A buyer’s guide to bathroom vanities

Need to keep essential items out of sight or give your bathroom a luxury look? Start with our pick of vanity units.

A new vanity is a simple way to refresh a bathroom and tailor it to your needs. The latest designs are a lesson in good looks and functionality, and there’s a huge range to choose from. Check out the vanities below for inspiration.

The Happy D.2 vanity unit (£1,706) by Sieger Design for Duravit is teamed with the Happy D.2 washbasin, £714.

Save space with a single vanity

A single vanity with a modest-sized basin and cupboard space underneath is particularly practical in a small bathroom. Choose a wall-mounted unit to keep the floor clear and to create an illusion of space, and use door fronts with recessed handles to enhance the streamlined aesthetic. Wall-mounted taps (rather than deck-mounted) will keep the surface of your basin clear of visual clutter.

This Laufen vanity unit in dark walnut veneer, priced around £1,760, will fit into the smallest of homes. Also pictured is the Ino basin, around £375.

The small but perfectly formed Coco vanity unit from Ripples is priced from £1665.

Double up for less stress

Avoid bumping heads over the basin: opt for a double vanity with an oversized trough or matching sinks. Look for a wall-hung model if you want an airy and contemporary look or a floor-standing piece for a more traditional design.

Bring a touch of romance to your bathroom with the art deco inspired Imogen by Justin Van Breda for CP Hart, from £1,300.

This double vanity unit in Peacock Blue is from Utopia‘s Roseberry collection of painted timber bathroom furniture. It also features a marble-effect solid surface worktop. Priced £2,475, as shown.

The right height

Nothing says contemporary like a sleek wall-mounted vanity. You can also set it at the correct height for you – ideal if you use a wheelchair or are particularly tall.

S Line in solid limed oak is available in three sizes and priced from £1,881 (including the basin but excluding the taps) at Aston Matthews.

Fired Earth‘s wall-hung Lugano double basin and four-drawer unit (£1,900) is shown here in a white gloss finish called Lucido. Taps are sold separately.

Go for floor-standing

We’re seeing more and more bathroom pieces that wouldn’t look out of place in the bedroom or living room. Bang on this trend are floor-standing vanities that look more like elegant designer furniture than functional bathroom basics.

Catchpole & Rye’s Pyrford vanity is fashioned from mahogany and arabascato marble and priced £3,900.

The Milano vanity unit by Cielo Ceramica is available at CP Hart from £2,780.

Don’t cut corners

Minimalist in look and space saving in design, a corner vanity unit is ideal when you need to make the most of all available space. You don’t have to compromise on functionality either: many models come with generous wash space and enough storage to stash away all your bathroom essentials. For a sleek look, go for a handless design with an unobtrusive recessed grip or push-to-open mechanism.

The Svelte corner unit and cast mineral marble basin will cost you £1,275 from Bauhaus Bathrooms. Three other finishes are available in addition to eucalyptus (shown).

This Alpine unit from Bathstore, priced around £270, has a simple aesthetic and offers plenty of storage space.

Conceal and reveal

Use drawer dividers inside your vanity to keep your bathroom essentials in order. Drawers-within-drawers (see Heima by Roca below) also maximise the space available. Note the space-saving syphon cut-out that makes the most of the interior by allowing the drawers to extend fully.

From Frontline Bathrooms comes the Aquanatural wall-hung vanity (£795) featuring a solid surface basin and two wood-effect soft close drawers.

Show your colour confidence

A coloured vanity from the likes of Duravit and Bagno Design will bring a splash of colour to a white bathroom. Taking the plunge with colour will instantly inject personality and make your space feel more luxurious.

Exuding an Art Deco feel, the Art vanity in Gloss Water Blue by Bagnodesign is priced at £810 for the 70cm-wide model and £845 for the composite basin.

This bespoke vanity by Roselind Wilson Design features a chunky top offset by cupboard doors with a textured finish that mimics metal mesh.

Go bespoke

If you’re struggling to find a vanity to suit your style and space, it could be time to commission a bespoke piece. This can be built to suit your space – nooks, crannies and all – as well as your height and accessibility requirements.

A bespoke vanity unit by Roselind Wilson Design.