There are tons of ways to get the most out of a small bathroom, but balancing saving floor space and making more storage space – especially private storage space – isn’t always easy. Shelves are nice for utilizing horizontal space, and separate storage cabinets are great if you have the room for them, but sometimes you just need somewhere to hide your unmentionables – and that means closed storage, no matter how small your bathroom. Corner bathroom vanities are the best way to get the most closed cabinet space while taking up the least floor space possible – no area is wasted, and unlike some other compact bathroom vanities, ones that fit neatly into a corner utilize all the space they take up.
Take this Chesapeake corner vanity from Pegasus, for example – like a typical contemporary bathroom vanity or cabinet, it has a square, relatively unadorned face made of simple lines paired with a beautiful natural woodgrain finish, but it takes up about half the space of more conventional vanities that are the same width. While a typical 30-36″ bathroom vanity protrudes from the wall, taking up precious floor space, corner bathroom vanities occupy the least usable space in the bathroom, literally cutting corners that you probably weren’t using anyway.
This is actually a bigger deal than it might seem. While a conventional or even modern bathroom vanities designed for a smaller bathroom – say, in a modern urban setting or an older cottage style home – seek to maximize storage space with the smallest possible footprint, they run into a simple problem – if you put them right up against a wall at a 90 degree angle, you’re going to be bumping elbows with your light switch, and if you don’t, you’re simply making your bathroom less efficient. Corner bathroom vanities like this Vintage Oak Vanity answer this problem by turning 45 degrees and facing you outward into a widening space.
That way, not only are corner bathroom vanities like this Richmond Vanity physically taking up less space, they’re also giving you a little more room to move. Instead of having one side flat up against a wall, or wasting space to make a little elbow room, corner bathroom vanities make a simple change that affords you all the standing room you need, again in the otherwise least-useful space in your bathroom.
As well, where many compact bathroom vanities alternate between increasing storage area and visually expanding your bathroom (often sacrificing closed storage compartments for bathroom-beautifying white space), corner bathroom vanities make the best of both worlds. Especially ones available in a light finish, like this Parchment Richmond Vanity, can have the same lightening, brightening impact of a white bathroom vanity, and help push out the corners of your bathroom, opening up the space both literally and visually.
While very few corner bathroom vanities have the open construction that’s sometimes desirable in a smaller bathroom (again, white space), almost to a one they have ample interior storage, which is nothing if not practical. Inside, the bases are, well, corner-shaped, which gives them less space overall than a full sized cabinet would have, but all of it closed – and private. Look for one that’s a little wider, like this Single Basin Corner Vanity from Belle Foret to get a little more mileage out of your space.
Corner bathroom vanities are also available in a wide variety of finishes and designs. From simple and contemporary to traditional and elegantly antique-inspired, like this Period Inspired Corner Vanity from Silkroad Exclusive, it shouldn’t be hard to find one in a style and wood stain to match your decor. The biggest differences are ultimately in the shape of the front face. While this one forms a gently curved but fairly straight line…
Other corner bathroom vanities bump the front out a little farther, giving the whole piece a diamond-shaped base (and even more storage space!). This Manor Corner Vanity from Xylem doubles up on doors, and even has a hidden pull-out drawer for keeping your most-used, smaller items close at hand. It only takes up a little more space than a flat triangular-shaped vanity, but significantly increases the interior space, and allows for a much wider variety of styles.
This Carlton Corner Vanity plays with the form as well, mimicking open shelf vanities, giving you a little room to show off towels or other bathroom trinkets while still keeping enough closed storage for the things you’d rather not put on display. Paired with a matching corner mounted Medicine Cabinet, you’re taking advantage of everything the space has to offer. And despite the slightly weird shape, a corner medicine cabinet can actually offer significantly more storage space without protruding into your teeth-brushing zone.
While it might seem a little counter-intuitive, cutting your vanity in half and putting it in a corner can actually offer you more storage space than many more conventional smaller bathroom vanities. Maybe even more importantly, even if you’re sacrificing a little storage by choosing corner bathroom vanities like this Palmetto Vanity rather than traditional cabinets, you might make up enough floor space to have a whole other freestanding storage unit that a traditionally mounted bathroom vanity wouldn’t accommodate. Where do you plan to install a corner bathroom vanity? In a small but majorly trafficked bathroom? A guest bathroom or powder room? To accommodate an oddly shaped master bath? Something else? Let me know in the comments!