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Space-saving bathroom storage space

 
 
Kohler‘s Jute vanities are an example of the wall-hung vanities that give you extra storage, but still work well in small spaces.
Kohler‘s Jute vanities are an example of the wall-hung vanities that give you extra storage, but still work well in small spaces.
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Q: We are remodeling and upgrading our half-bathroom that presently has a simple wall-hung sink to save space. For smaller bathrooms I understand that a pedestal sink would be the normal upgrade, but I am looking for some storage space as well. But, trying to fit in a vanity and sink top would be difficult. Any ideas for us to look into?

– Jill, California

A: A big reason why pedestal sinks are a popular upgrade in smaller bathrooms is because basically they are still wall-hung sinks. Wall-hung fixtures do help in smaller areas because they’re easier to walk around than fixtures that take up floor space.

So, with that line of thinking, a practical solution to your issue could be a “wall-hung vanity.” These types of vanities are often overlooked because a lot of homeowners are not familiar with them. Wall-hung vanities can accept standard vanity sink tops and offer a clean streamlined look with plenty of foot space under the unit. However, in most cases they can be a “higher end” unit because they may need extra structure supports and proper wall backing.

Bottom line: While it may cost you more for a wall-hung vanity, it may not be such an “off-the-wall” idea if you end up with extra storage space in a smaller bathroom.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelgcs.com.

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