Keeping as much of the sink and plumbing above the vanity top as possible is one of the few ways to increase storage in a small wall mounted vanity.
(PRWEB) March 03, 2014
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Most wall mounted bathroom vanities share a similar aesthetic: they’re simple and square with smooth straight lines and not a lot of embellishments. The similarities between designs become more pronounced the smaller the vanities get, especially in the 30″ and under range. But the smaller the vanity, the more important subtle differences become. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to how choosing between different types of storage – or even different sinks – can make a big difference in the usability of a small wall mounted vanity.
In a typical bathroom vanity, the majority of the sink rests beneath the level of the counter, meaning the sink and plumbing protrude down into the main cabinet. Because the cabinets are large, this isn’t much of a problem, but fitting the same amount of hardware in a much smaller wall mounted cabinet can be a little trickier. Most wall mounted bathroom vanities use streamlined, more angular plumbing (rather than the traditional U-bend style trap) to help save space, but choosing the right sink can help, too.
Vessel sinks really shine on wall mounted bathroom vanities. Because the sink sits on top of the vanity rather than being recessed into it, all the space the sink would normally occupy is freed up for storage. The plumbing will still protrude down into the cabinet, but not nearly as far as it would with a standard sink.
That said, vessel sinks aren’t the only option. Many wall mounted bathroom vanities come paired with low profile sinks integrated right into the vanity top. These are very shallow sinks, often only about as deep as the counter is thick, designed to take up as little space inside the cabinet as possible. Thick porcelain vanity tops have a slightly more traditional look than vessel sinks while offering a similar amount of storage space and a surface that’s much easier to clean, while glass vanity tops with integrated sinks offer their own unique modern appearance.
Choosing the right storage is also important. Drawers offer the most accessible storage – they keep small items organized and can be pulled all the way out so items won’t get lost in the back. But because drawers have to accommodate for the plumbing, they’re typically U-shaped, which means sacrificing a little less than a third of the available space for this added convenience.
Cabinets, on the other hand, make use of all the space inside the vanity. The drain pipe will usually sit obtrusively right in the middle, but even so this setup offers the greatest quantity of space. That said, as with any cabinet, items placed in back will be harder to find, and small items can fall by the wayside. The placement of the door hinges is important as well; a standard door hinge will mean having to step away from the cabinet to open it, but a cabinet with two small doors is a little less intrusive.
Some slightly wider bathroom vanities combine both drawers and cabinets, which is the most efficient option if space constraints allow for it. The single smaller cabinet is slightly easier to navigate without looking, while one to three very narrow drawers set off to one side (out of the way of the plumbing) offer space to store small toiletries that might get misplaced in a full sized cabinet.
Finally, it’s worth looking for wall mounted vanities that come with other built in storage features as well. While the bare-bones square shape is pretty standard, there are slightly more oblong vanities that offset the sink to create a little bit of counter space, or vanities with small, open storage cubbies, or built in towel bars that add just a touch more functionality.
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