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Top Secrets For Adding A Dazzling Bathroom Sink



When it comes to bathroom design, every component is an opportunity to make a statement and add value — especially your bathroom sink. With so many bathroom sinks on the market today, there are plenty of opportunities to select the traditional or modern bathroom sink that appeals to you. Whether you’re designing your dream bathroom or staging to sell, here are some top secrets to keep in mind when shopping sink options. Whether you go with a traditional bathroom sink in a vanity you already have or opt for something bolder, you can’t go wrong when you’re armed with basic design principles and know how they apply to your home. With that in mind, here are the secrets you’ll want to know.

  1. Start With What You Have
    Just like a double vanity probably won’t make sense in a powder room, so too certain sinks won’t fit in your bathroom. Before getting your heart set on a certain style or material, stop and evaluate your space. Here are some factors to consider:
    • How much space you have. If you’re going to be fitting your new sink into an existing vanity, you need to know how much space it can accommodate, as this will limit which sinks you can choose. If you’re swapping out the whole vanity entirely, on the other hand, you’ll want to think about what size sink/vanity will work best in your space. Smaller bathrooms tend to work best with pedestal sinks or wall-mounted vanities; and large bathrooms with multiple users benefit from double vanities with twin sinks.
    • Bathroom style. Unless you’re remodeling your entire bathroom, choose a sink that works with your current bathroom’s style. A modern bathroom sink might be slick and eye-catching, for example, but it would look out of place in a bathroom that’s traditional everywhere else.
    • Sink holes. Sinks need faucets, and faucets come in different hole numbers: one hole, two holes or three holes. If you already have a certain faucet in mind, you can pick a sink to match it. If you don’t, choosing a sink with three holes is your safest bet — as it works with the greatest number of faucet options.

  2. Know What Styles Are Available
    Unless you’re already committed to a specific sink style, it only makes sense to explore the possibilities. From pedestal sinks to wall-mounted sinks, here are some of the main sink types available:
    • Pedestal sinks: Supported by a single column, pedestal sinks take minimal floor space while still providing an attractive, functional bathroom sink. They also hint at vintage style and work beautifully among classic bathroom elements like subway tile and bronze fixtures.
    • Wall-mounted sinks: Another way to save floor space with your sink choice is with a wall-mounted sink. Rather than standing upright on the floor like a pedestal sink, this kind of sink mounts directly to the wall, completely freeing the floor beneath it.
    • Drop-in sinks: Drop-in sinks do just what their name suggests — they drop into a countertop or vanity top, with a rim that rests above the counter and a basin that hangs below. Their biggest benefit is being so easy to install.
    • Under-counter sinks: Under-counter sinks are like drop-in sinks, except they stay completely under the counter, with nothing resting above the vanity top.
    • Vessel sinks: Designed to rest above the bathroom counter, a vessel resembles a large bowl, and it gets placed above the counter with a faucet pointing into it. Available in various designs and materials, vessel sinks can make a bold, modern statement in a bathroom.

  3. Explore All the Different Sink Materials
    The sinks you see at your local home improvement store are not a full representation of everything that’s available. Today’s market includes bathroom sinks in glass, cast iron, porcelain over cast iron, vitreous china and even stainless steel. Take time to explore all of these possibilities so you can be sure you’re picking the right option for you.

  4. Look at Sinks in Person
    One of the best ways to explore both sink styles and materials is in person. Visit a local design showroom, like the ones Modern Bathroom has in Southern California, and get a better feel for what you do and don’t like about various sink designs.

  5. Consider Universal Design
    Last but not least, think about universal design when you’re shopping sinks. While you may not need a handicap-accessible bathroom day to day, will anyone in your family? Would making your bathroom more accessible be an asset when it comes time to sell? One small step you can easily take is to install the sink as close to the front of your countertop or vanity as possible.
Ready to learn more about sinks and shop affordable options for your bath? Visit Modern Bathroom to see what we have available, at factory-direct pricing that can save you 70 percent or more!

How To Install A Free-Standing Bathroom Vanity

Designing a new bathroom? Looking to renovate? Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing bath, when you’re looking to create a bathroom with a real wow factor, consider adding a free-standing bathroom vanity. This kind of bathroom vanity mimics the look of standalone furniture but with the same storage and plumbing benefits of a traditional vanity. Set on its own legs, a free-standing vanity can also open a space by extending the room’s line of vision, with flooring continuing underneath the cabinetry. When you’re ready to install a new, free-standing bathroom vanity in your space, here’s a look at the benefits of this choice as well as how to do it right.

