Tips on choosing a bathroom vanity

We have had customers come to us saying they are looking for the warm and lush look of real wood, which they say is hard to find at local suppliers and showroom in Hawaii.

Also, choosing the right style, sink and countertop for you can be tricky! So today, we would like to provide a few tips on making choices with a bathroom vanity including pros and cons.

1) Vanity body

Like any piece of furniture, a bathroom vanity body comes in an array of styles, from modern, classic to country, or island style. In terms of structure, the vanity body can come in an open style, cabinet style or  a combination of open and cabinet. Also, the bathroom vanity can be free-floating or mounted on the wall.

The question is – what is the style you are into? It may be to go through a ton of photos of bathroom vanities and see what you are attracted to. Also consider the purpose of the bathroom you are working on. Is it a guest bathroom or an everyday bathroom? Do you have a lot of things to store?

If you are stripping off and old bathroom vanity, consider the wall behind your current one. If you are making an open style bathroom vanity from a chunky style, it is probably necessary to clean the wall and perhaps some drywall work is needed – it depends on how your wall behind the bathroom is looking.

2) Sink

Overmount sinks
This type of sink requires that the countertop has a cut hole to ensure the sink can stay in
place so that its lip rests over the countertop surface. This type of sink is also easier to install and less expensive than an undermount. Not as elegant of an appearance as undermount sinks but can look great with the right sink and countertop material. Hard to clean between the sink lip and countertop so bear that in mind!

Undermount sinks
Undermount sinks are installed directly beneath the countertop surface. The sink’s bowl begins
beneath righ below the surface. It can provide an attractive minimalist look. Works best with water-resistant countertop material.

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Vessel sinks
Vessel sinks are freestanding vessels sitting on a countertop, often has an appearance of a
bowl. One of the biggest advantages is style. Adding a vessel sink really gives the bathroom the wow factor. Although we disagree, some consider it a trend that might not be around in the long run – something to consider. Looks great with an open floating wood countertop!

Vessel sinks do require a tall faucet. You will need a faucet that is tall enough for the water to fall into the bowl. Also, since the bowl and the facet will be taller than the countertop, you won’t have to bend down as much to wash your face.

Vessel sinks come in various material and shape – glass, bronze, porcelain, copper, stainless steel, round oval, square, rectangle, or even irregular shapes if you’d like it to be custom made.

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3) Countertop

Granite countertop

Granit is long lasting, stain-resistant AND beautiful. Must be cleaned regularly with warm
water and a liquid detergent. Granite countertops need to be sealed every six months to a

Manufactured Quartz countertop

Manufactured quartz imitates the look of stone such as granite or marble, but is much more
resistant to scratches and stains. It is made up of 90 percent quartz particles and comes in a
wide range of colors and sizes too. It is very practical in a bathroom, easy to clean and
doesn’t require sealing like granite.

Wood countertop

The top reason why people choose wood countertops is its beauty!! But there are drawbacks to
wood countertops that you need to know before you make the choice. Although at Satoshi Yamauch
Furniture we will seal and finish the wood countertops appropriately for your bathroom, with
time the countertop will start to show some wear and tear and the finish may need to be
reapplied. Also, since wood is softer than gratine, tiled or quartz countertops, it can be
easily damaged.

Tiled countertop

Tile has always been a popular material for bathroom! Although the disadvantage of tiles is
need to clean the grout. Unglazed porcelain tiles are stronger than granite and much more
reasonable too. A great way of overcomin the cons of grout cleaning is to choose a dark colour
grout such as dark brown or grey.

Solid surface countertop

Solid surface is made to look like natural stone. It is one of the most popular countertops.
There are brands like Corian, Staron, Gilbraltar and Avonite. Especially great for anybody
worried about mold or mildew. It is a nonporous and hypoallergenic material. Very easy to
clean and reasonably priced too.

4) Other tips

Consider other items in the bathroom such as shelves and mirror. The bathroom would look
fabulous with a matching set of bathroom vanity, mirror, hooks, shelving unit, you name it.

Although we do not offer lightings, they are an important part of the bathroom. You may like
to consider having lights installed into your new bathroom alongside your new bathroom vanity.

If you are replacing an old bathroom vanity, you will be takin out the current vanity in
place, which probably will leave some marks on the wall. If you are having somebody work on
the wall – great!! You have a wide range of choices. However if you don’t intend to get the
wall redone, then it is advisable to go for design and size that would conceal the unfinished
wall. For instance you wouldn’t want to have an open style bathroom vanity against an
unfinished wall where you can see screws holes. So you may want to go for a cabinet style.