One of the most difficult choices you’ll need to make when choosing a new bathroom vanity is whether to opt for a pre-made vanity or a set of custom built cabinetry. Price, utility, and aesthetics are all important factors – as is the size of your bathroom – and either way, the decision isn’t always easy. But recently brands like Sagehill have introduced a good, middle-of-the-line alternative: modular bathroom vanity sets that combine the aesthetic appeal of a designer vanity with the convenience and flexibility of a custom design.
One Style, Multiple Configurations
It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to offer multiple versions of a single vanity – a few different widths with different types or amounts of storage space so that a single design can be altered to accommodate bathrooms in a variety of sizes. But usually these are 30 or 36 inches, and only rarely less than 24 inches on the low end and 48 inches on the wide end, and mostly involve adding or removing drawers. Some modular designs allow you assemble multiple pieces to get a single, larger vanity. But Sagehill goes a step farther, adapting their Cottage Retreat collection (this 36″ Inch version is the original design) to accommodate spaces ranging from 24 inches wide all the way up to 120, many of them with unique features you’d usually only find in custom built bathroom cabinetry, and all in a single piece.
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What About Counter Tops?
Some bathroom vanity combos (including many vanities from Sagehill) come with granite or marble vanity tops that are pre-cut to match, sometimes even ready to accommodate a sink or faucet. Often, I think this is a big advantage – after all, picking a stone top can be a big hassle – but it also means you don’t have a lot of choice for the kind of vanity top you want. Because Sagehill’s modular bathroom vanity sets are more like custom cabinetry, they don’t come with matching vanity tops, so while you won’t have to have the vanities themselves custom built, you will have to have your counters custom made and installed. But you’ll also get to choose the type, color, and pattern stone (or other material) you want, underscoring the more-custom nature of modular bathroom vanity sets like this 60″ Double Vanity.
Extra Storage Space
One of the best things about modular bathroom vanity sets is that they offer you a whole lot more options in terms of the size, type, and amount of storage space you can get. While, again, many companies offer two or three styles, Sagehill offers 14. They even offer impressively large single vanities, like this 54″ Vanity, which not only has tons and tons of counter space, but also eight fully functioning drawers and a full sized cabinet. An excellent alternative to a kitchen cabinet style custom bathroom vanity, these both offer more usable drawer space and a designer style with a similar storage capacity.
…Even In A Smaller Space
Custom built bathroom cabinetry typically shines is in larger spaces, where your typical pre-made bathroom vanity is simply too small. But a modular bathroom vanity can actually be a good choice for a smaller bathroom, too. Sagehill has always offered vanities on the smaller (24″-36″) range, but they’ve recently added this lovely 42″ Vanity to the Cottage Retreat collection, which offers a slightly larger, built-in style, but with much more convenient and accessible storage than either their more conventional 36″ or 48″ versions, with two sets of drawers and a single-door cabinet that cuts down on width while still offering ample storage space.
Double The Vanity
Another difficult decision you’ll have to make for a master bathroom specifically is how many sinks you’ll have and where you’ll put them. This depends a lot on your and your partner’s personal grooming habits, as well as the layout of your bathroom. Two sinks is always desirable in a master bath, but depending on the size and shape of your bathroom, two individual, separate bathroom vanities might be more feasible than one large double vanity that takes up a whole wall like this 96″ Double Vanity. The great thing about Sagehill’s modular bathroom vanity sets is that they make it easy to do either, or both, because all 14 sizes coordinate and match with each other.
Add A Makeup Station
Custom built bathroom cabinetry has the distinct advantage of being, well, customizable. One of the places that pre-made bathroom vanities traditionally have the most trouble competing is when you want to deviate from the traditional rectangular shape – especially for a makeup station. But Sagehill’s new modular bathroom vanity sets combine their standard 30 or 36 inch vanities with a built in makeup table and a second smaller storage island to make something like this beautifully useful 72 Inch Vanity. These don’t have the same amount of storage, but offer a finished furniture look with the kind of utility you usually only find in custom designs.
Adding Utility With A Built In Bridge
Taking this a step further are the larger modular bathroom vanity sets formed by two separate bathroom vanities bridged by a makeup table. This is a unique and innovative alternative to a double vanity, which can be a little bulky and ultimately don’t offer the same seated grooming space. Larger versions, like this massive 120″ Vanity, offer abundant storage space in both vanities and plenty of counter space, even without counting the slightly lowered bridge that connects the two.
So if you’re having trouble deciding between having your bathroom cabinetry custom built and opting for a pre-made designer bathroom vanity, be aware that you might not have to make the choice at all. With flexible modular bathroom vanity sets like Sagehill Design’s Cottage Retreat collection, you can get the design you want to fit the space you have without having to pay for a custom construction.
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