Countertop for Bathroom Vanity
The vanity top in the bathroom is a great way to increase the usable space, decorate the interior, and create an elegant interior design. However, while choosing such a multifunction product, it’s an essential thing to consider the following criteria: features of the material; the architecture of the room; the style of the interior, and, of course, your financial capabilities. This will allow you to purchase a vanity top that will be pleasing to the eye, bring pleasure from hygiene procedures, and also serve you a quite long time.
Construction and design features
The appearance of the bathroom top is essential, but it is equally important to clearly understand how the sink should be located on a countertop. The price of the product itself, and the cost of repair in the case of a breakdown, as well as the cost of installation, depend on this. Possible top designs and their differences are described below.
One-piece vanity tops
It is a one-piece kit with a built-in sink. In other words, the sink, and countertop are presented as a single whole product. It can be both overhead and floor, depending on the preferences of the buyer
This bathroom vanity tops type is highly hygienic. Due to the absence of joints and crevices, where dirt often accumulates and mold develops, this design is cleaner than others, even in the case of not frequent cleaning;
Another advantage is the ease of maintenance. Such an interior item is an excellent choice for people who don’t really like cleaning;
The installation is simple, it doesn’t cause any difficulties, a cabinet with a sink and plumbing with an integral design is installed in the bathroom;
The elegant appearance of the product. In fact, this is a flat surface with a recess in the form of a sink, the hole is only for a siphon and mixer, due to such minimalism of parts, seams and crevices, such a countertop looks very impressive.
The cost is quite high. The solid tabletop can be made exclusively from expensive materials such as natural stone or quartz. Cheap materials such as fiberboard for this option countertops aren’t suitable;
Difficulty in repair. In the event of a breakdown, due to the cast type of design, access to parts is complicated, and also if significant damage is done to the countertop, repair may not be possible and the only way out is to buy a new product, since replacing a separate part or part is not available.
Bathroom vanity countertops with sink
This type of tops can be described as horizontal support with a hole in which the sink is not completely installed in the hole, but only its lower part, the upper one rests on the tabletop. In other words, the sink is glued into the prepared hole in the counter-top, the glue serves as a bonding agent and sealant at the same time.
Easy to install. Since the mixer is not attached to the wall, in fact, it is only necessary to firmly adhere the sink to the counter-top and connect flexible hoses to the mixer;
A wide range of materials. The main requirement for the material is the ability to cut a hole under the sink, and for this all the materials offered by the manufacturers are suitable. It is important what the buyer prefers or what is better suited to the style of the interior in the bathroom.
Cleaning is complicated because dirt can accumulate at the junction of the sink and countertop. This place requires special attention and a thorough cleansing.
Counter-top for built-in sinks
Such type of sink is also called an integrated sink. A sink is installed in the prepared hole so that its edges don’t protrude above the vanity top.
Spectacular appearance. If we talk about the interior, then such sinks look more harmonious and attractive;
Accessibility of cleaning. Such a sink doesn’t protrude above the vanity top so it doesn’t clutter up space and simplifies cleaning;
Great selection for every taste. The specific design of such restroom tops allows the use of a huge range of materials.
Installation of such a sink is more complicated, and therefore expensive;
The hole should be made perfect. If the hole is made poorly, tightness will be very difficult to achieve and, as a result, a wet floor — such a sink will leak. Quality largely depends on the tool that will be used to cut such a hole; it is selected depending on the material of the top for bathroom vanity.
The placement of countertops in the bathroom largely depends on the area of the bathroom itself, the material from which the building and walls are built, the financial capabilities of the client, and, of course, his desires and preferences.