Benefits of Choosing a Free-Standing Vanity

There are many reasons that a free-standing vanity works well in a bathroom, so if you’re thinking about whether or not to go with this option, here are some perks you can expect:

  • Expanded sense of space. Especially in a small bathroom, a free-standing bathroom vanity can help enlarge the sense of space by allowing for a clear line of site beneath the vanity.
  • A more custom look. Free-standing bathroom components can mimic the look of furniture — or even be fashioned from actual furniture. Match the rest of the home’s style by picking one that suits your taste.
  • Cheaper costs. Despite being fully finished furniture, free-standing vanities are actually more economical than built-in options. They’re typically prefabricated and portable, so you can take them with you, even if you move.
  • Versatility. Free-standing vanities come in all kinds of sizes, colors and designs. Whether you go with a small, white cabinet or a large vanity that looks like solid wood, you can easily find an option that suits your taste.

When you’re looking to give a bathroom a fresh breath of style and storage, consider free-standing cabinetry.

How to Install Your New Bathroom Vanity

If you’re planning to install your new vanity on your own, here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process. Take your time and follow each step carefully to ensure your installation is performed properly:

  1. Turn off the water. First things first. Using pipes and wrenches, turn off the water supply to minimize water spraying everywhere when you install your new vanity. You may have a shutoff valve beneath the sink, but if you can’t figure that out, you can alternatively just shut off the entire house’s water supply.
  2. Remove the old vanity. In the case of a bathroom remodel, you’ll need to remove the old vanity before installing your new one. You might have to do this in sections, particularly if the vanity is large, if it has a tile backsplash, etc. Think about whether or not you want to preserve the old vanity — to re-use or sell it, for example — or whether you’re just going to throw it away. If it’s going to be discarded, you can feel a little freer to be rough with it as you get it removed.
  3. Prep the area. Once the old vanity is gone, examine the walls and flooring left behind. Is anything damaged or unfinished? If so, take the time to patch walls and/or paint as needed.
  4. Prep the vanity. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re installing your new vanity: Does it have a back? If so, you’ll need to cut out spaces for pipes. Is it level on the floor? If not, you’ll need to shimmy the legs so that everything sits securely.
  5. Mark the installation location. Use measuring tape and a pencil to mark the location of your new vanity on the wall, so you’ll know where to install it.
  6. Install the vanity. To install your vanity, set it in its new location and attach it to the wall studs using the right screw length for the vanity (to avoid hitting pipes, you won’t want to use screws that are longer than 1 inch).
  7. Put in the new vanity top. Your next step is to add the top of your new vanity. Start by putting 3/8 inch of silicone caulk around the top of your base where the vanity top is going to sit, as well as along the wall if your top is going to border the wall on either side.
  8. Put in the sink and faucets. Install your new faucets and sink, and drain the assembly on the sink top. Your faucet will likely come with installation instructions to aid you in this step.
  9. Connect the plumbing. Because this step is a little trickier, you may wish to call in professional help. Whoever reconnects the plumbing, however, it’s important to get it properly hooked up in order to have water running to and from your sink(s).
  10. Caulk the backsplash. If your vanity has a backsplash, be sure to caulk where the wall and the backsplash meet, and use your finger to smooth the joint.

Once your vanity is installed, you are free to enjoy a renovated, stylish bathroom space that you did yourself! With a free-standing vanity, you can revolutionize the look of your bath.

Where to Find Free-Standing Bathroom Cabinets

When you’re on the hunt for quality bathroom vanities that won’t break the bank, look no further than Modern Bathroom. We provide factory-direct pricing, free shipping and a huge selection of products from top brands. Not only are our prices typically 70 percent lower than what you’ll find elsewhere, but we also offer a low-price guarantee. That means, if you find a lower rate (including shipping) elsewhere within 30 days, we’ll refund 110 percent of the difference.

Shop our selection to find ideas that appeal to you, or, if you’re in California, visit any of our three showrooms to see products in person.

