Small Spaces

A simple (but pricey) way to temporarily boost your bathroom's counter space

By Leigh Kamping-Carder  | January 21, 2015 - 2:59PM

Pedestal sinks are an oft-overlooked scourge of New York rentalstheir lack of counter space and under-sink storage practically guarantees added mess and clutter in your bathroom, not to mention a morning routine of perching toothpaste and face wash tightrope-like along the sink's edge. The Palit, a portable beauty workspace, promises to turn the bowl of the sink into counter space.

The Palit comes with a grooved pad for hot tools like a curling iron or flat iron

Inspired by an artist’s palette, the gizmo contains brush holders, a grooved silicon pad for a curling iron or hair dryer, a flat work surface, and a hole to hang and store it. It’s made of sustainable, anti-microbial bamboo and available in a light or dark brown stain, and the pad, which measures 24 inches wide by 20 inches deep, has a rubber underside to keep it from slipping.

The product comes from NYCVanity, a self-described collective based in New York and Miami Beach. The idea came to space-starved marketing professional and co-founder Brandon Kelly when she noticed the makeup products and hair dryer strewn about her bathroom. “Objects kept falling off of the edge of the sink basin and either into the sink itself or onto the floor," the company's website says.

One big drawback? The Palit costs a whopping $300.

A plastic version of the Palit would be available in black, brown, army green and grey

NYCVanity launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a cheaper version made out of recycled plastic. But it seems unlikely at this point that they'll come up the funds. So far, they’ve raised almost $4,000 of their $15,000 goal, and the campaign expires on Friday. That said, you can buy the bamboo version on Amazon, Houzz, and elsewhere. Or, you know, you could invest in a solid cutting board and keep it near the sink—which is actually not a bad idea for adding surface space to your bathroom.


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