Julie Sheer, Houzz
Storage doesn’t have to be sacrificed just because space is at a premium. See how designers got creative with both ready-made and custom-made vanities to create stylish storage for these powder rooms and baths.
Child size. Things can be downscaled in a bathroom for children, and that’s what designer Julie Palmer, president of Charlie Allen Renovations, says was a driving factor in the design of this Boston bath for two toddlers. The parents chose Waterworks’ York single vanity to store soap, shampoo, washcloths, bath towels and other kiddie necessities. “With small bathrooms it’s important to avoid trying to squeeze too much into the room,” Palmer says. But kid-size doesn’t need to be style-free. Palmer says the vanity fits well with the style of the 1850s Greek Revival home.
York single vanity in Paper White and York recessed medicine cabinet: Waterworks
Urban rustic. Industrial farmhouse was the feeling the designers at Nar Fine Carpentry were aiming for in this Sacramento, California, powder room. A handsome reclaimed wood beam fabricated locally tops the vanity and complements the wood-grain tile flooring and the wall behind. Two deep drawers hold toilet tissue, towels and soap, and the iron straps that cover the seams where the vanity meets the wall complete the farmhouse design. The biggest challenge was getting the piece to fit.
Cabinetry: clear alder with a shale stain, Columbia Cabinets; tile floor and part of wall: Britania Top, Porcelanosa; leather strap mirror: Jamie Young, Lamps Plus; Royal adjustable sconces: Restoration Hardware; cabinet pulls: Dakota Collection, Top Knobs
Sleek sophisticate. This barrel vanity’s sleek doors open past 90 degrees, and there’s a glass shelf inside for lots of storage. Designer Tanya Woods of Xstyles Bath + More in Bloomfield, Michigan, says she needed a “very small vanity with an interesting shape” that would play off the modularArts sculptural wall behind it for this 20-square-foot powder room. Ronbow’s Leonie vanity in dark cherry fit the bill and was also chosen to complement the fan shape of the faucet.
Vanity: Leonie, Ronbow; Fan Fluid faucet: Sustainable Solutions International; wall panels: Dune, modularArts
Cozy cottage. One way to solve space issues in small bathrooms is to construct a vanity to fit, which is what Chris Riddle of Riddle Construction and Design did for this small bathroom in Redmond, Washington. Small but mighty, this quartz-topped vanity does triple duty with counter space for soap and toiletries, a toilet tissue holder and a shelf below for plenty of towel storage. Riddle says everything from the leg style to the countertop shape and material was designed to be functional and cottage-style. “Since it was a whole-house remodel, it was developed with the rest of the house in mind,” Riddle says.
Countertop: Silestone in Stellar Snow
Petite profile. At 10 inches tall, this petite modular-style hardwood vanity from Wetstyle’s M Collection fits the space and contemporary design of this New York bathroom by Weil Friedman Architects. It contains a drawer for storage. The companion horizontal cabinet above adds extra storage space.
Vanity and cabinet: M Collection, Wetstyle; wall tile: Pratt & Larson
Open chrome. This Armonk, New York, powder room features a classic console table with added storage underneath. The Palmer Industries polished chrome console vanity measures 30 inches wide, 32 inches tall and 21 inches deep. Console bases with a stone top are a very popular look for small powder rooms, says Carlos Goncalves of Best Plumbing Tile & Stone, as the open styling makes the room seem larger. The Palmer bottom shelf is sold separately, provides more storage and adds to the traditional appeal.
Vanity: Palmer Industries