Are you doing bathroom remodelling or just placing a new vanity counter as a replacement for the old one? Either way, choosing the right material for this project requires careful planning and assessment on your needs and budget.

The materials used for kitchen countertops can also be your options for bathroom vanity tops. Unlike kitchen counters, you will be using smaller dimensions for bathroom vanity tops and you can install it yourself with a helper of one or two.

We are going to talk about different materials and designs for this project, so you have a better idea on how to make the most of it. Stay tuned until the last part.

Bathroom Vanity Countertops

Bathroom vanity counters receive less damage compared to kitchen counters due to several factors like sharp and hot objects, vinegar, baking soda, and forceful chopping. However, you still need to choose a durable material so it can last longer and can resist substances from soaps, cosmetics, lotions, toothpaste, and others.

The sink is an inevitable feature for a bathroom vanity countertop for you always need water after your beauty ritual is over. In that case, you have several design options for vanity top with sink. In choosing which design suits you, functionality and feasibility must be considered.

Bathroom Vanity Countertops with Sink

You have the option of either installing a sink or not in your bathroom vanity countertop. There are pros and cons for installing a sink and you need to weigh it carefully before making a final decision.

Some of the major endeavors for sink installation including how to install it seamlessly and the piping system. You also need to consider the cost of material, labor, and design compatibility.

Vanity Countertops without Sink

Installing a vanity counter without sink can be your easiest and most laid back option, particularly if it is not feasible. You just need to choose which material – granite, quartz, solid surface, and marble. Typically, for its size, you need to match it with your vanity cabinets overhead with some allowance for an overhand on the front and sides.

Vanity Countertops with Sink

Generally, there are two options for vanity counters with sink, that is, integrated and cut-out sink. Either of the two, you can have one or two sinks installed depending on how large is your countertop.

For integrated vanity tops, the sink is already attached to the countertop. It removes the hassle of finding the right sink to fit for size and purpose. It could be that the sink is molded with the countertop or it is attached underneath it.

In terms of cost, the average price for a standard single sink is $40 to $150, whereas, for vanity tops that is between $900 to $1,500. The price can fluctuate depending on the size, mineral, and design of the countertop.

For a single sink vanity top, the minimum dimension required is 30 inches wide. However, a 36 to 48 inches width is most preferred for convenience and more working space.

Double Sink Vanity Top

This kind of vanity top is feasible for a larger surface area and any material can be chosen such as solid surface, quartz, granite, and marble. Mostly, it is preferred to have them molded together with the mineral slab to have a seamless look.

There will be less hassle of looking for the right size of the sink to fit for the two sinkholes. Likewise, you can also have the backsplash integrated so it is installed all at once.

If you are planning to have a two-sink vanity top, your countertop must be at least 60 to 72 inches wide. For this one, the kitchen cabinet on top has a standard size of 36 inches (L) and 24 inches (W). The minimum depth for a double sink is 8 inches, but it can go deeper between 9 to 10 inches.

Looking into cost, the average cost for installing a two-sink vanity can go up to $1,000. Labor cost becomes more expensive because it takes longer time to finish its installation and several added features must be done to ensure the two-sink vanity is securely installed.

Vanity top for vessel sink

This is a modern style of installing your sink in your vanity without going through the hassle of cutting sink holes, securing seamless attachment, and the complicated piping requirements.

For this one, the sink just sits on top of the vanity and you have more freedom to choose the design, size, and shape. For children, this style might not be that friendly as it adds up to the height of the vanity counter.

Instead of having to cut a huge hole across the width of the vanity top, you only need to bore a small hole to allow a narrow pipe for water to drain down.

Whether residential or commercial spaces, the overall height of a vessel sink vanity top must be adjusted to fit for all users. If your vessel sink has a height of 8-inch, the overall height of the vanity top is between 24 to 35 inches inclusive of the vessel sink’s height.

If disabled people are using the vessel sink vanity, the overall height of the vanity is between 21 to 26 inches inclusive of the 8-inch height of the vessel sink.

This type is similar to a vessel sink vanity but with only half of its body exposed on top while the other half sinks below the counter. It is a hybrid between undermount and vessel sink type. Your main benefit is reducing the overall height of the counter so it becomes more accessible for children and people with disabilities.

Custom Vanity Countertops

For a new vanity installation, you can either go for a premade or custom-made vanity top. The latter is more expensive because you need to have a custom-cut dimension that meets your requirement.

