Design 101 | What is a Floating Vanity?

One of the most popular trends in bathroom decorating is a floating vanity. If you aren’t sure what they are, they’re nothing new to bathroom design. High-end restaurants have used them for years. The same goes for commercial and industrial settings. It wasn’t until the 2010s that they became popular with homeowners.

Floating vanities landed on the scene a few years ago and have gained a lot of traction with designers and contractors. Homeowners decide to have them put in their bathrooms more and more all the time. Right now, floating vanities are one of the hottest design trends. In a nutshell, a floating vanity is a bathroom vanity anchored to the wall, and it has no legs for support. They give the illusion that they float above the floor. Right now, it’s a very ultra-modern look. The look can be turned classic, though, depending on what kind of vanity you get.

What is a floating vanity? The floating vanity functions the same as a standard vanity. There is no real difference between the two besides their support system. An ADA bathroom sink and faucet is attached to the top for washing and brushing teeth just like on traditional vanities. Some floating vanity models have limited storage abilities, as they’re usually smaller. The smaller size leaves less room for underneath storage. To make up for this lack of storage, some vanities are deeper, and they stick out further from the wall to give a bit more space.

The empty space under the vanity doesn’t just look cool, it serves a purpose. It helps protect the vanity from water damage. Bathrooms often become wet and damp. A person exiting the shower will bring water out and onto the floor. That water sitting on the floor can soak into a traditional wooden vanity. Over time, that water will rot the wood and stain it. If the vanity floats, though, then the water can’t touch it and damage it.