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Old01-07-2015, 10:17 AM
 

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Hi. We are planning on remodeling an outdated bathroom. Currently it looks like we've got two single vanities attached to one another, with one against the side wall. Then there's one countertop sitting on top of / across the two vanities.

What is better for us to shop for? One double vanity? If so, will the plumbing line up or could it be tons of work to get the plumbing to work? We have two separate sets of water supply and drain pipe.

Or should we get two of the same single vanity and place them half a foot or whatever room we have apart?

Any preferences or advice?

We will be getting new floor and wall tiles and lighting for sure; probably new paint, toilet, mirror as well.

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Old01-07-2015, 10:20 AM
 

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What do YOU prefer?
Would you lose storage with separate units?
Would separate even look good?


Neither choice is my preference.
I would rather have just one sink to clean and have a larger vanity.

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I always asked my clients when they questioned me about 2 vanities two questions.

"Does your lifestyle have multiple people using the bathroom at the same time?"

"Does anyone who uses the bathroom have an issue with using a sink that someone else uses?"

Then I let them make the decision about the number of sinks and I designed it the way they wanted. (If possible)

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Around here, most of the vanities are made by cabinet shops so you can specify exactly the configuration you need/want. If you get two separate vanities, would there be a gap between them? Sounds like a recipe for a hard place to keep clean and a natural magnet for things to fall off the top and be hard to retrieve.

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Hi. We are planning on remodeling an outdated bathroom. Currently it looks like we've got two single vanities attached to one another, with one against the side wall. Then there's one countertop sitting on top of / across the two vanities.

What is better for us to shop for? One double vanity? If so, will the plumbing line up or could it be tons of work to get the plumbing to work? We have two separate sets of water supply and drain pipe.

Or should we get two of the same single vanity and place them half a foot or whatever room we have apart?

Any preferences or advice?

We will be getting new floor and wall tiles and lighting for sure; probably new paint, toilet, mirror as well.


This will determine what is possible- "What is the current width of the vanity?"
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Old01-07-2015, 01:21 PM
 

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I would not put two separate vanities right near each other. If it's a large bathroom where they would be spaced fairly far apart, then separate vanities can be a good idea. But if it's not that big, I would get one larger double vanity with a single countertop. As Okey Dokie said, most of them are standard cabinets, so it's generally easy to get what you need. I have a double cabinet under each sink and then a bank of drawers between those, which is pretty standard. This isn't my house but this is the usual configuration.

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It depends on the distance apart, what you have may be a custom width so the only way to get a double vanity may be to go through a cabinet shop (and then you'd probably have to get a special order counter to go with it). Could get very expensive.

Another option, get two single vanities and then have a small unit put in between them. Try looking at kitchen sink bases which match to standard bathroom sink sizes. You'd then just need to make a counter for the center unit (perhaps that could be done out of fancy tile to give it a more decorative look).

Also Home Depot sells a line of vanities which are either 24" or 30" wide and then there is a 12" slightly taller floor cabinet available. All have countertops built on to them. We used one sink along with the taller unit in our hall bath and it works really well. Unfortunately I cannot find it on the website and do not recall the name, but your local store may have them on display. (Be sure to check different stores too if you do not see what you need, I found the three stores within 30 minutes of us had very different items.)

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Hi. We are planning on remodeling an outdated bathroom. Yeah! A good idea! Old bathrooms are one of the things that you use every day and other forget how much nicer they could be. Money well spent both for your own use and future resale.


Currently it looks like we've got two single vanities attached to one another, with one against the side wall. Crummy, lazy cheap builder solution! Really a sign of a "no good bum" instead of quality minded professional. Yuck!

Then there's one countertop sitting on top of / across the two vanities. Yippee. This will be easy to throw in the trash.

What is better for us to shop for? Measure the space you have and shop for ONE cabinet that will fit.

One double vanity? Yes

If so, will the plumbing line up or could it be tons of work to get the plumbing to work? It will not be "tons of work" unless this is some very old house and the plumbing is very old and if that is the case I can almost certainly guarantee the lazy bum of a builder / plumber / DIYer that plopped down two cabinets hacked up a mess behind the existing cabinets.

We have two separate sets of water supply and drain pipe. Only way to hook stuff up. Kind of irrelavent. You need to fix this.

Or should we get two of the same single vanity and place them half a foot or whatever room we have apart? Are you serious? FIX THIS!

Any preferences or advice? FIX THIS!

We will be getting new floor and wall tiles and lighting for sure; probably new paint, toilet, mirror as well. Sounds like a pretty big job. What is your budget? Don't "go cheap" on what could very well be the "center piece" of a well thought out renovation project


Ok, too mean?