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Choosing The Right Modern Vanity

 

When you’re designing a new bathroom, every detail matters — from the color you paint the walls to the bathroom vanities you purchase. In fact, because a modern bathroom vanity is one of the most noticeable components of a bath, it’s often one of the toughest shopping decisions to make. What kind of vanity is right for your bathroom? Should you go with a traditional style or a modern vanity? Do you want something minimal or ornate? To help you think through options for style, color, shape and so on, here’s a look at a few tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping bathroom vanities.

The Perks of Modern Vanity Sets

Trying to match your various fixtures to your vanity can be tricky — so one way around this is to choose vanity sets. Vanity sets help you simplify your decisions by letting you pick matching pieces like mirrors, lights, cabinets and faucets. Instead of having to find individual pieces, you can pick a full set at once. Sets help you get a cohesive look, while also simplifying the shopping process.

Budget Considerations

In a market with such diverse possibilities, it only makes sense to shop around for vanities at a good price, no matter what your budget. That’s because you want to find the best value for your money. With this in mind, Modern Bathroom is pleased to offer factory-direct discounts that save you up to 70 percent of retail costs. We provide free shipping and offer a low-price guarantee that means we’ll refund 110 percent of the difference if you find a lower price, including shipping, within 30 days of your purchase.

The Size of Your Space

While a powder room typically does best with a small vanity, there are a lot of perks to incorporating a double vanity in a larger bath. In other words, size matters when it comes to vanity selection, and so does scale. When you’re evaluating vanity options, it’s vital to look at the size of your bathroom and know what it can accommodate. Understanding what you have to work with will help you eliminate options that won’t fit or aren’t right for your room.

What You Need From the Vanity

Think about the differences between a main bathroom vanity and a vanity in the powder room off the kitchen — while both need to house a sink, one will need to be large enough to hold toiletries, towels, appliances, etc., and one might not need to store anything. Do you need counter space to accommodate a morning routine? Do you need minimal space to make a small bathroom feel bigger? By choosing a vanity that addresses your goals, you make a smarter choice for your bathroom design.

Types of Materials Available

Today’s vanities come in all kinds of styles and materials, from wood veneers to granite. Ideally, you want to pick an option that can withstand regular humidity and use. Your vanity will probably often be wet, covered with toiletries, and/or exposed to shower steam. Some good options are laminates, wood veneers, thermofoil, and wood that is properly sealed and lacquered.

How Lighting Matters

The bathroom vanity is where you wash up at the end of the day, get ready in the morning, primp, fix your hair, apply makeup, shave and more — that’s why lighting matters. You want to be able to clearly see what you’re doing in a well-lit space. In most cases, you’ll want to go with sconce lighting that flanks the mirror, providing indirect but proper lighting in the bathroom. In a small bathroom, plan for at least two sconces; in a larger bath, shoot for three or four.

Level of Maintenance Required

If you want to save yourself the headaches of constantly cleaning your vanity, look for easy-to-clean surfaces. Choose a durable, low-maintenance vanity top and avoid anything with grout that’s notoriously tough to keep up with cleaning.

Color Scheme

Last but not least, you want a vanity that works with your overall bathroom color scheme. Are you going deep and dark or bright and white? Will your walls be a soothing neutral, and you want a light-colored vanity top to match? Is your style defined by certain color schemes that can guide your vanity selection? While decorating is only one part of a bathroom design, it is one part worth considering. Make sure the vanity you select works with your overall decorating goals.

Whether you’re remodeling an existing bath or thinking through options for a bath in a new home, shopping among the sea of possibilities is challenging. When it comes to choosing the right modern bathroom vanity, you have a lot to think about — from color scheme to materials to size. To help ensure you make the right selection for your needs, think through the factors above. By properly evaluating the possibilities for your bathroom, you can make an informed decision you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Top 10 Bathroom Furniture Pieces

When it comes to a beautiful, functional bathroom, there’s a lot more to the space than mere components like a vanity, a bathtub and a toilet. In fact, an increasing number of bathroom designs are strategically incorporating bathroom furniture, as well as appliances, to maximize comfort and convenience in daily routines. What kinds of bathroom furniture pieces are popular today? How might you use furniture like stools or cabinets to dress up and add style to your bath? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at 10 of the most popular and innovative bathroom furniture pieces being used today! Explore these possibilities to get inspired with ideas for your own bath.

