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What Is A Basin Vanity Unit?

In simple terms, these units are simply a clever combination of a cupboard and a washbasin (sink). They can be used to help conceal some of the pipework of your sink Read More...

Why Should I Get A Vanity Unit?

Vanity units are one of the best ways to ensure that your bathroom looks great. Apart from being handy for concealing pipework, they’re also incredibly useful for storage. They normally have either drawers or some form of door opening to provide you with plenty of space. They’re handy for storing a variety of things. From towels through to your regular bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothpaste etc).

Functionality aside, they’re handy for crafting an aesthetic environment too. They’re often available in a wide variety of different styles and configurations. So that means that odds are you’ll be able to find one that conforms to the style you’re looking for.

What Types Of Vanity Units Are Available?

One of the great things about these units is the massive scope of styles and configurations they’re available in. There’s two ways in which these units can vary. They can vary in aesthetic style (traditional, modern etc). They can also vary in function (wall mounted, corner etc). We’ll provide a brief breakdown of all the ones we have available to ensure you understand the differences in what you’re looking for.

Wall Mounted

This type of vanity unit can be mounted on a wall. They’re particularly useful as they free up floor space and can craft a sort of illusion of spaciousness. Even in bathrooms with particularly small size constraints. In bigger bathrooms they can really open up the room. They normally have a reasonable amount of storage space - but not as much as the larger variants. Wall mounted units come in a wide variety of aesthetic styles. There’s plenty of contemporary, minimalist and modern designs to pick from.

Corner Vanity Units

This is another type of unit. This variation is designed to be installed in the corner of a room. These are also particularly useful for anyone crafting a bathroom in a fairly tight space. Keeping your sink contained to the corner can help make a room feel less busy. The added storage space will also allow you to keep clutter to a minimum. We have a great collection of corner vanity units.


Traditional units are generally full sized units. They’re generally built out of wood or similar materials. They also tend to have some form of finished worktop with the sink integrated smoothly into this worktop. They generally come in single sizes (800mm) with a single washbasin. Or doubled up (1200mm) with two washbasins, instead of one. Doubling up on units is ideal for shared or public bathrooms.

They’re generally ideal for anyone who has more free space to use. They look great and provide you with an unbeatable amount of storage room.

Cloakroom Vanity Units

These are another variant that are designed to save on space. They’re smaller than regular units. Generally coming in sizes between 400mm and 450mm. They look great and often come in a variety of styles ranging from more contemporary, white minimalist pieces right through to old-school oak designs. This means that you won’t have to compromise on style if you’re running a little bit lower on space. It also means you can save space without confining your washbasin to the corner of the room or mounting it on the wall. We have a dedicated section for Cloakroom Units here.

Floor Standing Vanity Units

These are the full sized variants that are in a floor-standing position. They’re a little bit bigger than cloakroom units, but not extremely. They’re a comfortable mid-point between the larger, more traditional units and the smaller, space-efficient options. There’s more variety in their sizes too. You’ll commonly see them in sizes ranging from 450mm to 650mm. With just as much variety in design as there is in size, there’s a reasonable chance you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for you. Click here to see our floor standing vanity units with basin collection.


If you’re not entirely sold on the idea of opting for a vanity unit of any description, you might consider a washstand. These are simply stands, normally made of metal, designed to hold your washbasin in place. They’re possibly the most space-efficient of all options. They’re also great for crafting a minimalist style. However, they normally won’t conceal pipework, so you’ll need to ensure any exposed pipework is looking clean and simple. They also don't offer you any storage space unless they have an exposed shelf, which can potentially be used for towels.

Picking What's Right For You

Always remember that sourcing the right piece of furniture is a multivariate process. You should first consider the space you have available, your budget and any other potential constraints. Once you have a reasonable idea of what your limitations are, you can begin to start thinking within this framework to help you pick the best possible unit for the job. If you’re opting for a more traditional design, you may want to investigate oak units or variants with wooden finishes.

Contemporary designs tend to be much more minimalist and make use of simple colors and textures. Once you have an idea of what you want, you can begin picking individual pieces of furniture. If you’re redesigning a whole bathroom and buying multiple different pieces of furniture, you should keep the same idea in mind when selecting each of them. Things can be made easier by buying sets instead of individual pieces. This can also potentially save you money in some cases.

If you have any questions on our products or what we have available, please feel free to reach out. We’ll get back to you as soon possible.