Make Your Bathroom Counters Count

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If you’re like most people, you probably think of the kitchen countertop first when you think of a countertop. Sure, the kitchen is important, but you should realize your bathroom counter is likely to be more closely scrutinized. Why? Guests see your kitchen counter, of course, but it’s in the bathroom where they have the opportunity to really look around. Make it count.

Granite, Marble, and Other Materials

Naturally, one of the biggest decisions you need to make is what your countertop will be made of. Granite and marble are the most popular choices. Granite is as close to indestructible as you’ll find, and is still quite elegant. A lot of people like the look of marble, but just remember to choose a more stain-resistant marble and be careful with your shampoo and hair dye. Other stone can, of course, be used for the bathroom counter. Find a kind of stone you like and just make sure it’s durable enough to withstand water and common bathroom substances.

For a more modern look, consider choosing a recycled glass countertop. Glass may require some extra effort cleaning, but if you take care of this countertop it should last you forever. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, will give your bathroom a classically simple look. As with any ceramic tile, you’ll need to watch the grout for cracking, decay, and mold. When you’re considering these options, the most important thing to keep in mind is what material is going to match well with the rest of your bathroom.

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Bathroom Counters and Their Sinks

When thinking about your bathroom counter, you should also be thinking about the sink that’s going to go with it. There are four ways to install a sink into a countertop.

Drop-in Sink: This sink allows for easy installation into a pre-cut countertop. DIY installers should opt for a drop-in sink.

Overmount Sink: This sink provides a similar look to the drop-in sink but with a more professional mount. Also known as a rimmed sink.

Undermount Sink: This sink is mounted from underneath the countertop. This installation is ideal if you want to emphasize the counter and minimize the sink.

Vessel SinkThis sink actually sits above your countertop. Vessel sinks are often made from glass and comes in all sorts of creative designs.

Size and Shape

Remember that bathroom counters can be built to all different shapes and sizes. It can stretch nearly entire length of the room or extend no more than a foot from the sink. It can be squared, curved or elliptical. It can be free-standing or part of a bathroom vanity. Find the countertop that’s going to fit your bathroom and style. Just don’t take it for granted—because your guests will notice it.

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