Exploring Floating Bathroom Vanities: Your Top 10 Questions Answered


1. Why Choose a Floating Vanity?

Floating vanities, also known as wall-hung vanities, are the perfect option for small bathrooms, as they create an open feel by freeing up floor space.  Their sleek design complements the contemporary style prevalent in modern bathrooms. They also make cleaning the floor under them much easier! 

2. What are the drawbacks of Floating Vanities?

While floating vanities require secure wall installation, their limitations, such as weight constraints and potentially less storage, are generally outweighed by their aesthetic and space-saving benefits. Notably, caution is advised in homes with small children due to safety concerns.

3. What's the right height?

The typical wall-hung vanity height in New Zealand is 900mm, as this makes the sink accessible for children, averaged-sized and most tall people.  However, before choosing your floating vanity take into consideration the inlets and outlets of plumbing and electrics. This is important because your plumbing considerations will influence the height you choose, so consulting a bathroom renovator expert is advisable for a seamless installation.

4. Do I need to tile behind the vanity?

Unlike traditional vanities, you can often skip tiling behind floating cabinets. This hidden space won’t be visible and omitting tiles makes future plumbing access easier. It also saves you money!

5. Do Wall Hung Vanities need Structural Support to the Wall?

Floating vanities do not always need to be mounted to a wall. However, this will depend on several factors such as type of vanity, your design preference and your bathroom layout. Some people may prefer to have their floating vanities mounted directly into a structural wall, or wood studs, for extra strength. 

6. Concealing Pipes Under a Floating Vanity

Floating vanities derive support from their design and wall installation. Contractors may add blocking to enhance support, although this may incur additional costs due to the need to access the wall.

7. How Safe are Wall Hung Vanities?

Properly installed and secured, wall-hung vanities are entirely safe. Weight limits must be adhered to, and additional support may be necessary for heavy countertop materials, ensuring a secure and hazard-free installation.

8. Are Floating Vanities Ideal for Small Bathrooms?

Floating vanities prove advantageous in compact bathrooms, not only freeing up floor space but also offering shallower cabinets that contribute to a more spacious feel. Light-coloured vanities can enhance the illusion of a larger room by reflecting light.

9. How Much Weight Can a Floating Vanity Hold?

Well, it depends! Each floating vanity comes with its weight limit, typically ranging from 45kg to 120kgs. Solid wood variants may support upwards of 130kg. It’s crucial to consider both the vanity and countertop when assessing weight limits.

10. What Countertop Should I Pick For My Wall Hung Vanity?

 Check our blog on ‘Composite Stone vs Vitreous China’ to see the pros and cons of each type of countertop. 

In Conclusion

Now you should be able to confidently decide if a floating bathroom vanity is the right option for you. If you’re still unsure read our blog on ‘Pros and Cons of Wall Hung Vanities” and remember to always use a professional installer for the optimal safety and functionality of the vanity in your bathroom.

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