It’s always difficult to make the most of a small bathroom. Balancing storage space and simple functionality becomes more difficult the smaller your space is. But sometimes the best thing you can do is opt for a really – and I do mean really – small bathroom vanity, at least as long as you choose the right one. These are the pick of the litter, all under 20 inches and all intelligently designed to use space as efficiently as possible.
The easiest answer when you’re shopping small bathroom vanities is to opt for a pedestal vanity. The problem is, while pedestal vanities and pedestal sinks are, admittedly, quite small – and make a nice display for a beautiful vessel sink – they often run into the problem of not having much storage, or in some cases none at all. This Roman Column Vanity from Silkroad Exclusive is a really nice exception. The smallest vanity on this list at a mere foot wide and foot deep, it’s also completely hollow, and divided on the inside with convenient shelves for storage – plus, you can still show off that vessel sink.
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The Wall Mount
Wall mounted bathroom vanities are a good option in a small bathroom as well. This Pulito Vanity is a ridiculously lean 16 inches wide, with a design inspired by the compact sinks you’d find on a small ship or sailboat. The vanity is supremely minimal, with a counter that’s taken up almost entirely by the sink, and an offset faucet that means the vanity itself is less than 9 inches deep. Having this vanity is basically like installing a little cubby on the wall that happens to accommodate tooth brushing and hand washing. It takes up virtually no space – you’d even have trouble grazing it if you walked past.
Of course, wall mounted bathroom vanities are available in slightly larger sizes. This Action Vanity is a little wider, a little deeper, and a little taller, offering more storage space but also protruding a little farther from the wall. Because the faucet is still offset, the vanity is still leaner than most small square wall mounted vanities (which usually clock in at 20″ or more). That still means little or no counterspace, but the innovative sink design means you’ll have a full-sized basin even with your vanity extending only a little more than a foot away from the wall.
To maximize your storage space, look for a wall mounted vanity that either has a vessel sink or a thick porcelain vanity top with an integrated sink. It might seem like a small cosmetic change, but having a sink that sits entirely on top of the vanity rather than being recessed into it will help maximize the amount of usable storage space inside, which is crucial in vanities that are this small. I particularly like this Adour Vanity, which has both a cabinet and a drawer, while maintaining that sleek, wall mounted style.
The Corner Vanity
I love a good corner bathroom vanity in a small bathroom, because they take advantage of the least usable space, minimizing the footprint of your vanity while providing the maximum amount of storage. As a bonus, the angle of corner vanities like this Coda Vanity orients you so the space feels wider and you have a little more elbow room. Already a lean 18″ wide, this vanity is sliced diagonally, meaning it takes up about half the space an ordinary bathroom vanity would, making it functionally one of the smallest vanities on this list.
The Oldie But Goodie
You’re bound to see a lot of innovation in bathroom vanities under 20 inches, and far and away most of the vanities you’ll find are very modern in style. In fact, pickings are pretty slim for very very small traditional bathrooms – you can find some very pretty pedestals, but not a lot in the way of added storage. That said, there’s definitely something to be said for time-tested features, and Shaker-style, open shelf vanities like this Lucca Vanity have both an iconic style and a simple but effective design, offering easily-accessible waist-height cabinet storage paired with an open shelf for bulky items like towels or toilet paper. Of course, that very iconic traditional style comes at a cost: this is the biggest vanity on this list, topping out at a full 20 inches wide.
Another, slightly more surprising traditional feature that you’ll find on space saving bathroom vanities in this size range is the presence of apron-style sinks. Where many very small bathroom vanities scale down their sinks and/or offset their faucets, ones with apron sinks like this Infinity Vanity let you have a full, basin style sink, a traditionally-oriented faucet, and a little bit of counter space, while still fitting into a streamlined package. The trick is that the curved front (or “apron”) of the sink extends a little farther beyond the front of the vanity, allowing the entire unit to sit close and flat against the wall, with only the edge of the sink protruding into your bathroom, so it’s simple to navigate around in a tight space.
Simple, Modern, And Stuffed With Storage
Really, though, if you want the smallest bathroom vanities possible while maximizing your storage space, you’ve got to opt for a modern design. Something simple like this Sydney Vanity is a perfect option. It’s a slim 18 inches with a wide sink basin but just enough space to store a few essentials on the counter. The waist-height cabinet offers plenty of storage space, and doubles down on it with a single deep drawer at the bottom – a feature you don’t often find on vanities this small, but that can really help ensure that all the space inside your cabinet is usable.
Just because a vanity is small doesn’t mean it has to be plain. Adding a little curve to the legs, a flourish to the shape, or even just a touch of texture or patterning to the surface of the wood can make a very simple, compact modern vanity much more visually interesting. The striated black-and-white finish on this 19.5″ Vanity is enough to make what is otherwise a rather simple, boxy design much more visually appealing. The unique geometric shape of the mirror also adds a nice touch of flair to the space – and a little extra shelf space as a nice added bonus!
Finally, simple is as simple does. This trim, 16 inch Allier vanity is about as lean as they come, but has everything you need out of a vanity in a simple, squared package – a simple, deep, easy to reach cabinet, a roomy drawer, and a sink that’s subtly but stylishly raised just slightly above the surface of the counter to give the vanity a little personality.
No matter how small your bathroom, there’s a good chance there’s a vanity out there that will not only fit, but actually make your space a little easier to use – you just might need to do a little looking!
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