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Double Vanities' Double Bottom Line: Enjoy Now, a Good Investment Later

Apr 17, 2020 by Marc Rapport

At some point in your life, you likely had to share a bathroom with someone. Whether that person was a sibling, a roommate, or a significant other, you know the frustration.

And if you still do, while you may never get around having to wait your turn for the shower or the toilet, a double vanity, meaning two sinks instead of one, can save you precious time during your morning routine and help keep the peace in the process.

The pros of adding a double vanity are obvious: more counter space, more storage space, and an additional sink. There's also the benefit of not having to look at someone else's whiskers or discarded toothpaste while brushing your teeth or putting on your makeup in the morning, and can you really put a price tag on that peace of mind?

Some double vanity drawbacks

There are always some drawbacks to be found in any renovation, and this is no exception. To start with, if you're going from a standard single vanity to a double vanity, you'll likely lose some floor and wall space in the process. So measure, mark, and consider before committing.

Another consideration is that if you're going from a single vanity to a double vanity in the same space, meaning the sink will go where you already have counter and cabinet space next to your current sink, you'll lose counter space above because of the second sink and storage space below because of the additional plumbing.

However, if you have plenty of counter space and storage space throughout the bathroom, then a double vanity may be worth the investment.

And while double vanities, and even two separate vanities, are nice to have, there are some attractions to a single-sink setup. For one thing, they require less plumbing and thus can be a place to save some cash during a remodel. Plus, some people might prefer that counter space to the second sink. Same with the storage space below. It's really a matter of taste.

Your own peace of mind and the savings of time and stress in your daily routine may be enough of a return on investment (ROI) for you to consider adding a double vanity to your bathroom; however, if you plan to sell your home soon, then consider whether it's worth investing in a double vanity before putting your house on the market.

Vanities and ROI

Conventional wisdom holds that the best ROI comes from kitchen and bathroom updates. And according to Consumer Reports, minor updates to bathrooms, such as adding a double vanity, putting in new floors, or updating fixtures -- all updates that can cost less than $1,000 each -- can add up to 3% to the sales price.

So if you're looking for a small bathroom project with a big impact, adding a double vanity may be a good place to invest your money. The time and headache saved from not having to share a sink in the morning may be enough justification for many, but the project may also wind up being well worth the investment when selling your house down the road.

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