Thursday, 19 February 2015

How to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink

There is a lot more involved to deciding on the right bathroom sink to fit your needs, than just finding one that goes with your decor. Of course, you will want a sink that fits in with it’s surroundings and a sink can be the focal point of your bathroom. However, before you decide on a sink for your bathroom there are some things to consider.

Choosing the right bathroom sink from the countless assortment of sinks that are available requires a little knowledge of some of the types of sinks that are available. When you have a solid understanding of all your options, you will be able to choose the bathroom sink that fits your needs and one that stands up to years of use.

There are three main areas to take into consideration when choosing a bathroom sink.

  • How you will need to install it
  • The configuration of the faucet and handles
  • The material the sink is made out of

Type Of Installation

Wall mounted sinks are affixed to the wall and work well in small bathrooms, allowing for usable space below the sink. Even if there's only room for a wastebasket, the space that it offers gives the bathroom a larger visual feel. Some wall mounted bath sinks feature a decorative cover that's installed over the plumbing and drain pipe.

Pedestal bathroom sinks are somewhat related to the wall mounted variety in that the sink basin is attached to the wall but rests on a pedestal that supports it from underneath. This is another type of bathroom sink that works well in small spaces since there's no need for a vanity. On the other hand, both pedestal and wall mounted bath sinks don't provide any storage space that you get with bathroom vanities.

Self rimming, top mount and drop-in are different names for the same type of sink. These sinks are placed in a cutout in the vanity top, secured in place by the rim of the sink. A variation of this is the tile-in sink which is a self-rimming sink that's used with a tiled countertop. The tiles usually fit over the sink's rim making a flush surface between the sink and tile.

The console bathroom sink is similar to a wall mounted sink except it's also supported by two "legs" mounted at the front of the sink. This 'two-leg' style is the traditional concept of a console bathroom sink however there are many different styles and variations on this theme.

Undermount bathroom sinks are mounted underneath the counter or vanity top, making for an uninterrupted surface between the vanity top and the sink.


A bathroom sink's configuration refers in part to its installation method which we just described above, but also to how it's designed relative to the faucet it will be mated with.
In other words, your sink's configuration needs to match or be compatible with the type of faucet you currently have (if you're just replacing a sink) or are planning to buy (if you're replacing both the sink and the faucet). A three-hole faucet, meaning one that's made up of a spout and individual handles, requires a sink with three holes.

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