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Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Sink
Shopping for a bathroom sink can be a difficult and time-consuming process. With thousands of options available online and in stores, we find that our customers often have some trouble finding the perfect bathroom sink that works with their bathroom design, lasts a long time and fits their budget. Whether you are shopping for a luxury bathroom sink, a commercial bathroom sink, a powder room sink or any other type of sink, this bathroom sink shopping guide should help you find the perfect bathroom sink.
Step 1: Bathroom Sink Installation Types
When shopping for a bathroom sink, it is important to narrow down your search by determining the installation type of the bathroom sink. The following questions should help you refine and determine the correct type of bathroom sink.
Is the bathroom part of a new construction or are you renovating a bathroom? If the bathroom is a renovation, it is important to consider if there are any limitations that may prevent you from using a certain type of sink. For example, there may be placement restrictions with piping or structure restrictions that prevent you from being able to use a wall mount bathroom sink.
Is the bathroom for residential or commercial purposes? This will help you determine whether the bathroom sink needs to meet any specific criteria or regulations. For instance, you may need an ADA compliant bathroom sink for a public restroom. If you are shopping for a residential project, you may want to consider a higher end, luxury bathroom sink.
If the bathroom is for residential use, will it be for a master bathroom or a guest bathroom? For a master bathroom, you could consider a double bathroom sink or a bathroom counter to accommodate two vessel bathroom sinks. For a powder room or guest bathroom, you may need to consider a small bathroom sink such as a corner sink or small wall mounted or pedestal bathroom sink.
Do you need storage space in the bathroom? If the bathroom needs storage space, you should consider a bathroom vanity with either an integrated basin or possibly a countertop that you can place a vessel bathroom sink on top.
Bathroom Sink Installation Types
Wall Mounted Bathroom Sinks
Wall mount bathroom sinks are perfect for all types of bathroom projects but they are especially great to use in new construction projects, modern bathrooms and in commercial bathrooms. For renovations, it may be costly to add the needed supports in the wall for support if a wall mounted sink was not previously installed, which may create an obstacle or added expense in the project.
Using a wall mount bathroom sink will bring an up-to-date, modern design to your bathroom. Moreover, a wall mounted bathroom sink will create open space underneath the sink that can used for storage or small bathroom toiletries. Floating bathroom sinks come in all different shapes, sizes and finishes. The vast range of possibilities gives you the option of choosing between different types of design oriented models that will bring new life to your bathroom. Some trendy examples are matte black bathroom sinks, ceramic trough bathroom sinks and thin-edge bathroom sinks. Luxury bathroom sinks as well as basic bathroom sinks are starting to incorporate new finishes and modern designs.
Finally wall mounted bathroom sinks are excellent choice and likely the most cost effective choice for commercial projects, restaurants, office bathrooms and all other heavily used bathrooms. These bathrooms can often times require ADA compliant bathroom sinks, a requirement most easily met by a wall mounted bathroom sink. Using a wall mounted bathroom sink in a commercial project will allow you to maximize the space, meet ADA compliant regulations if needed, and design a bathroom that is aesthetically pleasing.
Vessel Bathroom Sinks
Vessel or countertop bathroom sinks are excellent choices when you are seeking to incoporate a designer bathroom sink or a trendy bathroom sink. Vessel bathroom sinks is the area of the bathroom sector that bathroom sink designers are able to use all of their creativity to form true masterpieces by combining unique shapes and angles.
Vessel bathroom sinks do not require much installation but they will need to be installed on a bathroom vanity or a countertop. Combining a vessel sink with a matching bathroom vanity that is both similar in design and works well in size is an important aspect of the design process. Vessel bathroom sinks can be used in pairs to create a beautiful master bathroom or can be used on a small countertop to create a striking guest bathroom.
A few examples of luxury vessel bathroom sinks are crystal bathroom sinks, thin-edge bathroom sinks such as the Cut Collection by WS Bath Collections, and hand-hammered metal sinks.
