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Some Differences to Tell a Vanity Apart from a Cabinet

As you’re exploring the bathroom remodeling glossary, you may come across terms that interior designers use frequently. Even if they might mean almost the same thing, a vanity and a cabinet are two slightly different things.

According to its definition, the bathroom vanity is a combination of a sink and extra storage around it. Besides storage, it also serves to hide exposed plumbing so as to keep things looking neater and tidier.

While bathroom vanities are very efficient for hiding the plumbing, they may not have enough storage. In some cases, the bathroom vanity will include a nice-sized cabinet or even a wall-to-wall configuration. But, what is the difference between vanity and kitchen cabinets? While the style and installation may seem identical to kitchen cabinets, there are some significant differences.

→ Kitchen cabinets are usually 24″ deep. Bathroom vanities are 21″deep. They can be even shallower if your bathroom is smaller. They also tend to be shorter, around 30″ to 34″ high, in contrast to standard 36″ kitchen cabinet height. But remember that you can always customize the size and height that works the best for your bathroom.

And what about vanity design? There are some things to consider when choosing one which will fit your bathroom design the best;


This will depend on the space you’re working with. Is your bathroom more on the smaller or the larger side? A smaller bathroom benefits more from vanities that are low-profile. Those are usually floating bathroom vanities. They give you the illusion of having a bigger space, plus the extra space beneath the vanity.


Most of all, whether you choose a vanity or a cabinet will depend on use. Think about how much use this particular bathroom gets. If you want a powder room vanity, your needs will be different than for a bathroom that is located along a small hall. . The more frequently you use that bathroom, the more you will have to think about storage capacity and maintenance.

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