Space in a powder room is typically at a premium so choosing between a pedestal sink or a vanity might seem like a fairly easy decision. Not so fast. While there is plenty to appreciate about a pedestal sink (smaller footprint), there are also points in favor of a vanity (hello, storage).

Choosing a pedestal over a vanity – especially in a smaller powder room – creates a feeling of airiness that a vanity just can’t deliver. Because a pedestal sink reveals the wall behind it, paint or wall treatments are fully visible, making the bathroom feel bigger.

Another positive for pedestal sinks is that if it’s necessary,¬†choosing one that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act is much easier than finding an ADA-compliant vanity.

No, don’t touch that mouse yet and start clicking the link above. Let’s talk about the advantages of using a vanity in a powder room.

Storage is, by far, the most appealing feature of a vanity. Even pieces with narrow profiles still retain a drawer or cabinet for tissue paper and soap.

Vanities also come in a surprising array of styles and materials, can look like a piece of furniture, like it was built-in or like it’s floating on the wall, giving shoppers the ability to individually customize the look of each bathroom.

So, really, just like every other choice – the faucet, the flooring, the light fixtures – whether to use a pedestal sink or a vanity comes down to how the room is used and what’s really needed.

If storage is near the top of the list, then choose a vanity that’s sized right for the space, but if there are other storage solutions – a medicine cabinet, open shelving above the commode – then a pedestal sink might be the better way to go.