When it comes to designing a master bathroom, there’s one thing you should keep in mind above all else: elbow room. Some people extend the idea to his and hers bathing areas (usually a tub for her and a shower for him) or even his and hers closet space. But the very most important feature you should have in your master bath is a sink for each occupant, spaced far enough apart that you won’t bump elbows while you brush. Double vanities are a nice, stylish way to incorporate multiple sinks into your master bathroom, and also afford all the storage you need for two.
The bathroom is one of those places that the battle of the sexes can rage the most fiercely. Especially if you and your significant other both head in to work at around the same time each day, competing for sink space, counter space, and even mirror space can make things a little tense. One of the best ways to keep the peace in your relationship is to have your own areas to get ready in the morning, and a double vanity is a nice place to start. If you’ve got the space for it in your bathroom, I like a really large vanity like this Compton Walnut from Hardware Resources that’s wide and open, with far-spaced sinks so you’ll be well out of each other’s way.
Double vanities are good for more than just making sure you don’t spit toothpaste on your significant other. While it’s possible to install two separate, smaller vanities – sometimes even in different areas of the bathroom – to much the same effect, large double vanities are beautifully designed and make an excellent focal point in your bathroom. Something like this Ornate Antique Vanity, for example, is perfect for a period-style bathroom; while smaller versions of similar styles are available, having a single long unit gives a period bath weight and authenticity.
As well, double vanities afford a lot more storage without taking up as much space or requiring any extra storage cabinets. While very small single vanities have much smaller footprints, if you have a lot of toiletries, a bigger vanity does a much better job not only of storing it, but keeping it out of sight. This Dresser Style Vanity, for example, has more storage than you can shake a stick at, with 12 functioning drawers and two storage cabinets with built in shelves. If you find yourself getting in a lot of arguments about, say, stray curling irons or shaving stubble in your sink bowl, a big double vanity is a great compromise: You both get to keep all your stuff in your own space without ever having to see the other’s.
And double vanities will always have more storage per-capita than two single vanities simply because of the space in between that connects the two sink basins. This is most obvious in modular vanities like this Traditional Vanity. Assembled out of three parts: two single vanities (mirrored for better symmetry) and a set of storage drawers. The pieces assemble seamlessly – just push the three together and assemble the plumbing through the open backs – and provide more storage in less space than the three pieces would if they were installed separately with an appropriate amount of empty space on either side.
It doesn’t hurt that modular double vanities look great, too. This Asian Double Vanity is more clearly three pieces than most of the other modular vanities from Silkroad Exclusive, but the floating travertine counters and integrated travertine vessel sinks are stylish and elegant. Paired with the patterned wood doors and drawers and antiqued brass hardware, this makes for a truly stunning piece of furniture that comes with the added bonus of being highly functional.
But double vanities aren’t just good for maximizing larger spaces. They can also work well in smaller bathrooms, too. Though this Compact Vanity might admittedly leave you bumping elbows, if the main concern is having sinks for two, this double vanity will do the trick in much less space than two average single vanities. In fact, it’s only four inches longer than a largish single vanity, but has adequate counter space for necessities like toothbrushes and soap, plus private storage for each user and four shared drawers – which is pretty darn good for a very small shared bath for two.
Some bathroom design practically screams for double vanities. Cottage style bathrooms, for example, rely on simple lines and subtle wainscotting to create a homey look and feel. The continuous, unbroken lines on this Cottage Style double vanity are visually appealing and help emphasize that feeling – the very heft of the vanity helps give a room that country feel, especially because it’s more like a piece of furniture than multiple smaller fixtures.
Modern design, as well, makes excellent use of double vanities. While modular, wall-mounted vanities tend to be more common because they make it easy to create white space, if you need a little more storage – or just don’t like the floating look – a vanity like this Mailbu from the Wyndham Collection is an excellent way to incorporate that sleek, minimal design into your bathroom without straying too far from tradition. The lines are utterly simple, and the handle-less doors make the whole fixture seem seamless, while the slightly floating counter tops and vessel sinks are all modern style.
If you like a little white space, and aren’t quite so concerned about storage, something like this Minimalist Vanity from Legion is beautiful, sleek, and simple, with a very modern sectioning of the white space in the open center region. There’s space for towels and toiletries, but mostly for empty air, which means that when placed against a boldly colored wall – especially an artistic accent wall, the vanity will be especially striking.
If you’re planning a master bathroom remodel, have kids who don’t play well and need a better designed kid’s bathroom, or are just sick of sharing a single sink, a double vanity can really make a big difference, and even end long standing bathroom feuds. And double vanities come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, so no matter what your style, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the perfect vanity to fit your needs.