A vanity unit and basin set can be a great option for a bathroom revamp. With an ever-increasing number of manufacturers offering these sets, there's a huge variety of materials, shapes and colours to choose from.
When picking a vanity unit and basin you should start by thinking about the space you have available.
- Single basin units generally measure between 60 and 90 cm in width. Double basins are very much on trend but can also be replaced by two single basins.
- Double basin units usually measure 120 to 135 cm in width for maximum user comfort. A popular option for families and couples , a double basin vanity unit is ideal if you have enough space to accommodate one.
- A space-saving unit, measuring about 45 cm in width, will work great for petite spaces. These compact units also feature a reduced depth.
Vanity unit and basin sets come in a variety of materials.
- Wooden bathroom furniture is crafted from naturally rot-proof species such as teak, acacia or mahogany. The wood itself can be oiled or varnished to help it maintain its appearance.
- Chipboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF) units tend to be most common. These materials are coated with paint then sealed with a varnish to protect them from moisture.
- Glass vanity units are light and airy, but more sensitive to impacts. They are available in a polished, frosted or tinted finish.
The popularity of vanity units with built-in basins all comes down to functionality.
- Units with drawers are great for storing small items easily. They can also be used to hold all manners of things including towels, cosmetics and hairdryers. Some models are equipped with a special compacttrap to optimise storage space.
- Vanity units with in-built cupboards offer a lot of storage space. However, you will have to bend down to look for any items stored at the base of the unit.
Vanity units with basins may come with a few additional features, such as:
- LED lighting to help you find items stored inside the built-in drawers or cupboards;
- integrated towel bars for added functionality.
Finally, vanity units can differ in terms of how they are installed:
- free-standing vanity units are easier to install;
- wall-mounted units need to be anchored in place by wall plugs. These units have the added advantage of freeing up space beneath the unit for easy cleaning.
In summary, your choice of vanity unit and basin depends not only on individual taste, but also on the amount of free space and comfort you're after, and the look you want.