When you choose a bathroom vanity or countertop you will need to consider the style or décor of the room, the frequency of use, and the cost and durability of materials. There are many choices in color, patterns and materials in countertops and an endless variety of styles for vanities.
Laminate is a popular low cost option for countertops. This is a perfect choice for an extra bathroom, utility room or kid’s room. There are a variety of colors and patterns to choose from and the material is low maintenance. The downside is that the surface is not as durable as some others and can be burned for example by a hot curling iron.
Marble and granite offer a high quality, high-performance choice. The materials are extremely durable and come in a range of natural stone shades and patterns. Stone countertops are resistant to heat and scratches but need to be sealed to prevent stains.
Solid surface materials under brand names like Corian are a good mix between low end laminates and high end natural stone. They are a blend of plastic resins that can be melted and molded into just about any shape. With solid surface materials sinks and countertops can be molded as one unit giving a seamless finish. There are many patterns including those that mimic the look of natural stone. Solid surface countertops work in just about any bathroom.
Vanity styles will primarily depend on your décor. Traditional styles are usually made of wood like oak, mahogany and others. Bamboo is increasingly popular as an ecological choice. Other materials popular for vanities are metal like steel or chrome. Bathroom vanities will accommodate a sink and storage space. There should be ample drawer space for cosmetics, towels and grooming accessories.
Wall mounted vanities are ideal for small spaces like guest bathrooms or half baths. The space underneath allows room for storing items for the bath and makes cleaning easier.