Two Sinks or One? - Koo De Kir
Whenever I work on a bathroom design the first decision we make is: two sinks or one? The decision is rooted in the physical space and how much room the footprint of the bathroom will allow. Not to mention personal habits and needs. I know in my life, two sinks is a relationship saver! When the room is there, I always guide my clients to double up. So what is the rule of thumb? How much space do you need to install double bathroom sinks? In my practice I always say a minimum of 6′ in length total for the vanity so that you each have about 3′ of personal space without elbows attacking each other. If you really have the room, 8′ of vanity space is the ideal for a double sink on one wall. At Koo de Kir we do mostly urban interiors and by default, even in our largest townhouses, we are not dealing with massive bathrooms. There are other ways to give the illusion of more space if you can’t quite steal the 6′-8′ needed. We recently designed a home with a small master bathroom, really small. The clients wanted two sinks but the space we had to work with would have left them with a cramped and non-functioning vanity. We decided to try this gorgeous LaCava sink that is the full width of the vanity and pair it with a low-profile R.W. Atlas faucet from Waterworks. The spacious sink allows for two people to use it at the same time without being completely in each other’s way. No photos yet because the project is just wrapping up, but here’s an elevation drawing showing how we used the space. For a tiny bathroom we got a lot out of it.
Here’s a plan for a bathroom under construction right now. We had approximately 8′-5″ of available wall space — just the perfect amount for a double sink vanity. Can’t wait to share photos of this South End Townhouse soon!