Space Savers: Console Sinks & Washstands

Pedestal sinks are timeless, classic and free up a lot of space in a bathroom. The problem with them, however, is that they provide very little counter space and absolutely no storage. For those of us who want the look of a pedestal sink but need more surface area, a console sink or washstand — paired with a separate piece of storage furniture — provides just the right solution.

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Barbara Sallick, founder of Waterworks, about bathroom trends. I told her I was keen on the storage provided by vanity sinks but had hit a wall in my search for a vanity that would suit my 100-year-old home. I just keep returning to the beautiful pedestal and console sinks in the market, which would look so much better in a classic, old-school bathroom. She understood my frustration, noting that most bathroom vanities just "look like someone took the cabinets from the kitchen and put them in the bath."

But, at the same time, Sallick acknowledged that storage space is so important to today's homeowners, myself included. Her solution is to have a larger console sink or washbasin sink with more counter space than provided by a standard pedestal sink. For additional storage, she recommended using furniture in the bathroom. In one of the bathrooms she is currently helping to design, the client will have a large sink flanked by two tall, skinny IKEA cabinets painted gray. The look will still be classic while giving the storage needed in a growing family.

While extra storage is essential these days, Sallick did say that too often people expect to store far too much in their bathrooms. She advises that when planning a new bathroom to "corral the detritus." No one needs 4 cans of shaving cream and 20 lipsticks in their bathroom, she says. Find another place to store these surplus items, toss them or stay away from bulk toiletries shopping sprees! Also, every so often a bathroom medicine supply should be check for expired medications and sunscreens.

FIRST ROW
1. BLP Metal Four Leg Single Washstand from Waterworks, $2,400+.
2. Kohler 3029 Kathryn Fireclay Tabletop Console Sink from Knobs and Hardware, $1,620+.
3. Gramercy Single Washstand with Backsplash from Restoration Hardware, $1,995; Belle Epoque Vitreous China Two Leg Single Console from Waterworks, $2,816.
4. Porcher Petite Sonnet console sink from Knobs and Hardware, $1,178+. This look is very old, dating back to the turn of the last century.
5. Nameeks Art CO0 Ceramica Tecla Condal Washbasin Wall Mount Bathroom Sink from KNobs and Hardware, $595+

SECOND ROW
6. St. Thomas Creations Nouveau Console Lavatory - White With Chrome from Home Depot, $1,443.
7. Sign of the Crab Cast Iron Console Utility from Lowe's, $2,720.
8. Grudtal leg frame from IKEA. Sink basin sold separately.

Images: As credited above.