If you have a decent sized master bathroom, chances are you probably want to have two sinks, both for personal convenience and for your home’s resale appeal. But while getting a big, double bathroom vanity is maybe the most obvious choice, it definitely isn’t the only one, and might not even be the best one for your bathroom. So if you’re planning a big master bathroom remodel, here are a few ideas to help you think outside the box.
Wall Mounted Double Vanities
Regular readers might roll their eyes at this, and yes, I freely admit: I’m a big fan of wall mounted bathroom vanities. But there are many advantages to wall mounted bathroom vanities, and they happen to be an excellent choice for a master bathroom, especially one that might be a little too small or oddly shaped for a traditional double vanity. Why? Because wall mounted vanities, like these Blox vanities from Xylem, are literally smaller, are almost always jam-packed with useful storage, and are much more flexible. They can be mounted just about anywhere in your bathroom – not necessarily side by side. This takes up less space than a double vanity, or even two smaller standard vanities would, opening up new potential layouts for your master bathroom without sacrificing much in the way of storage space.
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Modular Double Vanities
This is maybe the most similar to getting a regular, extra large double vanity but with one important difference. Modular double vanities like this Modern Modular vanity set from Silkroad Exclusive can be installed as a single unit, but they can also be installed in up to three separate pieces. These are basically two individual, smaller bathroom vanities and a matching storage cabinet that can be pushed up together to assemble a seamless single vanity. But because modular bathroom vanities are completely finished, even on the “hidden” sides, you can easily install each of the pieces either spaces slightly apart. You can even install them in entirely separate areas of your bathroom to get exactly the size and spacing you want while maintaining a coordinated look.
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Great for an older home with a smaller master bathroom, pedestal sinks offer a sophisticated, classical style with a very small footprint. Now, of course, they aren’t really bathroom vanities at all, and obviously aren’t winning any awards in the internal-storage department, but hear me out. Pedestal sinks like the Memoirs Pedestal from Kohler are a traditional choice for a turn of the century home. In a traditional master bathroom from that time period (with hex tiles on the floor, subway tiles on the walls, and so on), a pair of pedestal sinks can not only help your bathroom blend in with the rest of a traditional home or master suite, but create a bright, open feeling that can make your bathroom seem bigger than it is. If you’re worried about losing storage space, consider this: you can put a pretty big storage cabinet between your two pedestal sinks without crowding your space as much as a traditional double vanity would.
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This one might seem a little strange, since console vanities often take up about as much space as a traditional single vanity. But I hold that these are a good choice for a master bathroom for the simple reason that they come with built in towel storage. This is so important because, chances are, two sets of towels are probably taking up a pretty good chunk of the wall space in your master bath. By moving the towels to the sides of a console vanity like this Metal Console from Empire, you open up your walls for more accessible, better organized storage cabinets, which can really improve the way you use your space.
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Wall Mounted Sinks
Not just for teeny tiny master bathrooms anymore, modern wall mounted sinks – especially those from European designers – are actually a sleek, unique-looking alternative to a traditional double vanity. Either two separate wall mounted sinks – or one long, trough-style sink like one from Ceramica Tecla offer ample counter space for two. And while they, obviously, don’t have any of the drawers or cabinets you’d expect from a bathroom vanity, they create a wide, open, modern look and feel for your master bathroom that can easily be supplemented with storage cabinets, medicine cabinets, or even shelves.
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If you have the good fortune of having a master bathroom that’s on the larger side, you might want to consider adding a water closet with a sink instead of (or in addition to) a more traditional double-sink setup. A water closet can be anything from a toilet behind a tiled half wall to a completely sectioned off small room. Sectioned off water closets are a great way to add privacy to a shared bath, and incorporating even a very small extra sink, like the China Sink from Whitehaus adds functionality without sacrificing space. Especially if you only have one big, lit, grooming-oriented area, a second small sink allows a quick tooth brushing and hand washing, even if the rest of the bathroom is being hogged.
So if you’re planning a big remodel for your master bathroom, be aware that just because you CAN have a big double bathroom vanity doesn’t mean that you have to, or that it’s necessarily the best choice for your master bathroom. Do you any of these appeal to you? Do you already have a similar set up in your master bathroom?