Whether you have a big master bathroom or a small one, it’s a space you have to share. That can be hard when you only have one sink, especially if you and your partner need to get ready at the same time. Double vanities–or “his and her” vanities–solve this issue by giving you more sink, counter, and storage space to work with. Available in sizes ranging from about as big as a large single vanity to wide enough to cover a master suite, a double vanity can be a good solution for just about any space.
Sharing is Caring
The biggest and most obvious perk to having a double sink vanity in your master bathroom is that two people can use the bathroom at the same time. You don’t have to take turns brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands. Unless you’re living alone, having two sinks is a great investment. Despite the name “his and her vanity,” it doesn’t have to be for a partner; a child, parent, or roommate that shares the bathroom with you will benefit greatly from having their own spot, too.
Double the Storage
On top of being able to share the bathroom more often, a double vanity will also multiply your storage. No more fights over dividing the cabinet space perfectly in half; you each get your own cabinet, and usually a little extra. Most double vanities are designed with two full cabinets included with a set of drawers in-between. But if you don’t have equal storage needs, there are different layouts available, including a set of smaller drawers on opposite sides that you don’t have to share. Many people opt for one large, frameless mirror above their vanity, but you can also get individual mirrors or medicine cabinets to better suit your needs.
Versatile Sizes and Styles
In addition to having different storage layouts, bathroom vanities also come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and installation types. A double vanity can be a sprawling, traditional-looking cabinet or a compact piece that has a more modern feel. You don’t have to sacrifice the style of your entire bathroom just to get a vanity that has two sinks included. Narrow your search with bathroom measurements and the overall style you’re looking to match. Most pre-made double vanities are a standard 60″ or 72″ wide, but you might be surprised how many options there are on either end of that range.
Two Sinks for the Odd-Shaped Bathroom
In that same vein, if you’re looking at all these double vanities and thinking there’s no way you can fit that whole thing into your master bath? Don’t worry. You don’t actually have to have one big vanity to get two usable sink and cabinet areas. Most vanity brands have separate, smaller vanities in the exact same styles, which means you can easily get a pair to achieve this effect. If you’re willing to move some plumbing around (and please splurge on hiring a professional to do this), you can accommodate even the weirdest shaped bathrooms and still have two people use it at the same time.
Just In Case: A Backup Sink
The final reason you should get a double vanity is for the practicality. Things break. No one wants to get stranded in the bathroom if the sink stops working. Having two sinks means–unless it’s a house-wide water problem–you can still use your bathroom normally until the plumber arrives. You don’t have to be using both sinks all the time, but the second one comes in clutch if something goes wrong with the first one.
Double vanities let you share a space that is traditionally used one at a time. It will take up more space, but a double vanity might be worth the sacrifice if you’re having trouble keeping the peace.