I don't blame you. There are LOTS of lazy, cheap, no good bums that do lousy jobs and make future work harder. You need to fix this! I am less worried about the two cabinets as what ever nightmare may be lurking behind them. If you open up the wall and find some horror show of leaky pipes, rot, mold and sawed through structure this may become a MUCH MORE INVOLVED "repair" project before you can get to the "fun" part of picking our a stylish and functional new bathroom vanity cabinet. There are LOTS AND LOTS or great option including the "floating" style shelves and modern "open" vanities. You can have a HUGE amount of counter space by wisely getting appropriately sized sinks. There are all kinds of options like "trough sinks" and even customized choices. Start looking at the various "on line catalogs" and "e-showcases". Often times a good local cabinetry shop will be able customize something that matches your exact needs for a fraction of the cost of having shipped to you from the other side of the planet. The best part -- since this is not like a kitchen where you need to have multiple freestanding cabinets all individually leveled and integrated by a professional the total you spend on even the fanciest custom vanity is likely a better deal than you'd get from a "stock catalog.

The important thing is to FIX THE EXISTING PROBLEM and whenever I see something on the surface that is "cobbed together" the odds of something hidden lurking making the job much more expensive is the real issue that you need to budget / plan for contingencies...

KITCHEN BASE CABINETS ARE TOO HIGH FOR A BATHROOM! Do not follow MORE BAD ADVICE! Do not perpetuate MORE PROBLEMS! There is no such as "special order" to a real cabinet shop -- they BUILD EVERY ORDER! Ditto for counter tops. You are not talking about a "free standing island" like in a kitchen. Counters for a bathroom are always set up to be mounted to the wall below the mirrors. Odds are one side will exposed and one will be fit to the wall. No walls are perfectly 100% square -- there is ALWAYS a custom scribed end! Depending on the material for the countertop and backsplash it may be easier / cheaper to get things "integrated" but functionally the end result will be about the same.

I am 100% in disagreement that you need to have a lifestyle where you and you partner SIMULTANEOUSLY brush your teeth / wash your face to NEED a dual vanity. That is the hallmark of jealous / small minded thinkers. Dual vanities make it easier for each partner to keep their own personal grooming products organized. I might like cinnamon Tom's while my partner might like minty Colgate. I might like a nice boar bristle brush and my partner might like a nice horn comb. We each get separate drawers / medicine cabinets and SYMMETRY means dual sinks top this off!

DO NOT UNDER CIRCUMSTANCE WASTE YOUR MONEY AT A JUNKY RIPOFF BIG BOX OF FAKE LUMBER STORE! If you are tearing out flooring , wall tiles and lighting I would assume you already know this is not some "slap it together and flip it" situation! This is home you'll enjoy not try to rip off some unsuspecting buyers.

Final thought -- it is possible that what looks like "two cabinets attached together" was made to be easier install / transport. I have come across this "solution" in some cramped apartments. It is still NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO THINGS -- if a good cabinet builder planned out the face frame you won't see any sign of "two separate cabinets". The idea is that this is a SINGLE VANITY and having two sinks does not mean you want things to look like "two cabinets attached side by side". That is just not the best solution!


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You mean like these? My inlaws have something like it. Personally, I want more counter space.


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Old01-07-2015, 04:02 PM
 

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You mean like these? My inlaws have something like it. Personally, I want more counter space.

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...two single vanities attached to one another, with one against the side wall.Then there's one countertop sitting on top of / across the two vanities
This is known as the "el cheapo" -- take two these, Design House Wyndham 30 in. W x 21 in. D Vanity Cabinet Only Unassembled in White Semi-Gloss-531947 - The Home Depotdrop this on top -- Swanstone Ellipse 61 in. W Solid Surface Double Basin Vanity Top in White-VT2B2261-010 - The Home Depot

Bada bing, bada boom "double vanity". Lots of wasted space. Ugly. Cheesy. Non-functional. Great for flippers.
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How can I replace a long double vanity with two single vanities?

There are a couple factors to replacing the cabinets/countertop: Where is the existing plumbing, and is there tile underneath? Depending on those, it will help guide to what the cabinets should be replaced with.

Tile

If the tile doesn't extend all the way underneath, I'd be sure the new cabinets covered any untiled areas (unless you are replacing tile as well). You could probably remove the toe kick to check, if you can't see from somewhere else.

Tile is nearly impossible to "add to". If you're super lucky, maybe you have some of the same tile and grout left over and it would be possible to add and have it not look completely different. More often, it's impossible to find an exact match, and so the only way to make it look right is to completely replace all tiles.

Plumbing

I'd also ensure they were big enough and positioned so the plumbing wouldn't have to be changed. It's not impossible to change plumbing of course, but moving it even a few inches could add anywhere from a couple hours of work, up to a multi-day job that includes re-tiling the entire floor (if you have to open the sub-floor and break tiles to do it).

As long as you have a couple inches between where the plumbing comes in to either side of the cabinet, it's doable. You just need enough room to actually work on the pipes.


