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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. At Modo Bath, we created the following guide that we hope will help you choose the perfect bathroom sink.
Step 1: Deciding the installation type of the bathroom sink
The installation type of the bathroom sink can usually be decided based on the following factors:
- Is the bathroom part of a new construction or are you renovating a bathroom?
- Is the bathroom for residential or commercial purposes?
- If the bathroom is for residential use, will it be for a master bathroom or a guest bathroom?
- Do you need storage space in the bathroom?
Based on the answers to the questions above, you should be able to decide from the following installation types:
- New constructions, primarily for guest bathrooms where storage space is not needed.
- Bathroom renovations to replace an existing wall mounted bathroom sink or a renovation of a guest bathroom where the wall already has backing to support a wall mounted sink
- Commercial bathrooms
- ADA Compliant bathrooms
- All bathrooms in the home, especially if storage space is needed. Vessel bathroom sinks will need either a bathroom vanity or wall mounted counter underneath.
- Bathroom renovations to replace an existing vessel bathroom sink. In this case, you would already have a bathroom vanity or countertop and can easily replace the sink.
- Designer commercial bathrooms, such as high-end restaurants, hotels, offices and other commercial bathrooms. Vessel bathroom sinks are available in many different designs and can usually be an important statement piece for any designer bathroom.
- New constructions; under mounted bathroom sinks provide a minimalist and seamless look since they installed inside a cabinet or bathroom vanity. A custom made vanity or cabinet is usually needed for an under mounted sink.
- Commercial bathrooms where many sinks are needed in a bathroom. In this case a large counter can be made to fit multiple units of under mount bathroom sinks
- New constructions; semi-recessed sinks provide a solution for having a clean, seamless design without the expense of a custom vanity or countertop. A standard countertop can be used with most semi-recessed sinks.
- New constructions; similar to under mounted sinks, drop-in or trough sinks will need a custom vanity, cabinet or counter to accommodate the specific size of sink.
- Commercial bathrooms to accommodate several drop-in sinks. Drop-in sinks provide a similar solution to under mounted bathroom sinks.
- Guest bathrooms in both new and existing bathrooms. Pedestal sinks are easy to install, as they do not need any backing in the wall.
Step 2: Size of the bathroom sink
After determining the type of sink that you need, the next step is to know 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 sinks are available in several sizes to accommodate for different bathroom sizes and applications.
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: Color and Material
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.