Bathroom sinks set a mood and serve a practical purpose at the same time. You can have a stylish, beautiful sink that is also easy to clean and functional to use. All it takes is a little planning and some smart shopping.
Bathroom sinks come in five basic forms:
- Vanity Sinks. A vanity sink is set on top of a bathroom cabinet. It may be part of the countertop or a separate unit. Vanity sinks are popular in master bathrooms because they create maximum storage space when combined with cabinetry.
- Pedestal Sinks. Pedestal sinks are free standing bowls supported by a matching pedestal leg. Very affordable, they fit into half-baths and small spaces easily.
- Console Table Sinks. A console table sink looks like a table with a sink set into the top. Console table sinks provide an airy, open feel and are great for large bathrooms in which space and storage are not big issues.
- Wall-Mounted Sinks. Wall-mounted sinks attach directly to the wall with open space underneath. They are often used in small bathrooms with heavy traffic.
- Vessel Sinks. Vessel sinks are especially popular in upscale bathrooms and luxury construction. A vessel sink is designed to either sit partially inside a bathroom counter or on top of it. Vessel sinks may be made of hand blown glass or copper, and may have artisan touches like mosaic work or etching.
Whether you choose a vanity, pedestal, console table, wall-mounted, or vessel sink will depend on how much space you have, your budget, and your own personal style. A tiny pedestal sink in a big bathroom looks as out of place as heavy cabinetry in a half bath.
Give some thought as well to who will use the bathroom and how often. Heavy traffic makes an easy-clean double sink a good idea (if you have the space). If the bathroom is a small space or you are the only user most of the time, you can safely opt for one of the classier (but pricier) vessel sinks or a single pedestal.
Materials for bathroom sinks are limited only by your imagination and budget, but most people will want to take practicality and maintenance into account as well.
Some of the more popular material choices include:
- Porcelain. Porcelain on steel, cast iron, or some other metal is an economical and easy-to-clean bathroom sink material. Porcelain can chip or stain.
- Synthetics. Synthetic sinks are economical but the quality varies. Low-cost gel-coated polymers crack and stain easily. The higher cost synthetic options are more durable. You can usually sand out any stains or abrasions that do occur.
- Vitreous China. This ceramic material is manufactured in much the same way as china dinnerware, except it is heavier. Ceramic sinks are easy to clean but can crack or break if mishandled or if exposed to extremes in temperature.
- Marble. Expensive and beautiful, marble is available in lots of colors and designs. Marble sink need the support of good cabinetry.
- Glass. Vessel sinks are often made of glass. Beautiful but not the best choice for children or heavily trafficked bathrooms.
- Stainless steel. The look of stainless steel is in bathrooms is popular in ultra-modern industrial décor. Stainless steel is prone to water spots though, and can become scratched or dented. It is makes a lot of noise when water hits it.
- Copper, Pottery, Wood. Vessel sinks often showcase specialty materials like copper, handmade pottery, and even specially treated woods. These high-end materials are best used in adult bathrooms with generous budgets, and may need special care and frequent cleaning.
A trendy bathroom sink can make a plain powder room special. A basic double bowl can become the sturdy backbone of the busiest part of the house. Choose a sink that reflects both your tastes and your needs, and enjoy! Your choices have never been better.
About the Author:
Scott Gray is currently a home owner, handyman enthusiast who enjoys providing tips to consumers and home owners. For more information about do it yourself home improvements, kitchen and copper bathroom sinks be sure to visit everydayhandyman.com.