Simple Open Farmhouse Style Vanity

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/13/2019 - 23:05
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With raised sinks so popular these days, why not save some money and create a open vanity? You can add a shelf under the sink or even rolling laundry bins. This simple plan can be easily scaled to any space. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

simple modern open style bathroom vanity with two white sinks
diagram of the farmhouse style bathroom vanity with white sinks
60" Wide x 30" tall x 18" Deep


Shopping List

2 – above mount sinks, approximately 18″ wide x 15″ deep

1 – 4x4 - 10 feet long

1 – 1×6 - 12 feet long

1 – 1×3 Boards, you will only need less than 12″

Plywood or project panel 60″ x 18″ or make a tabletop out of two 1x10 boards, 60" long

2 1/2″ screws

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Paint and Sealant

Cut List

A) 4 – 4×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)

B) 4 – 1×3 @ 5 1/2″ (Spacers)

C) 2 – 1×6 @ 10″ (Side Aprons)

D) 2 – 1×6 @ 15 1/4″ (Top Side Supports)

E) 2 – 1×6 @ 49″ (Front and Back Aprons)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface with good straight boards. Predrill and countersink your screws. Measure and mark out your joints before fastening. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws unless otherwise directed. Check for square after each step.


Step 1

Spacer. Fasten the spacer to the legs, as shown above. Use the 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 2

Side Apron. Fasten the side apron to the spacers, as shown above.

Step 3

Top Support. Fasten the top support, as shown above. Notice the front and back of the support will have a different position on the legs. This is important, because you want your back apron to sit flush with the backs of the legs, and then the back of the wall behind the vanity. You can also choose to secure the vanity to the wall through this back apron.

Step 4

Front and Back Aprons. Fasten the front and back aprons in place.

Step 5


Mollie (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 14:47

I am building this vanity right now and have a question about staining. I used pine, but two different colors of pine. When staining will that difference show? Also, since pine is a softwood should I use some kind of pre-treater before staining?

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 15:52

I think the best thing you can do is test out scrap pieces of wood with the desired finish. See how closely they match, and if the scraps are blotchy or not.

Chris (not verified)

Tue, 04/27/2010 - 06:15

What is your measurement between the edge of the vessel sink and the edge of the top?

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 04/27/2010 - 06:22

Hi Chris, this is really going to depend on what type and size of sink, the desired faucet and placement, etc. I would rest the sink on top until you find the perfect position.

Christine (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 14:04

I just built this last night with a couple modifications -- it's just a single sink, I used 2x2's instead of 4x4's for the legs (since it looked awkward with thick legs), and added a shelf 6" from the bottom. I'm so excited to finish and install it! This was a super easy plan and my 2nd KOW project.

A couple pics of it as it is right now:

karen (not verified)

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 06:48

This is my new project! We did the Tryde Console to start out and it was great! It was the first project that we did together (not just me doing it) and finished together. We have had so many people comment on it that now my husband is ready to do more projects with me like this! Thansk Ana


Wed, 10/12/2011 - 22:05

My bathroom was damaged from water so I'm ripping out the construction grade stuff and making my own vanity and linen cabinets :) I was wondering if this design can support a 39x18.5 piece of granite? Will I need to add some more supports? Whats the minimum thinkness the frame (legs and skirt) should be? And a preferred wood that can handle that weight?
Thanks so much. I love this site!

Hillary (not verified)

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 17:25

I just blogged about my version of this vanity and I'll post it to the brag blog after I post this comment. I don't think this vanity would have a problem handling a big piece of granite. It is incredibly solid and strong. I used 4x4 posts for the legs and 2x4s for the skirt and mine is made out of reclaimed cedar. I think it really needs the 2x4 skirt but if you didn't like the look, you could face it with a 1x4 or 1x6 or even a 1x6 ripped to just cover the 2x4.

My only suggestion would be to maybe add two 2x4s on either side of the sink, just to give the granite more supports underneath, but that is really to accommodate the strength (or weakness) of the granite more than it is about the strength of the vanity. Your granite fabricator could tell you whether it would be necessary.


Sat, 11/05/2011 - 20:53

Thank you for your response. I ended up making two of these vanities one at 29 inches and one at around 39. I found pieces of granite on craigslist and found a local person to cut the granite as well. Because the width of the tables are so short I didn't feel like I needed more support (guess I was over paranoid) :) I'm finishing up tiling the floor of these bathrooms before brag posting the finishes vanities and also the finished linen cabinets that I made (both designs are off this awesome site!)

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