Single Vanity Design Ideas

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From the basic design to the cabinetry and countertops, use this guide to find the inspiration for your perfect single sink vanity.

Contemporary Creation

A wall of stacked glass tiles sets the stage for a rich espresso vanity in this bathroom. Topped with a thick slab of marble and accented with white, this high-contrast contemporary bath is a show-stopper. 

Simple DIY Solution

Constructed from a desk top and adjustable desk legs, this single vanity makes a unique style statement. The white vessel sink and simple L-shape shelf below turns a mix of materials into a functional bathroom vanity.

Airy Oasis

A floating vanity visually opens up this compact bathroom, and allows the bather to get up close to the sink area. Without hardware on the vanity, the door opens with a gentle push, revealing extra storage.

High-Contrast Bath

Black paint on the vanity glams up the classic white elements through the bath and quickly transforms the room's tired look. Hints of gold and personal decor create a charming bathroom.

Storage and style are must-haves in a small bath. Discover how to get both with these small vanity ideas.

The Best Small Vanities

See this collection of smart small vanities perfect for a petite bathroom.

Cozy Nook

Shades of brown in the floor, wall color, and vanity feel cohesive not matchy-matchy thanks to wood grain and the room's architectural elements. Open and closed shelving on the vanity create the perfect combination of storage for a secondary bathroom.

Blended to Perfection

Single vanities usually have less counterspace than expansive double vanities, which means splurging on a luxe material is more affordable. This small dark walnut vanity cabinet features a stunning marble countertop with a graceful beveled edge. A modern glass vessel sink and sleek faucet make the most of the limited counter area, but also provide a well-designed contrast to the traditional vanity. Repeating other traditional-modern style pairs throughout a space will make all the elements of the room work together. For example, here, a contemporary border of mosaic tiles tops a wall treatment of subway tiles.

European Roots

This little powder room features plenty of European-inspired style. Rather than settling on stock cabinetry, which would have been too large for the space, or for a storage-less pedestal sink, the homeowner scoured retailers and found this weathered wooden table that resembles an expensive European antique and topped it with a vessel sink. A wall-mounted faucet can save precious space on a small vanity. Work with a contractor or plumber to relocate the faucet and the pipes.

Defying Gravity

Expand a small space by "floating" your vanity above the floor. A wall-mount unit provides an unbroken plane of floor, which will make the bathroom feel bigger. This all-in-one unit features an offset sink, which provides one larger expanse of counter space, rather than two small slivers on each side of the basin. A glass shelf supported by a metal frame provides storage.

Ladylike Looks

Nothing says feminine quite like soft colors and glam surfaces. With built-in storage across the room, this bathroom can afford to sacrifice vanity storage. Instead, two stainless-steel legs support a simple marble countertop. The small sink takes up little space and keeps the rest of the countertop free for pretty soap, sponges, and flowers.

Old Meets New

Bold materials and rich colors create a trademark look in this traditional-meets-contemporary bathroom space. The dark wood stain on the classic furniture-style vanity, paired with a copper vessel sink and wall-mount faucet, blends old-world style with modern amenities. Wall treatments and a dramatic ceramic tile backsplash create an undeniable style statement.

Call of the Wild

This petite wooden vanity cabinet blends perfectly with this bathroom's woodland-inspired motif. Clean lines and minimalistic hardware keep the piece looking crisp and modern. The vanity's light wood finish, minimalistic hardware, and neutral countertop prevent the piece from grabbing attention away from the bold tree-pattern wallpaper.

Narrow Minded

Narrow bathrooms present a challenge for vanities. This bathroom makes the most out of what could be a cramped space by utilizing a narrow console table as a stand-in vanity. Even though the vanity is finished with a dark stain, its open shelving prevents it from looking too heavy in the small area.

Airy Appeal

This custom vanity was designed with a deeper-than-normal base to increase storage in this tiny half bath. Exposed stainless-steel feet give the piece a furniture-style look and keep it from looking too heavy in the limited space. A wall-mount faucet is sleek and modern when paired with the low-profile vessel sink.

Open Vanity Storage

A thoughtfully designed open vanity can provide both an airy look and storage. This design has drawers tucked beneath the open shelf, which proves to be a perfect perch for towel-filled baskets.

Contemporary Sophistication

This sophisticated vanity was designed to achieve a blending of styles. Rich dark walnut cabinetry and copper fixtures help maintain the traditional integrity of the bathroom in this grand home. Meanwhile, glass mosaic tile and black granite countertops nod to contemporary tastes. Paired with clean lines, the neutral color palette looks both sophisticated and fresh.

Space Saver

This compact vanity makes the most of a small space. The L-shape wooden vanity was made to fit snug in the corner of this tiny bathroom, using the wall as a space-saving second support. The angled faucet in the corner and offset sink help create a bit of needed counter space. A bar attached to the open underside ensures a hand towel is always within reach.

Clean and Serene

Minimalism is warmed up with soft and soothing hues in this petite bathroom. The slender single vanity tucks in the small footprint of the bathroom, while a long, narrow shelf provides extra counter space. A wall-mount faucet further conserves space.

Double the Drawers

Space in this bathroom permitted only a single-sink vanity, but a storage-packed dresserlike design was selected to maximize the available space. The structure leaves plenty of counter space on each side of the sink, while deep drawers provide storage space for bathroom essentials.

Beauty and Glam

This stylish vanity cabinet makes the entire powder room sparkle with a hint of old Hollywood glamour. The mirror-paneled vintage chest was converted into a vanity, outfitted with vintage-style fixtures, and paired with an etched mirror to complete the dramatic statement.

Asymmetrical Placement

By placing the sink to one side, instead of the middle, this dresser-style vanity provides space for two people to stand and groom simultaneously. The vintage cottage aesthetic of the vanity base blends seamlessly with the rest of the bath's charming details, such as the hexagon tile flooring and beaded-board wainscoting.

Modern Makeover

To give this bathroom a contemporary feel, the homeowners chose a dark wood vanity with an open design and topped it off with a sleek white porcelain sink and single-handle chrome faucet. The shelf below the countertop provides much-needed storage space and allows easy access to baskets full of bath salts, soaps, and sponges. Bottom drawers stow away other bath necessities.

Small and Sweet

New and salvaged materials come together to create this adorable, one-of-a-kind vanity. A vanity with a small frame was needed to conserve space in this tiny half bath. The base is topped off with glass mosaic tile and a  glass basin. The simple open bottom offers a single shelf that can easily hold towels, a jar of soaps, and a large decorative seashell.

Scene Stealer

This dainty vanity packs a big punch with color. Updated with a coat of fresh red paint, the furniture-style vanity becomes the focal point of this neutral bathroom. A contemporary porcelain vessel sink and offset a gleaming faucet free up a bit of counter space, while a wide drawer and shelf below hold bathroom essentials.

Add storage and organization to any small bathroom with these smart tricks and ideas to bring order to toiletries, linens, and bath necessities.

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