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The Complete Guide to Using Vintage Furniture as a Bathroom Vanity

Having a variety to choose from may leave us in and a state of mayhem trying to have the best. Fortunately, we are going to explore a collection of the top 20 best vanity bench under 500$ in 2017 reviews.

1) Acme 05626 Aston Microfiber Rolled Arm Bench | 2) Adeco Vintage Style Metal Dining Table Bench | 3) Deco 79 97196 Wood Fabric Bench | 4) HomCom 52” Tufted Victorian Accent Vanity Bench | 5) Benzara Metal Bench Benzara Charming Paris | 6) Cortesi Home OT168333 Ari “X” Bench in Linen Fabric | 7) Curve Chrome Vanity Bench | 8) Elegant Home Fashions Davenport Storage Stool Large | 9) Inspired Home Taylor Vanity Stool | 10) Linon Isabelle Bench, 50-Inch | 11) MLF Pavilion Bench | 12) Whitney Long Upholstered Bench with Arms | 13) Safavieh Mercer Light Sage Vanity Stool | 14) Safavieh Hudson Collection Bleecker Cocktail Bench | 15) Safavieh Hudson Collection Sutton Pillowtop Bench | 16) Safavieh Mercer Collection Melanie Bench | 17) Safavieh Mercer Collection Georgia Vanity Stool | 18) Safavieh Mercer Collection Ramsey Bench | 19) Safavieh Mercer Collection Rupert Bench, Taupe | 20) Safavieh Mercer Collection Zambia Bench |

Furniture Type

When looking for the perfect piece of furniture for your future bathroom vanity, don’t stick to tables alone. Dressers, desks, sideboards, even vintage sewing machines can get in on this game. Think outside the box and keep hunting until you find something great. But be practical: this is probably not the place to use a priceless antique or family heirloom, as once the piece is altered, you can’t go back.

The most important factor to consider is size: whether the piece’s dimensions will work for your room, and for giving you enough basin and counter space for your needs.

Height Matters

The “new rule” for a standard bathroom vanity, containing a set-in or undermount sink, is that the countertop should finish 34-36″ from the floor. This is a change from the older standard, which was 32-34″, and likely a response to the general population getting ever taller.

When using a countertop or vessel basin, the rules change. The idea is that the top of the basin should be at the standard height, not the countertop beneath it, so furniture used as a vanity will need to be lower to achieve this.

Having said all that, I think with this look it’s best to have a flexible approach to rules. Believe me, it’s very difficult to find the perfect vintage piece at the perfect height for a bathroom vanity! Instead, keep these questions in mind when you’re shopping around for furniture:

  • Can I comfortably brush my teeth in front of this piece?
  • Will a mirror hung above the piece be at a height at which I can see my whole face?
  • Who will be using this bathroom besides me? How tall are they? (Children can always stand on a stool to use the basin, and they’ll grow anyway, but guests and the elderly, not so much.)

The moral? As long as the height is comfortable and practical for you, go for it. Another idea? Find the perfect piece, remove those pesky legs and wall-mount it at the perfect height for your basin, as in the bathroom above, from Smitten Studio. Wall-mounted vanities have the added bonus of making a space feel larger and being easy to clean under.

Counter Material

The top surface of your new bathroom vanity is an important consideration; depending on the combination of basin and furniture you choose, you might be forced to choose something new, or you might find the existing surface to be perfectly fine. A piece made of hardwood, for example, especially if it’s been painted or waxed and oiled over the years, can be usable in a bathroom that gets low-to-regular use.

However if the existing surface is delicate or already in need or repair, or if the bathroom is likely to get a lot of abuse (kids’ bathrooms should be especially hardwearing), consider changing the top surface out for something more durable. Marble and quartz work well with vintage pieces, and solid surfaces like Corian offer a modern contrast.


This is the nuts and bolts: how the piece of furniture you choose will actually house your new basin(s). It’s important to find good contractors for this: a plumber who feels comfortable working with vintage pieces, and a carpenter who can alter the piece to suit.

Keep in mind that, if you choose a piece of furniture that conceals the pipework, as the dresser above does, you will have to sacrifice some of that storage for this. Depending on the piece you can probably keep some, and a clever carpenter will be able to re-shape the drawers behind the fronts, to maximize storage in the final piece.

If you choose a piece where the plumbing will be visible, such as a table or desk, remember to specify a attractive metal trap. Contractors will normally put white plastic piping into their quotes unless asked for something higher spec, and you don’t want to be looking at that every day.

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