Your Options For A Vanity Cabinet

Written by bprescottFebruary 7, 2012
A black vanity cabinet with sink surface

Looking at your options

The traditional vanity cabinet, which offers the most counter and storage space, is used with a single basin or pair of basins and is installed by fastening it to the wall. Several types of basins are available, and the methods of installing them vary:

  • A self-rimming sink is dropped into a cutout in the countertop, and its rim overlaps the surface, forming a seal.
  • A flush-mount sink is installed so that it’s level with the surface of the countertop. It’s also called a tile-in installation because the sink is designed to fit flush with a tiled countertop.
  • An above-counter basin, also called a vanity top installation, is used for basins or vessels that are installed to rest on top of the counter.
  • An under-counter sink mount is used with stone or solid surfacing countertops, so the rim slips beneath the countertop and creates a seamless appearance.

Every vanity needs a countertop, and some of the most common countertop materials include the following:

  • Laminates: Laminates can be bought ready made in stock sizes or ordered in an endless number of colors and patterns.
  • Solid surface: Solid surface, also available in colors and patterns, is another man-made material. Pliability is its unique feature, so it can be shaped in configurations that make it more versatile than laminate, particularly when edging details are the look you want.
  • Tiles: Ceramic, stone, slate, and marble tiles are installed over a base and then laid in intricate patterns on a counter surface or as a solid design. Along with solid surfaces, these materials make ideal backsplashes, wallcoverings, and countertops in a bathroom. When installed over a base cabinet, the tiles are installed on a base of plywood and backerboard with thinset mortar and then grouted.


From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



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