Bathroom vanities offer a lot more design flexibility than kitchen countertops and in a much smaller space. From simple to elaborate, from contemporary to traditional, the design possibilities are virtually unlimited!
Below, we've listed and explained the most common options we encounter for bathroom vanity tops and their benefits and drawbacks. Read through and choose the best option for you!
Don't forget to visit our bathroom backsplash page for tips on how to accessorize and accentuate your vanity.
A solid surface countertop is fabricated from a large slab of natural stone or man-made quartz. If you order a solid surface countertop, a fabricator will come out to your house, measure your cabinets, cut the slab to your specific measurements, and install it for you.
This is by far the most expensive countertop option; but with no grout lines and the option of undermount sinks, solid surface countertops are a clean, elegant option.
Make sure you use a cleaner specific to your natural stone to extend its lifetime and maintain its beauty. Bathroom vanities receive relatively little wear and tear, but certain products can damage your stone. Hair dye or make-up can stain unsealed natural stone, and hair spray has been known to etch and yellow marble countertops. Consider your family's habits and the bathroom's use when selecting natural stone countertops... marble may be a luxurious option for the master suite, but is a bit too delicate for a bathroom overrun by small children and teenagers.
Visit our Granite Program's page for more information on our best pricing for solid surface granite (and select marble and limestone) countertops!
Solid surface quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular due to their high durability and the fact that they don’t require sealing. This pore-free material won't harbor bacteria or stain, and it can be cleaned with just about any household cleaner.
While a quartz countertop is one of the most durable and sanitary options for a bathroom counter, it is also usually the most expensive.
To learn more about quartz counters, the installation process, and how to receive a price quote, visit our Quartz page.
We have several lines of high-density, commercial-grade, large-format porcelain tiles that are perfect for bathroom countertops.
Unlike natural stone countertops, most porcelain tiles are virtually pore-free, so they never need to be sealed and will never stain. You can use any household cleaner on them, and commercial-grade porcelain is up to 30% stronger than granite!
A classic countertop option, 12x12" granite tiles are available in several hundred colors and a wide range of prices.
Granite tiles have far more grout lines than other options, and if set improperly can result in an uneven surface.
Ceramic tiles are clean, simple, and available in a wide variety of colors. Many ceramic lines come with prefabricated edging that make finishing your installation easy.
While ceramic tiles are not recommended for kitchen countertops because they are a weaker tile option, they perform well in bathrooms and are very easy to keep clean.
Since bathroom countertops experience less abuse than kitchen countertops, you have a lot more freedom in what you can do and what materials you can use. Why not think outside the box? Install a mosaic, glass tiles, pebbles, slate fish-shaped tiles, decorative drops, murals... the possibilities are endless!
However, keep in mind the use the bathroom will get when selecting materials. We would not recommend easily-scratchable glass tiles or easily-stained natural stone for a child's bathroom, for example, while these materials would be fine in a master bathroom.
Since you're installing tile in such a small area, why not visit our in-store Clearance Corner? We have several tile, stone, glass, and decorative options whose lines have been discontinued, leaving us with small on-hand quantities (perfect for a bathroom backsplash or a creative vanity top!). You can save up to 70% off the original retail price of beautiful limestone tiles, metallic borders, decorative drops, medallions, durable porcelains, and other unique finds. This could be a great do-it-yourself craft project for creative individuals and weekend warriors.
In a kitchen, you are usually limited to a few styles of sinks. In a bathroom, your options are vastly expanded to include vessel sinks, custom bowls, glass, stone, metal, and many more options.
What sink style you want can influence what countertop and backsplash style you choose: for example, you can only have an undermount sink with a solid surface countertop, or you might want a travertine countertop to match your travertine vessel sink. Will the sink be the focal point, or should it blend into the countertop material?
If you utilize a tile option for your counters, you will need some way to finish off the edge.
Most porcelain lines have prefabricated bullnose tiles. These tiles are usually 3" or 4" tall with a long, rounded-over side and are used to finish off outside corners and edges.
With a natural stone or through-body porcelain, you can polish the edge of the tile to create a soft, professional-looking transition. We can polish tiles for you or you can rent a polisher for a do-it-yourself installation.
You can also utilize Schluter edge metal, which come in a wide variety of profiles and finishes for a long, continuous, clean-looking edge.
If you choose any size of tiles for your countertop, you’ll need grout to go between them. On a well-used bathroom vanity (where you could have spilled makeup, toothpaste, soap, or water) your grout can suffer a lot of abuse.
A pre-mixed grout doesn’t require sealing and won’t stain, but costs more than cementitious grout.
Ask us which grout option would work best for your countertop.
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