An open-style vanity cabinet offers style and storage when space is limited.

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Q: We are redesigning and remodeling our downstairs half-bath. With limited space to work with, we don’t want to overcrowd the area. One of your past articles spoke about benefits of a pedestal sink in a small space. But, we’re looking for extra storage as well. Any bathroom fixture recommendations for saving space along with storage?

A: Pedestal and wall-hung sinks can open up a smaller bathroom. But, as you mentioned, both styles offer very little storage space. Vanity-type sinks offer great storage areas, but with the closed box design you can lose that open feeling in a small bathroom.

A solution to all these issues can be an open-style vanity cabinet. Open-style vanities use the same style sink top as a regular vanity, but the walls and doors of the cabinet are eliminated, leaving the open framework. This can be a nice place for storing towels and accessories.

So, if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, don’t close the door on installing an open vanity base.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to