Bathroom Counter Height

Bathroom Counter Height

Comfort height bathroom vanities are 36″ tall to match the height of kitchen countertops. By raising the height of your vanity, your sink and countertop are also heighted for an ergonomically enhanced experience. You may have noticed this change in recent years. If you’ve seen a bathroom that is 10 years or older, you may have been able to notice that the counters are much lower than modern vanities. That’s because the standard height of a bathroom vanity is 32″ compared to that of comfort height vanities that measure 36″ tall. This is a diagram of the 61″ Point Loma Double Sink Vanity. The Point Loma is a comfort height vanity with a total height of 35 3/4″ which is just shy of the taller 36″ vanities. The Shift Away from Standard Height Vanities Comfort height has become the new standard, not only with toilets but with vanities as well. Most new bathroom cabinets are raised to promote a more healthy posture. Kitchen countertops were designed to be at the hip of normal adults to make kitchen prep easy. The only reason bathroom counters were lowered was to make the sink accessible for small children. Makes sense doesn’t it? Keeping this in mind, comfort height vanities are probably not the best for a kids bathroom. While it’s not entirely impossible for them to use the sink, it could make it more difficult for them to wash their hands. For kids bathrooms, you can install standard height vanities. Why Choose a Comfort Height Vanity Comfort height vanities reduce bending and stooping; you’re back will love you for it. Since they are taller, you don’t have to bend down as far to reach the sink. This reduces the strain on your back. Once you become accustomed to a comfort height vanity, you’ll instantly be able to tell the difference between standard vanities that are 6 inches shorter. If you’re installing a new vanity, I’d highly recommend going with comfort height cabinets. They’re taller to make washing up easier. Aside from that, there is no difference and no added problems that you have to worry about. If you’re in debate because of the kids, just go with something in between 32″-36″ to compromise or just go with a comfort height vanity and get them a stool to stand on. Floating Bathroom Vanities Don’t forget about floating bathroom vanities.  These wall-mounted vanities allow you to choose the height of your countertop by adjusting the mounting position.  They are contemporary pieces that add an air to your design. How to Tell if They’re Right for You One thing that you can do is stack up some old cardboard boxes. This may sound or look funny but it will give you a visual idea of how high your countertop would be. Set it next to the vanity you currently have installed and look at the difference. Use this comparison as a baseline to make your decision. Unique Comfort Height Bathroom Vanities Installing a vanity that is taller doesn’t necessarily mean that your cabinets have to be meek or bland. You can find beautiful comfort height vanities in all sorts of shapes, designs, colors, and styles. Below are a few of my favorite comfort height vanities. The Caroline Double Vanity from Virtu USA. Measures 36.2H x 71.9W x 22.1D. The Cansano Vanity is 36″ tall and is the perfect example of a comfort height bathroom cabinet. The Astell Open Space Modern Bathroom Vanity. 36H x 30W x 22D. —View More Vanities— More Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Bathroom Vanity: What’s the Best Material for a Bathroom Vanity Cabinet 10 Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities that Will Last a Lifetime 20 Small Bathroom Vanities that Are Big on Style About the Author Cheryl Khan is a designer and writer at Tradewinds Imports, an online specialty site dedicated to retailing fine bathroom furnishings. She has extensive knowledge about all the finer details that go into planning the perfect bath renovation project and is an expert on all things bathroom! Send her your bathroom Q’s on twitter @SuperInteriors! No related posts.
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Bathroom Counter Height

Vanities come in a variety of height arrangements including standard height, comfort height, and vessel sink height. Standard vanity height is often contested and there’s not really a regulated “standard height.” The standard height of a bathroom vanity is determined by averages of the most common heights of bath vanities.
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Bathroom Counter Height

Explore Your Options The vanity can define your bathroom space. Since bathrooms are usually separate from the rest of your home, you can deviate from your typical style. If your home is traditional, you can opt for a more modern look in your bathroom. Consider the following options before purchasing: Color and Finish Vanities can be made of glass, metal or wood and typically come in white, black, mid-tone brown or espresso finishes. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can paint a wood cabinet the color of your choice. Hardware Check the description on the vanity that you’re interested in purchasing. Some will already include the door and drawer hardware.Size In a small bathroom, a single vanity is probably your only option. But with a bigger bathroom you can decide if you’d like to do one larger vanity or break it up with two smaller vanities side by side.StorageIs this vanity going in a master bathroom or a powder room? A guest room or a kids’ bathroom? Think about your particular needs. If you use this bathroom every day, then ample storage space (including drawers and countertop space) is going to be more important to you.Wood TypeTypes can range from basic engineered wood, birch or pine to more expensive materials such as Asian hardwood, oak, maple and more. Shop Cabinet HardwareLearn How to Paint a Vanity
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Bathroom Counter Height

