A bathroom vanity with two sinks is a functional and convenient design element, especially for family members who share the same bathroom. Due to the extended countertop space necessary to accommodate two sinks, there are a few limitations when it comes to the overall bathroom layout. But you can make the most of your double sinks by using the space beneath them for storage.
Double Sinks, Same Countertop
A side-by-side, two-sink vanity design allows both sinks to share the same countertop. The sink bowls are either recessed in the countertop or, for a modern, spalike appeal, rest on top of the countertop. Make sure there is enough space between the sinks so sink users don’t bump elbows. Opt for a straight countertop against the longest wall or an L-shaped countertop if you prefer a sink area in the corner of the bathroom. Place the toilet and shower head on the same wall as the sinks for easy plumbing installation.
Use an architectural feature or self-installed furnishing to separate the sink areas, even though the sinks share the same countertop and plumbing. For example, use a bathroom beam or pillar to divide the two areas so each person has her own private space and separate mirror. Or, install a medicine cabinet or linen shelf on the wall between the two sinks to create some separation. Separate sink areas with a unified countertop are functional because they don’t require additional plumbing, yet they provide a distinct space for each user. This design is beneficial if you have two children who prefer to have their own space. You can even decorate half of the countertop with a masculine, boy-oriented theme and the other half with feminine decor.
Opt for an elongated countertop that covers an entire wall and put a sink at each end. Even though the two sinks share the same countertop, each feels like its own individual washing area. Use the counter space between the two sinks for cosmetics, beauty products, decorative accessories or small beauty appliances, such as a hairdryer or curling iron. Choose a design with a hollow under portion without cabinetry, between the two sinks, if you want a place to pull up a chair and sit while putting on makeup or cosmetics.
Vanity Outside the Bathroom
Some bathrooms have a vanity with a double sink outside the main bathroom space — totally separate from the shower, bathtub and toilet. This design allows more privacy for individuals who need to use the toilet or shower and enables complete access to the sinks at the same time. This layout is also beneficial because sink users don’t have to deal with humidity or odors from the inner bathroom. A double-sink vanity outside the main bathroom area typically has a single, unified countertop and requires its own lighting.