So to answer your direct questions:

Leave as much space as you feel looks okay in the space, which could be as little as none (like it is now).

I'd tend towards finding something that is big enough that prevented me from re-tiling the floor, and from moving any plumbing. It would take a lot to convince me personally to change to a vanity that required those types of changes, assuming they weren't happening anyway. Most of the time as far as the look goes, it would be possible to find a similar looking vanity that is slightly wider/has a closed-in base/etc, so the design is essentially the same but extra work and expense is avoided.

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Elfwood[OP]
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Mar 28th, 2018 4:26 pm

Double Vanity vs Two Single Vanities Side by Side

Hi we are doing bathroom reno for the first time and we are in need of a 110 inches wide double vanity. We cannot find any pre-made double vanity of that size in any of the big box stores (Lowe's, Rona, HD etc). Looks like we have to buy it custom built, which for that size is not cheap. Any recommendations for stores to get such a large double vanity is welcome!

So we are trying to understand

Is buying two single pre-made vanities (50-55 inches width each) and putting them side by side, common? Is it tacky?

Thanks
Mar 28th, 2018 4:32 pm
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Mar 28th, 2018 4:32 pm

I think if you get the cabinet style ones, where the counter/sink are not included, then putting 2 side by side would not be tacky. Get one long granite/quartz countertop and two undermount sinks and it'll look like a single unit.

If you want to get the kind that's an all-in-one unit including the sink/counter, then yes, I think it would look tacky. In that case I would get two smaller ones and leave a space between them, maybe put a little decorative table between with a vase on it or something.
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Mar 28th, 2018 7:25 pm

Spudd wrote: ↑maybe put a little decorative table between with a vase on it or something.
That's called a makeup table ;)https://www.google.com/search?biw=1707& ... 0EODwUTEsI
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Mar 28th, 2018 7:42 pm

Why do you have to go 110? Will it fit between two end walls? or be placed on an open wall? what about a shorter vanity?
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fieldhousehandyman wrote: ↑ Why do you have to go 110? Will it fit between two end walls? or be placed on an open wall? what about a shorter vanity?
Currently the original vanity (30 years old) is just over 110 inches and fits between two ends walls. We haven't considered shorter vanity due to fear of looking weird.
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That is what I was presuming.

For a vanity built between two end walls, the only real way of doing it right is custom built with a custom countertop, which is likely the way it was done originally. The only way to do it with a prebuilt is to go significantly shorter, centering the vanity between the end walls, and perhaps putting something (furniture, art, etc) in the open space on each side. Do you really have to go double? Why not a sixty inch single centered in the space?
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Mar 29th, 2018 12:37 am

Why not go with 72" standard plus a towel cabinet of some sort?
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Mar 29th, 2018 8:37 am

I think two separate vanities is ok if that's what you want. You have different options there, like butting them together, spacing them out, or a towel cabinet like MetalGear suggested. But I also think you don't necessarily have to fill the entire space. Our bathroom was an odd size and rather than going custom we bought a vanity that leaves a small space on each end. We deliberated about it a lot but now it's normal and doesn't bother us at all.

We bought a vanity from Studio Bathe and I would recommend them. So far ours is holding up very well after a year+ of regular use. They're solid wood, quartz counters, nice hinges and drawer slides, and they come with a nice mirror. Our only regrets are the dark wood shows dust and the chrome faucets show water marks. It looks like the longest one they sell is 84"
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Mar 29th, 2018 10:33 am

You could buy 2 pre-fab and custom a piece between...

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Or if you custom an open vanity, it'll be much easier to DIY and probably much cheaper. About 9min into this.
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Mar 29th, 2018 10:56 am

I would go for double vanity.
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Mar 30th, 2018 12:13 pm

MetalGear wrote: ↑Why not go with 72" standard plus a towel cabinet of some sort?
Or just centre a 60" or 72" double vanity.
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Elfwood wrote: ↑ Hi we are doing bathroom reno for the first time and we are in need of a 110 inches wide double vanity. We cannot find any pre-made double vanity of that size in any of the big box stores (Lowe's, Rona, HD etc). Looks like we have to buy it custom built, which for that size is not cheap. Any recommendations for stores to get such a large double vanity is welcome!

So we are trying to understand

Is buying two single pre-made vanities (50-55 inches width each) and putting them side by side, common? Is it tacky?

Thanks
I think it would look tacky if they are right next to each other without a visual space of several inches between them, or like others have said, put something between them.
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Chickinvic wrote: ↑ I think it would look tacky if they are right next to each other without a visual space of several inches between them, or like others have said, put something between them.
Also you need a space in between so that stuff doesn't get pushed over onto your nice tidy vanity!
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Mar 30th, 2018 5:16 pm

Your choices are custom or two vanities joined but with a solid, continuous countertop - you do not want a gap or split in the surface. IMHO
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