(PRWEB) January 24, 2013
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It is very important to think not only about how to make a bathroom look beautiful, but also how practical it will be – how to build a bathroom that’s functional. Unfortunately, the keystone piece of every bathroom – the bathroom vanity – is also often the most poorly designed. Between accommodating for plumbing and putting a greater emphasis on aesthetics than utility, the majority of bathroom vanities aren’t as intuitive or functional as they could – or should – be. For those concerned about ease of access, HomeThangs.com introduced a tip sheet with a few contemporary bathroom vanity features that will help get the bathroom in order.
1. Offset Drawers
The biggest problem with bathroom vanity storage is that the most easily accessible space – the area immediately underneath the counter – is necessarily occupied by the plumbing from the sink. Most bathroom vanities simply stick a faux drawer front over this space, and leave one with a large, poorly organized cabinet underneath. But smart designers opt instead to squish the sink (and it’s drain pipe) ever so slightly to one side. This leaves room for at least one (or, for example, in the case of the Jackson Vanity from B&I Direct, two) drawers at waist level for the most frequently accessed items.
2. Bonus: Extra Counter Space
Some vanities take that offset sink space and use it not only to build a whole column of drawers, which is fabulous for getting organized, it also leaves one with a little sliver of extra space. While conventional bathroom vanities, especially smaller ones, offer only the corners to put a toothbrush holder and maybe a soap dispenser, something like the Mahogany Vanity from Hardware Resources, for example, leaves a little extra counter space, for, say, a hair straightener, electric razor, or even just a hand towel.
3. Ditch the Door
One of the little annoyances in life is having to open the cabinet in the bathroom vanity and bend down and rummage through all that big, unorganized space. But the Alessandro Vanity from Vigo, for example, presents a rather elegant solution. First, they move the cabinet to waist level, which makes it much easier to access. Others do this and leave the bottom half open, or add two extra drawers for hidden storage. Second, the traditional cabinet door is replaced with a sliding one. This allows one to reach down, slide the door out of the way, and grab what’s needed, no bending or door-dodging needed.
4. One Big Drawer
One of the nicest innovations in bathroom vanity storage is the use of a single oversized drawer instead of a cabinet or many smaller drawers. This is most often seen in wall mounted vanities. For example, the Shadowbox Vanity from Porcher uses one large drawer designed to accommodate the plumbing so one get all the usable space right up to the level of the counter. They’re also often well designed on the inside, making them ideal to look down into and find what’s needed.
5. Go Minimal
This certainly isn’t the most elaborate or ornate solution to the problem of bathroom vanity storage, but it’s one of the more elegant. Instead of a cabinet or a drawer or even shelves, the simple Catalina Vanity from Ronbow, for example, offers a simple, straightforward cubby. It’s easy to access, just at the right height, and large enough to fit all of the most important toiletries – from toothpaste to hand towels. Obviously people with a lot of hair care products, makeup, or other grooming items might want a little additional storage, but this petite wall mount bathroom vanity is innovative for its sheer simplicity.
6. Despair for Style
The best designed bathroom vanities in terms of storage capabilities are often ones that tend toward the contemporary or even modern end of the spectrum. But those who want a traditional style, don’t have to sacrifice usability either. For example, this St. Charles Vanity from Cole+Co does, admittedly, suffer from the aforementioned faux-drawer panel, but it makes up for it with five fully functioning drawers, four small ones and one large one at the bottom. This design sections off the cabinet space to help keep all of the smaller items organized, accessible, and easy to find.
The emphasis on aesthetics over utility encourages people to choose bathroom vanities on appearance alone. All too often, it’s not until one actually tries to find a place to put all the stuff that one realizes how inconvenient standard large-cabinet bathroom vanities really are. So those in the market for a new vanity, especially with a small bathroom, should keep an eye out for one of these innovative storage solutions.
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