Need to Know: Floating Vanities

Floating vanity inquiries are definitely on the rise and more and more customers are choosing this look for bathrooms. Floating a vanity off the floor instantly gives a room an open atmosphere by creating an illusion of added space. If you’re choosing a tile floor with a beautiful pattern, this also allows for more of the tile to be seen and can elongate a bathroom.


Typical vanities are set on the floors of a bathroom and are mounted to the walls. A floating vanity type is mounted with all of the weight being supported by your bathroom wall. Fads come and go, but great design stays true. This bathroom design variation is here to stay, as they look great and give you the advantages of extra space as well as more foot space than traditional standing vanities.

Are Floating Vanities More Expensive?

The answer to that question is really depends on your bathroom vanity design, the materials used and the finish. Everything the same, traditional freestanding vanities will be more cost effective than wall-mounted vanities as you need to account for an added cost of installation time and materials on a wall hung vanity.

But depending on your choice of vanity styles and vanity colors and finishes, a floor level standing vanity may come in more expensive due to things like functional space it takes up and variations like a single-sink vanity or double vanity (which increases countertop space and materials).

Either can get pricy and crush your budget if you go crazy with your bathroom vanity designs.

How Do You Secure a Floating Vanity?

Here are 3 things you need to know when planning for a floating vanity.

1. Wall Blocking

  • The installer/contractor will most likely have to open up the wall to add blocking for support
  • Marble and other stone countertops are very heavy, which is partly why blocking is so necessary and why we recommend blocking to be added at Metropolitan
  • Ask the installer/contractor to limit the wall destruction so that it’s only behind the vanity, and not bigger than the cabinet dimensions, so additional plastering is not needed

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2. Cabinet Plumbing

  • When building a floating sink cabinet, the location of the plumbing for the vanity must come from the wall, not the floor
  • If moving plumbing is needed, the contractor and plumber will figure out the new configuration to fit with a floating vanity

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3. Floating Vanity Sizing

  • Wall hung vanities come in three heights: 21″, 24″ and 27″. Most vanities are hung 34.5″ off the floor, and so if you have a 21″ tall vanity, it will be 13.5″ off the floor
  • The height of the plumbing will determine the height of the vanity

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Vanity Design

  • At Metropolitan we can build custom floating vanities in any style! Wall hung vanities can be made in full overlay or inset cabinetry, and in a modern style or transitional. Sky is the limit!
  • We offer great stock floating vanity options, too! Our Cityline cabinets are a great budget-conscious vanity option, like this gorgeous grey gloss one as seen in this photo below

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What is the best height for bathroom vanities?

A floating bathroom vanity is both functional and decorative, and as such, it should play a prominent role in your decorating scheme for your bathroom.

The size and style you choose for your vanity cabinet will largely depend on the size and style of your bathroom. For example, if you’re doing a bathroom remodel, a smaller vanity will work better in a smaller bathroom, and a larger traditional vanity will fit in better with a larger wall.

In a powder room, taller vanities will provide more counter space and a sitting height that’s ideal for grooming. A taller vanity will also make a smaller bathroom feel bigger. A higher countertop or a pedestal sink will come in handy if you like to keep lots of bath products and towels on hand.


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