If your bathroom accommodates more than one individual and you have the space, you may consider a double-vanity set for your new bathroom design. Whether it’s a master bathroom that will be shared with your partner or a communal bathroom for the kids, having an extra sink and additional counter space is normally a convenient advantage in any bathroom. Double vanities can often give your bathroom a heightened sense of luxury and sophistication that increases the overall value of your home and creates a level of comfort like never before.
The style, color, and design options for your double vanity are almost limitless, and you can be sure to find something that will fit all of your bathroom needs, no matter how extensive. In fact, you may not be aware of how many options are available when it comes to choosing a bathroom vanity. Particularly, double vanities can be continuous or separated, house vast cabinetry or simply an open shelf, and they can feature undermount sinks or countertop sinks.
Continuous vanities are those that do not offer a large amount of space or any type of divider between the two washing stations. Continuous vanities can be a great choice for smaller bathrooms in which you need the convenience of two sinks without the additional bulk.
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Continuous vanities can also stand in the form of one long sink with two faucets, as shown in the photo below. This vanity might even be considered a single vanity, but the length, storage space and dual faucets transform this piece into a double vanity that gives off a more chic, sophisticated appearance than your average bathroom furniture.
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For bigger bathrooms where space is not an issue, separated vanities can be an easy alternative. Separated vanities often house a set of drawers or cabinetry between the two sinks, which gives each user their own station. Many “separated” vanities are still connected, as shown in the photo below.
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However, other vanities may actually come in several pieces, which are pushed together in order to look like one. Similarly, double vanities can be separated into two stations across a bigger bathroom.
Separated double vanity sets can make your bathroom look much bigger and add to the overall storage space of your bathroom.
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Vanities for Optimal Storage
Some vanities are just for looks, but unless you have another room or a closet built into your bathroom, chances are you need your double vanity to be the primary storage unit for all your bathroom supplies.
Consider a vanity that has dual cabinetry and a dividing station with drawers. Many vanities also offer additional shelving to stand beside or on top of the existing vanity storage room. Also, if under-cabinet storage is a necessity in your bathroom, consider investing in a vanity with vessel sinks to optimize the room left under the vanity counter.
Open Sink and Floating Vanities
If storage space is not an issue, or you are looking for ways to make a small bathroom seem bigger, consider looking at open sink or floating vanities. These vanities tend to have a less bulky appearance and can make a bathroom feel more spacious and open.
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Open sink vanities allow you to see through to the wall, and thus, don’t seem like they are taking up any extra space. They can also be an attractive addition to your bathroom when space permits.
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Undermount vs. Vessel Sinks
Another aspect for consideration in choosing the right double vanity is the choice between undermount sinks versus a vanity with vessel sinks. Countertop sinks are not the norm and as such, they often give off a feeling of luxury and superiority.
However, vessel sinks also come at a disadvantage in that they take up a large degree of counterpace and they can also be difficult to clean where the bottom of the sink meets the countertop, as the space is small and hard to reach. Conversely, undermount sinks do not provide the elegance or style of a vessel sink, but they do provide all the functionality that is essential to a well-built bathroom and will certainly get the job done.
While vanities primarily exist to provide functionality and ease of use in your bathroom, vanities can often be the focal point of your bathroom space, adding to the style and tone of your bathroom in big ways. Make sure to consider all of your options before investing in a new vanity, and you’ll be happy with your choice in the long term.