Your bathroom sink is the most used vessel in the entire bathroom. It is also an integral decorative component of the bathroom, and the bathroom vanity area in particular.
Thankfully, these days the sky is the limit to the type of bathroom sink you can choose – any shape, size, installation type, with colors ranging from classic white to the exotic. Bathroom sink designs range from traditional, transitional to modern/contemporary. The most common bathroom sink material is ceramic/vitreous china. However, you can also get great sinks in a host of other materials, including glass, stainless steel, copper, stone and more.
I want my sink to stand alone
Floor Mount - If you want an independent bathroom sink, not connected to a counter or vanity, browse the selection of floor mount bathroom sinks. The most popular sinks within this category are pedestal sinks, in which the sink basin stands above a narrow stand. Other floor mount sinks – typically premium models – come in stunning shapes in which the sink is roughly the same width from top to bottom.
Wall Mount – The cleanest, sleekest independent bathroom sinks are wall mount sinks, which do not reach the floor. These dainty sinks come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs. They can be placed just about anywhere in your bathroom, while maintaining an open, airy look around the entire area. One cool wall mount bathroom sink option to consider is a corner sink – placed at the intersection of two walls - which is both very impressive and space efficient.
I’m installing my sink on a vanity
Most bathroom sinks are installed on a vanity. Your sink options are dependent upon the vanity you choose, so it’s advisable to bear your bathroom sink preference in mind when choosing a bathroom vanity.
Above Counter - Above counter bathroom sinks refer to sinks where the entire sink surface is above the counter. There are two main categories for this.
In some vanities, the sink – typically rectangular and white – takes up the entire top. There is no separate vanity top. This look comes across as very bright and sleek, and works with vanities in a broad range of sizes. You must coordinate the sink size with the vanity size.
The other installation type for above counter bathroom sinks is where you place the sink atop a vanity top or other counter surface, with room to spare on both sides. This gives the top a richer, more comprehensive look - a combination of a beautiful sink and top that can be decoratively coordinated with perfection. This gives you the most options. The vanity top comes with a predrilled hole for plumbing, instead of a large gap for a sink. You can install a very broad range of sinks, in a variety of sizes, shapes, and designs, on top of that. One popular option that you may want to consider is a vessel sink. These beautiful round sink bowls come in a striking array of materials, colors and design patterns.
However, vessel sinks are typically smaller and more delicate than conventional vitreous china and ceramic. A lot of them are made of stained glass. They may not be your best options for bathroom sinks that will be used heavily, with lots of soap, toothpaste and all.
Drop-In/Undermount - Drop-In bathroom sinks refer to sinks where the bulk of the sink is below the vanity top/counter surface level. The lip surrounding the sink sits above the surface level. This makes the vanity top/sink surface smoother and more practical than with above counter bathroom sinks, yet lets the sink add decorative pizzazz to the vanity top. Semi-Recessed bathroom sinks are a very popular option that combines the best of both worlds. The bulk of the sink is below the vanity top level, but several inches are raised above it.
Undermount bathroom sinks refer to sinks where the entire sink is below the vanity top/counter surface level. This is the sleekest option, as the vanity surface is completely smooth and its design covers the entire surface. Your options in the drop-in/undermount bathroom sink category depend upon what your vanity is outfitted to accommodate. Bear this in mind while choosing a vanity.