Going Against the Grain
Have you heard the news, homeowners now want chic custom made vanities in their bathrooms. It really doesn’t come as a surprise that in our cookie cutter society there will be those that just don’t want to follow the crowd. Instead of the cornucopia of mass produced furniture that abounds everywhere, they yearn for specially made storage cabinets that suit the aesthetics of their bathing spaces while at the same time enhancing the illusion of spaciousness. A hard bill to fill, you say? Fortunately for you, many small “design build” firms have seen this emerging trend and have stepped up to provide fashionable custom designed furnishings that “go against the grain” of mainstream conformity.
Distinct and Personable Cabinets
For most washrooms, because of its central location and prominence, the vanity area has become the showcase of the chamber and oftentimes dictates the overall look and feel of the room. Unfortunately for some homeowners they just can’t find what they are looking for locally or online in the ready-made cabinets available on the market. The size might be too big or too small. Sometimes the unit has the wrong features, styling or finishing materials. If you too are facing this dilemma, and have enough money to pay for what you want, then pricing out a chic custom-made vanity may be the next logical step for you to take.
Freestanding or Built-in Furniture
Vanities come in two main categories: freestanding or built-in models. Freestanding pieces are versatile, come in many different styles and work well in half-baths and powder rooms. On the other hand, built-in units are better for larger bathing spaces, and characteristically have more countertop space and storage capacity. With a bigger bathroom you can also decide if you’d like to have one large unit or break up the design with two smaller vanities side by side.
Each Project is Unique
Since each project is unique, a good starting point is to come up with a theme for the room. Choose sleek and simple cabinets to keep things contemporary or select a more detailed design for a classic and transitional look. Style and selection of building materials is a very personal choice. From basic engineered wood, birch or pine to more expensive materials such as oak and maple, you are sure to find something to fit you fancy. Whether it’s your very first project or you’re an experienced DIYer, here are a couple key factors to keep in mind to get the results you want.
Size Does Matter
First, it’s extremely important to measure your available space accurately. Having enough room for and around the unit is critical. Make sure to leave enough clearance for door swing and shower openings as well as wall and door trim. In the planning stage, it’s also a good idea to open cabinet doors and drawers and measure against the dimensions of your bathroom in order to ensure smooth traffic flow around the unit when it’s being used.
Time is a Factor
Not only is tailor-made furniture going to be much more expensive than their in-stock or ready-made cousins, aside from the cost, you must also consider the time frame and how long you’re willing to wait to get that one-of-a-kind design. Keep in mind existing features such as plumbing, electrical switches and outlets. Plumbing is extremely important because it may not only be an important factor in determining the width of your grooming station but it could potentially be quite expensive to move it if you have to change its location in the room.
Storage and who will use it
The average countertop height is around 31 inches, but it’s really a matter of personal preference depending on who will be using the room. Getting a vanity without a top gives you the opportunity to choose your surfacing material. Countertops can be made in a wide variety of materials including glass, metal, wood, solid surfacing, as well as cultured and natural stone. The right door and drawer hardware adds the perfect touch to your finished project. If you use this particular bathroom every day, then ample storage, including drawers and countertop space is going to be more important to you, so plan accordingly.
Premium Quality Furnishings
If you have a vision of what you want but can’t find anything similar locally or online or maybe you just want to create a special centerpiece with your own personal touch on it, then getting a stylish customized vanity may be that distinctive design element you’re looking for in your bathroom. While trendy custom made furniture is more expensive, you will also be getting built to last premium features such as plywood sides, durable ball-bearing drawer glides with hardwood drawer boxes, and smooth soft close doors and drawers. Besides the prestige, all this equates to premium quality furnishing that you and your family will be able to enjoy for many years to come.