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Decorate a Matchbox Sized Bathroom with Quality Single Bathroom Vanity

I just love my new Manhattan apartment. A one bedroom cozy nest, perfect for a single woman, with an exquisite view over the neighborhood. Oh, I just feel like Carrie, from Sex and The City.

Remodeling the apartment was an easy task, along with finding some bohemian pastel furniture and a few home accessories just enough cute to call it HOME. However, the bathroom was a mess. I think it was practically unchanged since...the 50’s. Since the bathroom was the size of a matchbox, the logical choice was a single vanity, something to underline my personality, yet not to intimidate a prospect partner ;)

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Since the single vanity will become the central element of my bathroom, I decided to take my time in choosing something unique and stylish for my bathroom. I was mainly interested in three things:

  • Overall design

I’m not much into rustic themes, especially since I live in the Big Apple. I think that a single bathroom vanity featuring a combination of modern and classic, not too abstract though (because I am a practical person) is perfect for people who want to redecorate an apartment bathroom. A classic design is an inspired choice for a long term, especially if at one point you intend to move. Not many buyers would be interested in a kitsch or weirdly abstract bathroom.

  • Cabinet fabric

Cabinet fabrics range from basic MDF, birch or pine. However, if you have expensive tastes, you can find single vanities with oak, maple or Asian hardwood cabinets. Well, if I had such a budget, I wouldn’t live in a small apartment, wouldn’t I?

  • Color and finish

Single vanities come in a number of colors and finishes: wood, glass or metal. I don’t like to see water splashes all over the vanity set, so I usually go with wood, but it must have quality finishes, resistant to water. When it comes to color, the most common are white, black or espresso. I like warm colors, and I love coffee, so here there is only one logical choice: ESPRESSO!

  • Size

Even though my bathroom is not big enough to accommodate a double vanity set, I can always choose one ranging from 12-in to 24-in. Those are the most common sizes for small vanity sets. Depth is also important, and it can vary from 17-in to 24-in.

Personally, I’ve come across this little beauty that fits perfectly my new apartment: The Virtu USA Brentford 36 Single Bathroom Vanity set in espresso.


I went for the artificial white stone countertop and, of course, the espresso cabinet finish. I was pondering between common single vanities with a MDF cabinet, but I finally decided that solid oak would be a wiser investment on a long term. Enough space for my stuff with 2 doweled drawers, and I am all set up for life in the Big City!

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