Vanity height

a2geminiJanuary 13, 2013

I searched GW and came up with a few small threads.
We are just starting to plan our remodel for our master bath.
My DH is 6 foot and I am 5 7.5 if I stretch...

I am thinking of going with kitchen counter height as DH has a bad back and leaning over is difficult (but he can ride his bike 4000 miles a year...)

Any new thoughts on the height debate?

Thanks!

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cat_mom

We are not tall (I'm 5'3", DH is 5'8.5") and we LOVE our counter height vanities! The guy who made them for us had suggested it (partly as a way to maximize drawer/storage space) and it's one of our favorite things in all three bathrooms.

In fact, I b**ch and moan when we visit my parents and use the much lower-traditional height vanity in their guest bathroom during our stay.

Go for it!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 1:46PM
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ssg7741

You will NOT regret going with counters 36" high...love them! Especially for someone with a bad back.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 1:52PM
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littlebug5

I am 5'3" and dh is 5'8". We LOVE our higher vanity height! I too have a bad back.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 2:30PM
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nycbluedevil

Definitely 36". I am 5'3" and it is still fine. I don't know ow my DH, who is 6'4", dealt with the regular height vanities we had before.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 3:57PM
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a2gemini

That is giving me confidence - I asked DH to stand in front of the kitchen sink and pretend to brush teeth and wash face to see what he thinks.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 5:36PM
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coolbeansw

Personally, I do not understand why vanities were ever made low in bathrooms not used by children. Our kitchen counters are 36" high and our new master bathroom vanity top will be, too. And we are not tall people!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 10:43PM
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williamsem

Ours are higher by accident. It never occurred to me there was a choice, and seeing them up high at Lowes gave me little perspective in height. But once I got over the shock when it was installed (took all of 5 minutes), we fell in love! I'm only 5�4". I love all the room in the drawers. And I brush my teeth all the time because of retainers. It now drives me batty to brush in the downstairs powder room at lower height. Makes my back ache.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 10:57PM
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terriks

Personally, I do not understand why vanities were ever made low in bathrooms not used by children.

It's my thought that when plumbing first moved indoors, most homes only had one bathroom, which had to accommodate both children and adults, thus the lower counter height.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:17PM
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may_flowers

Men were much shorter than too. I saw a shaving stand at an antiques store from about the 1920s and the top of the mirror was slightly below my head level. I'm 5'6.

Our house was built in 1999 and the MB vanity is 36". I wonder when they started using the higher vanities.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 9:20AM
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a2gemini

Thanks - I couldn't see any reason to go shorter but there were a few threads where folks didn't like them.
I think I picked out the style for my vanity - just have to figure out who makes something like it...

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 5:43PM
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sochi

My master bath counters are 37.5" - I love them. 38" would have been fine too. I'm almost 5'9", DH is 5'11".

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 6:05PM
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a2gemini

Sochi - thanks! I will test that height also

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 4:06PM
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kaysd

Does anyone think a 38" high vanity in the master would be an impediment to re-sale? I am 5' 10.5" and DH is 6'. Our cabinet maker discouraged us from going over 36" because it is so non-standard. I loved the 38" high kitchen island in our last house and imagine it would be comfortable for a vanity too. The 38" would give us better drawer heights for storage too. (I am so miserable leaning over the sink with our current 32" vanities.)

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 6:53PM
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sochi

I certainly don't think it would be a determinative factor in buying a home. 38" is higher than average, but the vast majority of people wouldn't even notice it (they might notice less pain in their backs). Very short people may be challenged by it, but again, I can't imagine it being a serious impediment.

If you're planning on moving in the next year or two, maybe go with 36". Otherwise, go for it, you'll both love it.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 10:17PM
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a2gemini

Currently thinking of going with the 26 - but have to decide on the sink - if we go undercount, maybe go higher.
We plan on living here for 20 more years...

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 8:51AM
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phiwwy

Definitely love our counter height. I went counter height in my daughter's bath too! She doesn't even notice and she's short.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:21AM
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terriks

Gemini, do you mean 36??

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 12:38PM
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a2gemini

Oops- yes 36 inch.
Guess I failed text 101 or turned into a hobbit!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 6:05AM
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AmadeusHorse1

Hi Everyone, The consensus seems to be 36", but I find that at 36" when I bend to wash my face water runs down my arms and onto the floor. I am 5'7" and I think you need something's little lower to create a downward angle. Otherwise you need to wipe up the water that has dripped from your elbows. Any thoughts on this?

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 2:35PM
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sjhockeyfan325

We're short and love a 36" vanity (really 34-1/2" plus countertop, just like in the kitchen). However, if I were doing drop-in sinks, I would get them a little shorter (but for undermounted sinks, they're perfect).

