Pros & Cons: Freestanding Bathroom Vanity vs Built-In Vanity

We love the latest "freestanding" bathroom vanity trend for most of our new projects. But on occasion, our clients want more storage or prefer custom built-in vanities.  One of our favorite freestanding vanity (aka 'bathroom furniture') manufacturers, is James Martin Furniture with over 275 beautiful cabinet styles and 10 countertop colors to choose from; and our favorite "custom" built-in cabinetry manufacturers are Ultracraft Cabinetry and Envii Cabinetry  These manufacturers cabinets are available through your favorite interior designer (Interior Design Details). If you prefer shopping retail, yet want unique styles and choices, our favorite go to for beautiful freestanding vanity cabinets is Signature Hardware.

 

Here's our list of the various pros and cons of freestanding and built-in vanities. Contact us if you need help in deciding what works best for your bathroom.

 

FREESTANDING VANITY

Pros:

-  Looks like furniture

-  Modern appearance

-  Great for small bathroom spaces

-  Space appears more spacious

-  More flexible and personalized

-  Offers more dimension and decoration to the bathroom

-  Bathroom looks less utilitarian

-  Bathroom feels more elegant and tailored

-  Usually offers more organized interior storage solutions for everyday essentials

-  Usually cost less than a built-in vanity

-  Open bottom vanity or "floating" vanity gives an open look in the bathroom

-  Many styles, sizes, shapes and countertops available to coordinate with your style

-  Countertops usually included in the cost of the vanity

-  Sometimes, the sink and faucet is included in the cost of the vanity

-  Easier and less cost of installation

 

Cons: 

-  Slightly less storage space

-  An open bottom vanity = More cleaning 

-  Possibility of dead or un-utilized space in the bathroom

-  Even though these are called "freestanding," they still need to be attached to wall cleats and plumbing

-  Sometimes they need assembling and interior modification for plumbing supply

 

 

BUILT-IN VANITY

Pros:  

-  Best for large traditional homes

-  More storage space

-  Best for major storage 

-  Customizable to any width and height 

-  Customizable for various personal or essential item needs

-  Makes use of oddly shaped spaces

-  Utilizes space from wall-to-wall

-  Many door styles to coordinate with your style

 

Cons:  

-  Usually cost more

-  Usually costs more for installation

-  More time required for installation, preferably by a professional cabinetry installer

-  Usually takes longer to receive components for installation

-  Countertops are sold separately

 

If you're working on your bathroom and need help from a professional interior designer, we'd love to work with you. Get started by checking out our eDesign packages.

 Envii Cabinetry - Featuring the Salt 3-Piece Door Style in Rustica

 Ultracraft Cabinetry - Photographer: Clarence Sormin; Designer: Heather Jasper


 

 

 

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