Ideally, in a master bathroom you want to have two separate sinks and two separate storage spaces – enough room for two to peacefully share a single space. That can mean a big double vanity with enough drawers that there’s no need for an argument over his/hers, or two entirely separate vanities to ensure there’s no room for dispute. Unfortunately the reality is that not everyone has room for it. But even small master bathrooms still have to be used by two – sometimes simultaneously. These are a few of my favorite storage smart bathroom vanities that can help keep the peace.
For the truly small bathroom, you don’t want bathroom vanities much bigger than 30 inches wide, but you also don’t want to go much smaller than that, either. There are plenty of bathroom vanities that are smaller than that (in many cases, much smaller), and quite a few that I could wholeheartedly recommend – but maybe not for two. That said, if your master bathroom is more like a closet, look for something that’s both compact and crammed with storage, like this Simple Vanity from Iotti. It clocks in at a lean, mean 22.5 inches wide (which is slightly smaller than most standard “small” sized bathroom vanities), and has a relatively generous cabinet for its size and a drawer along the bottom edge – the most (and best organized) storage space you’re likely to get in that size range.
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Divide And Conquer
No matter how much or little space you have, the first best thing you can do to keep the peace in a too-small master bath is make sure each of the people using it has their own separate space – even if it’s only a little space. I particularly like this Moderna Trio from Vigo, which has his and her drawers and a small but functional cabinet. You might think the wall mounted design would mean losing storage space, but there are quite a few reasons I think they’re a better choice, not the least that the space you have is better organized and more accessible. Better still, it has just a smidge of clean clear counter space (something many bathroom vanities in this size range lack). Why does that matter? It gives you room for things like his electric razor or her curling iron you’d need a workaround for otherwise.
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Of course, things get a little more comfortable if you have a little more space to spare. Once you’re able to pass the 36″ mark, you start to see bathroom vanities that have storage on both sides rather than just one. I particularly like this 39″ Vanity from Legion Furniture which opts for two half cabinets rather than one large one – one on either side for personal storage for two – plus an open shelf, two drawers, and a little bit of counter space on either side. Enough room for an electric razor and a curling iron! As an added bonus, the matching mirror is actually a two-sided medicine cabinet with an exposed storage shelf, offering not only separate space for two, but a little extra storage, too.
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Why Drawers Matter
Reading this post (or any of my other posts about storage smart bathroom vanities) you’ll probably get the impression that I like bathroom vanities with drawers. It’s true through and through, but not without reason: in a bathroom, drawers are perhaps the most efficient form of storage. Think about it: they’re great for keeping small things from getting lost, one thing separate from another (say, his from hers), and everything in them easily accessible and roughly at waist height. This 37″ Vanity isn’t jam packed with storage (it could make better use of the space under the sink), but it does have plenty of drawers – two per person. That means you can keep all the things that would be lost in a larger cabinet easily on hand, while still having room on the slat-style base to store larger items, like large bottles or spare rolls of TP.
Make Your Vanity Multi Task
Of course, having enough drawers isn’t the only element that goes into building a peace-making bathroom vanity. For those couples more inclined towards sharing, this Porter Vanity from Virtu USA has a large pull out drawer hidden inside the cabinet (and right up underneath the vanity top, easy to reach because it’s shaped to incorporate the plumbing) as well as a large shelf. More importantly, though, this vanity takes into consideration the bathroom as a whole, and includes a towel rack on either side of the sink, allowing you to keep your towels, hand towels, or washcloths separate and dry while freeing up quite a bit of wall space for more (probably much-needed) storage. Plus, you might only have one sink, but the use of a vessel sink clears up a whole lot of counter space.
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If You Can’t Stand To Share A Sink
Now, if you really absolutely cannot possibly stand sharing a sink with your lifemate – whether because she leaves toothpaste in the sink or he can’t clean up after he shaves or whatever your reason – you might want to consider opting for a teeny tiny double vanity. You can get more mileage out of one of these than you can with any two small bathroom vanities (possibly excepting pedestal sinks, which are a nightmare for storage), and some of them are, well, almost ridiculously small. You won’t have a lot of elbow room, but you will have your own sink, and usually separate storage cabinets (and sometimes drawers) as well. I particularly like this Gloria Vanity because not only does it have a shelf inside each cabinet, but the mirror does double duty with two storage ledges.
Designing a small bathroom is never easy – especially if you have to make twopeople happy. But choosing the right bathroom vanity can go a long way towards making peace in the master bathroom. How do you make due in a too-small master bath? Any favorite features or bathroom vanities you can recommend? Let me know in the comments!
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