A good friend of mine lives in a gorgeous turn of the century house. Stunning woodwork, beautiful architecture, original wrought iron fixtures… and only one bathroom for all three bedrooms. Having too few bathrooms is a problem you can run into no matter how big or small your home, especially as your family grows up to fill (or overfill!) it. But adding an addition to your home or moving into a new one aren’t always practical options. Even a reasonably sized master bath can feel crowded if two people need to use it at once. So what’s a homeowner to do when the morning waiting line for the bathroom is getting out of hand? My friend’s solution was to turn a plumbing-adjacent closet into a water closet. Perhaps not the world’s most elegant solution, but effective and relatively inexpensive. And it got me thinking: if you’re aiming for utility, the best way to make the most of a very small bathroom space is to install wall mounted bathroom sinks.
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I mean, think about it: a toilet is a toilet is a toilet, full flow, low flow, or no-flow, modern or old fashioned or what have you, it’s going to be about the same size. And bathroom vanities, even very, very small bathroom vanities take up a decent amount of space. No, if you’re looking to convert a small space into a water closet, whether for a new child or onto one end of a master bath, you want something simple, something small, and something unobtrusive. Something like this Ceramica II wall mounted bathroom sink from Caracalla.
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Why wall mounted bathroom sinks? Simple. They’re compact, fit right snug up against the wall while leaving plenty of foot room open so you can stand close while using it, and give you all the utility of a sink in a fraction of the space you’d need for a regular one. For especially small spaces, wall mounted bathroom sinks like this SanaGloss Sink from Toto are even better. This baby is just big enough for a quick hand washing or tooth brushing, with the built in counter space for a bar of soap, tube of ‘paste and a toothbrush holder – pure utility through and through without taking up a big chunk of your bathroom the way a bathroom vanity would.
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Besides: in a water closet or half bath, you don’t need all the stuff you would in a full sized bathroom, especially if it’s attached to a master bath. If this space is meant purely to handle a bathroomly overpopulation problem (rather than adding a full additional bathroom) you shouldn’t need a place to stow makeup, hair care products, or any of the items you’d normally associate with a full bathroom. Aside from the aforementioned tooth and hand washing items, plus maybe a spare roll of TP, you shouldn’t need a lot of storage. And, heck, if you don’t need that (possibly including the TP, if you’re building a little boys room), you could even opt for wall mounted bathroom sinks as small as this bitty Isabella Sink from Whitehaus.
Even if you do need a little more storage than a teeny wall mounted sink can offer, you don’t necessarily need a full sized bathroom vanity. Wall mounted bathroom sinks like this Isabella Sink With Shelf, which is from the same collection as the previous design, can work just as well in a water closet. It’s a little bit wider and a little bit deeper, but the primary change is that it integrates a shelf, a two-sectioned towel rack, and even a little extra counter space. It’s about the same width as your average bathroom vanity (though much, much shallower), but has just the bare-bones storage – a hand towel, wash cloth, and a spare, or a shelf of face soap, deodorant, hair spray, or whatever else you might need if caught in the half bath in the middle of the morning rush.
Just about the smallest wall mounted bathroom sinks you can get, though, are corner-mount ones like this Ceramica by Caracalla. Fitting neatly into the corner and lacking any but the most cursory “counter” space, wall mounted bathroom sinks like this one are pure distilled utility. That said, if you’re looking to build a new water closet or half bath, or section one off in an existing master bath, there aren’t many wall mounted bathroom sinks that will serve you better than this one – its positioning in the corner makes the space it takes up negligible at worst, allowing you to get the full function of a half bathroom in the smallest amount of spare space. Not, again, the most luxurious of bathroom solutions, but a darn good one if you need it.
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Of course, corner wall mounted bathroom sinks can be a little less utilitarian as well. This lovely Neptune Handbasin from Herbeau is modeled with all the care and charm of an antique 19th century piece, including authentic French antique patterning that’s hand painted on each and every basin. Much more delicate and beautifully designed, this sink can add a powder-room style charm to even the smallest space. Plus, the matching Towel Ring, Corner Shelf, Soap Dish, and Corner Mirror (not pictured) add both utility and even more old fashioned charm.
When your bathroom is sufficiently small, the typical small bathroom advice more or less goes out the window. Even in a powder room or half bath, rather than a water closet, you have to consider what the actual use of the space is going to be rather than, more generally, what an “average” bathroom might need. Especially if it comes down to needing to find space for a new bathroom or needing to find a new home, simple, inexpensive, and usable wall mounted bathroom sinks like this China Series Sink can seem pretty appealing, even if you’re not typically very minimally-minded. Just add a wall mounted toothbrush holder, a robe hook, and maybe a waterless urinal, and your space is all set for a teenage boy while his brother or sister is hogging the main bath, or for a husband when the main part of a master bath is occupied.
Whatever your specific needs, keep in mind that a small bathroom isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While there isn’t anyone in the world that wouldn’t like a little extra elbow room, sometimes a little bathroom can be a big solution for a growing family. Wall mounted bathroom sinks are an important part of making that solution one that works, no matter how small your space. Why are you in the market for wall mounted bathroom sinks?
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