A bathroom remodel is an exciting endeavor but the list of options for bathroom cabinetry and vanities is long. Here are some things to keep in mind, whether you are renovating an existing bathroom or starting from scratch.

Do your research

Understand your space. Think about how you and your family use the space and apply this information to figure out the best configuration and placement of your vanity. The idea of having two sinks might fit your big family but you might change your mind when you realize how much counter space you will be compromising.

Think through the design

Flip through design books and magazines to gather ideas. Visiting a showroom can be another excellent strategy to narrow down your design style. Don’t let the pretty details distract you as functionality is an essential element of design. Keep in mind the foot traffic pattern and what a normal weekday morning looks like for you and your family in this space.

Look at what’s trending

Take a look at the latest trends and choose what fits your lifestyle and personality.

Lighting: There is an increase in cabinets with built-in illumination.

Consistency: Homeowners are matching the cabinets in the bathroom with the design of the rest of the house.

Sleek surface: Sleek, veneer surface cabinets are easier to keep clean than cabinets with decorative edges that trap dirt and dust.

Furniture: There is a trend toward cabinets that resemble furniture, whether antique or modern.

Functionality: Cabinets are getting taller to make room for more storage space. There are more amenities such as built-in drawer dividers and appliance garages.

Redesigned medicine cabinet: The tiny and narrow medicine cabinet days are over. They are now redesigned with more space, deeper cabinets and places to plug in appliances. They are also more secretive than ever, so guests won’t know that there is storage behind the mirror.

Get creative with your space

Design can be fun and there is always room for a creative touch. If you have a smaller bathroom, a custom vanity with open shelves can make a bathroom feel bigger. Mounting cabinets to the wall as opposed to having them under the sink can also give the bathroom a spacious look.

Find the right size

The width, depth and height are essential factors to consider when picking out a bathroom vanity. Leave enough space for family members to come and go and measure to ensure the doors of the cabinets and the doors of the bathroom will open properly. Don’t forget to factor in faucet height, mirrors and light fixtures. Study your bathroom floor plan and note where the existing plumbing is located. Keep in mind that the width of your vanity will dictate how many sinks you can install. 48 inches is usually the mark to hit if you want his and her sinks.

Consider mounting options

The three options for mounting your vanity are freestanding (standard), wall mount (floating) and corner mount. A free standing vanity is the most common. A wall mount is a more modern way to go but provides less storage space. A corner mount vanity fills a very specific need but is limited to one sink. If you are looking for the easiest route, choosing the mounting option that you currently have. It will make for an easy install as the plumbing lines will be located in the same place.

Budget

Vanities and cabinets can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you have a DIY type of personality, consider buying unfinished cabinets and installing and finishing them yourself.

Seek professional advice

Remodeling a bathroom can become a complicated endeavor, as you are working with a small space and everything you touch has either water, electrical or drainage components. You may want to consider hiring a specialist to help you during the makeover process or consult a designer when nailing down your final design choices.

As you are surveying your options for your bathroom redesign, keep in mind both functionality and design as you choose the perfect touches for your bathroom.