Bathroom Sink Storage

Solve your bathroom sink cabinet storage problems with these ideas for configuring cabinetry around your bathroom grooming space. With smart organization and a style-setting design, your bathroom vanity can be the crowning jewel of your bathroom.

Most homeowners have at least one bathroom storage conundrum that they'd love to fix. The trick is knowing what updates can help solve those organization issues. Here are some smart ideas for bathroom sink cabinets and supporting storage options to help you maximize style and organization in your space.

If you don't like the look of traditional bathroom sink cabinets:

Furniture pieces, such as dressers, can easily transform into bathroom vanities. A hole cut into the top can accommodate a sink, and polyurethane can protect the piece from water damage. To compensate for any storage lost due to plumbing, install a shelf between the medicine cabinet and vanity to add back storage. You can also add a console unit facing the sink to take the place of a traditional vanity, and add towel racks at the short ends of the unit.

If you have limited or no undersink storage:

Pedestal sinks and open vanities are fantastic solutions for small spaces because they don’t visually weigh down a space like full-fledged bathroom vanities do. Unfortunately, bathroom sink storage is limited. One way to conquer this is to flank the sink with storage towers. For multiple family members using the same space, give one shelf or drawer to each person. To maintain the light and airy look of pedestal sinks, choose an open shelving unit, like an etagere.

If the area around your sink isn't very wide:

Try a shelving unit with custom inserts to maximize the narrow space. By customizing a unit to your storage needs, you’ll have a place for your necessities. Utilize baskets and drawers to corral all your bathroom items. A shorter unit also means the top can be used as an extra sliver of counter space.

If you want to extend storage to the side of bathroom sink cabinets:

A hutch can offer expansive bathroom storage that extends toward to the ceiling, taking advantage of vertical space. A piece such as this is also great to add in a narrower spot between a sink and tub. Take your bathroom’s measurements so you know your space constraints. As you shop, you can quickly identify what will fit and what won’t. If you’re collecting bathroom renovation ideas, consider a custom piece to ensure you get a hutch that fits perfectly.

If your above-sink space is too narrow:

It can be a more involved project, but recessing a medicine cabinet into the studs is a great way to counteract a slim space around a bathroom sink cabinet. You can also extend the idea by recessing shelves into the spaces between the room's wall studs, which helps maintain the necessary elbow room. For bonus storage, add a second medicine cabinet on the wall parallel to the sink; it can be mounted to the wall or also recessed into the studs.

If you have two vanities:

For a bathroom sink storage idea that takes organization to the next level, capture the space between sinks with a countertop cabinet. Although it might be tempting to go with a wider cabinet, you won’t want to sacrifice all of your counter space. Consider adding a drawer to the bathroom sink cabinet design for corralling small items such as hair accessories or jewelry.

If you want customizable storage:

When looking for bathroom cabinet ideas, consider mixing drawers and cabinets. By mirroring the storage on each side of the vanity, each person has easy access to their own items. Small drawers on each side of the sink are ideal for housing hair tools and electric razors. Roomy central cabinets are prime for larger bottles. Central drawers corral items used by both parties. To lighten the visual weight of bathroom vanity cabinets, choose a design with a lower open shelf.

If you have an odd layout:

Use awkward corners to your advantage with a custom configuration. Here, a built-in hutch is anchored on each side with a bathroom vanity with a sink. The design accommodates an oddly angled wall while providing ample grooming space for two people and a vast array of storage options, including drawers for towels and a tall cabinet for housing everything from shampoo bottles to baskets of grooming tools.

If you want the best of both worlds:

Give yourself flexibility with a bathroom storage cabinet that combines open and closed storage. Here, an open shelf beneath the sink keeps fresh towels close at hand. A cabinet conceals other bathroom necessities. The substantial countertop crowns the entire run, offering a unified look.

If you need just a little bit of extra storage:

Supplement a single-sink vanity cabinet with a small table for extra storage. A pedestal table offers twice the storage: the top holds canisters of bath essentials and the bottom shelf keeps extra hand towels at the ready. In this tone-on-tone bath, the gray and white basketweave finish suits the decor while introducing a bit of texture.

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