How High To Place Your Bathroom Fixtures

Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom?

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The good news is that if your footprint already works for you, you can give your space an instant update by making just a few small changes.

A new vanity, mirror, faucet and lighting can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your space.

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The trick is to make sure that you are placing your new elements properly.

In this post, we’ll answers some of the most frequently asked questions about bathroom makeovers:

We hope this post answered the following questions for you:

  1. How high should I hang a mirror above a vanity?
  2. If I’m doing a wall mounted faucet, where does that hang in relation to the mirror and the sink?
  3. How high above the mirror should the lighting be placed?
  4. If I’m doing wall sconces, where should I place them in relation to the mirror and the vanity?
  5. Are there guidelines about electrical outlets near the sink?



No matter what style or budget you have, space planning is essential to achieving a functional and beautiful bathroom.

One of the most frequently asked questions from our clients who are working on bathroom design projects is about proper placement of the important elements.

Remember, the numbers we are sharing below are general guidelines not hard and fast rules, BUT if you know the rules and the reasons behind them, you can make smart design choices!


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The thing to keep top of mind is the height of the person using the space.

The standard height for a guest or master bathroom vanity is 33” to 36”.

For kids’ spaces, you might want to have the height top out at 33 inches so that it’s easier for them to reach the faucet.

On the contrary, 36 inches is a much more comfortable experience for a tall person.

Another important note: If you are using a vessel sink, the height of the base cabinet plus the highest point on the sink is the total to focus on.

For example, if your vessel sink stands 6 inches tall, then you’ll want a base cabinet that is no more than 30 inches tall.

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Finally, be sure to calculate the thickness of your countertop into the overall height of the finished vanity. 

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The standard height of the mirror above the vanity will vary depending on the shape and size of the mirror, the average height of the users, and height of your sink and faucet.

Just make sure the mirror is around eye-level for most of the users!

Here are three easy tricks to determine the optimal mirror height:

  • Hang the mirror 5” to 10” inches above the sink
  • Hang the mirror a few inches above the highest part of the faucet
  • Center the mirror in between the vanity lighting and the sink.


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If your vanity is designed for a deck-mounted faucet, installation is super easy!

However, if you want a wall-mounted faucet (which are growing in popularity) you’ll definitely want to contact a professional plumber to have the fixture installed.

In preparation for your meeting with your plumber, you’ll need to know for sure the full, finished height of your vanity (including the countertop), whether or not you have a vessel sink or an under-mount sink, the specs (dimensions) for your new faucet, and the size of your mirror.

He’ll need all of this information in order to determine where to place the faucet.

Typically, when it’s all said and done, your faucet should be hung about 4-5” over the countertop.

This height will vary depending on the height and curvature of the faucet because you must ensure there is at least 1” of space between the lowest part of the faucet’s spout and the flood level of the sink.


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The standard height for vanity lighting above bathroom mirrors is 75” to 80” from the finished floor to the center of the light fixture.

Keep in mind that these are just the standard measurements. Use them as a starting point and feel free to adjust them to fit your space and to accommodate the users of the space.

If you choose to use sconces rather than lighting above the mirror, they are hung 64” off the finished floor to be at eye-level.

This is a great starting place, but can be adjusted according to your height!

A good rule of thumb is to hang sconces anywhere from 60” to 70”.

Wall mount the sconces on both sides of the mirror. Ideally, they should be 36″ to 40″ apart to ensure even lighting on the face.

Once you have figured out where you want to hang the sconces, be sure to let a professional electrician install them.


Electrical outlets located near a bathroom vanity are a necessity.

With all of the constant water flow in a bathroom, they can quickly become dangerous. Safety is the number one priority of good design.

Fortunately, installing the correct type of outlet can make the area much safer.

When choosing outlets for an area where there is water present, such as a bathroom, you need to install a GFCI electrical outlet.

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.

This is an outlet that is designed to protect you from electrical shock and also prevents your home’s circuit breaker panel from shorting out.

As you can see, it is important to utilize space planning in your bathroom!

You can make your space look professionally designed by just utilizing these three rules of thumb.

Are you planning to use these tips? Make sure to send us pictures and let us know how it worked out for you!

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Design 101: Creating a Luxe Bed

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Author: Arianne Bellizaire

Interior designer, blogger, and public speaker Arianne Bellizaire creates spaces that are beautiful yet highly functional for her clients. She served as one of only nine 2015 High Point Market Authority Style Spotters, and she has been featured in Rue Magazine, House Beautiful Online, GoodHousekeeping, EditorAtLarge, U.S. News & World Report, Roomhints,, USA Today, and MyFitItUpLife!

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