June 6, 2008, Newsletter Issue #3: A Bath Vanity Is Key When Remodeling a Bathroom

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We all know how much time teenage girls spend in the bathroom. They lean over the sink and fix make-up and hair over and over. That's how the cabinet below the sink and mirror got its name: bath vanity.

Bath vanities are the cabinets below the sink that hold an assortment of items from toothbrushes, hair dryers and shavers to extra shampoo, soap and cotton balls. Some bath vanities come with a sink receptacle, but most often a counter top and sink are chosen separately. Also, sometimes bath vanities are sold with mirrors or bath medicine cabinets and sometimes those are separate. The sizes and ranges of styles of bath vanities are vast, probably because bathroom sizes range so greatly and also because the bath is one of the most popular rooms in the house to remodel.

A bath vanity can have a contemporary or more traditional style, so before investing in a new one you should take some time to consider which you prefer. Do you want to change the look of your bath entirely or just replace the bath vanity and other cabinets? Keep in mind that the bath vanity becomes a catch-all over time. You might be surprised at what you find in there!

So, if you think your bath vanity is too big for the room consider finding other ways to store some items that aren't used every day. Also, you can use unique storage ideas for common bath items such as jars and baskets, opening up more space in the bath. Before you buy a new bath vanity just because you like the look, take stock of what storage you need -- even make a list. Then judge your final choices by how well the drawers and other storage spaces will fit your families exact needs.

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