If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, it pays to really think about the space you’ll use the most: The vanity, sink and mirror area. Making this “grooming station” as efficient as possible, with a place for everything and everything in its place, has the potential to get you organized once and for all, speeding up your morning routine and making it easier to wind down and relax in the evening.
The more subtle yet no less important benefits? The potential to relieve and unclutter your mind, offering a more positive start to the day—and maybe even a better night’s sleep.
Your first step in thinking about the perfect grooming space is the focal point, the vanity. This is where the action is—not to mention all your stuff.
If you’re working with a shared space, like a master bathroom, you’ll want to consider creating two separate grooming areas. While we’re not claiming it’s a silver bullet for harmonious cohabitation, this configuration does offer the most flexibility and can go a long way toward easing the typical tensions of a shared space.
Your vanity will need to be at least 60” to accommodate two sinks. Or, you can pair two smaller vanities side by side, creating spaces that address each user’s needs. Consider placing a lap drawer or two-drawer bridge between two vanities for a custom configuration that provides extra workspace and storage.
If you don’t have space for a double vanity, you can still build a high level of function into your grooming space with petite vanities as small as 23 inches.
If you’re planning to replace your flooring, consider a furniture-leg style vanity—they’re a little more elegant in design and can make the room look larger. Or, consider a wall-mount vanity for a clean, modern look and easy cleaning underneath.
If you’re just replacing the vanity and keeping the existing floor, a toe-kick option is your best bet, because the vanity base goes all the way to the floor.
If you’re placing your vanity in a corner, you can give your space a custom look by adding small details like a side splash for your vanity top and a filler strip to bridge the gap between the vanity and the wall.
Getting all of those jars, bottles and boxes off your countertops is key to getting your bathroom de-cluttered and better organized. But you’ll want to have those important items close by, at your fingertips, so your morning routine goes smoothly. That’s why the most efficient vanities include the following features:
There’s a reason medicine cabinets have been a mainstay in bathrooms for decades: It’s convenient to have items you use every day—like medication, eye drops, and other personal-care items—handy and at eye-level. But medicine cabinets have definitely evolved. Here are some cool new features to consider:
Good lighting is definitely important for an efficient grooming space. But brightness is only one aspect of it. To avoid uneven illumination and unflattering shadows, make sure you have multiple light sources installed at different angles.
Use a combination of ambient and task lighting to help achieve a balanced light intensity. Select bulbs that emanate soft light from the middle of the color spectrum, so you can correctly judge skin tone and colors.
Along with practical matters like getting organized, you’ll also want to think about how your vanity will coordinate with the style, colors and finishes you’re envisioning for your bathroom, and what type of sink you’d like to integrate with it.
The good news: We offer a huge selection of vanity styles and finishes, sink tops in dozens of colors, and a host of hardware types to consider.