Wall-Hung Vanities vs Freestanding Vanities – What’s Right for You?


Choosing between a wall-mounted vanity and a freestanding vanity is one of the key decisions you’ll make when planning the design of your bathroom. But which style is right for you?

Here we explain some of the differences between both types of bathroom vanities and look at the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide.

What is a wall-hung vanity?

A wall-hung vanity is attached directly to the wall instead of standing on the floor. This means there is a clear space underneath the vanity.

Wall-hung vanities come in different sizes, including with either one or two basins. They can also be attached at different heights on the wall.

Advantages of a wall-hung vanity

They’re ultra-modern

A wall-hung vanity is a perfect choice if you want to create clean, crisp lines in your bathroom. Their sleek, modern looks coordinate perfectly with contemporary décor schemes, making a wall-hung vanity a highly fashionable and chic choice.

They show off your tiles

As a wall-hung vanity doesn’t go right to the floor, more of the tiles can be seen in your bathroom. Many people appreciate this as tiles are one of the most expensive elements of your bathroom design. Naturally, you want them to be seen as much as possible!

How much of your tiling you want to show is up to you with a wall-hung vanity – they can be attached to the wall at different heights, enabling you to personalise your bathroom and make it more practical for you.

They’re easy to clean underneath

As a wall-hung vanity doesn’t have legs, it’s easy to clean underneath. With full access to the flooring under your wall-hung vanity, it’s a simple matter of running a broom, vacuum or mop across and you’re done. There’s also fewer places for hair and grime to get trapped, ensuring that your bathroom vanity looks amazing for years to come.

They can make your bathroom look more spacious

If you have a smaller bathroom, the fixtures and fittings you choose are key to creating the illusion of more space. A wall-hung vanity works particularly well for this purpose. As it doesn’t touch the floor, it creates an unbroken line of floor space, which automatically makes the room look larger.

You can turn your plumbing into a feature

Many ultra-modern bathroom designs now contain elements of industrial décor. Showing off your plumbing is the perfect way to get the industrial look, as long as it’s in good condition and made from a rust-free, attractive metal such as stainless steel or chrome.

With a wall-hung vanity, you can incorporate your plumbing into your bathroom design as it won’t necessarily all be boxed in. This gives you a great opportunity to create the ultimate contemporary chic bathroom.

They offer an innovative storage space

A wall-hung vanity doesn’t just offer storage space inside. The space beneath the vanity, between it and the floor, is also handy for storing relatively flat bathroom essentials which won’t be damaged by being stored on the floor.

This makes it the perfect spot for your bathroom scales. They can be neatly tucked out of sight most of the time, and conveniently brought out whenever you need to check your weight.

They’re comfortable and convenient

When you need to look in the bathroom mirror, such as when you’re putting on make-up or shaving, it’s important to be able to stand as close to the mirror as possible so you can see what you’re doing clearly. A wall-hung vanity is ideal for this – you can position your feet underneath it, getting up close to the mirror without stubbing your toes on the vanity!

Potential drawbacks of a wall-hung vanity

They may be limited by your plumbing

Wall-hung vanities can be installed in the vast majority of bathrooms as they come in many different shapes and sizes. However, you might be limited in where you can position them, depending on your existing plumbing.

A wall-hung vanity can generally hide all your plumbing if your pipes go through the wall. If your pipes go through the floor, however, they won’t be completely hidden.

They may have less storage space

Due to the design of some wall-hung vanities, they may offer less storage space than freestanding vanities.  However, there are ways to make up for this. For example, if you need extra storage in your bathroom, you may consider installing open shelving or a wall cabinet. And if you decide to go with a mirror cabinet, it serves a dual purpose, providing both a mirror and additional storage space.

They may require more structural work

As wall-hung vanities are attached directly to the wall, it’s essential that the wall is strong enough to hold the weight of the vanity. Check this with your builder – it may be that your wall will need some extra structural work before the vanity can be attached.

What is a freestanding vanity?

Wall-Hung Vanities vs Freestanding Vanities – Freestanding Bathroom Vanity

A freestanding vanity stands directly on the floor. It has a kickboard which covers all the space beneath the doors, so it’s totally enclosed.

Advantages of a freestanding vanity

They’re classic and timeless

A freestanding vanity is a classic style which has been popular in bathrooms for many years. This means it’s easier to change the style of your bathroom with a freestanding vanity; it coordinates with a huge variety of bathroom designs due to its timeless appeal.

They offer lots of storage

Freestanding vanities offer plenty of storage space for all your bathroom products. If you choose a model with two basins, this storage space is doubled. This means they’re ideal for keeping your bathroom tidy and maintaining clean lines as all your essential products can be stored away out of sight.

They reduce cleaning

As a freestanding vanity stands directly on the floor, there’s no need to clean underneath it. This cuts down on your bathroom cleaning time, leaving you free to spend longer having an indulgent soak in the bath!

They cover up all your plumbing

Unlike wall-hung vanities, freestanding vanities are designed to cover up all your plumbing. This means that no matter what style of bathroom you choose, you won’t have to worry about your pipes being in good enough condition to be on show. It also creates a tidier, cleaner look.

Potential drawbacks of a freestanding vanity

They can take up more space

Although freestanding vanities come in a wide range of sizes and styles, what they all have in common is that they stand directly on the floor. Visually, this can make your bathroom appear less spacious, as it takes up more floor space and creates a dividing line between one part of the room and the next.

Find out more about bathroom vanities

If you still can’t decide which vanity is right for you, we’re always happy to help!

Contact us or call into a showroom, and our experienced team will be able to give you all the information you need to choose the right vanity for your bathroom.

And make sure to download your free copy of our guide to designing your dream bathroom.