It’s always difficult to make the most of a small bathroom. Balancing storage space and simple functionality becomes more difficult the smaller your space is. But sometimes the best thing you can do is opt for a really – and I do mean really – small bathroom vanity, at least as long as you choose the right one. These are the pick of the litter, nearly all under 20 inches and all intelligently designed to use the space as efficiently as possible.
The easiest answer when you’re shopping small bathroom vanities is to opt for a pedestal vanity. The problem is, while pedestal vanities and pedestal sinks are, admittedly, quite small – and make a nice display for a beautiful vessel sink – they often run into the problem of not having much storage, or in some cases none at all. This Roman Column Vanity from Silkroad Exclusive is a really nice exception. The smallest vanity on this list at a mere foot wide and foot deep, it’s also completely hollow, and divided on the inside with convenient shelves for storage – plus, you can still show off that vessel sink.
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The Wall Mount
Wall mounted bathroom vanities are a good option in a small bathroom as well. This Marina Vanity is a ridiculously lean 16 inches wide, and as the name implies, is inspired by the compact sinks you’d find on a small ship or sailboat. The design is supremely minimal, with a counter that’s taken up almost entirely by the sink, and an offset faucet that means the vanity itself is less than 11 inches deep. Having this vanity is basically like installing a little cubby on the wall that happens to accommodate tooth brushing and hand washing. It takes up virtually no space – you’d even have trouble grazing it if you walked past.
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Of course, wall mounted bathroom vanities are available in slightly larger sizes. This 20 inch Dark Espresso vanity from Bellaterra Home is a little wider, a little deeper, and about the same height as the Marina vanity, offering more storage space but also protruding a little farther from the wall. Of course, because the faucet is oriented normally on this vanity, it has the advantage of at least a little counter space, so you’ll be able to store a cup, toothbrush holder, and soap dispenser that the Marina vanity would force you to keep stowed.
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To maximize your storage space, look for a wall mounted vanity that either has a vessel sink or a thick porcelain vanity top with an integrated sink. It might seem like a small cosmetic change, but having a sink that sits entirely on top of the vanity rather than being recessed into it will help maximize the amount of usable storage space inside, which is crucial in vanities that are this small. I particularly like this Catalina Vanity from RonBow, which can be modified to use either type of sink, and has an open cubbie-style front that makes it easy to access your toiletries.
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The Corner Vanity
This is one of the very few exceptions to the 20 inch or under rule of this list, but it’s for a good reason. I love a good corner bathroom vanity in a small bathroom, because they take advantage of the least usable space, minimizing the footprint of your vanity while providing the maximum amount of storage. As a bonus, the angle of corner vanities like this Carlton Vanity from Xylem orients you so the space feels wider and you have a little more elbow room. While technically this vanity is 37 inches wide, it’s sliced diagonally to half of what an ordinary vanity would be, and definitely deserves a spot among the best small bathroom vanities.
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The Oldie But Goodie
Sometimes the best designs are ones that came and went a hundred years ago. This Chess vanity from JSG Oceana is slim in size, and based on an old fashioned washbasin stand. It’s a touch wider than some vanities in this style, but only because it comes with a space-saving towel bar on either side. With two simple shelves and a beautiful natural wood finish, this vanity adds a touch of lightness and French country charm to any bathroom – no matter how small. Among small bathroom vanities, this one is probably the most friendly to a non-modern design, which can be difficult to do when you’re going for a compact bathroom vanity.
That said, if you want a vintage or antique style rather than a modern one, it can be a little harder to play the balance game between storage and design. While the two shelves on the Chess vanity above are nice, if you want some hidden space, you need to go for a closed design like this Mars Vanity from Stufurhome. This is the second exception on this list and clocks in at a slightly larger 22 inches wide, but has a full sized cabinet with shelves inside (the panel shows drawers for style, but makes better use of the space by allowing you to store things around the plumbing rather than cordoning off the space).
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Simple, Modern, And Stuffed With Storage
Really, though, if you want the smallest bathroom vanities possible while maximizing your storage space, you’ve got to opt for a modern design. Something simple like this Calantha Vanity from Vigo Industries is a perfect option. It’s a slim 20 inches with a wide sink basin but enough space to store a few essentials on the counter. The curved double doors are the real star, though, deepening and slightly widening the interior space to invisibly maximize the interior storage without significantly increasing the footprint.
Just because a vanity is small doesn’t mean it has to be plain. Just adding a little curve to the legs, a flourish to the shape, or even just a touch of texture to the surface of the wood can make a very simple, compact modern vanity much more visually interesting. The simple slat-style lines etched on the door of this Elise cabinet from RonBow make what is otherwise a rather simple, boxy design much more visually appealing. The petite feet elevate the vanity slightly, making it feel a tad less boxy and more open without sacrificing too much of the interior storage. The drawer on the bottom adds extra convenient storage, and the cabinet has a shelf in the middle, which is an absolute must-have for any vanity, especially ones in this size range, as it makes much better use of the space.
Finally, simple is as simple does. This trim, 16 inch Aristo vanity is about as lean as they come, but has everything you need out of a vanity in a simple, squared package – a simple, deep, easy to reach cabinet, a small open shelf, and a sink that’s subtly but stylishly raised just slightly above the surface of the counter to give the vanity a little personality.
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