A sink is a functional requirement for any bathroom, but with more styles, sizes, and materials available, choosing the right sink requires greater consideration than ever before. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting the best sink to suit your bathroom design, including available space, whether you need one sink or two, the type of sink, overall configuration of the sink with the vanity and faucets, and the materials.
The first thing you must do, whether you are planning a full bathroom renovation or just a partial upgrade, is to measure your available space. If you are simply replacing your bathroom sink, then your options may be more limited as your new sink must fit in with the existing configuration, including the vanity and faucets. If you are embarking on a full bathroom remodeling project, then your options are significantly greater, once you know your space limitations and the style you are trying to achieve.
Within your space requirements, you can select from a number of sink styles, each of which has its own installation method. The most common options include console, drop-in, pedestal, undermount, vessel, and wall-mount, along with other less traditional options such as farmhouse and trough-style sinks. Each style gives your bathroom a different look, and each has a unique installation method.
For example, a console sink is essentially a wall-mounted sink that is supported by two legs at the front. The console sink pictured here ideally fits the space and complements the industrial design of this bathroom renovation in New Hope, PA.
A drop-in sink is one of the most common and economical options, as it simply fits into a hole in the vanity cabinet. An undermount sink, though similar in style to the drop-in, tends to be slightly higher in price. It is installed from underneath and sits flush to the surface of the vanity. This can provide a sleeker look for your bathroom and also be easier to keep clean, like the sink pictured here.
Vessel sinks tend to be at the higher end of the price range, but they provide a more distinctive style and are available in a wider range of materials. The vessel sink sits on top of the vanity cabinet, and provides a stylish focal point for your new bathroom design.
The style sink you select will influence the configuration and the materials available for your sink. The configuration includes not only the sink style, but also the installation method and how it matches up to your surrounding area and accessories. Not every sink style works with every vanity, some sinks take up more space, and not all are compatible with every faucet type. All of these issues must be taken into consideration in making your final choices. For example, if you have fallen in love with a beautiful, deep vessel sink, you must ensure your faucets are either wall-mounted above the sink or else are high enough to sit above the top of the bowl. Likewise, faucet handles must be placed so that they are easy to reach around the vessel.
Most sinks come in a range of materials, but some types have a wider range of materials available. Also, some materials are more durable and easier to clean, so you may decide to select a different material for a busy family bathroom sink than you would for a seldom-used powder room or guest bathroom. The most common materials available include porcelain, cast iron, glass, metal, stone, concrete, solid surface, and wood.