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Manufactured Bathroom Vanity Options Guide: Six Characteristics To Keep In Mind

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A bathroom vanity is a combination of your bathroom basin or sink and the storage space that surrounds it.

It’s generally a piece of bathroom cabinetry designed to hold your sink and conceal all the associated plumbing and provide much-needed storage.

Five Pre-Shopping Manufactured Home Vanity Factors

1. Available Space

What’s the size of the available space in your bathroom?

if you have plenty of space, think of a double vanity equipped with 2 sinks.

Large-sized single vanities offer plenty of counter space and storage area.

2. Height

What’s the most comfortable upward clearance or height for your home?

3. Width and Depth

These two measurements will together reveal the exact footprint of your bathroom vanity in relation to the overall size of the bathroom.

4. Vanity tops

What kind of vanity tops are you looking for?

Are you in search of brand new bathroom vanities or replacement vanities?

5. Styles

With contemporary, modern, transitional, and traditional styles to name just a few, style is a major factor to consider.

6. Sinks

Do you have a sink already or you are looking for bathroom vanities that come with an included sink?

Six Things To Keep In Mind When Shopping For A New Manufactured Home Bathroom Vanity

1. Number of Sinks

Most of the time, homeowners choose between single and double vanities.

Your decision will depend on how you plan to use your bathroom and on the space available for them.

A single vanity will feature just one sink, while the double counterpart will come with two.

double sink vanity for manufactured home

If the bathroom is for guests or serves as a powder room, a single vanity would be appropriate. Double vanities work well in master suites.

NOTE that 2 sinks aren’t necessarily better than 1!

Different widths of bathroom vanity create an inverse link between the counter space and the room.

For instance, a 2-sink vanity with a 72” width is 200% bigger than a 1-sink 24” wide bathroom vanity.

As you can tell, this will naturally produce more storage area and counter space, yet at a significant expense of valuable floor space.

Also, remember that 2 sinks will mean 2 drains and potentially 2 times the possible plumbing snafus.

So, it is important to factor in the number of individuals in your family, the actual needs of your bathroom, and the overall space on the floor space when choosing a bathroom vanity.

2. Width

Before you even think of the width and height of your upcoming bathroom vanity, start by measuring your space. The width will influence many other parts of the set including your decisions regarding vanity bases, design, and tops.

Bear in mind these factors:

  • Leave enough room to support door openings (shower and entry) and trim. Bathroom spaces aren’t the same, so open your vanity drawers and doors, and measure them against the dimensions you got in your bathroom. You will want to ensure that the vanity set won’t be too large or disrupt the smooth flow of traffic.
  • Remember existing features like mirrors and electrical outlets and switches
  • Check your plumbing locations. This may determine the overall width of the vanity. Trying to move your plumbing will swell the cost of the whole project.
  • For standard building/home code compliance, remember to permit at least 18” from the edge of the cabinet to the middle part of the toilet.

After all the above, next measure the sizes of 1). vanity cabinets and 2). vanity cabinets with their tops.

Keep in mind your storage requirements and who will use the set.

The typical countertop height is 31” but it is an issue of personal preference most of the time. Taller adults will certainly want higher countertops, while shorter products work better for teens and small children.

Vanity width typically ranges between 12” and 84” (more on height later). Most of the products you will find out there fall at or close to these width points:

