Creative Alternatives to a Bathroom Vanity


Gone are the days for boring old bathroom vanities when you look to the latest trends in design. While a portion of your design may be controlled by your budget, there are creative solutions available that can help you obtain any kind of look. However, if you are able to set finances aside, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating or purchasing a spectacular, one-of-a kind bathroom vanity.

Furniture Stunner

  • If you own an antique dresser, chest of drawers, or comparable piece of furniture, using it as your bathroom vanity can be stunning. You can also purchase a piece of furniture to use if you cannot bear damaging a family treasure. One tip for saving money is to look for a piece that has a damaged top—the section you will be cutting out to replace with your sink—so that you can ask for a discount. To complete this look, you can install a variety of sinks from bowl styles that sit upon the vanity top to decorative styles that are "sunken" within the cabinet. While this idea will work in a master retreat, it can also give a guest room or a powder bathroom the high-end design you have dreamed of having. Complete this look by installing a complimentary framed mirror above your new vanity.

Earth-Friendly Texture

  • To achieve this creative alternative, you must look to nature. The vanity itself should be made from either reclaimed wood or a replenishable wood, such as bamboo. For your countertop, check out local resources as you may be able to purchase remnant stone such as marble or granite that was a leftover from another customer. Or if you prefer texture, you can select a countertop made of smooth river stones or pebbles. Another idea is to use a recycled glass countertop with a complimentary mirror. The materials you select can also help you establish the style of your bathroom vanity; however, most eco-friendly designs tend to be modern yet functional.


  • With this design style, you start with a blank slate and design (or work with a designer) to create a unique bathroom vanity that is tailored to your individual needs. It can include custom cabinetry for housing and hiding your blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, and any other bathroom necessities. Your cabinets can extend floor to ceiling for optimal storage or be mounted to the wall so that it appears your vanity is floating several inches above the ground. And do not forget about your mirror as you can wrap it in beautiful wood moldings that coordinate with your vanity. Or you can use sleek stone or tile work to match your custom countertop or floor.

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