FunctionConsider first of all, what is the primary function of this bathroom? Is this a high traffic, heavy use family encounter kind of bathroom, or more of a guest, occasional or spare bathroom? Will you want to keep the counters and sinks spotless and squeaky clean, or will there be an endless arrangement of soaps, shampoos, lotions, hair care products, skin treatments and other bottles and tubes lined up from one end to the other? If your bathroom is mostly for show, you want to select a counter style that’s easy to clean, and doesn’t reflect smudges or fingerprints easily. If you need a workhorse for a countertop, you’ll want to choose a durable, long-lasting surface that can take the beating.
ExposureIf your bathroom countertop is going to be in a medium to high traffic area, you need to consider what kinds of materials it will be exposed to. Will there be lots of moisture? Some bathrooms see so much activity that the counter commonly has some moisture, if not standing water, pretty much all the time. Moisture may cause some countertop materials to weaken with time, and those instances need a non-porous, water-resistant surface. Will there be chemicals such as makeup, hair dye, medical treatments, or other potentially damaging materials spilled or used on the countertop surface? Many times, these can cause stains or permanent damage if the counter isn’t designed to withstand them.
MaintenanceSome countertop materials require physical maintenance to reseal or confirm the strength of the installation from time to time. Others may be difficult to clean if exposed to certain chemicals or other spills or could be damaged along certain edges if exposed to abrasives or constant friction from activities.
AppearanceAlong with all the practical reasoning for how to select your bathroom countertop, don’t forget to take the time to express yourself. Whether a high-traffic family cleanliness thoroughfare or a sparkling, pristine guest room, your options always include the ability to shine. You probably have selected decorations or a theme for the rest of the room, make the counter a part of your plans too! Create a beautiful encounter for everyone who enters by choosing colors, patterns and features that make their visit to the little necessity room a great one. Assure they have everything at their fingertips that they might need, and plenty of counter space to work in.
SizeSince the countertop is the central surface in the bathroom, consider how big you want to design it and its supporting cabinet to be. Think of all the items you want to include on your display, whether towels, dispensers, deodorizers, or whatever else you might desire, and add to that the items every other person that comes into that room will need to park on the surface there. Will you have sufficient space to comfortably maintain the toiletries and health care items they will normally keep out? Plan for the future, and give yourself and others plenty of growing room.
MaterialsChoosing the right countertop means selecting the correct type of material it is made from. These are some common types, with some ups and downs of each.
- SOLID SURFACE. Solid surface countertops are a man-made manufactured material, including marble dust, resins, and acrylics, with dyes to add color. They are an inexpensive, popular solution for a practical yet appealing bathroom counter.
- GRANITE. Granite is a popular choice for its beauty, durability, and longevity. It resists most stains and surface damage and is easy to clean. The cost for a granite countertop can be higher, but for a long-term solution with a great look and durability, granite is often the way to go.
- MARBLE. Similar to granite, marble is an excellent choice for its beauty, durability, and usefulness. It is also easy to clean and medium ranged in price.
- QUARTZ. A composite created from quartz sand, this beautiful material comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. Very durable, stain resistant and easy to keep clean, quartz is also a popular but somewhat pricey solution for many bathroom remodels.
- TILE. Another popular countertop solution, tile is durable, versatile and inexpensive. By selecting multiple colors, patterns and surfaces of tile, you can create a totally unique and personal look for your entire bathroom.