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Offline Packard

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24" wide bathroom vanity
« on: September 09, 2021, 04:38 PM »
I have to build a new bathroom vanity.  I have the sink/counter already.  It measures 24" wide.  With a modest overhang, the cabinet will be 22-3/4" wide. 

I was planning on a face frame cabinet.  I usually use overlay doors. The cabinet is going to rest on 8" tall turned feet (I already have those). I am planning on 34" height.  I built one 36" tall and It is slightly too tall for me.   

Question: One door or two?  A false drawer at the top?  Or just the doors. 

Two doors will have each less than 12" wide.  All the other cabinets in the room have been built using shaker-style cabinets with 2-1/2"  wide rails and stiles.

Any thoughts?

The other cabinets are all painted emerald green (satin).  The floor is black slate-look ceramic tiles. The walls are all painted pure white.  The hardware and lighting are black.

The other bathrooms are all "safe" in design.  I wanted something dramatic for this room.  I may add some wallpaper on one wall.

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Offline afish

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Re: 24" wide bathroom vanity
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2021, 04:55 PM »
typically 21" and under have a single door and 24" and over have 2 doors.  Of course there are exceptions to every rule but that tends to be the typical line in the sand.  However, as I get older I dont do any doors for myself and hate cavernous lower cabinets.  Everything I make for myself is drawers now.  Its more work up front doing a vanity or sink base due to the plumbing.  There are a ton of condos in my area and storage space tends to be at a premium when you are paying $600+ per square foot for a place.  So I tend to do whatever I can to maximize every square inch into usable and easily accessible storage. 

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: 24" wide bathroom vanity
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2021, 05:20 PM »
Keep in mind that if you use 1 door, you have to think about its full travel so it doesn't get in your way.  If I went with 2 doors, I would try my best to not have a center stile.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: 24" wide bathroom vanity
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2021, 06:50 PM »
One thing I've learned is to make a ladder base from pressure-treated material, and design the cabinet to sit at the necessary height on top of the ladder base.  Design the ladder base such that you allow 3/4" more than usual for the toekick, and 1-1/2" more on the sides (total).  Then overlay the ladder base with vinyl (PVC) trimboard, but hold it up 1/8" to 3/16" over the tile flooring.  The reason is to prevent both wicking into untreated wood, especially the cheap and cheesy pressboard cabinet sides that start to crumble the minute they get wet from spills and floor washings, and staining from the same spills and washings.
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: 24" wide bathroom vanity
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2021, 07:28 PM »
Since I hate digging in cabinets with doors, I would say use all drawers. For a cabinet of that size I would make it floating. Legs end grain down might suck up water, so seal the heck out of them, or make something to set them off the floor slightly, like a drink coaster but self draining.

Something like this gents below. My own guest bath vanity is made from bent up Corian with drawers, hanging on the wall.

Offline Packard

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Re: 24" wide bathroom vanity
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2021, 09:07 AM »
A few points.

I made drawers for the vanity in my master bath.  It is very handy and gets used daily.

This vanity is for the guest bath and that gets used a few times a year.  I have few overnight guests. 

I have already constructed a wall cabinet, a makeup vanity, and a linen cabinet (tall) so storage is more than ample. 

I have already purchased the legs and the sink with an integrated top.  It was necessary to get those first to determine the final size of the cabinet. 

The sink is 24" wide.  I am planning on a 3/4" overhang on three sides.  So that makes the width of the box 22½".  With the face frame and ½" overlay, the door would be 20" wide. If I made two doors I imagine that I would have to use narrow rails and stiles. 

This discussion has helped.  It seems that a 20" wide door would call for just one door, not two. 

I briefly considered a pedestal sink as storage was not required, but I think it will look better with a cabinet. 

Thanks for the comments.