Wall mounted bathroom vanities are the perfect fixture for a modern styled bathroom. They’re sleek and simplistic, minimally designed and just the right amount of unconventional without looking weird. But some people might shy away from a wall mounted vanity thinking that, because they’re smaller than conventional bathroom vanities, they won’t have enough storage space for every day use. But modern wall mounted bathroom vanities are designed intelligently to make the most of the space they have, and can actually offer more usable storage space than your average bathroom vanity.
That’s all well and good to say, you might be thinking, but how is that possible? It’s simple. Many traditional bathroom vanities, especially single vanities, have a counter top and sink resting on top of a squarish cabinet full of big, open storage space to accommodate the sink’s plumbing. The problem is, those cabinets are so large and often so unorganized (very few even have shelves inside) that you end up only storing your largest items on the bottom, leaving a lot of empty, unusable space above. Wall mounted bathroom vanities like this Abba Vanity from the Wyndham Collection immediately eliminate that problem by nixing the height and bringing the stuff you’re storing up to a usable level.
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Raising your storage space off floor level is important in two ways: first, you won’t have to bend or dig around in a large, unorganized space to find your hair dryer every morning because none of your stuff will be far below waist level. As well, because many wall mounted bathroom vanities, like this Christine Vanity from Design Element, have pull out drawers rather than cabinets, it’s easier to use all of the space since you’ll be able to see the stuff that would have been hidden in the back of a regular cabinet.
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Many larger wall mounted vanities, like this Pull Out Vanity from Vigo Industries, even give you space that ordinary bathroom vanities would have sectioned off to accommodate the plumbing. Instead of discarding all the usable storage space around your sink’s drain pipe, vanities like this one craft a drawer around it, utilizing all the space underneath the counter and offering a nice, sleek, sectioned drawer.
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Wall mounted bathroom vanities are often very smart about counter space as well as cabinet space. This Springfield Vanity staggers rather than centers the sink, both offering more usable counter space for things like a toothbrush holder, soap dish, or hand towel, and offsetting the plumbing so the drawers on the righthand side are full sized and more usable.
This is true for smaller wall mounted vanities, like this Moderna Trio, as well. The vanity is a slim, trim 31″ wide, definitely at the smaller end for a single vanity, but the ever so slightly offset sink manages to make some much needed counter space. As well, you get one slim (slightly plumbing-obstructed) cabinet for your hairspray and other tall bottles, and two totally normal-sized, totally-unobstructed drawers, which is something very few conventional vanities have, and which is really like a dream come true for storing all your smaller, frequently used items, from toothpaste tubes to hair ties or razors.
As well, because most wall mounted bathroom vanities are done in a modern style, they’re often also modular in style, and are part of extensive modular vanity collections designed to help you maximize your storage within your own unique space. Vanities like this Compact Modular Vanity have an incredibly small footprint on their own, but come with slim, matching wall mounted storage cabinets, mirrors, and medicine cabinets in the same finish and style so you can make the most of your wall space. The best part is, they’re designed not to protrude very far, so you can add storage without crowding your bathroom.
A modular design also allows you to get a little creative with your layout. Because the pieces can fit together however you want them to, you can really completely customize your space, both in terms of where or how you hang your wall mounted bathroom vanities and storage cupboards and what pieces you use (or don’t) in the first place. With this Modular Vanity from Silkroad Exclusive, you can actually add on pieces as you need them, and go for a perfectly symmetrical or totally asymmetrical look.
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You can even double up on smaller, single wall mounted bathroom vanities to get the effect of a double vanity without closing off your whole bathroom with a big, hulking unit. This is especially nice for smaller or oddly shaped master baths, where you want two sinks but might not necessarily be able to put them right next to each other. I actually prefer this way, because each vanity, like this Asymmetrical Vanity from Bellaterra Home, is designed to be simple, compact, and completely self contained, so you and your sweetie will never have to fight over shared drawer space again.
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One of the less obvious advantages of this is that if you happen to be very short or very tall – or are sharing a bathroom with someone who is (or worse, one of you’re one, and the other is the other!) – finding a bathroom vanity that’s the right height for either of you (let alone both) can be a little difficult. Wall mounted bathroom vanities like this Walnut Vanity solve this problem outright – just hang one at his height, and one at hers, for a vanity that’s perfectly customizable no matter what your height. This also makes them a great choice for people who have physical handicaps or limited mobility.
Finally, wall mounted bathroom vanities just plain look cool. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and having a smaller space to work with forces designers of wall mounted bathroom vanities to get a little creative with their layout. I particularly love this V-Metal Vanity from Xylem – it’s actually literally just a metal mounting bracket to rest a vanity top, but it has a great shelf for storage, a built in towel rack… and an awesome industrial chic that you’d never find in a traditional bathroom vanity.
So if you love the look of wall mounted bathroom vanities, rest assured that you’ll still like them even after you realize you need to find somewhere to stow your toothpaste! What are you looking for in a wall mounted bathroom vanity? Any lingering reservations? Let me know in the comments!
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