The typical cost for custom-made vanity is between $500 to $2,800 which excludes the installation cost. The estimated breakdown for this one are as follows:

Overall cost – $500 – $2,800

Material cost – $5 – $135 per square foot

Installation cost – $200 – $1,000

Labor cost for plumbing – $45 – $200 per hour

Vanity Solid Surface Countertops

If you want to go halfway for quality and price between laminates and natural stones, then a solid surface is the best option. It is more durable than laminates but cheaper cost than natural stones.

This material is composed of mineral dust, dyes, polyester, resin binders, and acrylics. They have a similar color and design with the natural stones but with better non-porous ability. They appear more seamless, stain-resistant and anti-microbial. Some of the known brands of solid surface include Formica, Corian, and Gibraltar.

The average cost of solid surface vanity tops is between $52 to $120 per square foot or $40 to $100 per linear foot. If you want it to be edged then there is an additional cost of $12 to $17 per linear foot.

Vanity Granite Countertops

For natural stones, the top pick is granite because of its subtle but luxurious veining and designs. It is as durable as quartz and can effectively resist stain, scratch, and heat. However, you need to have an annual sealing maintenance to keep its good non-porous ability.

The major setback of this material is cost. The average cost of installed granite vanity range from $173 to $339 per square foot. The installation cost is between $61 to $84 for a 100 square foot countertop.

Vanity Quartz Countertops

The great rival of granite in the industry is quartz. It is a synthetic mineral made from 95 percent natural mineral particles and 5 percent resin binders. You can expect a variety of veining and designs from this material. Moreover, it provides a more seamless installation compared to granite.

Some of the known brands of quartz countertops are Silestone, Caesarstone, and Cambria. Its toughness and resistance to stain and scratch are comparable to granite. Its main setback as well is price. The typical cost for this material is $60 to $100 per square foot.

Unlike granite, this material has a low tolerance to heat so you need to use some pads when placing hot objects on its surface. Likewise, fingerprints can easily smudge on its surface so you need to periodically wipe it clean.
Quartz vanity tops with sink
Considering it is man-made, therefore, you can easily avail a custom-made vanity top made from quartz. It can easily adapt to different sink designs such as undermount, vessel, semi-recessed, trough, and integrated type.

The sleek white appearance of quartz can complement with ease any modern bathroom designs. Likewise, its typical white color resembles purity and cleanliness of the area.

Vanity Marble Countertops

If you are looking for an alternative natural stone for your vanity top, you can never be wrong from choosing marble. It displays at par elegance and luxury with granite and quartz.

It is a metamorphic rock from limestone which comes in a variety of design and colors. The most common design is white with gray veinings and matte finish. The hefty price is the main setback of this material hitting between $125 to $150 per square foot.

You also need to have periodic sealing maintenance for this mineral to enhance its anti-bacterial, scratch and stain resistance. You need to keep it away from acidic solutions as it reacts readily with the mineral.

Vanity tops for sale

We offer the best for sale vanity tops in Chicago with plenty of variations in designs and sizes that can fit any of your bathroom remodelling requirements. We can customize the dimension and thickness you want for your bathroom and vanity tops.

Some of the typical vanity designs we offer to our clients include:

Freestanding – This is the typical designs chosen by most clients. The vanity top rests on the floor and is secured to the wall with screws.

Wall-mounted – This is also called floating vanity tops because they are securely installed on the walls. It allows you to save more floor space compared to freestanding styles.

Corner Vanities – If you have a small bathroom, then placing your vanity top on the corner will be a total space saver.

Console – This design is similar to freestanding but with greater floor clearance to allow free flow of air. Likewise, vanity cabinets are placed below the countertop.

We can also do various sink designs for your vanity top that suits the ambiance of your bathroom. Below are some of the typical vanity sink styles we do for our clients.

Undermount – This is the typical style installed for most household or commercial spaces. The sink in placed underneath the vanity top and is made from copper or porcelain.

Vessel – This is mostly applied to modern homes and offices. The sink is directly placed on top of the vanity.

Semi-Recessed – This is a hybrid between undermount and vessel type because only half of the sink’s body is exposed outside and the other half underneath the countertop.

Trough – If you want a seamless appearance, this design has the sink and countertop is one material. Then, the entire system rests on top of a freestanding vanity cabinet.

Cheap Bathroom Countertops

If your tight budget is the bottleneck for your bathroom remodelling, then having a cheaper alternative for your bathroom countertops is the solution. The best choice to resolve this concern is laminate, ceramic tile, and middle quality engineered stone.

These three materials offer versatile options for designs and durability that can fit even your tightest budget. Laminate countertops are your cheapest option, followed by ceramic tile, and then middle quality engineered stones.

They still offer fair durability and elegance for the price. Nothing can ever go wrong if you go for these cheaper alternatives.
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