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 2:47PM
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nycbluedevil

Yes, the water does drip down my arms a bit. But I prefer that to bending down.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 4:38PM
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Linelle

This new vanity height is a revelation to me. I had no idea until today that they have been trending higher. 36"?!! The same height as kitchen counters?!!

I'm planning to redo my hall bath. The current vanity + counter is 30". I like it, but I've never tried anything higher. I'm 5'4" and live alone, probably will live here for the duration, and don't plan to ever have a vessel sink.

My only concern is getting close to the mirror. Seems like it will be a stretch.

I guess the added storage isn't a bad thing.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 5:53PM
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raehelen

Hoping to be able to tell you what the 36" height with an undermount sink is like by the end of the weekend....whooeee! In my extensive research, this detail like many others was analyzed to death...it is now recommended to have vanity counters at that height...this tells you how long I have been researching...when I started...it was not commonplace. I did find out however, that it looks really odd, and perhaps is not as functional when using a vessel sink. Luckily one of the cabinet places I went to, had a vessel sink in their customer BR on a kitchen height vanity. It just looked odd and out of place. I had mocked it up with bowls on my kitchen counter, and thought it was fine. Seeing it in real life convinced me not to do it.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 6:49PM
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azmom

In our recent remodeled 3 bathrooms, using kitchen counter height vanity is our first and most important requirement.

We used custom built cabinets for one bathroom, stock purchased cabinets for the other two, each vanity is 36 inches tall including granite counter top. The depth of the counter is 22.5 inches. We use undermount sinks.

I am only 5' 4", DH is much taller, he loves the counter height.

I Never have any problem to reach/use mirrors. In fact I got used to the new counter height since day one. Not until then I did not realize how much we had been deprived using the low vanities in the old bathrooms.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 7:41PM
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Linelle

raehelen and azmom, photos please.

It looks odd? I'll bet it does. Doesn't it look massive?

Does anybody just split the difference and go 33-34"?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 9:18PM
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divotdiva

I just measured mine and with countertop they are 33". That should be fine for me, I'm only 5'0". We have undermount sinks.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 11:12PM
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azmom

Hello linelle,

For some reasons I could not get photos uploaded from photobucket even I have done that many times in the past. Please provide your email through my garden web email. I will send the photos when I get your address.

This post was edited by azmom on Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 1:25

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 1:17AM
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kellysar

I'm 5'4" and love the higher height of my vanities. Re the mirror, if you have a medicine cabinet with a door that swings open, I love my Robern magnifying mirror. Not cheap (maybe $80?) but it brings the mirror way forward and is great for putting on makeup. It is tucked inside the cabinet when not in use.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 10:57PM
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badgergal

My master bathroom vanity is 34-1/2 tall and 36 inches high with the countertop. My daughter is redoing her bathroom and when she ordered her new cabinets she wasn't even asked if she wanted 31-1/2 or 34-1/2. The cabinet store automatically listed them at the higher height which was fine with my daughter. I am only 5'4" told and don't have a problem with the higher vanity. When I go into my other bathroom with lower height vanities, they definitly seem too low.
I am not sure if you can really tell the height from a picture, but here is my higher vanity.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 11:49PM
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Linelle

Everyone's vanities look perfectly normal to me in the photos posted. :) I can't believe I'm just learning about this increased height. I guess my current vanities would seem so low to everyone (30"). Increased storage capacity is always a good thing.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 11:33AM
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itltrot

When we redid our hall bathroom we didn't even notice the vanity we purchased was taller until DH used it and commeted how nice it was. Our in our master seems uncommonly low at 29.5" but it was built on site and the first home in this addition.

We plan to change to 36" when we get to that part of the renovation for the master.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 12:16PM
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debrak2008

We put in a 36" (34.5" high cab with granite top) high vanity in our master bedroom. Our family/guest bathroom is lower and feels weird to me. I'm about 5' 6" and like the higher height.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 1:37PM
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divotdiva

You might also consider how you use the vanity. I used my kitchen sink as a trial "run" on height and found I would be reaching quite a bit (on tip toes almost) if I were to wet my hair down in the sink. If you only brush teeth, wash face, the higher 36" would be great, especially if you are taller.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 2:12PM
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Linelle

divotdiva, it would be mostly teeth-brushing and face-washing. Major hair-wetting happens in the shower or leaning over the tub, minor wetting via a spray bottle.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 6:50PM
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shelayne

Yes! to using kitchen counter height vanity in bathroom. We are working on a bathroom now and did just that. And just as in our kitchen, this vanity has drawers, drawers, drawers! :) The granite top was just recently installed, and it is actually feeling more like a bathroom. For quite a while there has only been a shower, tub, and toilet. We have had to go to the laundry sink to wash hands. Not exactly convenient, so I am really looking forward to DH finishing the faucet install. ;)

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 4:16PM
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analyst-therapist

Anything between 33-36 is fine. Noone will really complain within that range. I rarely see vanities go beyond 35 though.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:57AM
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