Designing the Perfect Master Bath Vanity

Whether you’re remodeling or building new, master baths can be a tricky project. Planning a bathroom space for one is hard enough but adding a partner makes it that much harder. “You want a bedazzled faucet!?” Luckily, our star showroom consultant Kathy has some expert advice on how to meet everyone’s needs while creating the master bath oasis you’ve always dreamed of.

We sat down with Kathy to chat all things sinks and faucets for your master bath vanity. In our previous series we talked about vanities from a cabinetry perspective, so be sure to check that out here. Today we’re going to stick to the plumbing side of things.

First, we’ll talk sinks, as the type of sink you select helps determine the type of faucet you’ll be able to choose.

“A few important things to remember when buying a new sink are style, functionality and accessibility,” said Kathy. “Think about how your sink will enhance your space. Think about the bowl shape. Do you like a traditional oval bowl or a more modern rectangle? Vessel bowls are beautiful, but would that be accessible for all ages in your family? Keep in mind that your sink will be used often and will be a focal point, so don’t pick just for looks!”

As Kathy mentioned, there are a few things to consider when selecting a sink for your bathroom. Naturally we want to pick what visually appeals to us, but we can't stress enough how important it is to think about the functionality of your sink as well as the aesthetic.

Bathroom sinks come in 3 main selections: undermount, self-rimming and vessel. Let’s discuss these further.

  • Undermount: Undermount sinks are installed below the countertop, allowing for easier cleaning. These sinks are great for a streamlined look and typically come in an oval or rectangular shape. They tend to be more expensive than self-rimming sinks, but never fear, we’re always happy to help you find options that work in your budget!

  • Self-Rimming: Self-Rimming sinks, also known as drop in or top mount sinks, drop in to a countertop opening. They are generally very easy to install and tend to fit a range of budgets. These sinks are a great option for someone looking to remodel on a tight budget. Self-rimming sinks typically have predetermined faucet holes, so that can limit your faucet choices, but we’ll discuss that more later.

  • Vessel: Vessel sinks, also known as bowl sinks, sit on top of the counter/furniture they are mounted to. These sinks tend to be designed more like an art piece and create a beautiful focal point for your bathroom. When selecting a vessel sink, it’s important to note that the faucet you select should be tall enough to fit over the bowl of the sink.

One final thing to consider when designing your master bath vanity is whether you have room for two sinks and faucets. Space and budget are often the deciding factors when making your “one sink or two?” decision. The benefit of having two sinks is creating a his/her style set-up, where both of you can have ample space for your daily bathroom routines.

Now that we’ve discussed sinks, it’s time to chat faucets. As we noted above, the type of sink you select does impact the variety of faucets available.

According to Kathy, “Faucets are similar to sinks in that functionality and style are both important. Think of the theme of your space and the goal you’re trying to achieve and stick to that. Adding a faucet is like adding a piece of jewelry. You want it to be beautiful but not detract from the look you’re trying to accomplish.”

Faucets come in 3 main selections: single hole, center set and widespread. Let’s break those down.

  • Single Hole: Single Hole faucets are faucets with just one hole for mounting on the countertop. They also only have one handle. These faucets are ideal for vessel sinks or those looking for a more streamlined look.

  • Center Set: Center Set faucets come with a 3-hole mount. There is a base plate that houses the spout in the center and two handles one either side. These are idea for Self-Rimming sinks.

  • Widespread: Similar to a Center Set faucet, a widespread faucet also has a 3-hole mount, but does not come on a base plate. The spout is still centered, but the handles are mounted further from either side of the spout.

Choosing your style of sink, faucet and vanity all work together to form a beautiful new space. It can feel like a puzzle at times while ensuring all the pieces fit together functionally and show off your personal style. It’s worth the effort and we’re excited to help.

If you have more questions about selecting a new sink and faucet or would like to set up an appointment to discuss more bathroom fixtures, contact Kathy at 319-338-8275 or

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