Bathroom remodels can be a big headache from start to finish. Ripping out tile, redoing plumbing, and totally re-envisioning your space is stressful, messy, time consuming, and almost always expensive. But fortunately there are lots of ways to make the job simpler and more straightforward. One of the best ways to simplify your bathroom remodel is to shop for bathroom vanity sets rather than just plain old bathroom vanities. Because bathroom vanity sets come bundled with many of the hardest to match pieces, installing a new vanity is one headache you won’t have to worry about.
Matching Vanity Tops
What you might not realize while you’re shopping for a new vanity is that most bathroom vanities only include the vanity – the main, wooden cabinet and nothing else. Now, a new sink and faucet are relatively easy to buy and even install yourself. But purchasing a new vanity top – especially a stone vanity top – is probably one of the most difficult and frustrating parts of any bathroom remodel. Stone vanity tops have to be purchased separately from a separate manufacturer, cut to fit your vanity and your sink and faucet, and installed. Not only is this expensive and time consuming, but imperfect measurements or careless installation can mean you’ve paid for a whole precious stone slab you can’t actually use.
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Even those bathroom vanity sets that don’t include a sink and faucet are usually cut to accommodate them. This is important because stone counters are at their most vulnerable when small holes are being drilled in them. It’s a job you definitely don’t want to have to do yourself, and with bathroom vanity sets you don’t have to. You’ll want to check with your manufacturer, but many companies offer some form of protection or another with regards to installation as well. Even the most careful contractors can still have accidents, and it’s very important to make sure you’re buying a bathroom vanity set that’s not only cut to the proper specifications, but that has some protection against damage.
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In addition to eliminating the headache of having to find, buy, cut, and install your own vanity tops, ones that come paired with bathroom vanity sets are also typically a lot less expensive. The simple reason is that manufacturers have better buying power than individuals. Because they can buy stone in bulk and have pieces mass cut to match the furniture they build, the process is more efficient and a whole lot less costly. Those savings are passed directly on to you. Now, the drawback of this is that some manufacturers offer vanities with only a very limited number of vanity top options – either one or two in marble or granite. But if the color and type of stone is important to you, you can find some manufacturers, like James Martin, that offer more and more versatile options. Still not as many as you’d have buying on your own, but at a much lower price and ready to install.
Not all bathroom vanities come paired with mirrors, and if you aren’t planning on installing a frameless mirror, it can be difficult to find a mirror frame to match the color and style of your vanity. Especially for vanities with distressed finishes, off whites, or medium wood tones, or vanities with distinct woodwork, if you can’t find a mirror from the same manufacturer, you’re likely to have to settle for one that isn’t quite a perfect match. Bathroom vanity sets, on the other hand, come with mirrors included, often as part of the set purchase price, that are sized and finished perfectly to match the vanities they’re paired with.
Frameless mirrors are popular for their clean, seamless look. But ultimately mirrors that are just mirrors offer none of the extra utility you might want, especially in a smaller bathroom. Bathroom vanity sets come paired not with generic mirrors, but often with decorative medicine cabinets or even multitasking mirrors with built in shelves, towel bars, or storage cabinets. Not only does this add utility to your bathroom vanity, but because each mirror is specifically designed to match the vanity it’s paired with, you get a perfectly streamlined appearance, even if the vanity and the mirror are designed asymmetrically.
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Finally, many bathroom vanity sets offer mirrors with even more unique special features, most notably backlit mirrors, which have florescent or LED lights built directly into the surface of the mirror. Because the light shines directly on your face, this helps eliminate shadows that can be cast by overhead lighting. Bought separately or custom built, backlit mirrors can be quite expensive, but as part of bathroom vanity sets, they’re much more affordable as well as being designed to match.
If you’re looking to take some of the headache out of your next bathroom remodel, bathroom vanity sets can not only save you a lot of searching (and a lot of money) but can help you get a unified, designer style even if you don’t have a decorator’s eye.
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