Diminutive Bath Vanity/Sink...Small Bath

By: Sparkie Jan 07, 2007

[ Added:  I just got out the tape measure, paper & pencil.  Sure measures small.  Overall, 4'10" X 5'10".  The slope in ceiling starts almost immediately and reaches 6' clearance about 38" into bath, just above the stool. (Not for a tall man, huh!) Even this diminutive vanity at 12" deep may be too much.  At about 8" a vanity would start into the traffic pattern/doorway.  Maybe some creative shallow storage solution is available.  I don't like pedestal sinks cause loss of storage.  I actually think that should be illegal.  Absolute max width on "vanity" would be 24".  Existing sink protudes from wall at 13" :)]

I have a very small bath, not powder room. Only have a tub w/ no shower, small sq footage (haven't measured yet), sloped, curved ceiling to rear. Looking for compact ideas like diminutive sink/vanity. (Yea, I never heard that term before in this way so I had to look it up). In a word: tiny.

I have been seeing these shallow vanities around and thinking that way. Maybe a bar sink vs standard lav. Narrrow spaced faucet or single hole, maybe mounted in a corner.

Is this correct: From a designing point of view, adding horizontal lines (wallpaper, wainscoting), using light colors, using similiar colors/finishes, shiny/reflective stuff , lots of light would add visual space. It has a window in it w/ nice views from the throne, but will replace this jalousie type w/ a good quality vinyl. Double hung or maybe slider in this case cause I plan to have a handheld occasion shower option in this room. Then, no horizonatal plane for water to rest on??

I would like to stick around the original 1934 look. I'm gonna use beadboard wainscoting, probably stick w/ a cream white, resurface tub (Not DIYing that)in same, "whitewash" paint the trashed solid oak floor, maybe scrape most of paint layers off pine trim for a distressed look.


Anyway, I tried to find some of these diminutive vanities online but no luck. Can't remember what box stores I saw them in.

This photo (below) was in an This Old House article but no reference to manu.

Got any other ideas/suggestions.

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Having a small sink in the kitchen was so hard for me to wash the dishes. I've just remembered when I and my cousin are playing, her mom called her and told her to wash the dishes before she plays. When I was helping her, she ran to the bathroom as she is holding the other plates. "This is the fastest way, it's too small for us to wash all these dishes in this small sink". Suddenly, her mom came and saw what my cousin did, she was scolded by her mom and told her not to play. How sad she was.
Having a small sink in the kitchen was so hard for me to wash the dishes. I've just remembered when I and my cousin are playing, her mom called her and told her to wash the dishes before she plays. When I was helping her, she ran to the bathroom as she is holding the other plates. "This is the fastest way, it's too small for us to wash all these dishes in this small sink". Suddenly, her mom came and saw what my cousin did, she was scolded by her mom and told her not to play. How sad she was.

The picture of the sink you are seeking looks like a FOREMOST Columbia Euro bathroom vanity and top. Most Ace Hardware stores sell that brand in different colors.

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Ha ha Franki, did you mean: http://www.mybath.biz/servlet/the-301/Bathroom-Vanity-Cabinets-with/Detail

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That's a perdicament. I found my new <a href="http://www.mybath.biz/servlet/the-301/Bathroom-Vanity-Cabinets-with/Detail">Bathroom Vanity</a> yesterday. I don't know if they have anything that diminutive.

Sparkie,

Just found this site .. dont know if it might help.  http://www.sapg.com/

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Wow, that does seem like a good price.  I'm redoing a very small bath too.  80" x 69" but really need to leave a corner 24" x 28" space for a closet for bedroom.  (the walls and floor are all gutted from water damage, starting from scratch.)

Been frustrated by the lack of design choices at the vintage salvage stores... may opt for that corner toilet myself, but it is pricey.   Which model did you get?

Thanks Bertandernie for that idea.  It may of worked well providing it fit the existing cast iron closet flange on floor.  But, I had my eye on several vintage style toilets.  I found one for only $220 online w/ free shipping!  Then, it arrived in less than 4 days!  I was impressed.  Most of the vintage style toilets I saw started out around $400. 

Thanks Again!

I did some more net searching and saw some abovee counter type sinks that might work.  For storage, I might try using a wall cabinet on floor and sit on top of or slightly recess a small sink.  Had a couple other ideas but don;t remember them at the moment.  I'll post a pic when,i f ever, I get one installed.  Oh, one was a small wall hung but slip a shallow cabinet of sorts under it.  I do not want to give up storage....being stubborn. :)

I know this isn't what you want to do but I'd suggest a hanger sink (like what's there now but nicer) and all chrome hoses and drain pipe for prettiness.

A cabinet there, even a small one, will make the room feel and be smaller plus it won't give much storage anyway. And it'll be more consistent with the period you're going for.

Hmm.. we have a bath just the same size and another one smaller.  We went with pedestal and an over toilet cabinet, as well as a really spacious medicine cabinet inset.  Can't beat it for leg room and visual, keeping the floor uncluttered.

I guess you could try a floating cab.  Ikea has some narrow sinks and you could mount the whole thing to the wall. 

Hang on, I'll go check knee clearance..............Clear, well sortof.  If one sat on a diag it would be more of a problem.  Good idea over toilet but it is a severly sloped wall (w/ curve near ceiling).  Can't see in pic.  I would have to bend vertical supports to follow ceiling/wall/whatever coupled w/ the low clearance over toitey that there would be worse problems than lack of storage.  (I was just playing).

I can make a storage niche w/in the sink wall, interior wall.  I'll have to look around some stores looking for ideas.  I might have to get real creative and that can be scarey for people who know me.  I am famous for "It's only temporary". :)

Hey Sparkie, I'm worried about your knees with a cabinet so close to the throne. Have you "sat down" and gauged your clearance? If it's a tight fit, maybe a small pedestal sink would be better. If you are worried about storage with a pedestal, you could get one of those over-the-john cabinets. They mount to the wall just like a kitchen cabinet. They're shallow, like maybe eight inches deep, so you won't bang your head when you use the head. He he he. I do like the This Old House choice, though. I'm looking forward to seeing an "after" of this bathroom!!

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