The Only Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide You Need to Read

September 1st, 2014

Discover all of your options and learn what to look for in this Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide. This guide will show you what types of vanities there are, discuss material quality, and address common design issues.

Unlike other pieces of home furniture, vanities are installed and fastened to the studs of your home. This means that they are a much more permanent piece. For this reason, you want to make sure that you choose the right vanity built with the proper materials. Here is an outline to the Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide

  1. Materials Used to Make Bath Cabinets
  2. Deciding What Size is the Right Fit
  3. Bathroom Vanity Height Guide
  4. Types of Vanities
  5. Variations of Sinks
  6. Styling Options
  7. Being a Frugal Shopper

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1. Materials Used to Make Bath Cabinet

Choosing the right material for your bathroom is one of the most important decision you will make when purchasing a bathroom vanity. Humidity and moisture is one of the biggest problems with wood furniture so deciding on materials is of the utmost importance. Solid wood vanities offer the greatest durability while rubber wood is also a very feasible option offering 90% the strength of oak wood. Here are a few additional resources that I suggest taking the time to read. They will show you what is considered “solid wood” and tell you the difference between MDF, plywood, solid wood, etc.

Celle Single Bath Vanity

The Celle Single Bath Vanity is a delicately patterned piece made from solid birch wood, among the strongest and most reliable woods that can be used in the bathroom.

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18 Bathroom Vanities Made with Dovetail Drawers

August 29th, 2014

Bathroom vanities with dovetail drawers are sought after because of their strength and resilience. Dowels have the tendency to come loose after opening and closing drawers many times. This requires constant retightening of bolds and adjusting the alignment of the drawers to make sure that everything is fitting. Nobody wants a vanity that’s going to fall apart.

Those who are looking for quality vanities that will last for decades know that the type of joint used on drawers is very important. It’s just as important as the material being used to make the cabinets. Here is a list of 18 of my favorite bathroom vanities made with dovetail drawers.

Waterbury Vanity with Dovetail Drawers

The Waterbury Vanity.  Click on images to learn more about each product.

What are Dovetail Drawers

Dovetail drawers are built using dovetail joints, a special type of joint in cabinetry that is known for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength). A dovetail joint uses a series of pins cut in a way that extends from the end of one board and interlocks with a series of “tails” cut into the end of the other board. These pins are shaped into the form of a trapezoid. Light glue is used as an added precaution but after that, dovetail joints do not need any screws, bolts, or brackets.

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Using Your Toilet to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

August 28th, 2014

A typical bathroom is only 7′ x 5′ giving you only 35 square feet of space. One secret way to maximize your bathroom real estate is with the toilet. The size, color, and placement of the toilet are among a few things that can make small bathrooms look bigger.

Small bathroom syndrome is experienced by many homeowners. I’ve found many different tips and tricks over the years that work well. Some work well in combination with others but it depends on your layout, design theme, and personal preference. Make sure you check out my Expert Tip Series at the bottom of this post. There you’ll find 20 different ideas to make a small bathroom look bigger.

Toilets Make Small Bathrooms Look Bigger

The Diana Dual Flush Toilet.

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How We Ship Your Vanities

August 26th, 2014

We’ve been in business for over 7 years now. What started out as a small drop-shipping operation based out of Encinitas (A quiet community just north of San Diego, California) became a warehousing operation about 4 years ago, when we began designing and manufacturing our own unique bathroom vanity models. With this new adaptation in our business strategy, we also needed to learn how to organize our own shipping to all of our customers across the country.

Most of this learning was of the trial-and-error variety, but within a year, we had hashed out most of the logistical problems that come with orchestrating shipping operations on such a large scale. We figured out how to coordinate shipping times. We learned how to talk with shipping terminals and how to stand up for our customers, ensuring their furniture gets delivered as quickly and safely as possible. We devised new ways of packaging our vanities to minimize their vulnerability while they are in transit from our warehouse to your home.

Is this guy delivering your vanities?

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Eco-Friendly Solid Rubberwood Bathroom Vanities

August 25th, 2014

Solid rubberwood bathroom vanities offer 90% the strength of solid oak. They offer durability and a solution to growing concerns over deforestation. Rubberwood bathroom vanities are made from the Hevea Brasilienesis rubber tree. This material makes use of wood that would otherwise go to waste.

As one of the most sustainable solid wood materials, rubberwood is compared to bamboo which is not even a wood. This is a common misconception. Bamboo is actually a type of grass, believe it or not. That said, rubberwood is the most eco-friendly type of wood used to make home furniture.

Rubber Wood Trees

A shot of a rubber wood trees, also known as parawood. (CC)

What is Rubberwood

Rubber wood is a hardwood belonging to the Euphorbiaceous family. Rubberwood is often called by a variation of names including Paráwood Thai Oak, Asian oak, Siam oak, or simply Thai Oak. It does not bounce or stretch as the name may imply. It’s a sturdy hardwood that resists cracking and warping very well. The name actually comes from the type of tree it is harvested from; the rubber tree.

Rubber trees are primarily platnted for their naturally occurring latex sap (as compared to synthetic latex materials) which is used commercially. Rubber wood is relatively inexpensive because it is an byproduct of latex farmers on these rubber plantations. It’s almost like recycling materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

Paráwood trees stop producing latex after 20-30 years. In the past, these trees were cut down and either burned or chopped down to be used as fire wood. This was done because space needed to made for new rubberwood trees that would produce latex. Rubberwood offers several key advantages:

  1. Eco-friendly material that upcycles latex byproducts.
  2. 90% as strong as solid oak.
  3. Strong and flexible yet workable, making it the perfect material for handcrafted furniture.
  4. Natural resistance to moisture, bacteria, mold, and other fungi.
  5. Economical in terms of price.

