Narrow bathroom vanities protrude no more than about 13" from the wall (as opposed to the more standard 22"), opening up 9-10" of floor space.
(PRWEB) August 18, 2013
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Many of the ways to save space in a small bathroom are either a little cumbersome and unattractive, or can feel a little draconian. This is a little less true than it used to be, with a market that’s beginning to cater more to smaller spaces, but it’s still pretty rare to find a solution that really feels like a solution rather than a stop-gap or compromise. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to one of the true small bathroom fixes: narrow bathroom vanities, which can significantly save floor space without “downgrading” to a very small bathroom vanity.
To make a bathroom vanity better suited for a small space, it has to be smaller in one way or another. The most common technique is to take away the width; a 24″ vanity takes up less space than a 30″ one and so on. Wall mounted bathroom vanities do away with the height of a traditional vanity, creating a little extra foot room. But narrow bathroom vanities take a different approach, instead reducing the depth of the vanity. These vanities protrude no more than about 13″ from the wall (as opposed to the more standard 22″), opening up 9-10 inches of free floor space.
These differ from extremely small RV or maritime style vanities in two important ways: first, other than their depth, they’re a totally average size, with a standard height and a variety of standard widths. What makes them a small bathroom solution rather than a utilitarian compromise is that despite the reduced depth, narrow bathroom vanities come with standard sized sinks. Of course, 22″ is a standard depth for bathroom vanities precisely because that’s how much space is required to install a standard sink, but narrow bathroom vanities are made with custom integrated vanity tops and sinks.
These are usually made of ceramic or porcelain and have sinks that protrude ever so slightly from the front end of the vanity. This allows a full basin size without closing off the amount of space needed for a full sized vanity, and makes for much greater bathroom clearance, significantly reducing the overall footprint of the vanity without swapping to an undersized bathroom sink or vanity.
The result is a beautiful, traditional appearance reminiscent of the classic farmhouse style kitchen sink. Of course, in this case the “apron” of the sink is actually the outside curve of the bowl (which, in a standard vanity, would sit beneath the vanity top). But the smooth curvy surface has a totally distinct appearance that makes narrow bathroom vanities a unique, stylish addition to a small bathroom as well as a useful one. A perfect alternative to a pedestal sink for a cottage style bathroom, these narrow bathroom vanities highlight the traditional use of white porcelain while also providing additional storage in a small space.
Of course, many narrow bathroom vanities have a much more modern appearance as well. Instead of the gently sloped, scooped porcelain sinks, these have unique shapes or styles and often more clearly defined edges that create a sleek, minimalist style. That said, most narrow bathroom vanities with a modern rather than a traditional flair are also wall mounted bathroom vanities, meaning they’re typically even smaller. This can be a great choice for an extremely small bathroom but ultimately means a little less in the way of storage.
Narrow bathroom vanities are actually surprisingly good for storage. Though they don’t entirely solve the problems posed by conventional bathroom cabinets, they’re often much easier to keep organized because their narrower profile means there isn’t as much unreachable space in the back. And because they’re specifically designed to be space saving, they often come with many other nice built-in storage features, like drawers or hidden shelves. That means more space to work with than in a wall mounted vanity, and space that’s easier to work with than a conventional vanity, which actually makes slightly larger versions a smart choice even in a larger bathroom.
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