One of the challenges of designing a small bathroom is finding enough room for all the fixtures you want as well as storage space. While many people use pedestal or wall mounted sinks for small bathrooms, the space underneath those sinks winds up being wasted. This is where a vanity can be much more efficient.
A vanity generally has cupboard space, with a top-mounted sink. This allows you to store things like towels and other supplies in that space while keeping it out of sight. There are many different types of vanities for small bathrooms, however, which can be a bit of a double-edged sword.
You’ve got plenty of options to choose from, but there can be so many that it might be hard to narrow it down to just one!
How Much Space Do You Have?
One of the factors that will have a bearing on your selection of vanities is the amount of space you have to work with. Vanities range from as little as 18 inches wide, such as the KraftMaid Provence series from Lowe’s, to more than 70 inches.
Obviously, a small bathroom design is going to have a limited amount of space so these larger units are not generally going to fit. Where you might run into a situation that you need a larger vanity is if you’re looking for something with two sinks. The smaller sizes, up to about 27 inch vanities, don’t have enough space for two sinks.
You really need at least 60 inches to install double vanities for small bathrooms. Models such as the Pegasus Estates and Water Creation Manhattan from Home Depot are about the smallest dual sink vanities you’ll find. Both of these models are 60 inches wide, which is likely larger than most small bathrooms can accomodate.
Choosing Your Sink
When choosing a vanity you’ll find some that include a sink molded into the top while others don’t include a sink at all, just the cabinet itself. This choice comes down to your own preferences, to a large degree.
If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, you might choose a standalone vanity like the Pegasus Eastside from Home Depot. This is an 18 inch unit with a granite top but no sink. You can install a vessel sink on top, for which you have many choices of design and material – glass, granite, copper, etc.
The Eastside is one of the more petite vanities that you’ll find. You might have a little more room, in which case something like the 36 inch Pottery Barn Classic might be more suited to your taste. This unit includes a marble top with an inset porcelain sink.
In some cases, the depth is as much of an issue as the width. There are various narrow depth vanities available as well, just be aware that these will often limit your choices for the sink you use with it.
Another good option for small bathrooms is a corner vanity. These vanities work well because they take advantage of unused space (the corner). And you can find sizes that are quite small already, such as the 14 inch corner vanity from Unique Vanities, allowing you to fit them into the smallest of bathroom designs.
The biggest problem with a corner vanity is that most bathrooms are not designed with the plumbing in the corner. If you’re adding a new bathroom to your home, this isn’t necessarily a problem since you can have it plumbed in almost anywhere, but if you’re undertaking a bathroom remodeling project the placement of the existing plumbing has to be taken into consideration.
Whatever you have in mind for your bathroom project, you’ll be able to find a vanity to fit the bill. Just make sure you give some thought to how you expect to use the bathroom, to ensure you get a vanity that will best suit your needs.