5 Vanity Storage Options For Your New Vanity

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Unless your bathroom has an en suite linen closet (or you feel like piecing together a random assortment of baskets and buckets to contain everything), it’s likely that your bathroom vanity will need to work overtime, serving not just as a sink, but as a storage unit for the various sundry items you keep on hand for bathroom use. Finding a place to stow items like towels, toiletries, makeup, personal care items, styling products, and healthcare supplies can be difficult if your vanity isn’t specifically designed with storage in mind. Thus, replacing your bathroom sink is a great way to update and maximize your space. Not only does it allow you to choose the sink that perfectly matches your design tastes, it permits you the opportunity to either hide or display bathroom essentials along with it. Check out these five vanity storage options for creating the perfect bathroom retreat that matches your needs, as well as your aesthetics:

Cabinets (with Doors)

Many traditional bathroom vanities are built using basic cabinetry, mounting the sink bowl either underneath or on top of the cabinet surface. The cabinet’s doors conceal the vanity storage area, providing you the perfect place to stash all the items you don’t want to display. Of course, you’ll need to remember that choosing an under-mounted sink vanity will reduce the amount of space within the cabinet; so pick a cabinet with a vessel sink option if you need greater vanity storage volume.

Open Shelves

Open shelving is another vanity storage option. While open shelves won’t necessarily disguise stored items, they can serve as a design feature, especially when pretty wicker baskets or wooden bowls are added to simultaneously hold items and act as a display. In other instances, you can arrange items directly on the shelves (folded towels, for example) to create a clean and minimalistic vignette.


There are multiple types of drawers that can be used in bathroom vanities: simple pull-out drawers; notched drawers; toe-kick drawers; tilt-out trays; double drawers and more. Most drawers are simple, pull-out boxes of various depths in which items can be placed. However, numerous options can make the standard drawer anything but “typical.” Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to have drawers along the bottom of cabinets that can be gently pushed open using the foot or drawers that tilt out (rather than roll out) along the front of the cabinet where false drawers are frequently placed. Both of these drawer types utilize space that might otherwise be wasted, as does the notched drawer, which is designed to slide around protrusions within the vanity itself (such as the sink bowl and pipes) to maximize overall vanity storage. Similarly, double drawers can be used, dividing the depth of the drawer into two spaces so that stored items can be more easily arranged. Whatever the type of drawer used, it’s important to consider adding in organizational compartments that keep items neat and orderly regardless of the type of drawer used!

Pull-Out Shelves

The pull-out shelf, while similar to a normal drawer, is just different enough to warrant its own category. This vanity storage option is part shelf and part drawer, making it truly unique. Pull-out shelves are particularly handy for narrow spaces where nothing else will fit. 


Finally, no matter the vanity you choose, you can always add containers to the countertop as a way to further expand your storage space. Trays, jars, stands and dishes help contain the smaller, loose objects you use everyday, helping your bathroom remain clutter-free and organized!

Want to Learn More?

Picking the right type of vanity storage underscores your home’s overall design while still providing a necessary function. To learn more about these and other vanity storage options and how to choose the one that would work best for your own specific needs, please contact Capital Kitchen and Bath.

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