Every bathroom—from the smallest powder room to the largest master suite retreat—has a vanity. It's not only a spot for your sink, but probably a good portion of your bathroom's storage as well. There are many ways to configure a bathroom vanity cabinet; here's an overview to help you make a smart storage choice.
Open shelves are an easy way to boost storage in a bathroom cabinet (and save yourself the expense of doors and hardware). They're also flexible, and can be added below or to either side of a sink. Baskets are a good solution to stash oddly shaped items on open shelves in bathroom vanity cabinets. One hint: Open shelves in a small bathroom help the space feel more light and airy.
Although off-the-shelf bathroom vanity cabinets are great options for many spaces, some bathrooms present difficult or awkward layouts. To accommodate storage needs, a custom-size bathroom cabinet—say, one that has room for the sink, but curves to deal with a narrower spot in the room—may be a worthwhile investment. Custom pieces also allow you to build in hardworking items such as hidden electrical outlets.
Many bathroom vanity cabinets only have storage underneath the sink. For a single bathroom vanity cabinet, consider bookending the sink with shelves, doors, or drawers that reach from floor to ceiling. For a double bathroom vanity cabinet, add an extended storage space in between the two sinks. If the cabinetry reaches past the countertop to the ceiling, the vanity takes on the essence of a freestanding hutch and offers ample storage space for multiple users. Upper cabinets can also be used for long-term storage, or hide grooming appliances such as hair dryers, shavers, and electrical outlets. In addition, a center storage unit helps to divide space in a bathroom with multiple users, while providing storage that's convenient for both individuals.
In place of a traditional bathroom vanity cabinet, a dresser or dresser-style piece can add useful drawers. A dresser-style piece with legs also adds a furniturelike element in a bathroom.
The space above a bathroom vanity cabinet at ceiling height is an often-ignored storage area. But adding storage at this height can be a great way to boost the flexibility and function, particularly in a small bathroom.
If your bathroom has storage elsewhere, you may not need any compartments along with your bathroom vanity cabinets. In that case, a pedestal-type setup may work out just fine.