The Problem With Pedestal Sinks
The great problem with pedestal sinks is, obviously, their lack of storage space. One perhaps need not lament that fact to such a great extent were the aforeblogged sink to have been sunk into a guest bath or powder room. In a master bath, the one where the heavy grooming goes down, having a place to put the things is crucial.
I grappled with this dilemma in my own loo, or, more accurately, am coming to terms with-present tense. Should it be that you are similarly suffering the indignity of not having a spot for your Moroccan hair oil, I shall now offer a few possible solutions to the matter of the pedestal sink.
Add A Little Sum’n Else
If square footage abounds, you’re yards deep in the safe zone. Supplement the pedestal’s lack of storage by way of an added vanity, cabinetry, etagere, dresser, slanted ladder thingy, and on. There are a number of shelving options specifically suited for bathrooms if consistency is your key, and if you identify more closely with a one Ralph Lauren then just go ahead and throw an antique chest of drawers in there because screw conformity.
cabinet: (clockwise from top right) BHG, Ralph Lauren via Architectural Digest, unknown, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle, Southern Living, BHG
Ohhhh, so you don’t have any spare floor space of which to speak, negating the above proposition?
That must suck, meaning I’m right there with you! But here’s a secondary solution:
The Sink Skirt
Consider this pseudo cabinetry, where instead of doors you have fabric, free to flap in the breeze.
Sink skirt: (clockwise from top left) Eddie Ross via Lonny, Country Living, Windsor Smith via House Beautiful, BHG, BHG
Admittedly, outfitting your sink, quite literally, in a skirt isn’t for everyone. Take what you will and such. This option, while perhaps possessing a prior record for being prissy, granny, or little house on the prairie, does allow one to utilize the less-than-beautiful storage solutions created specifically for the pedestal sink; I refer here to the unfortunate half-moon shelves that essentially defeat the whole purpose of the pedestal sink’s form in the first place but nonetheless get the job done.
A spacious medicine cabinet may just be the saving grace of a pedestaled sink bathroom.
Image credits: Brooklyn Home Company, Country Living, Emma Reddington via Design Sponge, Kohler
If used for good rather than evil, a medicine cabinet is arguably the most effective and therefore desirable bathroom feature.
If you don’t have a medicine cabinet, surely you must at least have a little above-the-sink ledge, of which you would be wise to take full advantage.
Image credits: Cup of Jo, Selldorf, House Beautiful, Leanne Carter-Taylor & Trent Carter-Brugman via The Design Files
I have not the ledge, nor the medicine cabinet, nor the propensity for furniture clothing. I do, however, have space for a shelving unit perfectly sized for miniature magical creatures, a la the borrowers.
Thusly, I have had to:
Start by installing small floating wall shelves. They should be considered your new best friend. I’m telling you, you will marvel at the wonders a small slab of wood like it’s a gold brick, hammered to a gold pancake, screwed onto your wall.
Image credits: Byron View Farm, HGTV, unknown, BHG, The Order Obsessed
Then keep getting busy with your bathroom, looking for any and all opportunities to inject small doses of storage throughout.
There is hope for you (and me) yet.
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