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The Ultimate Guide for Buying the Right Bathroom Sink

Getting the right bathroom sink for your bathroom remodeling project isn’t an easy task. There are lots of things to consider when finding the perfect sink, including type, shape, size, and much more.

Washing Your Hands

Those who need a little help would be best served by a quick guide that shows them the differences between bathroom sinks so that they can make a decision on their own. For this reason, we’ve created a short walkthrough for beginners who want to do all the research they can before they come to a decision.

Choosing a sink type

Though you may not think about it often, there are actually many different styles you can choose from when it comes to sinks. In many cases, the biggest difference is in the amount of space they take up and how the plumbing is concealed. Below are a few different types of sinks, as well as where they are often found.

Pedestal sinks Perhaps the most traditional looking sinks on this list, pedestal sinks are known for their tall, column-like appearance. It is often built as one structure, with very little room for storage on the sides of the sink. Pedestal sinks will save room in a pinch, and they also hide their own plumbing, making them a longtime favorite of homeowners with small bathrooms.

Under mounted sink Found in homes everywhere, under mounted sinks take up lots of space in the cabinet below, meaning that it’s a sink style that would do better in a guest bathroom or powder room that doesn’t require a lot of extra storage.

Vessel sink A decorative alternative to the traditional sink, vessel sinks sit entirely on the countertop, meaning that you have all the space you need underneath for anything you need. Vessel sinks come in a variety of different styles all on their own, and many contribute heavily to the theme you choose for your design.

Choosing the right material for your sink

Before you determine the right material, you need to figure out how often the bathroom will be used, and by whom. If lots of children will be trafficking the room, it may be best to go for more durable materials. However, if it’s just a few adults and their guests, porcelain or even glass might add some elegance into your design.

Bathroom Countertop

Metal Although metals like stainless steel, copper, and brass are extremely durable, they may require regular cleaning to get rid of water spots. Temperamental metals like copper may even require specific polishes.

Solid surface materials Mimicking high-style materials like granite and marble, most of these are developed to be easy-to-clean as well as highly durable.

Cast iron Although these sinks are tough, coated with enamel, and come in many colors, beware of chipping. Once cast iron chips, it can easily lead to rusting.

Ceramic One of the most beautiful materials on this list, ceramic sinks make an unbeatable impression and set an earthy tone for the room. They are a little more fragile, so take caution before putting it in a bathroom frequented by kids.

Glass Tempered glass that’s processed to make it ultra-durable can make a beautiful alternative to the other options on this list.

Porcelain One of the most common materials for sinks in the U.S., porcelain is durable and resistant to discoloration, corrosion, and rust.

Once you’ve decided on a style, material, and color that suits your design, you can begin to make even more decisions that will complement your new bathroom centerpiece.

Sources -
1 - http://shop.ferguson.com/support/buying-guide-bathroom-sinks
2 - http://www.homedepot.com/c/bathroom_sinks_HT_BG_BA