Seating Spaces

Nothing says furniture like a comfortable seating option, and today’s bathrooms are making the most of that principle, both inside and outside the shower. From stools that can move around the room as needed to shower seats that add luxury to grooming routines, here are a few popular seating options in today’s bathroom industry:

  1. A metal stool. A short, minimal, metal stool can serve a range of purposes in the bathroom — a place to display trinkets, a booster for kids to reach the sink, a place to sit while you’re applying makeup or organizing a vanity drawer. Today’s bathroom products market includes all kinds of metal stools that are portable, lightweight and stylish in the bath.
  2. A shower seat. Enjoy a little extra luxury and convenience in daily showers when you add an attractive, modern shower seat to your bathroom. For the best benefits, look for an option with a water-resistant seat and durable construction. There are even models that can be mounted to the wall and folded up or down to accommodate use.
  3. A sleek and modern stool. For one more seating option, explore the possibilities of attractive, high-end bathroom stools. Featuring slim profiles and lightweight designs, these stools can have waterproof tops that make them usable in the shower as well as attractive designs that make them decorative benefits in the bathroom.

Storage Solutions

Whether you’re talking about excess towel storage or a place to keep bathroom toiletries, the more storage you have in the bathroom, the better. And thanks to innovative storage furniture available today, there are lots of ways to expand storage possibilities in the bath, from side tables to storage niches:

  1. An angular table. For the kind of extra storage space that can bring a few toiletries right next to you in the tub or nearby at the vanity, look for a simple, angular table that’s mobile and versatile. There are endless ways to use this piece of furniture, from holding lit candles while you bathe to keeping relevant products near you while you get dressed in the morning. Flexible and movable, a small side table can add wonderful convenience to the bathroom.
  2. A wall-mounted linen cabinet. Gone are the days when vanities and storage costs are the only options for bathroom storage. In today’s market, you can find linen cabinets that mount to the mall and provide shelving and storage for linens, toiletries and more. A bonus feature is a door mirror that provides you with extra visibility in your daily grooming routine.
  3. An extra storage niche. Whether you’re talking about a small side table or a free-standing niche, there are all kinds of storage options that can expand space in the bathroom today. In a bathroom where there’s enough space, add one of these furniture pieces to display towels, toiletries or whatever you like.
  4. Wall shelves. The same idea behind open kitchen shelving extends into the bathroom with wall shelves that showcase attractive bathroom products for added style. You might house matching containers filled with beauty supplies or small vases holding bathroom-friendly plants. Whatever the case, wall shelves give you a way to add more personality to your bathroom space.
  5. Rolling carts. Storage can always be within reach when you utilize something like a rolling cart in your bathroom space. Whether you use it to hold toiletries, towels, reading materials or bath products, a rolling cart makes storage portable and reachable wherever you are.

Other Accessories

Other bathroom furniture products have been designed primarily to address needs for comfort and flexibility in the bathroom. A headrest in the tub makes baths more enjoyable, and a room divider provides new ways to break up and use a room:

  1. A bathtub headrest. There’s no piece of furniture that so contributes to a spa-like feel in the tub like an adjustable bathtub headrest. Designed to affix to the bathtub with suction cups, a headrest allows for easy reclining in the tub. While supporting your neck and head, it lets you lean back and relax in a long and comfortable soak.
  2. Room dividers. Say you want to add a little privacy in a large bathroom, accommodating a dressing area or separating a less-attractive part of the room from the rest. Room dividers offer a smart solution, especially now that there are models with accessories like towel holders or mirrors available, already integrated in the designs.

Bottom line with bathroom furniture? Knowing what’s best for your bathroom is all about knowing what’s best for your needs. Think of how you do or could use your bathroom and look for furniture pieces that can better accommodate your uses. Would you like more storage space? Could you enjoy a place to sit while you get ready or a way to sit in the shower? In many cases, there are already furniture solutions available to address these desires. Explore our website to shop Modern Bathroom’s thousands of products, all available at factory-direct pricing that can save you up to 70 percent of retail costs! We offer free shipping and a low-price guarantee, so if you find the same product elsewhere for a lower rate, including shipping, within 30 days of your purchase, we’ll refund 110 percent of the difference.

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