Bathroom Vanities – How to Choose the Best One for a Small Space

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a large bathroom, which can make choosing items such as a vanity a little challenging. But, with some imagination and creativity, it’s not as difficult as it may seem to maximize space in a small bathroom.

How vanities can create more space
Available in an array of sizes, styles and designs, vanities offer a stylish and practical storage solution for any bathroom or powder room. A vanity combines handy storage with a sink, so you can keep toiletries and other bathroom essentials hidden away from view. Fitting a vanity rather than a separate sink and cabinet provides a great way to save space in a small bathroom.

It’s important to measure the available space and double check all your measurements when choosing a new vanity, as every inch counts, especially in a small bathroom. Don’t forget to factor in the space that’s needed for the doors or drawers to fully open.

Keeping toiletries stored away rather than cluttering up surfaces will also keep your bathroom neat and organized, and the less that’s on show the more spacious the room will feel.

Wall hung vanities are another space saving solution as they maximize floor space, and create the illusion of a bigger bathroom. A wall hung vanity is also a great option for adding a touch of designer style to your bathroom.

Corner vanities are ideal for small powder rooms, and they help to make the best use of an awkward shaped room too. When shopping for a storage solution for a small bathroom, keep an eye out for compact vanities, which feature smaller dimensions and slimline designs to enhance a sense of space.

When it comes to the installation of your vanity, you can either hire a professional, or if you’re experienced at DIY, then why not try fitting it yourself?

Choosing a color
When looking for a new vanity you’ll notice that there’s many colors available. White gloss vanities are a popular option for creating a smart, modern look, while gloss grey or black adds a bold, designer touch. For a pop of color why not consider choosing a red gloss finish? Vanities are also available in wood effect finishes, for example walnut and oak, which are a great option for adding a little luxury to your small bathroom.

Choosing a faucet for your vanity
Your choice of faucet should carefully be considered too, as the right one can really enhance the design of the vanity.

Most vanity sinks have a single faucet hole, which means you’ll need to choose a monoblock sink faucet. Monoblock faucets feature a single lever handle that controls the water flow and temperature, and they’re available in an array of designs. Remember to take into consideration your home’s water pressure to ensure you choose a faucet that delivers the best possible performance.

For a chic, spa-style touch, why not choose a waterfall faucet? Which are fast becoming a popular choice. If your vanity has curved lines, then choose a faucet with rounded lines to match the design. The same applies to vanities with square lines, so opt for a faucet with a clean, geometric shape.

How else can I make a small bathroom appear bigger?

Apart from keeping clutter hidden away in a vanity, there are many others ways to make your small bathroom appear bigger. Here’s a few ideas for you…

  • Fitting a large mirror will bounce the light around and enhance a sense of space.
  • Remember to choose a wall hung vanity and toilet to maximise floor space.
  • Opt for large tiles, as less grout lines help to create a cleaner look.
  • Let in as much natural light as possible, but if your bathroom doesn’t have window, choose spotlights to help brighten the space up and fit task lighting around the mirror.
  • Avoid dark colors and instead make use of light shades such as whites, pastels and neutrals.
  • Replacing a shower curtain with a sleek glass screen helps to open the space up.
  • Choose space saving fittings to make the most of the available room and those awkward areas.
  • Recess shelving is a brilliant way to add extra storage to a small bathroom without making the space seem cramped.