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How to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink

Bathroom sinks are an essential part of just about any bathroom design and, with the incredibly diverse variety of styles available, it's important to take the time to find the one that will suit the overall feel of the room. If you're renovating an existing bathroom, you may need to make your decision based on the pre-existing plumbing in order to ensure that you stay within your budget.

Bathroom Design

The key to keeping your costs low is to understand which types of sinks will fit into your current configuration. To help you make sure you choose the right one, we've created a short list of the most common sink types below:

Above Counter - Also known as the "self-rimming" or the "top mount" or the "drop in" sink, these sinks are considered the standard in most larger bathrooms. A cutout is made in the vanity itself so that the sink can be secured in place, creating a seamless, clean look. Most of these sinks are interchangeable, as long as you get the right size.

Pedestal - Graceful in appearance, pedestal sinks are supported by a single column that rises from the floor. For most pedestal sinks, the plumbing comes from the floor, or low on the wall behind the pedestal. Often, cabinets or shelves will be added around or above a pedestal sink, since the sink itself offers little space for items.

Wall mounted - As stated in the name, wall mounted sinks are attached to the wall, with plumbing that typically comes from behind the unit, or directly over or under it. In most cases, the area under a wall-mounted sink is empty and available, leaving plenty of room for storage underneath. Wall mounted units work great in small bathroom environments that require more open space, or bathrooms that will be shared by multiple people.

Console - A console bathroom sink uses the same type of plumbing as a wall mounted sink, but it is supported by two or four legs that run underneath the sink basin. The legs often provide additional storage, and the long-standing prevalence of the style has led to many different variations and embellishments throughout the years. Homeowners that want to inspire an antique vibe would do well to consider a console sink.

Under-counter sinks - Although the difference between under-counter sinks and above-counter sinks may seem small, the construction and setup of both are very different. While above-counter sinks rest easily within the cutout of the bathroom counter, under-counter sinks are supported from underneath and held directly under the counter. While this creates an uninterrupted surface between the sink and the counter, it also requires finishing on the inside edge of the cutout hole to ensure that it looks good.

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Vessel - Vessel sinks have been exploding in popularity recently due to their attention grabbing design and old-fashioned charm. Designed to look like a large decorative bowl, bathroom vessel sinks are made out of carved stone or glass, and come hand-painted to complement your existing bathroom décor. Vessels require a tall or wall-mounted plumbing structure for the faucet fixtures, but the alluring look is well worth any change that may be necessary.

Deciding on a Style

Knowing the various types of sinks available on the market will make you better equipped to find exactly what you're looking for when asking bathroom sink companies to check their inventory. If your pre-existing plumbing hasn't already narrowed down your choice, then the options above will give you plenty to think about during the planning process for your renovation.