Pros & Cons of Wall Hung Vanities

A new style of vanities is becoming increasingly popular, replacing the traditional free-standing bathroom vanities in many renovated or new bathrooms. The wall-hung variety of bathroom vanities are stylish and minimalistic, but are they the right fit for your new bathroom? Read on to find out more.

The Pros of Floating or Wall Hung Vanities:


Wall hung vanities are much smaller than the more traditional free-standing units that have been popular choices in years gone by. Due to their size, larger vanities are often believed to contribute to making a bathroom feel cramped, and this effect is magnified in bathrooms that are smaller to begin with. Floating vanities give the impression that there is much more free space in the bathroom!

If you have a smaller bathroom to work within, a floating vanity can be a great and practical way to maximise the space within your bathroom. The smaller units are minimalistic and leave space within your bathroom for other purposes. They can also be very shallow, allowing for much easier manoeuvring in particularly narrow bathroom spaces. 

The stylish option:

Floating vanities are very modern. They’re streamlined and futuristic, replacing the bulkier models of the past. This also allows for better customisation, as they can be installed at a number of heights to accommodate the need of the bathroom’s users.

They can also give you more room to accentuate the features of your bathroom, with a more minimal footprint in terms of your overall bathroom space. This is an opportunity to showcase your feature tiling work, and some more creative designs are used to show off the bare sink plumbing to give off a rustic and industrial aesthetic. 

Cleaning and spills:

If you have a bathroom mishap where water leaks or gathers on the floor, a wall hung vanity can actually save you money in the long run. While free-standing vanities are water treated, prolonged or overwhelming contact with water may cause damage and lead to eventually having to replace the unit. Wall hung vanities are conveniently located just above the danger zone in the unfortunate event of a leak or other issue. 

They also allow for easy cleaning of your bathroom. We’re all aware of the importance of a clean bathroom, and a wall hung vanity allows for easy sweeping and cleaning of some hard to reach areas.

The Cons of Floating or Wall Hung Vanities:

Plumbing trouble:

Unfortunately you may be limited by your plumbing arrangement when opting to install a floating vanity. In some bathrooms, plumbing may not fit or may not be compatible with a wall-hung unit, which may force your hand into installing a more traditional freestanding vanity. 

This should be left up to the experts! You may find it worthwhile to ask a plumber before making a final decision on your wall hung vanity.

Less storage space:

As a direct result of the smaller size of wall hung vanities, you are often left with less storage space. Especially if the bathroom is being shared between a number of people, you may be forced into providing extra storage in your bathroom to house everyone’s belongings.

While wall hung vanities do provide more space for this additional storage, you may find that this defeats the purpose somewhat. While some wall hung vanities are larger, it depends entirely on your personal preference and individual living situation.


Installing a wall hung vanity is a little more difficult than a free-standing vanity. This is due to the extra bracing and construction work that has to be done to ensure the load is supported. In an already-expensive bathroom remodel the extra cost and effort to install a floating vanity may prove to be a little much. 

The Verdict on Floating Vanities

Floating or wall hung vanities are an extremely stylish and modern addition to any new bathroom. They can help save space, accentuate your bathroom features and ease in cleaning and maintenance. However, they may cause issues in terms of upfront installation and storage. 

From our experience in bathroom wholesale and supply, it’s clear to us that that floating vanities are here to stay. If you’re undecided, we recommend having a look at our full range of wall hung vanities. Be sure to consider the points for and against wall hung vanities, as well as the size and design of your particular bathroom. This should better inform your final vanity decision.

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