A bathroom vanity unit not only supports your sink and hides pipework, but also provides plenty of space for cleaning products, toiletries and bathroom accessories. So, whether you're designing a bathroom from scratch, looking to maximise storage in an en-suite or small bathroom or are simply looking for bathroom design inspiration, our gallery of great vanity units will help you find something you love.
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1. Choose a sleek vanity for a contemporary bathroom
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If your bathroom has a contemporary look, consider opting for a simple vanity unit that speaks for itself. Opting for a finish that (almost) blends in with the rest of your scheme will help create a sleek and stylish finish.
Combining chrome and a white high gloss finish, this vanity from Duravit's Cape Cod Collection provides abundant storage space, concealed behind sleek doors.
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2. Style a dark-finish vanity unit for an industrial look
Paired with a distressed mirror and moody grey scheme, a dark vanity unit is in keeping with the dark and atmospheric interiors trend and makes a stylish addition to an industrial-inspired bathroom.
In addition to functioning as a design feature, this Metal and Mango Vanity from Tikamoon, via Wayfair, provides ample storage for bathroom essentials, complete with two large cupboards and a series of drawers.
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3. Choose a vanity unit that works in a small space
Don't let a small bathroom put you off having a stylish vanity station. Simply opt for a slimline solution and pair with a large bathroom mirror and striking wall lights to create a feature. This is particularly effective for brightening a small space and making it feel larger.
Find this Hemnes/Tornviken Vanity Unit at Ikea.
4. Opt for a double-sink vanity in a family bathroom
For busy couples or families, a double sink can make mornings much less manic. When choosing a vanity for a family bathroom, consider something that's large enough for two counter basins and provides plenty of space for storing bathroom essentials.
This unfitted Layang Teak Washstand from Tikamoon, via Wayfair, has a relaxed, almost boho feel, proving that style doesn't have to be compromised for a vanity that's practical.
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5. Create a contemporary feel with a marble vanity
Styled with a delicate houseplant and freshly folded towels, this art-deco inspired, marble top vanity unit works just as effectively in a bathroom with contemporary patterned wall and floor tiles, as it would as part of a more traditional, pared-back scheme.
A chrome storage shelf makes a handy addition for a practical bathroom, though open storage is only recommended for natural tidy beings.
Find the Double Thames Vanity Basin Suite at Drummonds.
6. Create interest with a standout, asymmetrical piece
Another option, if you're looking to add interest to your bathroom, is to opt for a statement vanity that speaks for itself.
The asymmetrical design of this Kompass Vanity Unit from Frontline Bathrooms would work well as part of a home with a Mid-century feel, thanks to its dark wood peg legs and geometric inspired design.
7. Maximise storage with a well-placed recessed shelf
If you're designing a bathroom from scratch, consider inserting a recessed shelf above the spot you have in mind for your vanity. This will prevent the space from becoming cluttered and offers a valuable bathroom storage solution.
Match the material of your vanity counter with that of your recessed shelf for a smart and cohesive finish.
This vanity unit was a bespoke design by The Wood Works.
8. Prioritise bathroom storage with a well-chosen vanity unit
If you're looking to prioritise storage, while maintaining a light and spacious bathroom with a stylish, Scandi feel, consider opting for a vanity in a light finish that matches the rest of your scheme.
We love the pairing of these Hemnes/Rattviken Vanities with a small storage bench and towel hooks. Recreate the look with Ikea buys.
9. Pair natural materials with blush tones
If you're planning a pink or on-trend pastel toned bathroom, consider opting for a vanity unit with a natural finish to complement your use of colour and give the space a more sophisticated feel.
We love this pairing of a wood finish vanity with dusky pink sinks and copper faucets for a contemporary and feminine feeling space. Find similar at Wayfair.
Not sure what colour scheme to choose for your bathroom? Our bathroom paint ideas provide on-trend inspiration.
10. Choose an unfitted vanity that has a bespoke feel (if you can't afford the real deal)
Opt for a vanity with a bespoke feel if you want to design a space that's unique, contemporary and interesting. If you can't find an authentic piece at a reclamation yard or furniture fair, a textured wood vanity will achieve a similar effect.
We love this Rosewood and Lava Stone Vanity paired with a patterned, neutral toned rug and a stylish mirror composition.
11. Opt for a vanity with a sleek, black finish
If you're designing a bathroom with a sophisticated feel or are looking for a storage solution that won't go out of style, it might be worth considering a vanity with a sleek black finish.
Pair with a matching black mirror as part of an all white scheme, incorporating colour with elegant houseplants and other accessories.
Find this Victoria & Albert Mandello Gloss Black Vanity at Sanctuary Bathrooms.