide, we'll explain just what a vanity unit is, where you can use them and the options available to you.

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 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 counter top basin.

Sienna white vanity unit with basin 550mm

The 550mm wide Sienna white vanity unit is one of our most popular, with a high quality ceramic basin and large undersink cabinet providing plenty of storage space

What type of bathrooms 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 the space, you could choose a large unit like the Planet Select basin 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. We even have ultra-compact, corner vanity units such as the Smart Walnut basin with a handy under sink cabinet - perfect for cloakrooms.

White cloakroom unit with resin basin 410mm

Looking for cloakroom ideas? This small basin cabinet is just 215mm in depth, making it ideal for more compact spaces. As you can see, you can also cram plenty in!

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 grey cloakroom vanity with resin basin

For traditional or Victorian bathrooms, this gorgeous, vintage style vanity unit from the Camberley range is both compact 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 will be taken right into your bathroom by our delivery team. Vanity units can be floor standing or wall hung, and are easy to install. If you are unsure, we would recommend that you employ a professional plumber to fit the basin.

Why not browse our stunning range of vanity units today?