8 premium bathroom upgrades

Furniture style vanities

If you have the means, a custom-made vanity can elevate the entire look of your bathroom.

However, if you have some carpentry skills or are willing to hire someone who does, consider repurposing a dresser or nightstand for your bathroom’s vanity as a cost-effective alternative.

You’ll get a custom, high-end look that you can’t achieve with an off-the-shelf vanity, says Holly Denihan, a kitchen designer with DirectBuy of Indianapolis.

Add a solid countertop and decorative sink to dress up your bathroom, she says.

Make sure the furniture you want to use is the correct height (about 34 inches) and depth (about 21 inches) for a bath vanity.

You’ll need to seal it against moisture and modify the interior to accommodate your sink’s plumbing.

You’ll also need to modify the top to accommodate a sink and faucet, or remove the top altogether if you want to add quartz or granite.

While repurposing furniture can save you money, a unique vanity could mean higher costs for a properly sized custom countertop.