The vanity can define your bathroom space. Since bathrooms are usually separate from the rest of your home, you can deviate from your typical style. If your home is traditional, you can opt for a more modern look in your bathroom. Consider the following options before purchasing: Color and Finish Vanities can be made of glass, metal or wood and typically come in white, black, mid-tone brown or espresso finishes. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can paint a wood cabinet the color of your choice. Hardware Check the description on the vanity that you’re interested in purchasing. Some will already include the door and drawer hardware.Size In a small bathroom, a single vanity is probably your only option. But with a bigger bathroom you can decide if you’d like to do one larger vanity or break it up with two smaller vanities side by side.StorageIs this vanity going in a master bathroom or a powder room? A guest room or a kids’ bathroom? Think about your particular needs. If you use this bathroom every day, then ample storage space (including drawers and countertop space) is going to be more important to you.Wood TypeTypes can range from basic engineered wood, birch or pine to more expensive materials such as Asian hardwood, oak, maple and more. Shop Cabinet HardwareLearn How to Paint a Vanity
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Bathroom Counter Height

Generally speaking, a bathroom vanity will be lowered in order to accommodate for the extra height added by a vessel sink. Vessel sinks typically add 5-6″ to the height of the vanity countertop. For example, if you want the rim of your vessel sink to be at comfort height, you will need a vessel sink vanity that is 36″-6″=30″ in height.
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Bathroom Counter Height

Vanities and Cabinets If you’ve always wanted a double-bowl vanity, think twice. “Two bowls are useless if two people don’t have enough elbow room to use them at the same time,” says kitchen and bath designer Judy Bracht, of Richard M. Tunis Inc. Fine Kitchens and Baths in Chevy Chase, Maryland. You’ll need at least 60 inches from side to side, 72 inches if possible. If you already have a double-bowl vanity and space is tight, consider replacing it with a single, centered sink. “You’ll gain counter space and can locate storage on both sides,” Bracht says. Include at least two electrical outlets, one on each side of the sink. A third outlet inside the medicine cabinet lets you put a blow-dryer, contact-lens cleaning device or electric toothbrush where it’s out of sight but ready to use. If you must install a lavatory bowl to one side, Bracht suggests locating it based on whether primary users are left- or right-handed. The standard vanity depth is 21 inches. But you can gain floor space in a small bath by trimming at least part of the vanity to 18, 15, or even 12 inches deep. Use a banjo top that extends over the toilet for added storage; just be sure you either hinge the section over the toilet tank so it lifts for repairs or use a one-piece, low-profile toilet. You might also find the 30- or 32-inch standard height of a vanity too low. If so, consider building up the toekick on a stock vanity or ordering a taller one that stands 34 to 36 inches off the floor. Kitchen and bath designer Sharon Hopkins of Designpro in Lafayette, California, suggests choosing a vanity with drawer storage instead of doors; most items stored in a bathroom are small and get lost at the bottom of a cabinet or on shelves. Make drawers even more efficient with molded-plastic dividers and cosmetic trays. You can even consider narrow rollout shelves on either side of the P-trap under the sink; just get in the habit of storing cleaning supplies elsewhere. Wall cabinets that extend from the vanity top to the ceiling and 8-inch-deep recessed medicine cabinets also stretch storage space. In all these cases, make sure you have clearance for drawers and doors to open. “Especially if you’re using full-overlay cabinet doors, which extend to the edge of the cabinetry, you may need a filler panel next to the wall to space the vanity away from door casings,” Lenner says. Rawson suggests using tambour doors where there’s no room for swing-out versions. For example, a tambour door on a cabinet that extends all the way down to the counter keeps a clock radio or curling iron tucked away without taking up counter space required by a swinging door.

Bathroom Counter Height

Bathroom Counter Height