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The Best 48 Inch Bathroom Vanities for Mid-Sized Layouts

August 18th, 2014

The 48″ vanity is one of the most common sizes. Measuring exactly 4 feet in width, this vanity is often used in mid-sized bathrooms. It’s flexible enough to house a double sink basin or give you plenty of counter space around a single basin 48″ vanity.

I know the feeling of shopping for something and falling in love with a particular item only to find out that they don’t carry it in your size. It’s frustrating! The 48″ vanity is one of the most common sizes so I decided to make this list to help some of you with some of my top picks. Also, stick around for my Smart Shoppers Tip.

Best 48 Inch Bathroom Vanity

The 47.5″ Mesa Single Pedestal Bathroom Vanity is the ideal choice for anyone who values simplicity, elegance, and beauty.

My Top 5 Picks for the Best 48″ Bathroom Vanities

1. 48″ Cortona Single Bath Vanity by Silkroad Exclusive

48 Inch Cortona Vanity by Silkroad Exclusive

The 48″ Cortona Vanity by Silkroad Exclusive.

The 48″ Cortona Vanity comes with Victorian styling and a charming off-white finish. Solid wood has been painstakingly crafted by hand to decorate this vanity with accents from the Art-Deco period. I really love it in this size because it’s not too big and not too small. It’s just the perfect size to add a little Victorian decor to your bathroom without overpowering the room with a big and bulky vanity.

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The Best Bathroom Vanity Brands and Manufacturers

August 14th, 2014

Here you will find a list of the best bathroom vanity brands based upon materials, aesthetics, and build quality. This list will reveal the top rated bathroom cabinet makers in the industry. Bathroom vanity manufacturers aren’t exactly household names so I’ll help lead you through the weeds on this one.

There many different manufacturers out there but the best bathroom furniture brands are recognized by their reliable products that offer durability & support, visual appeal, and quality craftsmanship. To learn what makes a quality bathroom vanity, you can refer to the “Bathroom Vanities” category to your right.

Best Bathroom Vanity Brands

The Balmoral Double Sink Vanity by James Martin Furniture.

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How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity without Ripping the Wall Out

August 11th, 2014

Some people remove their bathroom vanity themselves but not all can do it without ripping the entire wall out. Removing your bathroom cabinets without leaving a gaping hole in the wall is possible and I’m going to show you how.

To do this, you’ll need to remove all mounting screws and cut a line in the caulking that attaches backsplash (if applicable). If done correctly, the bulk of the problem should not come from the vanity itself but rather from the backsplash. Not to fret, I have an easy trick that will help you remove your backplash and vanity without ripping out the wall; a 2×4!

The Secret to Removing a Vanity Without Putting a Hole in the Wall

People put holes in the wall for 2 reasons; they don’t remove all of the mounting screws attaching the vanity to the wall OR they rip out the backsplash. For mounting screws, you can pry the vanity away from the wall and insert wood shims. Then, peak behind the vanity to see if you can locate the remaining screw(s). You can also use a flashlight and get underneath the vanity and look for screw heads that you may have missed.
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The Fastest Way to Clean Your Shower/Bathtub: Power Washing

August 5th, 2014

Looking for a new way to finish cleaning your bathroom faster than ever? Consider power washing your shower! If you’ve never used a power washer, you’re in for a treat! This is one of the most amazing cleaning tools you can have. It’s a great tool to keep handy around the house.

Power washing bathroom tiles is safe and harmless. It can effectively reduce your bathroom cleaning time from an hour to just under 10 minutes. Don’t believe me? Get ready for a bathroom miracle!  Cleaning the ring around the tub has never been so easy.

Power Washing Bathroom Shower Tiles

The AR Blue Clean offers 1,900 PSI. Available from Home Depot for $189.00.

Power Washing Bathroom Tiles

Scrubbing grout lines in your bathtub can be one of the most hated chores, next to cleaning the toilet of course. According to the NAHB, shower enclosures should last 50 years while shower doors last for 20 years. This means that no matter what condition your bathroom is in, there’s still hope; for most of us.

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Comfort Height Bathroom Vanities: A Shift to the New Standard

August 4th, 2014

Comfort height bathroom vanities are 36″ tall to match the height of kitchen countertops. By raising the height of your vanity, your sink and countertop are also heighted for an ergonomically enhanced experience.

You may have noticed this change in recent years. If you’ve seen a bathroom that is 10 years or older, you may have been able to notice that the counters are much lower than modern vanities. That’s because the standard height of a bathroom vanity is 32″ compared to that of comfort height vanities that measure 36″ tall.

Comfort Height Bathroom Vanities

This is a diagram of the 61″ Point Loma Double Sink Vanity. The Point Loma is a comfort height vanity with a total height of 35 3/4″ which is just shy of the taller 36″ vanities.

The Shift Away from Standard Height Vanities

Comfort height has become the new standard, not only with toilets but with vanities as well. Most new bathroom cabinets are raised to promote a more healthy posture. Kitchen countertops were designed to be at the hip of normal adults to make kitchen prep easy. The only reason bathroom counters were lowered was to make the sink accessible for small children. Makes sense doesn’t it?

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