Bathroom Vanity Guide
Before you start shopping for bathroom countertops, make sure you have a plan for your bathroom renovation. Epsilon Stone Have Made It A Little Easier With This Handy Bathroom Vanity Guide
When you’re on the lookout for a new bathroom vanity countertop, the key is to mix something that is easy to maintain, easy to clean and complements the space surrounding it. We’ve put together this handing buying guide, comparing different types of bathroom vanity units of all the most popular materials available today.
When shopping for bathroom countertops, the key is to combine the perfect mix of durability, ease of cleaning and serene sophistication. Consider these factors:
Luxe Look. Your bathroom countertop—often called a vanity top—won’t encounter hot pans and cooking spills. That means, unlike in the kitchen, you can allow style to hold greater sway in the decision. Choosing a luxurious surface makes every evening feel a little like a stay in a posh hotel. Think about options such as color, finish
Practical Nature. Though style reigns, steamy showers, splashing children and spilled toiletries all take their toll. Especially in a busy bath, it’s important to choose a countertop that holds up to daily use while maintaining its looks. Along with everyday concerns—soap, toothpaste and shaving cream—factor in tougher culprits like hot curling irons and chemical hair dyes.
Custom Blend. In a small space such as the bath, surfaces go a long way toward establishing the general style. Unless you’re relying on the countertop as a jumping-off point for a redo, aim to achieve cohesive design by selecting surfaces that complement the existing floors, wall treatments
Price Points. Estimate your square footage requirements and gather information about countertop costs. If budget is a concern, consider compromises: If you love stone, you could select tiles instead of slabs. If you fall in love with an out-of-reach surface, consider installing it in the powder room rather than the master bath. Whatever you choose, try to enjoy the process as much as you savor the result.
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- Measurements: Countertop thickness varies by geographic location from three-quarter inch to an inch and a quarter (preferred).
Standardoverhang is an inch to an inch and a half. A range of edge treatments is available, including straight, beveled and rounded.
- Color: Granite comes in a wide range of colors, including gold, blue, brown, green, violet, black and white.
- Finish: Choose from a few finish options. Polished granite is sleek and shiny. A honed or matte surface is less glossy and a little more porous. A leather finish offers unique texturing reminiscent of leather.
- Slab or tile: Unbroken expanses of granite lend a luxurious look and exude contemporary flair. Granite tiles offer the same surface beauty at a lower cost and with simpler installation.
- Practicality: Polished surfaces in dark colors can show watermarks and fingerprints. Granite is virtually nonporous, so water won’t cause damage.
- Sink types: Options include drop-in,
undermountand vessel styles.
- Budget Considerations: Beautiful granite can be a pricey countertop option. And if you’re choosing granite slab, unlike tiles, you can’t just buy what you need—you need to purchase the whole thing. A professional will then cut it and install it carefully.
Marble & Engineered Marble Bathroom Countertops
Marble countertops are a timeless addition to a bathroom that last for years and age gracefully. A metamorphic rock formed from crystallized limestone and other materials, marble contains dramatic veining and lovely colorations. This rich, elegant stone is a staple of traditional and period designs. When it comes to sheer beauty, few materials rival marble. Consider these factors when choosing marble:
- Measurements: Countertop thickness are typically from three-quarter inch to an inch and a quarter (preferred) Standard overhang is an inch to an inch and a half. Edge options range, though straight remains the most popular.
- Color: Choose from a wide range of shades, including white, brown, green, gray, black, red and pink. Depending on your style, opt for a quiet backdrop or an eye-catching statement.
- Finish: Marble comes in various finishes including polished (for a glossy shine), honed (for a matte appearance) and antiqued (for a slightly more weathered look).
- Where to purchase: When choosing marble, do your research and seek out a reputable dealer. Quality varies a great deal depending on factors such as where the stone is quarried.
- Practicality: Marble requires maintenance and sealing, and that still may not protect from scratches, gouges and stains. Use extra care with hair dyes, perfumes, colognes and bathroom cleansers, as these kinds of liquids can cause staining or etching.
- Sink types: Options include drop-in, undermount and vessel styles.
- Budget Considerations: If you love the look of marble but it’s out of your price range, consider engineered marble countertops. This is composed of approximately 93 percent marble and seven percent polyester resin and pigments. This creates a more durable surface that better resists stains and scratches. Engineered marble also has a lower absorption rate and requires less maintenance.
Engineered Quartz Vanity Units
Quartz countertops, ranging from fine to coarse-grained, look and feel like natural stone, but with a little extra oomph. Consider these factors when choosing quartz:
- Measurements: Slabs are available in
halfinch, three quarterinch, and an inch and a quarter thicknesses. Thicker sizes are more expensive. Choose from at least 15 countertop edge options, from bull-nose to beveled. If you’re worried about chipping, go with rounded edges.
- Color: Dozens of colors are available, and quartz offers one clear benefit over natural stone: more options than nature alone can provide
. Justconsider shades like apple martini green or funky crocodile-print surfaces. Colors range from quietly traditional to ultra hip.
- Finish: Options include polished (smooth and glossy), honed (with less sheen), and textured finishes.
- Practicality: One of the most practical options for busy baths, quartz stands up to staining, heat
andscratching. Unlike natural stone, it never requires sealing.
- Sink Types: Options include drop-in,
undermountand vessel styles