Undermount Bathroom Sinks
Undermount bathroom sinks are the best type of sink for creating integrated, seamless designs in your bathroom. These basins can be integrated in a bathroom vanity or a custom countertop such as one made of granite or marble, which can be great for keeping the focus on your beautiful new countertop. Undermount bathroom sinks can be very inexpesive which make them great choices for large commercial projects that are on a tight budget. Though many of the luxury bathroom sink manufacturers also produce high-end undermount bathroom sinks such as gold undermount sinks or large trough undermount bathroom sinks.
For commercial projects, several undermount bathroom sinks can be used within one large countertop creating a very modern, minimalist bathroom.
Semi-recessed Bathroom Sinks
Semi-recessed bathroom sinks provide a solution for having a clean, seamless design without the expense of a custom vanity or countertop. A semi-recessed bathroom sink simply sits on top of a counter and hangs of the edge. Depending on your design, you can choose a sink that only slightly hangs off the edge or one that has a great overhang. One of the best benefits of a semi-recessed bathroom sink is that it frees up space on the bathroom counter.
Drop-in Bathroom Sinks
Drop-in bathroom sinks are very similar to undermount bathroom sinks except they have a lip or an edge that hangs above the counter space. For a drop-in bathroom sink, you will need a counter or a bathroom vanity that is designed to fit the drop-in sink. Luxury drop-in bathroom sinks place a strong emphasis on the edges of a drop-in sink often times designing the sink within a beautiful thin edge to seaminglessly match the counter's design.
Pedestal Bathroom Sinks
Pedestal bathroom sinks are the original types of bathroom sinks and accordingly vintage or classical pedestal bathroom sinks are quite common. These sinks are very easy to install and can usually stand on their own, though is recommended to attach the sink to the wall either through mounts or silicon for additional security. Similar to wall mounted bathroom sinks, pedestal bathroom sinks provide additional floor space. Also, since many pedestal bathroom sinks have a very common, simple design they can be inexpensive. Though, there are still many luxury, high-end pedestal bathroom sinks available on the market.
Some of the main benefits of a pedestal bathroom sink is that the pedestal will hide the bathroom plumbing and piping, greatly enhancing the appearance of the bathroom. Pedestal sinks are ideal for small bathrooms, guest bathrooms and any bathroom renovation that is limited in space or cannot accommodate a wall-mount sink or vanity.
Step 2: Choosing the Correct Bathroom Sink Size
After determining the type of bathroom sink that you need, the next step is to determine the size that you need. Measure the bathroom and determine how much space you have for a bathroom sink or bathroom cabinet. Most of our bathroom sink collections are available in several sizes to accommodate for different bathroom sizes and applications. When measuring your bathroom, pay close attention to the other fixtures that you need to include such as a shower, bathtub, bathroom vanities or any other fixture. Also, determine if the bathroom doors or windows may interfere with your design. Lastly, after all the fixtures are installed, you will need to ensure there is sufficient room in the bathroom for a user to be comfortable. Taking your time to measure, plan and design your bathroom will help you create a beautiful, spacious and comfortable bathroom.
A few ideas to keep in mind based on the installation type that you choose:
Wall Mounted Bathrooms are usually offered in multiple sizes; if you need a wall mounted sink to accommodate more than one person, many designs are available with two bowls. Usually double wall mounted bathroom sinks are at least 40” in length. The most common wall mounted sinks are between 20” and 25”, though the exact size will ultimately be based on the bathroom design.
Pedestal bathroom sinks are generally perfect applications for guest bathrooms or powder rooms. They are typically also offered in multiple sizes to accommodate for different bathroom sizes.
Vessel bathroom sinks, as well as drop-in, under mount, and semi-recessed bathroom sinks typically tend to be a little smaller, however, it is important to note that it is common to use two or more bathroom sinks on a counter or bathroom vanity to accommodate your needs.
Step 3: Bathroom Sink Colors and Materials
The color and material of a bathroom sink is typically based primarily on preference and taste. The most common bathroom sinks are in a glossy white color and made of ceramic. However, depending on your design preferences, there are many beautiful sinks offered in various colors and materials such as glass, metal, and solid surface materials. If you are designing a trendy bathroom, we recommend that you explore some of the different colors and finishes that we offer such as a matte black bathroom sink or high-end crystal bathroom sink.