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Traditional Vanity Units Buying Guide


When you're planning your new bathroom, storage will be something which is important. One of the most effective ways to keep your daily essentials neat and tidy is to install a vanity unit. Don't worry about having to compromise on style in order to keep things practical though as these fixtures are designed to complement pretty much any choice of decor you can think of. In this guide we'll be paying attention to traditional vanity units, and what you need to think about if you're looking to buy one.

Is a traditional unit right for me?

This all depends on your personal tastes and also the general style of your bathroom. Obviously a period influenced unit is going to look a bit out of place in an ultra-modern setting but if you're after an authentic look to match your traditional fixtures then they are absolutely ideal. They also don't take up too much space either as they combine storage with a basin so the room won't feel cramped in the slightest.

What are my choices?

You have plenty of options to pick from here. If you have a small bathroom then a single wall hung vanity unit will be a good choice, but if you share a large bathroom with your partner then there are freestanding double vanities available which provide each of you with your own sink and also a larger amount of storage space. You just need to select something which is practical for your lifestyle really.

Traditional vanity units consist of a ceramic top which is paired with a wood cabinet. This can be either real wood or a fantastic value laminate. Both of these options will provide you with a long-lasting, durable product. There are different finishes and handles available too, so creating a coordinated look should be easy to do.

These units are supplied in either a one or two tap hole fitment. This will affect the type of tap you will need (a mono basin mixer for a 1TH unit for example) so make a note of this before you buy.

Do I need to purchase anything separately?

You do, and it's worth making a note of this before you buy anything as you'll need to factor these into your budget. Most traditional vanity units won't come supplied with taps or wastes so you'll need to get these separately. There are loads of choices out there though so finding something to match isn't difficult at all. You'll also need to invest in a new trap too so keep this in mind.

Are they easy to install?

They can be a little bit tricky if you're not used to this kind of DIY. There's quite a lot of work that goes into fitting a vanity unit correctly as you have to make sure they fit perfectly and there can be a fair amount of plumbing work involved as you'd imagine. We'd recommend you to get a professional out as this will give you peace of mind.