Although one bathroom basin is the traditional way of doing things, more people than ever these days are deciding that double vanity units with two basins are the way to go. The “his and hers” bathroom is rapidly becoming a common option, especially for ensuites, and with so many excellent double vanity unit types and sizes to choose from, there’s sure to be one that works in your space.
Double vanity units provide plenty of style, but they’re functional too. They’re ideal for storing away clutter and accessories, so your bathroom looks tidy and clean, while also providing the convenience of an inbuilt basin.
Everything you need to know about Double Vanity Units
What are they?
A double vanity unit is, essentially, the same thing as a standard vanity unit, but with two separate basins.
Are double vanity units worth it?
There is no single answer to this question! After all, it depends on the look that you want to achieve in your bathroom, whether you have enough space for a double unit, and whether you really need one. Usually, people choose double vanity units for their style and to make an eye-catching feature in their bathroom.
However, it’s worth noting that the basins are often smaller than a regular-sized basin, so you’ll have less available washing space. Still, if you have a large bathroom and appreciate the benefit of having your own private basin, a double vanity is an excellent idea.
Do you need 2 wastes for a double vanity unit?
Each of the two integrated basins will have its own drain and trap, however both can be put into the same pipe, so you don’t need to worry about having twice as much pipework to contend with.
How much room do you need?
There are various different double vanity unit sizes varying between 1200mm and 2000mm, so you’ll need to take the time to plan out your room according to the space you have available.
Don’t forget that you’ll also need to consider leaving sufficient space on the wall over the unit to allow for either one large bathroom mirror or two smaller mirrors. Also, you’ll need to take into account that you’ll need to leave sufficient space around the double unit to allow two people to move around comfortably.
What else do I need to consider?
When you’re planning the budget for your bathroom, don’t forget that, even though a double vanity unit itself may not cost a lot more than a single unit, you will need to buy two taps, so don’t forget to add that extra expense into your overall costs.
Also, you should certainly consider choosing a double vanity that comes with two separate drawers and two separate cabinets, as a vanity with just a single long drawer can cause problems if two people want to store their items without getting them mixed up and confused. Separate storage for each person is always the preferable option.
Still not sure what vanity unit style you want? Take a look at our buying guides for wall hung vanity units and floor standing vanity units