The most popular materials for vanity sets are wood and metal. Different types of hardwood, including oak, cherry and pine are most commonly used in bedroom and makeup vanities, although wood can add a classic touch to the bathroom. Oak, mahogany and cherry are often used in the more classical and elegant furniture sets, and a variety of metals are used in the more contemporary designs.
A bedroom vanity can be used for storing personal care items, cosmetics or other beauty products, but also as an attractive part of the design. Most bedroom vanities are makeup vanities. These are increasingly used by men as well as women for storing body care products, and to provide a space for getting ready to go to work or to go out in the evening. A makeup vanity usually consists of a counter top, a storage part with drawers, shelves and cupboards, and a mirror.
Bathroom vanity sets generally have a counter top and a cupboard beneath it. The counter top often has a sink and a faucet too. Bathroom vanities can be freestanding or wall mounted, and fitted vanities can be a convenient option for small bathrooms and other limited spaces. The countertop is often made or natural stone, such as granite or marble or cheaper materials including ceramic or steel. Marble and granite are some of the most expensive options for countertops, but they are also some of the most attractive and most durable. Granite is especially stain resistant and resilient, and although it is much more costly than ceramic, it is also more durable and easy to maintain. The cupboard part is usually wooden, but can be made with stainless steel or other modern materials too.
When choosing materials, convenience and functionality are as important as attractive looks. For bathroom counter tops, natural stone can be one of the best materials and especially granite is resistant to common problems in bathroom furniture, such as mildew. For bedroom vanities and for makeup vanities, wooden surfaces work well as there is less chance of staining for bathroom products or damage from moisture.
Kohler vanities include a variety of bathroom and bedroom vanities in an attractive range of styles and materials, and in a wide range of prices for all budgets.