Top Ten Small Bathroom Vanities Under 20 Inches (You Won’t Find Smaller!)

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 Pedestal

Roman Column Style Vanity With Travertine Vessel Sink From Silkroad Exclusive
Roman Column Style Vanity With Travertine Vessel Sink From Silkroad Exclusive

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

16 Inch Marina Bathroom Vanity From Vigo Industries
16 Inch Marina Bathroom Vanity From Vigo Industries

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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Compact 20 Inch Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanity From Bellaterra Home
Compact 20 Inch Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanity From Bellaterra Home

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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Catalina Wall Mount Vanity Cabinet From RonBow
Catalina Wall Mount Vanity Cabinet From RonBow

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

Carlton Corner Vanity From Xylem
Carlton Corner Vanity From Xylem

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

Espresso Chess Bathroom Vanity from JSG Oceana
Espresso Chess Bathroom Vanity from JSG Oceana

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.

Mars Single Sink Vanity With Cream Marfil Top From Stufurhome
Mars Single Sink Vanity With Cream Marfil Top From Stufurhome

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

20 Inch Calantha Single Bathroom Vanity From Vigo Industries
20 Inch Calantha Single Bathroom Vanity From Vigo Industries

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.

Elise 18" Wood Vanity Cabinet With Single Wood Door And Bottom Drawer From RonBow
Elise 18″ Wood Vanity Cabinet With Single Wood Door And Bottom Drawer From RonBow

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.

16 Inch Aristo Single Bathroom Vanity From Vigo Industries
16 Inch Aristo Single Bathroom Vanity From Vigo Industries

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.

How small is your bathroom? What are you looking for in small bathroom vanities? Are you more concerned about the size of the vanity or the amount of storage inside? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Small Bathroom Vanities Under 20 Inches (You Won’t Find Smaller!)

  1. annie says:

    looking for small 24″w or less x 12-14″d x 34-36′ high vanity, the most crucial is the 14″ depth. this is for a small powder room, the current sink actually extends beyond the door of the bathroom at 18″ deep , which i really do not like.

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