How to Choose the Best Sink for Your Bathroom
2. Mounting Type
• Undermount: Undermount sinks sit under the countertop for a seamless, fresh aesthetic. One of the more popular and common sinks, this mounting style is ideal for busy families as it’s easy to clean. When looking at undermount sinks, it’s essential to assess your countertop material as undermount sinks require a solid surface countertop (like stone) so it can be sealed against moisture.
• Above-Counter or Vessel Sink: Above-Counter and Vessel sinks sit atop the counter to create drama and a focal point in the bathroom. Suitable with most countertop materials, these sink types are versatile and easy to install for a more cost-efficient option. Most Above-Counter sinks like the Studio Wall Mount 22” Bathroom Sink can also be used as a wall-mounted sink for variety and flexibility. However, because these sinks add substantial height, they require homeowners to be mindful of the vanity and console height for comfortable use.
• Wall Mount: Just as the name suggests, Wall-Mounted sinks are mounted directly on to the wall without the need of a vanity or console to support it. By eliminating heavy furniture, these floating sinks help to save space and make the room appear larger with more floor real estate, while also allowing for wheelchair-friendly configurations. However, this open concept provides less storage and counter space.
• Pedestal: A more traditional sink-type, Pedestal sinks are another great option for smaller bathrooms that are limited in space. Using a p-trap that enters the wall just below the sink top, the column-like design conceals pipework for an uncluttered aesthetic and optimizes floor space for efficiency. However, the unique design offers minimal counter space and is more susceptible to water spillage.
3. Design Style and Shape
4. Faucet Configuration
Vessel sinks and undermount sinks likely don’t require pre-drilled holes if the faucet is mounted on the countertop, but they still have their own faucet needs. Vessel sinks for instance are often paired with a high spout faucet, and shallower undermount sinks may need a low-spout faucet to avoid over splash.
Today’s bathroom sinks are now offered in a variety of materials that can make a grand statement in the bathroom, but depending on your lifestyle and plans for the space, certain materials may be better suited for your bathroom than others. Porcelain is the most popular option for bathroom sinks as it is durable and often glazed with a protective coating for quality appearance and easy maintenance.
Metal, cast iron, stone, and glass can all be molded into a basin of varying sizes and shapes, but are more vulnerable and need a higher level of care. Copper sinks for example require a special cleaner and wax, while glass is delicate and easy to crack. If looking at unique material options for your sink, check the installation and maintenance requirements to ensure it’s the best fit for your bathroom.
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