Bathroom Vanities

bathroom vanitiesWell designed bathroom vanities have become the focal point of Melbourne bathrooms and need to be both stylish and practical as they are also essential for all important bathroom storage.

Bathrooms are now an area of meditation and relaxation where people often renew their energy after long and stressful work days.

There is something very appealing and peaceful about a completely clutter-free bathroom vanity bench surface.

Having a custom-built vanity unit makes it easy to create your very own bathroom sanctuary.

The Latest Bathroom Trend in Melbourne Homes

Minimalism is the current trend in bathrooms with storage seamlessly included in built-in bathroom vanities. Since clutter can destroy a sense of relaxation, custom made, built-in storage makes good sense in the bathroom. It’s a good way of concealing items such as plumbing pipes, undersides of sinks and other things you do not want on display. By custom making the cabinets, you can maximise space and not leave any gaps that can make cleaning awkward. Cisterns can be built into false walls that also be used as cupboards. The lack of clutter will give the impression of a larger room. Other storage options include mirrored cabinets, glass shelves, tall shallow cupboards fitted into corners, and alcoves in the walls used to create a feature. For any new or renovated bathroom vanities, the design options are simply endless.

The Benefits of Custom Built Bathroom Cabinets

Off the shelf bathroom vanities are usually installed with 100mm minimum gaps either side of them due to overhanging tops which can result in a 10-20mm gap between the side of the bathroom vanity and the wall. This looks awful and is will just collect dirt.

It is often easier and more cost effective to have a bathroom vanities custom made. That way you can get the exact size, design and finish that suits you and also have a basin that matches your design. Also, your bathroom vanity can be designed so that it fits exactly thus minimising gaps and maximising usable space.

Modern Bathroom Design

The design of your bathroom vanity is dependent on the required storage, finishes and the users’ requirements. You’ll need to consider who will be using the bathroom vanity, what will be stored in there, how much bench space is needed and whether you would like one or two basins.

Cupboards are best for storing larger items such as towels, while drawers are better for smaller things like toiletries and makeup. Drawers are increasingly popular as they make it easy to get to things in the back of drawers rather than the back of cupboards.

Open areas can be used to feature rolled towels and interesting objects.

Bathroom Storage

bathroom vanityIt is important to consider the users of the bathroom vanity when determining your bathroom storage requirements.

Decide what you might need in the bathroom on a daily basis, and build the storage around that. Store everything else in another space in the house. Then divide the needed items into what has to be concealed and that which you do not mind having on display.

Medicine cabinets should be installed high in a wall mounted cabinet as a safety precaution to keep them away from any children. If you have teenage girls, allow lots of room for beauty products.

It is handy to have some cleaning products in the bathroom (often under the sink) as well as spare toilet rolls and towels.

Aim for as many drawers in the units as you can manage as these allow you to maximise storage and are easy to access. Decide what needs to be stored in the drawers and the depth required. Many potion bottles can then be stored upright therefore maximising space.

Remember you will need some an area under the sink for plumbing pipes. it is worth knowing that floor mounted bathroom vanities offer the most storage.


Bathroom Vanities Materials and Finishes

There are a large range of finishes available for bathroom vanities and there are advantages and disadvantages with the finishes.


Laminate is available in a large variety of colours, wood grains and finishes. Laminate is hard-wearing with a uniform colour and finish and resists most scratches, spills and knocks.

Vinyl Wrap

Vinyl wrap is becoming more popular now that there are now a wide variety of textures and finishes. Using this material makes bathroom vanities highly resistant to moisture since the vinyl coating is applied to the outside of the board which totally seals it.

Vinyl wrap is also chip resistant, making it an excellent choice for doors, panels and bench tops.

Timber and Timber Veneer

Expect the colour and finish to vary for timber as is a natural material. For this reason, the sample you receive may differ from the actual timber on your completed bathroom vanity.

Timber may also dent and become damaged by water, so it is good to be aware that a timber or timber veneer bathroom vanity will require additional care. Solid timber is more durable than timber veneer but may also warp or move over time.

Timber veneer is a thin piece of approximately 0.6mm thick which is glued to board and then sealed with a clear lacquer. The timber veneer may be from real timber or reconstituted timber which is more likely to have a consistent colour.

bathroom vanitiesAnother option for bathroom vanities is two pack polyurethane. This is a very hard paint which can be applied to bathroom vanity drawers, doors, and bench tops. It provides a consistent colour and finish and also resists scratches and knocks.

A disadvantage is that it is easily chipped and repairs can be difficult. It is often used in upmarket bathroom as it is one of the most expensive finishes.


Bathroom Vanity Bench Tops

There are three main categories of bench tops for bathroom vanities: Laminate, Stone and Timber.


Laminate is by far the cheapest option, and is also practical as well as very hard wearing. Laminate bench tops are available in a number of edge profiles from rounded to square edge. Check with your cabinet maker to see which edge profile is the most suitable with the basin and look you are after.


Stone is easily the most popular material for a bathroom vanity bench top but it is the most expensive option. Reconstituted stone such as Caesar stone is used a lot as it has very consistent colour and it is stain resistant and very hard wearing.

bathroom vanitiesNatural stone such marble is also used, and the natural colour variations are considered a feature.

If you choose natural stone, it is advisable to visit the stonemason and choose the actual slab you want the bench top to be constructed from. This will ensure are not surprised when you see the finished bench top.

Granite is less popular now but is more hardy than marble and requires less after care. Marble and limestone are harder to look after as they are very porous and require sealing and after care. Check with your stonemason for advice.


Timber provides a more natural look but it does vary in texture and colour. You’ll need to ensure it is finished and sealed to protect it. Timber does need more care than other tops and is known to expand, contract and warp over time.

Fixtures And Fittings For Bathroom Vanities

Some items which might include when deciding on your vanity include:

  • The type of basin/s you would like to have installed. There are quite a few options available here including single, double, square/round, semi recessed, recessed above the counter, and wall hung. To ensure continuity, your choice of basin will usually be from the same range as the bath and toilet suite
  • The style and numbers of taps you would like installed.
  • Door handles, knobs, towel racks and other fixtures and fittings that enhance the comfort and decor of your bathroom.


We take great pride in our work, and if you are shopping around Melbourne for custom bathroom vanities then please give us a call, as we would really like to help you design the perfect centrepiece for your new bathroom.