Whether you have a large bathroom or a small one, sometimes the storage space afforded by your bathroom vanity or medicine cabinet doesn’t quite cut it. Maybe you need to store a lot of hair care products, or just want to keep some spare towels on hand. Either way, adding additional storage cabinets to your main bathroom vanity or bathroom vanities can not only afford you the extra space you need, but can also give you some flexibility of design – without having to do a major remodel.
Now, I’m not talking inexpensive rolling carts or wire racks. While those will work, they’re always going to look like a temporary solution. Instead, I prefer storage cabinets designed to match your vanity – genuine pieces of furniture rather than stop-gap solutions. I love the combination of this Masselin Vanity, Wall Shelf, and Side Cabinet from Virtu USA. This simple setup basically triples your usable storage space with a nice combination of easily accessible and private storage. It also expands your counter space so you can have important items reachable at arm’s height, or have a nice decoration if you choose to put the storage cabinet elsewhere in your bathroom.
Of course, simple black or espresso colored storage cabinets are pretty easy to come by, if only because of the profusion of those two colors in modern bathroom design. But if your existing bathroom vanity isn’t one of the two, and you aren’t looking to redo your whole bathroom, things can get a little more complicated. Wood tones can be especially difficult to match. That said, many vanities on the market today are part of a larger set of items, like the Glenayre collection from Xylem, which a Vanity, Storage Cabinet, and Mirror all in the same design. That means that if you can find a vanity that’s close to your own (or from the same manufacturer), simply poaching storage cabinets from other sets can work just as well.
More traditional collections of bathroom vanities and storage cabinets have matching hand carved details, which can create a wonderful sense of antique quality and unity. Small details are carried throughout every part of the collection, from the Vanity itself to the Storage Cabinet and Mirror in this Windsor Collection. This makes it easy to accessorize and keep a tidy, unified decor if you’re in for a major bathroom remodel. But if you’re only looking to add a single piece, it can make it a little more difficult to match the detailing on your existing vanity with a new storage cabinet.
If that’s the case, you want to aim first for a matching wood tone or finish, and then look for a simplified shape. While it might not be possible to match your exact design if your vanity has a lot of antique-style woodwork, many traditional (and even contemporary) bathroom vanities share similar silhouettes that are much, much easier to match. This Mount Vernon Storage Cabinet (meant to pair with the matching Vanity from Kaco) is an especially safe choice. While the subtle crotch veneer on the bottom drawer might stand out as a unique detail, the deep merlot finish is easy to match. Plus, the mirror dominating the front face eliminates unnecessary detailing and helps integrate the piece into your bathroom by, quite literally, reflecting it.
It’s even simpler to match white bathroom vanities, not the least because they usually come either in pure solid white, or a slightly cream tinted antique off-white. Though this Storage Cabinet from Design Element is designed to match the slightly spa-style London Vanity, the simple white finish and subtly frosted glass make an excellent pair for just about any solid white vanity, even one with a little more decoration.
For an antique style white vanity, again you want to look for storage cabinets with a slightly minimized, more transitional design, and probably an off white finish, like this Cream White Storage Cabinet from Bellaterra. You don’t even have to get the matching Vanity – it’ll work just fine with almost any antique inspired white bathroom vanity for the simple reason that it mimics the silhouette of an antique vanity without loading up on all the hand carved details that would make two designs clash.
On the way far other end of the spectrum, I’m just going to say that I love love love modular storage cabinets, especially wall mounted ones, for a modern bathroom. This Modular Vanity from Silkroad Exclusive comes with the super-small wall mounted cubbies as part of the set, which you can affix wherever or however you want – in the checker pattern pictured above, mirrored on either side of the vanity, or otherwise. Wall mounting the storage cabinets, especially shallow ones like these, allow you to make the most of your wall space without taking up any floor space, and give you the freedom to get exactly the storage you need exactly where you want it, especially in a small bathroom.
A fully wall mounted collection, like this All Module Vanity Set means that your storage and your sink are both totally customizable to your height. This is especially nice for people who are particularly tall or small, and who might otherwise have difficulty finding storage cabinets that are of a height that’s convenient and comfortable to use. Great for a master bath for two people of very different height, since you’ll be able to nab everything you need in the same style without having to compromise on a comfortable height.
Buying new storage cabinets as part of a larger remodel may make it easier to get a matching setup, but buying storage cabinets separately gives you a ton of flexibility to build exactly the type of storage you want. The Metro collection from Sagehill Designs is supremely versatile, offering a Glass Cabinet, a Wood Cabinet, Drawer Shelf, and Topper to finish off any combination of two or more pieces, plus the Vanity itself. Each can be purchased individually and assembled in a wide variety of ways, with flexible pieces that create the polished, finished look of a single piece, even if your “storage cabinet” is made of multiple pieces. This allows you to not only get the type of storage you want, but also to customize the appearance of the cabinet to your own personal taste.
So if you’re feeling a little crowded with your current bathroom configuration, or if you’re just sick of the wire towel rack or bargain-store hutch over your toilet, even if you have a small bathroom, there are so many options out there to get the storage you need and have it look the way you want. What are you looking for in bathroom storage cabinets? Do you need something large for lots of extra towels, or just something small to stash your toothpaste?