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Unread 07-18-2008, 07:47 PM
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Default Bathroom Vanity Height

Does anyone know what the standard height is for bathroom vanities in new homes? The vanities in my home are too low. I'm about 5'6" and bending over to brush my teeth really puts a strain on my back. No doubt I'm going to have to replace the vanities, any recommendations on what height vanity I should consider and where I can find a good selection?

SA Newby
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Unread 07-18-2008, 07:51 PM
Location: San Antonio
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We have dual sinks in the master bathroom. The vanities are at the his and hers heights of 30 and 34-1/2.
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Unread 07-18-2008, 08:18 PM
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we had one custom built from a cabinet shop. not sure if anyone stocks them.
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Unread 07-18-2008, 08:25 PM
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I think the "standard used to be about 32", but in our new house we had them built to 36" and we really love it. It used to be that houses built for "seniors" were built to 36" but I see more houses being done that height. BTW, wife is 5'5", I'm 6'1", comfortable for both.

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Unread 07-18-2008, 08:33 PM
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Test your kitchen counter height to see if it's more comfortable for use as a bathroom counter. Standard kitchen cabinets are what some builders are calling "shaving" height counter tops. It's becoming very popular!
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Unread 07-18-2008, 09:32 PM
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Bathroom counter tops are usaully lower because too high and it ruins the view when looking into teh mirror. Not many want a view from the chestup in a bathrom mirror.Also in many activites the family bends over using the bath lavatory. 30 inches is normal height unless made for a tall person or exceptional short. short
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Unread 07-18-2008, 10:06 PM
Location: NOVA
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Kitchen cabinets are standard at 36" and bathrooms are all over. Some are built so you can sit while looking at the mirror. If you visit one of the box stores, you'll see a variety of heights on the vanities and you'll be able to guage what is more comfortable than what you have now. Of course you'll have to buy a new countertop and fixture too.
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Unread 07-19-2008, 08:59 AM
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We had the lower vanities in the bathroom. Good for kids, not for but my 6'+ hubby. When we remodeled the baths, it was suggested that we raised the height of the vanity to 36". More storage under the sink and easier on the backs. I seem to remember that the stand alone sink in the house I grew up in was about that height, too.
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Unread 07-21-2008, 02:17 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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"Standard" height on bathroom cabinets is 30" while "shaving" height is 36"...but recently most custom builders, and all the plans i design, use 36" as the new standard.
If you are going to have a knee space, that cabinet needs to be dropped down to 30".

Ronnie Pena
Lusso Studio
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