Bathroom Vanities – Where Quality Counts

Quality shows itself over time. Poorly made products may look good new but can’t hold up to the wear and tear of daily use. This is particularly true of bath furniture.

Quality Bathroom Vanities – the Water’s Fine

Water can do a lot of damage. Steam, splashing and wet towels mean that

Features to Look For

bathroom vanities must hold up to wet conditions that other furniture doesn’t have to. Product made of particle board quickly show damage if exposed to water and will swell, discolor and peel. When shopping for bathroom vanities it’s important to look below the surface.

There are certain features to be aware of when shopping for a new vanity. For the bath, all wood construction is preferable to particle board, especially for any part of

the cabinet that may come into contact with water. Take a look at the drawer box and make sure the drawer slide allows the drawer to open all the way. It is nice to have an adjustable hinges and a soft close system so doors don’t bang shut. Finally, think about what kind of storage you will need.

In our showroom we carry several brands of bathroom vanities and furniture both semi-custom (you can order modifications of wood, door style, color and other details) and stock (available in specific configurations with no modifications available). Our semi-custom lines include Strasser Woodenworks and Woodpro. Our stock lines are Fairmont Designs and Sonia.

Strasser Woodenworks builds their furniture in Woodenville, WA, about 20 miles from

Strasser Furniture Vanity Maple Natural

 Seattle. Cabinets are offered in maple, oak or cherry and door styles include shaker, slab, mitered and beaded. In addition to wood finishes Strasser offers vanities in a range of

Strasser Wall Mount in Yellow

paint colors including green, yellow and matte black. One nice feature of the Strasser line is their drawers which have a metal drawer box with European style slides for easy access and durability. Strasser cabinets come in both traditional and furniture style vanities. Strasser offers a lifetime warranty on their products.

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Woodpro Heirloom Series

Woodpro Cabinetry is based in Missouri, in the town of Cabool, pop. 2100. Starting in 1977 as a two man cabinet shop Woodpro has grown into an almost fully custom bath cabinet maker. Woodpro has two vanity series: Premier which consists of 10 collections of overlay and molding

Woodpro Fireside Vanity Series

 overlay designs and Royale which has five vanity collections. Collections are differentiated by details like drawer face construction, edge profiles, crown profile, drawer leg style and hardware finish. Each collection offers multiple doors styles and wood selections including hickory. Woodpro offers over 60 finishes plus custom color/wood combinations.

Lambiere Wall Mount Series

But wait, there’s more. Woodpro offers modifications that one does not typically see available in bath cabinetry. Options like extended styles, hinging, face frame only linen option, increase or decrease of cabinet height and trim options are available for most vanity collections. This means you don’t have to settle for a vanity that is “close enough”. Instead you can customize it to the details you want with the features that you need.

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Fairmont Shaker 48 Open

Fairmont Designs, based in Buena Vista, California, does not make custom products. Instead their focus is on creating collections of distinctively designed pieces to meet a variety of bathroom interior looks. All cabinet are wood construction with features like adjustable hinges and soft close doors. Traditional, contenporary, Asian influence and many other looks are available.

Want an “Old World” look? Try “Belle”, an attractive bombe

Fairmont Belle

 silhouette vanity. Or “Villa Veneto” which has an 18th century Italian styling. Prefer a more urban look? How about “Tribeca”? Or “Concorde”. Both have clean contemporary lines and finish that show off the beauty of real wood.

All collections offer a range of sizes and can be ordered with or without countertops and sinks.

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Sonia Nouveau White

Sonia is based in Spain and is part of the Ferrer Group, a leading manufacturer of automotive hardware. Sonia cabinet designs reflect their European origin but what is really amazing is what you don’t see. Sonia cabinet construction is exceptional. Marine grade plywood and paint finishes result in cabinets that are practically impervious to water. Sonia often displays samples of their doors in a tank of water to demonstrate just how well the furniture will hold up in a wet environment.

Sonia other strong point is their unique designs. “Nouveauis a collection of furniture style vanity pieces with a delicate filigree pattern or exotic hardwood design. “Atic Colors” are one of a kind door designs integrated with wall hung vanity cabinets. “Europa” is probably one of the most copied designs out there and is a clean combination of wood and glass.

Versatile” combines euro-style colors with contemporary wood furniture. The “Play

Sonia Versatile Vanity

 series is offered in a variety of wood finished and colors as well as the “touch” option which is a unique textural finish.

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We display vanities from all of the manufactures discussed in this article. If you are remodeling, or just thinking about it, we invite you to visit our showroom and discover the possibilities.

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2 thoughts on “Bathroom Vanities – Where Quality Counts

  1. bathroom vanities need not be expensive, there are many bathroom vanities that can be bought at a bargain price `~*

  2. Yes, there are vanities that can be bought at a bargain price but what are you buying? It’s not how good it looks new, it’s how good it looks after a few years in the wet environment of a bathroom. You also want to consider how it works. One way “bargain” products keep prices down is to use hardware that can limit how doors and drawers work which can be very annoying when you are using something every day. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but a bargain isn’t much of a bargain if it falls apart.

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