Selecting the perfect bathroom vanities for your bathroom

brown bathroom with twin wooden bathroom vanities

The bathroom is amongst the most important rooms within a property, and one of the most vital aspects of the bathroom is your chosen bathroom vanity or vanities.

Bathroom vanities are multi-purpose pieces of furniture that are often used to conceal unsightly plumbing. A bathroom vanity also serves as a cabinet, so you can use them to store toothpaste, soap, razors, aftershaves and any other toiletries you may wish to keep out of view.

Furthermore, a bathroom vanity can also be used as a foundation for a bathroom mirror, though the mirror won’t be in-built or connected to the unit. As such, your bathroom vanity can act as a centrepiece for the entire space, so you need to choose wisely to make sure you select the perfect option for your bathroom.

Compact bathroom vanity

How to choose the right bathroom vanities

Firstly, be sure to choose a bathroom vanity of an appropriate height. The majority of bathroom vanities are manufactured at a standard 30-inch height, and whilst this may prove suitable, it could pose problems if you’re either particularly tall or especially small – you don’t want to be crouching or stretching when brushing your teeth! A good way to determine the best height vanity unit for your needs would be to visit a local home improvement store and to compare different sized units in person. From there, you can look for components of the same size online if you would prefer, where you’re likely to find a much wider choice. Also, you’ll have to think about the height of that bathroom mirror that will be located above your bathroom vanities for the same reason.

You also need to remember that your vanity unit is not simply to look at, but to use as well. It’s all well and good selecting a bathroom vanity with a stunning timber finish, but you have to make sure it’s up to scratch with regards to an appropriate level of storage space and overall functionality.

Glossy bathroom vanity unit

The size of your bathroom vanities is another crucial element to consider; height is an aforementioned massive factor, but the width of your unit must be thought about too. You’ll only have a specific, limited space available to situate your bathroom vanity, so you should look to secure the perfect size and not waste any of the available area. Should you select a vanity that’s too long, you could encounter problems such as blocking off a portion of your toilet or another bathroom fixture.

Take into account the shape of the bathroom vanities you require as well. For instance, you may be looking to install a space-saving corner unit if your bathroom design will allow it. You must decide on your exact requirements, and also ensure there’s sufficient space to open and close the bathroom doors. Many people in the past have bought and installed vanities only to later discover that their doors will not fully open or shut without making contact with a wall, shower or other component within the bathroom.

Ultimately, it’s extremely important to perform thorough research before selecting the perfect bathroom vanities for your bathroom, and to have an idea of your exact requirements from the unit. Colour, size, space, storage capacity and accompanying fixtures such as mirrors all need to be considered. From there, you can set about purchasing the ideal bathroom vanity for your space.

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Large vintage industrial storage unit

Large vintage industrial storage unit with drawers | H is for Home

We thought we’d highlight this fabulous vintage industrial storage unit that we’ve listed for sale today. It’s certainly a large, impressive piece!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It’s been living in our lounge recently. As you can see – if a storage or display unit sits still in our house for any amount of time, it starts to fill up with objects!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We bought it from one of the regular dealers at our local flea market. It’s constructed entirely of metal and very, very heavy. This is where we put it when it got delivered… as close to the front door as possible!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It’s a really useful unit with a combination of pigeon holes and drawers that can be placed in any configuration.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We think the metal has just the right amount of distress. Perfect vintage industrial condition – signs of wear, but not tatty. And the paint is original to the piece – and a nice mushroom brown colour.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It could be an ideal storage unit for almost any room in the house. As we said, we’ve had it in a lounge space where it’s great to display objects, keep CDs or books, tea-lights and so on – with keys, coins and all manner of bits & bobs hidden away in the drawers. It could be placed in a kitchen to house cooking equipment and ingredients; a work shop/craft room storing tools, bobbins, threads etc; perhaps an office space housing stationery… or a potting shed maybe – with various pots, seeds, twine and small garden tools. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an open plan loft space…well, we can’t imagine anything better.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We like it very much, but we did buy it to sell – and we moved something else out of the way to give it a temporary home… that needs to go back! Anyway, we’ve just listed it on eBay with a starting price of £299 which we think is reasonable. You’ll need someone with a van, trolley and strong arms to move it, but it could be the perfect thing!

Kitchen storage tins

Vintage cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

We picked up some lovely kitchen storage tins this week – classic cream with green lids.

'biscuits' and 'cake' cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

It’s not often we find them in this quantity – a tin for every job!

'bread' cream & green kitchen storage tin | H is for Home

They’re very good quality with a nice weight to them.

4 large cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

There are two different types with differences in shade of green and lettering style. We’re not exactly sure of their age – we’ve had these tins dating anywhere from the 1920s to the present day. They have a timeless look and appeal that never goes out of fashion really.

'flour' and 'pasta' cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

They’ve just gone into our antiques centre space yesterday – this kind of item always looks good in there amongst the country furniture and other vintage kitchenalia… and it certainly makes an eye-catching display.

'cake decorating' cream & green kitchen storage tin | H is for Home

They’re easily packaged up & posted though, so drop us a line if you see anything you fancy – and we’ll go and intercept it before it sells in the shop.

'tea' 'coffee' and 'sugar' cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

Prices range from £10 to £30.

Get their look: Eclectic kitchen shelving

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eclectic kitchen shelvingcredit

It’s a brand new year, so we thought we’d start a new blog series. Welcome to our first ‘Get their look‘ post. A fairly self-explanatory title, each week we’ll feature an image of an interior that has caught our eye and we’ll show you how and where to copy the style.

To kick off, we’re sharing this eclectic counter-top and kitchen shelving. They contain both practical and decorative items – many of which tick both these boxes.

stainless steel shelves contents

  1. White wall light
  2. Digital radio
  3. Cathrineholm fondue set
  4. Stainless steel shelves
  5. Glass storage jars
  6. Scheurich fat lava vase
  7. Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL espresso machine

Gimme Five! Magazine files

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selection of magazine files

We’re finally getting around to sorting out our home office. Boxes have been unpacked, bits of shop stock assigned to the correct storage area… and the printer has actually been moved off the floor and placed on a desk after 8 years!

We accumulate TONS of paperwork annually which we need to keep for at least 5 years for tax purposes. Recently, it’s been stored in random sweet and biscuit tins but it don’t look great. Utilitarian, yet beautiful, magazine files would look so much better! Each would be given an attractive label, marked with the tax year of its contents, lined up neatly (chronologically of course) and placed along a top shelf out of the way.

  1. Simple style brown kraft magazine file: £4.19, WH Smith
  2. Calculator magazine file: £7, Paperchase
  3. GARNER orange magazine file: £8, Habitat
  4. McGregor magazine holder: £25, Urban Outfitters
  5. KNUFF magazine file set of 2, plywood: £7, IKEA

Orla Kiely coffee jars

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Limited edition Orla Kiely print coffee jars for Douwe Egberts

It’s Sunday morning, so what better than coffee and the newspapers?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar label showing Orla Kiely logo

Did you get hold of your limited edition Orla Kiely design Douwe Egberts coffee jars?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with yellow Orla Kiely pattern

We bought in bulk – well 3 jars is bulk coffee buying for us at least!!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with green Orla Kiely pattern

The classic Orla Kiely repeat motifs of apple and flowers are lovely. We’re not sure what they’ll house yet, but we always seem to be on the look out for nice storage jars. And they were free – kind of!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with orange Orla Kiely pattern

We quite often make real espresso at home, but first thing in the morning the kettle and a teaspoon of instant is what we usually manage. It’s a good job we like this brand of coffee otherwise 3 jars might have been a real slog! 🙂