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Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanities (And Why They Sometimes Have Legs)

Wall mounted bathroom vanities are becoming increasingly popular, but you might be surprised to learn that many models include legs that can be attached or removed before the vanity is installed. This is an option that doesn’t show up much in traditional design, and one that probably seems a little strange – after all, why include legs if they aren’t needed? But simply providing the option whether to install the legs or not makes for an interesting choice between two very distinctive styles, each with their own unique advantages and drawbacks.

Metropolitan 72" Double Bathroom Vanity in Silver Oak 850-V72-SOK from James Martin Furniture
Metropolitan 72″ Double Bathroom Vanity in Silver Oak 850-V72-SOK from James Martin Furniture

The most obvious benefit of wall mounted bathroom vanities is that they’re visually striking. When paired with a legs-free design, the stark, simple lines of a modern bathroom vanity (which most wall mounted vanities are) have a gorgeous, gravity defying appearance that adds a uniquely modern sense of elegance to a bathroom. Adding legs back onto the vanity ruins this effect entirely, breaking the illusion that the vanity is floating and giving it a much more ordinary, less daring look.

Metropolitan 72" Double Bathroom Vanity in American Walnut 850-V72-AWT with legs from James Martin Furniture
Metropolitan 72″ Double Bathroom Vanity in American Walnut 850-V72-AWT with legs from James Martin Furniture

On the flip side, the greatest advantage of adding those legs back on is equally simple: you don’t have to mount the vanity to the wall. Wall mounting a bathroom vanity can be difficult and complicated for a number of reasons, from the placement of your studs to the sheer weight of the vanity. A vanity with good, sturdy legs negates all those concerns, because you simply set it in place like you would any other piece of furniture, no complicated installation needed. 

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Tahoe 59" Double Bathroom Vanity 867-V59D-CTG-G from James Martin Furniture
Tahoe 59″ Double Bathroom Vanity 867-V59D-CTG-G from James Martin Furniture

It’s also worth noting that the actual legs themselves can be visually interesting in their own regard. While many models come with simple square or cylindrical metal legs, others use the space to get a little creative. Interestingly shaped or unusually placed legs are also common (I’ve even seen vanities mounted on a single post!). One rising trend I’ve been starting to see, though, are add-on “legs” that are actually sophisticated frames that almost double the storage of the wall mounted vanities they’re attached to.

Portland 72" Double Sink Wall Mount Vanity DEC071B-W from Design Element
Portland 72″ Double Sink Wall Mount Vanity DEC071B-W from Design Element

On some vanities, having legs that can be added or removed – or particularly ones that can be adjusted in height – is an absolute must-have if you’re opting for a vessel sink. That’s because vessel sinks alter the overall height of the vanity, and traditional legs can leave the whole vanity a little bit too high to use. Adjustable legs can be raised or lowered to compensate for the difference, ensuring that the vanity will work with just about any sink.

Mercer Island 36" Single Bathroom Vanity In Coffee Oak 389-V36-CFO-A from James Martin Furniture
Mercer Island 36″ Single Bathroom Vanity In Coffee Oak 389-V36-CFO-A from James Martin Furniture

Wall mounted bathroom vanities are even more versatile in this regard, as  they can literally be installed at any height on your wall, making it possible not only to accommodate for a taller sink, but also to custom match the height of the vanity to the height of the people that will primarily be using it, whether they’re particularly tall or particularly small. While the installation is obviously more complicated (and permanent), the results are also more precise and personalized, and don’t require checking and double checking the manufacturer’s listing to make sure you’re getting legs that are or adjust to exactly the height you need.

Westlake and Silverlake 72" Double Bathroom Vanities from James Martin Furniture
Westlake and Silverlake 72″ Double Bathroom Vanities from James Martin Furniture

All that said, even when sold under different names or item listings, bathroom vanities with legs that can be added or removed interchangeably are really the exact same bathroom vanity. That means that, appearance and installation notwithstanding, there isn’t any difference between one item and the next but what you choose to do with it. One of the main complaints about wall mounted bathroom vanities is that they sacrifice storage space for aesthetically pleasing (but less useful) white space, but unless you choose a set of “legs” that turn your wall mounted vanity into an open-shelf vanity, simply adding on legs won’t fix this problem. Ultimately, the choice is a practical one only at the time of installation. From there, it’s purely aesthetic.

What do you think? Do you love the look and feel of wall mounted bathroom vanities, or do you prefer the simplicity and stability of vanities with more traditional legs?