SizePurpose
24” Width VanityIdeal for powder rooms and guest baths. With this width, the vast majority of the counter space is almost entirely occupied by one sink, so it will store just a few things but are perfect for bathrooms with very little space
30” Width VanityWith some room available albeit a few inches, this size offers space for décor products on the edges such as a vase of flowers and a soap dispenser to brighten your room. Compared to 24” vanities, the width of 30” vanities increase by 25%. This increase creates enough counter space capable of holding a few toiletries, toothbrush dishes, or soap.
36” Width VanityThis width is popular for guest baths with a little extra space in storage. Vanities of this kind typically have cabinets and drawers to hide toiletries and supplies. Compared to 30” vanities, the width of 36” vanities increase by 20%. Vanities between 30” and 42” fall in the “standard” range, commonly seen in typical bathrooms.
42” Width Vanityif you are buying a vanity for a large bathroom without a space that can accommodate a double vanity, you can go for a 42” width vanity instead. It provides enough room to cater for 2 users at the same time plus plenty of storage. Compared to 36” vanities, the width of 42” vanities increase by 16%. So, from 42” to 48”, the overall cross-section of the counter space coverage and space-saving becomes apparent.
48” Width VanityAt 48”, you will begin seeing options for a double vanity, but remember that your storage space will be limited due to the plumbing requirements that come with the two sinks. In case you lack other storage options for cleaning products and towels in your bathroom, you can opt for single vanity at 48” width. Compared to 42” vanities, the width of 48” vanities increase by 14%. One major benefit to large vanities is the freedom you get to choose to choose from many sink sizes.
60” Width Vanitythis size provides plenty of space for two sinks complete with spacious storage perfect for the standard bathroom. Most styles of this size of vanity include cabinets, drawers, and sufficient counter room for 2 users to get ready in the morning. Compared to 48” vanities, the width of 60” vanities increase by 25%. At this point, you are in the double sink category, with considerably large counter space for big families.
72” Width Vanitythis is one of the biggest standard vanity sizes, with a luxurious of 72” wide to permit all styling options you have in your mind. Typically sold as a double vanity, it is the ideal vanity for large master suites. Compared to 60” vanities, the width of 72” vanities increase by 20%. Just to put things to a bigger perspective, 72” vanities tend to be about 200% larger than usual 24” vanities! As such, vanities of this width are for those large, open bathrooms that cater to more than 2 users at the same time.

Also, get the depth right – the average vanity unit comes with a depth in the region of 17” and 24”.

If you are buying a vanity minus a top, you will also need to take the measurements for the countertop. So, measure the depth and width of your vanity cabinet. Note that the vanity top needs to be 1″ wider and 1″ deeper than your vanity cabinet.

Be certain to include allowances for fillers (that’s if you plan to use them) A filler strip is any piece of wood placed next to vanities to close gaps that are between them and the wall.

3. Style

It might seem intricate at the start, but there is more than one style of vanities with each style matching specific kinds of bathrooms.

The key thing here is to identify a design that provides the functionality the members of your household want and the aesthetics that complements the space.

Freestanding

freestanding vanity for manufactured homes

This is the most common style of vanity defined by a simple boxy appearance that can be installed close to any single wall.

They offer sturdier storage options plus the sink space.

Because they are self-supporting, they permit more design freedom.

From countertops designed for decoration, to cupboard cubes and drawers for organization, these vanities provide utility and storage options regardless of where you place them.

They also stand on their feet on their own and do not require wall anchorage most of the time, allowing more versatility to accommodate your water supply lines.

Wall-mounted

wall mounted manufactured home bathroom vanity

The most popular attribute of wall-mounted vanities is their simplicity.

They anchor on your wall to save some space (they also called “floating vanities” for that reason), resulting in a contemporary looking, clean washing space that reveals the visual space in the entire bathroom.

Most wall-mounted vanities come with storage alternatives, from drawers to cupboards. Where there’s a wall with good stud support, these vanities can be excellent options for bathrooms of any size.

Corner-based

corner bathroom vanity

For smaller bathrooms, buy space-saving corner vanities.

Corner vanities are usually wall-mounted, or freestanding, or a combo of both installations but always in the corner of the room.

These oddly shaped cabinet units work with all shapes of sinks, from vessels to recessed units, and provide modest storage alternatives.

As such, they can help you open up a crowded layout and conserve enough floor space for easy access to everywhere else in the bathroom.

4. Sink

What type of sink do you want on your vanity?

Integrated\Recessed Sinks

The integrated or recessed sinks are formed directly into the top of the vanity.


These sinks are normally one piece, shaped in such a way that they fit the design of the vanity, which permits shallow, quick rinse deep bowl or sinks of the exact material used to make the rest of the top.

Console Sinks

Console sinks are bigger hence they gobble up much of your vanity surface area to leave minimal storage space and simple ledges for faucet installations.


