Sinks

It's easiest to find a small bathroom sink, or lavatory. There is no standard size or shape for a bathroom sink, but wall-hung sinks, corner sinks, and pedestals are good bets when thinking Lilliputian, and they are widely available. But they come with a caution.

Martha Kerr, a certified kitchen and bath designer with Neil Kelly Remodelers in Beaverton, Oregon, specializes in bathroom design. She warns, "The smaller the lav, the more attention you must pay to the location and size of the faucet. It's important to know before you choose a sink whether you can actually get your hands in there for washing!"

Diminutive sinks use the same off-the-shelf fittings as larger models, but Kerr suggests positioning the faucet in the corner as one way to optimize space. Single-control, 4-inch-center and wall-mount fittings are most commonly used with smaller sinks.

The Minette wall-hung lav from American Standard measures 11x16 inches and fits snugly into a corner. Also from American Standard, the Ellisse pedestal lav accommodates a smaller bathroom space with style.

Kohler's Boutique series of sinks, which were actually designed in the 1920s when small sinks were more in style, is still popular today according to Steve Bissell, Kohler's marketing manager for sanitary products. The line features a sink originally designed for Pullman train cars. Kohler's Compass lav is 13½ inches diameter, has no drill holes, and can accommodate a wall-mount or countertop faucet. The Problem-Solver sinks from Bates and Bates are specifically designed for unique situations and have been custom-made as small as 6 inches in diameter. The posh MBO 912 in solid brass is a drop-in model with inside dimensions of 11x14 inches.

Although wall-hung sinks are great for small baths because the open space below helps make the room feel less crowded, there are diminutive vanities for those who want this cabinet's storage advantages. While the standard vanity base measures 18 to 21 inches from front to back, the Eurolav vanity with integral sink top from Strasser is just 13 inches. It is available only in bath showrooms.

In home centers, the most common vanity width is 24 inches, but you can find them as narrow as 18 inches wide and 16 3/8 inches front to back. Of course, a cabinet shop can make custom sizes—but it's not cheap. In either case, you can buy a vanity top with integral sink, have one fabricated, or use a standard countertop with a very small drop-in sink.
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