Organize Your Grooming Space
If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, it pays to really think about the space you’ll use the most: The vanity, sink and mirror area. Making this “grooming station” as efficient as possible, with a place for everything and everything in its place, has the potential to get you organized once and for all. It can speed up your morning routine and make it easier to wind down and relax in the evening.
The more subtle, yet no less important, benefits? The potential to relieve and unclutter your mind, offering a more positive start to the day—and maybe even a better night’s sleep.
Your first step in thinking about the perfect grooming space is the focal point, the vanity. This is where the action is—not to mention all your stuff.
If you’re working with a shared space, like a master bathroom, you’ll want to consider creating two separate grooming areas. While we’re not claiming it’s a silver bullet for harmonious cohabitation, this configuration does offer the most flexibility and can go a long way toward easing the typical tensions of sharing a space.
Your vanity will need to be at least 60” to accommodate two sinks. Or, you can pair two smaller vanities side by side, creating spaces that address each user’s needs. Consider placing a lap drawer or two-drawer bridge between two vanities for a custom configuration that provides extra workspace and storage.
If you don’t have space for a double vanity, you can still build a high level of function into your grooming space with petite vanities as small as 23 inches.
If you’re planning to replace your flooring, consider a furniture-leg style vanity—they’re a little more elegant in design and can make the room look a little more spacious. Or, consider a wall-mount vanity for a clean, modern look and easy cleaning underneath.
If you’re just replacing the vanity and keeping the existing floor, a toe-kick option is your best bet, because the vanity base goes all the way to the floor.
If you’re placing your vanity in a corner, you can give your space a custom look by adding small details like a side splash for your vanity top and a filler strip to bridge the gap between the vanity and the wall.
Storage is key
Getting all of those jars, bottles and boxes off your countertops is key to getting your bathroom de-cluttered and better organized. But you’ll want to have those important items close by, at your fingertips, so your morning routine goes smoothly. That’s why the most efficient vanities include the following features:
- Convenient in-drawer storage designed specifically for makeup and shaving accessories.
- In-door storage, including adjustable shelves and rollout shelves, drawers, and appliance trays to keep everyday items organized and within easy reach.
- Electrical outlets mounted to the inside of the cabinet or a built-in electrical strip so you can store hot items out of sight without having to wait for them to cool. They can also keep electric toothbrushes off the counter until you’re ready to use them.
- Stackable storage and drawer dividers that can make your space work perfectly for you.
There’s a reason medicine cabinets have been a mainstay in bathrooms for decades: It’s convenient to have items you use every day—like medication, eye drops, and other personal-care items—handy and at eye-level. But medicine cabinets have definitely evolved. Here are some cool new features to consider:
- Medicine cabinets with a triple-mirror design—with mirrors on the front and back of the cabinet and the inside–allow you to see the sides and back of your head with ease. They’re also more convenient, allowing you simultaneous access to a mirror and the cabinet’s contents, so you open and close the cabinet only once while you groom.
- Separate locking compartments for privacy and to keep prescription mediciations out of reach of children.
- A sliding magnifying mirror that adjusts to your height and keeps your hands free.
- Adjustable shelves for easier organization. Glass shelves can make it easier to find what you need.
- Medicine cabinets that are configured to open either from left or right for even greater convenience, which comes in handy in small bathrooms where space is tight.
Shine a light
Good lighting is definitely important for an efficient grooming space. But brightness is only one aspect of it. To avoid uneven illumination and unflattering shadows, make sure you have multiple light sources installed at different angles.
Use a combination of ambient and task lighting to help achieve a balanced light intensity. Select bulbs that emanate soft light from the middle of the color spectrum, so you can correctly judge skin tone and colors.
Express your style
Along with practical matters like getting organized, you’ll also want to think about how your vanity will coordinate with the style, colors and finishes you’re envisioning for your bathroom, and what type of sink you’d like to integrate with it.