A Quick Guide to Choosing a Bathroom Sink
For a fixture that only has a single function, there are an awful lot of options to choose from when shopping for a bathroom sink: free-standing sinks, wall-mounted versions, deep basins, shallow ones, modern styles or more traditional looks, and the list goes on. If you're in the process of renovating your bathroom, here's a quick guide to choosing a bathroom sink.
Pedestal sinks. Pedestal sinks are ideal for small bathrooms, since they take up very little floorspace, and they look beautiful when paired with traditional design elements. The one downside to a pedestal sink, however, is that there won't be room for storage underneath it, so be sure you have alternate organization options if you need them; or, reserve this sink style for use in powder rooms instead.
Vessel sinks. Vessel sinks, which are typically installed on top of a counter or vanity, are shaped like deep serving bowls, with the faucet usually extending directly from the wall behind the sink. Vessel sinks can make a bold style statement thanks to a wide variety of material options they're available in, like hammered copper, scalloped porcelain, and frosted or colored glass.
Wall-mounted sinks. A wall-mounted sink is another practical option for a small space since, again, it won't steal any square footage on the floor. Wall-mounted sinks offer little in the way of counter space, but because they don't need legs or a vanity base to hold them up, they allow for extra storage space underneath.
Self-rimming or drop-in sinks. If you're considering installing a vanity in your bathroom, then you'll also want to consider a self-rimming or drop-in sink. These sinks fit into a pre-cut hole in the vanity. A drop-in-sink and vanity combination is ideal for larger spaces and family bathrooms, since they take up more room, but also provide ample amounts of storage space underneath.
Undermount sinks. An undermount sink is very similar to a self-rimming sink, in that it fits into a vanity base, however, undermount sinks are installed from beneath the countertop instead of directly over it. Undermount sinks must be used with strong, solid countertop materials like granite or marble.