Remodeling a bathroom can often be a headache, especially when it comes to choosing the best vanity for a particular space. One solution to a lot of design problems is to consider an offset vanity for a home’s new oasis. Offset vanities are just as they are described. The sink is set off to one side, right or left, in relation to the center of the vanity. Offset vanities have many benefits, which this article aims to outline for curious homeowners looking to spruce up their bathrooms.
Avoid Expensive Renovations
One way to take a bathroom remodel from difficult to an enormous hassle is to require the plumbing to be rerouted. Even making a small change to the layout of the bathroom’s pipes is an involved process that costs a lot of money, and it poses an even bigger problem when someone wants to rearrange multiple major fixtures. Luckily, unlike fixtures like a bathtub or toilet, a sink can be altered without having to change the plumbing if the homeowner chooses to find an offset bathroom vanity.
Usually, a pre-made vanity comes with a hole already cut out at the back to attach the water supply and drain lines. However, these holes are usually a tight fit, so trying to alter the positioning may result in the different elements not lining up properly. And if you have a double vanity unit you will need to expertly place holes.
Of course, these mismatched elements could be altered to force them to work, like adding extra pieces to the plumbing or cutting a larger hole from the back panel of the vanity, but these “solutions” are time-consuming and not very aesthetically pleasing.
Unlike sinks placed in the middle of the vanity, offset sinks allow for more leeway, especially when trying to create more space for new furniture or upgrading to a larger vanity. It is still always a good idea to get a spec sheet for the new vanity to ensure that the new piece fits the bathroom’s existing plumbing requirements.
Better Storage for Small Spaces
Another problem in redesigning a bathroom is dealing with the often-limited space. Luckily, there are several solutions to finding more storage space in a tiny bathroom, and an offset vanity is a handy fix. Although simply moving the sink a few inches to one side may seem inconsequential, it can make a world of difference in opening up more space.
Many offset vanities are able to utilize the space under the sink that is left unusable in conventional vanities. The side not taken up by the plumbing is now free to be taken up by a full stack of drawers, perfect for storing toiletries and cleaning supplies
Conventional sinks also often do not adequately utilize the space just under the sink, often just placing a faux drawer just under the countertop for aesthetic purposes. Most offset sinks resist this flaw and instead will opt for a stack of drawers on the opposite side, a cabinet to accommodate the plumbing, and a drawer underneath that for more storage. Some rare vanity designs will even employ a small panel that tips forward to reveal a small shelf, perfect for storing smaller accessories like tweezers or nail clippers.
One of the biggest benefits of an offset sink is the added counter space. Most vanities with a sink in the center result in tiny slivers of counter on either side, wasting a lot of potentially usable space. In an offset sink, these slivers combine to create a much more functional surface.
While still not a large space, not having to precariously balance items on the edge of the sink is a huge benefit of this design choice. It can even leave enough room to place some decorative items in a small bathroom.
Because the vanity is a central focal point of the bathroom, it is important to carefully consider one’s goals when choosing what is the best option. Having a clear vision in mind, while still having some flexibility, ensures that a homeowner can be confident in their decision.
There are several factors to consider when shopping around. As this article has been discussing the advantages of an offset sink, readers know that layout is one of the most crucial factors, as it determines how space will be utilized and in what way.
Another important factor is the number of sinks required for the space. In the case of offset vanities, almost universally only one sink will be available. This is important to keep in mind before setting one’s sights on an offset vanity.
Another important thing to have in mind is the particular style that the remodel is going for. Whether the vanity will be painted or stained, what color palette, the style of the drawers and doors, and the aesthetic school of thought are all factors to keep in mind and will help narrow down options.
Another crucial decision is the style of countertop that will be used. There are a variety of available materials. Stones like granite, quartz, and marble are very popular, particularly because of their durability. Although they hold up better to moisture, they are often more expensive than materials like wood and laminate. Homeowners should also consider the style of sink they would prefer.
Both under-mount and vessel sinks can look very stylish on an offset vanity. Lastly, the style of fixtures is important to tie the entire unit. Knobs and faucets, mirrors, and lighting should all coordinate with the style and color palette of the final design.
From avoiding unnecessary additional work in the remodel, to adding more storage space, to creating a unique sense of style to a bathroom, an offset vanity is a great option to consider. Since the vanity is a central focal point in the bathroom, it is important to consider carefully all of one’s options to avoid making costly mistakes and to ensure that homeowners have the bathroom of their dreams.
Those looking to renovate their bathrooms should make sure to do their research and properly plan before undertaking this challenging, but rewarding home redesign project.