If you’ve ever remodelled a master bathroom, I’m sure you’ll know there are many choices when it comes to choosing a sink – built into the counter top, sitting on top of the counter, freestanding pedestals… not to mention the endless material and colour possibilities.
But today I want to talk about possibly the most important choice that you have to make that will determine how to design the rest of your master bathroom (and it should also get you thinking about how YOU use this space).
The most crucial question is:
should you go for one or two sinks in your master bathroom?
There is really no one “best way” to deal with this question and it might seem like it’s not really that important… BUT I am a strong believer in design choices that work for you and aren’t dictated by anyone else (as you’ll be the one living there, not your designer, your friend or your neighbour, not me either!).
That’s why it’s so important that you choose a solution that works best for your daily routine (and it might save you some frustrations and eliminate a few reasons for tensions, which is a great added benefit).
How do you make a choice that works for you?
Well, first of all, talk to your partner (seems kind of obvious, right? but it might be easy to forget when you’re excited and thrilled about being in charge of your bathroom remodel).
I’m sure that he or she will have their input on the topic. And to help you think through what’s best for you and make the right decision, I’ve got a list of points to consider (& discuss together) for you.
WHAT MASTER BATHROOM SINK DO YOU NEED?
A list of questions to discuss with your partner:
- How much room do you have? Is it enough for two sinks? (Or would you prefer to compromise for a shared sink to allow space for a separate tub & a shower?)
- How much counter space do you need? (A single sink might give more space for display of everyday toiletries, but this leads to an entirely different question – do you keep your toiletries on display or are you more of a hide-everything-in-the-cupboards-and-drawers kind-of-person?)
- How much storage space do you need in the cupboards? (Two sinks = double drain pipes = less storage.)
- Are you happy to share a sink for activities like brushing teeth or washing hands? Or do you need more personal space first thing in the morning?
- What is your bathroom routine? Do you get ready at the same time?
- What are your cleaning preferences? (It’s equally important to think about who will clean the sink(s), but also whether on a daily basis you’re both keeping similar standards of cleanliness. Or would one annoy the other by leaving a shared sink in a condition that the other doesn’t like – think hair, toothpaste marks etc.?)
- Can you afford two sinks right now? (Two drains and two basins will cost more.)
- Would a bigger single basin with two separate faucets be a good solution for you?
- Are you of similar height? (If your height differs significantly you might want to consider having two separate sinks installed at different heights. You might think I’m joking, but ask any very tall person how comfortable is it to bend over a teeny-tiny sink. And as I said, think about how YOU use it and what is most comfortable for YOU.)
- Finally, some people might prefer (provided you’ve got the space and funds for it) to install two separate master bathrooms – one for each person. If you like solitude in the morning, have clashing schedules or completely different cleanliness standards, this might just be the solution for you.
Whatever you choose, the configuration should always support your habits and the way you use the bathroom. And most definitely, it shouldn’t be a reason for arguments and frustrations.
What is your preferred bathroom sink arrangement? I’d love to know what you think about it, so make sure you leave a comment below.
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Have a great week,