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Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanities – Not Just For Looks

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Wall mounted bathroom vanities are the perfect fixture for a modern-styled bathroom. They’re sleek and simplistic, minimally designed and just the right amount of unconventional without looking weird. But some people might shy away from a wall mounted vanity thinking that, because they’re smaller than conventional bathroom vanities, they won’t have enough storage space for every day use. But modern wall mounted bathroom vanities are designed intelligently to make the most of the space they have, and can actually offer more usable storage space than your average bathroom vanity.

Sonoma 48" Single Bathroom Vanity in Silver Oak 860-V48-SOK-3IBK from James Martin Furniture
Sonoma 48″ Single Bathroom Vanity in Silver Oak 860-V48-SOK-3IBK from James Martin Furniture

That’s all well and good to say, you might be thinking, but how is that possible? It’s simple. Many traditional bathroom vanities, especially single vanities, have a counter top and sink resting on top of a squarish cabinet full of big, open storage space to accommodate the sink’s plumbing. The problem is, those cabinets are so large and often so unorganized (very few even have shelves inside) that you end up only storing your largest items on the bottom, leaving a lot of empty, unusable space above. Wall mounted bathroom vanities immediately eliminate that problem by nixing the height and bringing the stuff you’re storing up to a usable level.

Christine 35" Single Sink Wall Mounted Vanity Set DEC1107 from Design Element
Christine 35″ Single Sink Wall Mounted Vanity Set DEC1107 from Design Element

Raising your storage space off floor level is important in two ways: first, you won’t have to bend or dig around in a large, unorganized cabinet to find your hair dryer every morning because none of your stuff will be far below waist level. Second, because many wall mounted bathroom vanities have pull out drawers rather than cabinets, it’s easier to use all of the space since you’ll be able to see the stuff that would have been hidden in the back of a regular cabinet.

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Bliss 40" Gray Oak Wall Mount Modern Bathroom Vanity BSL40-GO from Kubebath
Bliss 40″ Gray Oak Wall Mount Modern Bathroom Vanity BSL40-GO from Kubebath

Many larger wall mounted vanities even give you space that ordinary bathroom vanities would have sectioned off to accommodate the plumbing. Instead of discarding all the usable storage space around your sink’s drain pipe, these types of vanities craft a drawer around it, utilizing all the space underneath the counter and offering a nice, sleek, sectioned drawer.

Portland 53" Single Sink Wall Mount Vanity Set DEC1101 from Design Element
Portland 53″ Single Sink Wall Mount Vanity Set DEC1101 from Design Element

Wall mounted bathroom vanities are often very smart about counter space as well as cabinet space. Some even stagger their sinks rather than centering them, both offering more usable counter space for things like a toothbrush holder, soap dish, or hand towel. It also adds an extra little modern edge to the design, giving vanities that are otherwise pretty simple and square a nice sense of style and personality.

Roxy 39" Natural Oak Bathroom Vanity EVVN542-39WN from Eviva
Roxy 39″ Natural Oak Bathroom Vanity EVVN542-39WN from Eviva

Playing with the symmetry of your sink also opens up a lot of new options for storage. Changing the location, size, shape, or style of your sink can help relocate your pipes, and even make the sink itself take up less space beneath the level of the counter. And that, in turn, means you can have more full sized drawers or cabinets that are totally unobstructed by your plumbing. Bonus: the space you do lose to plumbing will be compartmentalized, which makes it great for storing smaller items that would get lost in a bigger drawer or cabinet.

Aria 36" Wall Hung Bathroom Vanity FV ARIA36 from Cutler Kitchen And Bath
Aria 36″ Wall Hung Bathroom Vanity FV ARIA36 from Cutler Kitchen And Bath

As well, because most wall mounted bathroom vanities are done in a modern style, they’re often also modular in style, and are part of extensive modular vanity collections designed to help you maximize your storage within your own unique space. Vanities like this have an incredibly small footprint on their own, but come with slim, matching wall mounted storage cabinets, mirrors, and medicine cabinets in the same finish and style so you can make the most of your wall space. The best part is, they’re designed not to protrude very far, so you can add storage without crowding your bathroom.

Smile 24" White Oak Wall Mount Modern Bathroom Vanity Set EVVN600-24WHOK-WM from Eviva
Smile 24″ White Oak Wall Mount Modern Bathroom Vanity Set EVVN600-24WHOK-WM from Eviva

A modular design also allows you to get a little creative with your layout. Because the pieces can fit together however you want them to, you can really completely customize your space, both in terms of where or how you hang your wall mounted bathroom vanities and storage cupboards and what pieces you use (or don’t) in the first place. Especially with manufacturers that offer extensive modular storage collections, you can buy the pieces you want (as many as you want!) and arrange them in a way that works best for how you need them – and the look you want!

Valencia 30" Gray Oak Wall Hung Modern Bathroom Vanity FVN8330GO from Fresca
Valencia 30″ Gray Oak Wall Hung Modern Bathroom Vanity FVN8330GO from Fresca

You can even double up on smaller, single wall mounted bathroom vanities to get the effect of a double vanity without closing off your whole bathroom with a big, hulking unit. This is especially nice for smaller or oddly shaped master baths, where you want two sinks but might not necessarily be able to put them right next to each other. I actually prefer this way, because each vanity is designed to be simple, compact, and completely self contained, so you and your sweetie will never have to fight over shared drawer space again.

Conques 39" Bathroom Vanity V-CQA006-39 from Anzzi
Conques 39″ Bathroom Vanity V-CQA006-39 from Anzzi

One of the less obvious advantages of this is that if you happen to be very short or very tall – or are sharing a bathroom with someone who is (or worse, one of you’re one, and the other is the other!) – finding a bathroom vanity that’s the right height for either of you (let alone both) can be a little difficult. Wall mounted bathroom vanities solve this problem outright – buy two vanities, and hang each one at the right height, for a vanity that’s perfectly customizable for both of you. This also makes them a great choice for people who have limited mobility or need extra accomodations.

Cristallino 18" Modern Glass Bathroom Vanity FVN1012 from Fresca
Cristallino 18″ Modern Glass Bathroom Vanity FVN1012 from Fresca

Finally, wall mounted bathroom vanities just plain look cool. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and having a smaller space to work with forces designers of wall mounted bathroom vanities to get a little creative with their layout. I particularly love some of the more unique minimalist modern glass vanities. They usually consist of little more than a metal mounting bracket with a glass counter and sink on top, but often come with creative storage add-ons… and an awesome industrial chic that you’d never find in a traditional bathroom vanity.

Wall mounted bathroom vanities have an incredibly distinctive look, but despite their apparent simplicity, they also come with great built-in storage features that can improve the way you use your bathroom.

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