They are normally wall mounted and are designed to balance off the two front supports. They are different – unlike most vanities you are used to, these sink options leave very little to zero opportunities for storage.

Undermount And Drop-in Sinks

Then there are drop-in sinks, which install into predetermined holes cut in your vanity top.


They rest above your counter to assist in minimizing the mess created by the splashing water.

Undermount vanity sinks are another type – they are installed slightly below your vanity counter to create a smooth and vertical edge.


These two – undermount and drop-in sinks – are often made of different materials than their vanity tops and cabinets, allowing for beautiful combinations like marble and porcelain.

5. Height

How high do you want the vanity to be?

The height will be a defining factor of the overall comfort of the unit and the room.

The height can change depending based on how you intend to use the bathroom and who is going to use it.

For example, kids can’t use vanity with the same height as units meant for adult members of the family.

Master Bathroom

manufactured home master bathroom vanity

The master bath vanity needs to be 36″ high. Also the usual height for kitchen-based cabinets, the extra height ensures a more comfortable experience for daily, repeated use.

Guest Bathroom

For guest or spare bathroom, buy a vanity with a height between 32” and 34”.
guest bathroom vanity for manufactured homes

This is a reasonable compromise for a bath used by both young adults and children as there is a need to accommodate several different heights.

Children Bathroom

You can choose to buy a vanity specifically made for kids.

kids vanity for manufactured homes

Children’s bath vanity needs to come with a height of 30”.

While this may appear a bit low for some adults, the lowered counter makes it easier for kids. Buy a vanity equipped with pull-out steps instead of drawers, to give the youngest of your kids a climbing boost.

6. Features

Modern vanities serve more purposes than just storage of your toiletries and other bathroom essentials.

Be certain to buy a product with extra features and options designed to improve your bathroom experience and daily routines.

Electrical outlets

For an average family bathroom, there’s always a need to make use of every nook of space and even free more of it where possible.

This is especially true if you have a lot of items to charge.

From shavers to hairdryers, phones, and electric toothbrushes, everyone has an item to charge in the bathroom.

Some vanities now offer hidden electrical outlets tucked away from the moisture and humidity in drawers. You can easily plug your necessities and let them charged unnoticed until you need them.

Shallow drawers

Many bath accessories and toiletries are small items that are hard to store in different places or keep track of.

Therefore, adding drawers with multiple depths or with slanted dividers between each set of drawers can help you store brushes, hair ties, and other small supplies more easily especially if you don’t have plenty of room in the space.

Organizers

From built-in cross pieces to metal cup holders, look for vanity products that create small designated spaces for your odds and ends especially those a day hardly elapses before you use.

Organizes can be anything from hanging racks to shelves all of which may accommodate such things as towels and similar wiping materials.

Customizable technology

Nothing can escape technology today, including bathroom vanities.

With the advancement in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility, medicine cabinets and vanities now come with charging stations and speakers for smartphones and smart sound systems for homes.

With these, you start your day in the morning with your favorite podcasts, music, or more, all depending on the range of features you choose.

In a nutshell

Bathroom vanities are a combination of your bathroom basin or sink and the storage space that surrounds it.

It’s generally a piece of bathroom cabinetry designed to hold your sink and conceal all the associated plumbing and provide much-needed storage.

When choosing one, consider

  • the amount of space you have in the bathroom
  • the vanity tops of your liking
  • style
  • and the width and height that will be comfortable for your family.

Most of the time, homeowners choose between single and double vanities.

Your decision will depend on how you plan to use your bathroom and on the space available for them. 2 sinks aren’t necessarily better than 1!

Different widths of bathroom vanity create an inverse link between the counter space and the room.

For instance, a 2-sink vanity with a 72” width is 200% bigger than a 1-sink 24” wide bathroom vanity.

Before you even think of the width and height of your upcoming bathroom vanity, start by measuring your space.

The width will influence many other parts of the set including your decisions regarding vanity bases, design, and tops.

Vanity width typically ranges between 12” and 84” (more on height later).

Modern vanities serve more purposes than just storage of your toiletries and other bathroom essentials.

Be certain to buy a product with extra features and options designed to improve your bathroom experience and daily routines.

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