How will you know when it’s time to replace your bathroom vanity?
A well-functioning vanity is central to every bathroom’s function and aesthetics. It holds the sink (or sinks), provides storage, and gives you room to place your toiletries conveniently during your morning and bedtime prep.
Since the bathroom vanity serves such an important role in your daily routine, it should always be in tip-top shape. That said, bathroom vanities don’t last forever. Eventually, they need to be replaced.
So, how do you know when the time has come? Let’s explore a few common clues that tend indicate when a bathroom vanity needs replacing.
#1. Patches of Mold
Mold and bathrooms—or any room for that matter—are never a good combination. Mold usually signals the presence of moisture. Since bathroom vanities come in contact with water all the time, the eventual development of mold, mildew, and even rust should not be surprising.
Mold is stubborn. It’s hard to get rid of. Even if you succeed in getting rid of it, chances are it’ll be only temporary. Mold tends to come back again and again. It can also spread to surrounding walls, air vents, and even other areas of the home.
Needless to say, mold is one problem you don’t want. Not only will mold ruin the look of your bathroom vanity, but it can also trigger allergies and respiratory issues. As it continues to spread, mold can also weaken and damage the vanity, causing leaks around the sink.
While you can use anti-mold and anti-rust treatments to wage war against mold and related problems, they’ll reappear in a matter of days. Replacing the bathroom vanity is likely the best way to tackle these issues and ensure long-term relief.
#2. Outdated Design
Another sign it’s time for a vanity replacement is when you feel your bathroom needs a facelift. Everyone wants a gorgeous bathroom. We all spend a lot of time in there, and outdated vanities can drag us down and make bathrooms look dreary. Replacing the bathroom vanity can transform the overall look of the room, often without having to remodel it entirely.
In fact, many homeowners replace their vanities simply to enhance the appearance of their bathrooms, which increases the value of their homes. For homeowners interested in selling, installing the right vanity is an easy way to make a bathroom look bigger, cleaner, and more appealing to potential buyers.
So, if you want to upgrade the look of your bathroom and create maximum impact without breaking the bank, a new vanity can often do the job perfectly.
#3. Increasing Storage
Another reason to replace a bathroom vanity is that it no longer provides adequate storage. This is quite common when a family is growing and the counterspace no longer seems big enough to accommodate everyone.
You may also want to create some extra storage under the sink to keep toiletries, hairdryers, and other cleaning products. Older vanities tend to lack the storage space for the kinds of bathroom products that most people use nowadays. Replacing anr old vanity with a new one customized to suit your needs is a great way to resolve this issue.
Newer bathroom vanities come with shelves, drawers, and cabinets designed for modern products, so everything tends to have a dedicated storage place, including towels or even an indoor plant or two. Regardless of the items, if more space is what you need, replacing the vanity can make a huge difference.
#4. Cracks and Other Visible Damage
The daily wear and tear bathroom vanities undergo can lead to serious damage over time. This includes burn marks or other visual defects from hot straightening/curling irons, the effects of moisture, chips and cracks, and stains from cosmetics and other bathroom products.
Even if some defects seem minor, getting them fixed is important, especially when water is involved. Ignoring the early warning signs can lead to even bigger problems over time, potentially with flooring, plumbing, or bathroom fixtures.
While repairing cracks isn’t necessarily difficult, getting a vanity or the sink to look and function like new can be. Neglecting such damage often leaves vanities beyond repair, to the extent that you won’t be able to use them properly.
So instead of making repeated calls to repair professionals and facing the cost of escalating damage, when you’re at this stage, it’s probably best to simply replace the old vanity.
#5. Incorrect Size
Bathrooms are typically small rooms, so making optimal use of the bathroom’s floor and counter space is crucial. This is especially true if you’re getting married, starting a family, or adding more members to your household. And even if you’re not, a tiny bathroom vanity can be highly inconvenient, even for singles and couples. At best, you’ll be constantly dealing with clutter and items hitting the floor.
Alternatively, an overly large vanity can block entry to the bathroom or convenient access to the toilet or bath.
Right-sizing the bathroom vanity with a new one can make the space more accessible, comfortable, and boost your overall storage capacity.
#6. Problems with Plumbing
Because of the sink and the various pipes bathroom vanities hide, they act as essential parts of any bathroom’s plumbing system. Obviously, when a bathroom vanity wears out, recurring plumbing problems, such as leaky sinks and pipes, can result.
Bathroom plumbing issues are big-time headaches with the potential to disrupt you and your family’s daily life. So, if you’re experiencing problems again and again due to problems stemming from an outdated vanity that’s in bad shape, replacing it with a new, modern vanity is a great way to rid yourself of the hassle.
Holland’s Custom Cabinets is Here to Help
Because bathroom vanities undergo considerable wear and tear over time, and they are in constant use with the presence of water and dampness, they often need more upkeep and attention than other parts of the home.
While replacing your bathroom vanity may not seem necessary at first glance, doing so can alleviate several immediate issues, such as adding visual appeal and providing more storage space, as well as mitigate the development of bigger problems down the road, such as plumbing issues and mold. As such, having an up-to-date, modern bathroom vanity that is right-sized for your space would seem a must-have for homeowners.
All homeowners want their bathrooms to look and perform their best. At Holland’s Custom Cabinets, we create handcrafted bathroom cabinet and storage systems that complement your taste and your lifestyle. We offer a wide range of materials, colors, and styles with the aim of adding aesthetics, value, and efficiency to your bathroom space. To learn more about our bathroom storage solutions, call us at 619.443.6081 or fill out our online form.