Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Console Vanity Designs

Today I am going to talk about bathroom vanities. Most people don't realize this, but there is a rule of thumb when it comes to vanity designs; if the space for a vanity in a bathroom is 36" wide or less it can only have 2 doors (no drawers) due to spacial requirements and plumbing, if the space is 36"-47" wide you will have what is called a console vanity, and anything over 48" in width typically will have doors and drawers (typically with a bank of drawers in the middle of the vanity when there are 2 sinks).

Today I am going to briefly discuss console vanities and ways that you can take them from their standard look and turn them into a more beautiful and unique design.

The image above is a standard console vanity, which has 2 doors at the base and 2 small drawers at either side (a false panel is in the middle). This configuration is typically what you will get as a standard layout unless you express to a designer that you want to maximize storage and do not wish to have full doors below.

Now this vanity (pictured above) takes a standard vanity and maximizes space by utilizing 2 deep drawers below the top standard console drawers.
One thing that I would like to point out is that the first deep drawer will typically be "U"-shaped as the center will require a cut out for the plumbing of your sink. The second drawer can usually be a standard deep drawer (no "U"-shaped cut out required).

As you can see, there are ways you can take what most people see as limitations and turn them into something unique and functional. The second console vanity configuration drastically maximizes storage, and also in the end gives a more visually desirable design overall.

Take it from me, this is my career designing kitchens and bathrooms; when you sit down with a designer, do not be afraid to ask plenty of questions and see if they can think outside of the box and create something that will stand out and that you will love!

Take Care,


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