Some Thoughts About Bathroom Sinks

Let’s talk today about 4 types of bathroom sinks: vessel sinks (which sit on top of the countertop — like a bowl or vessel, drop-in sinks that have a rim that sits on top of the countertop but the bowl is beneath the countertop,undermount sinks that are mounted underneat a hole in the countertop, and pedestal sinks.
Vessel Sinks: Both sinks, above, are vessel sinks. I like the flexibility of vessel sinks — they give you the opportunity to have a countertop that’s at desk-top height (or lower) with the sink raised to a higher level so you don’t need to bend as far over to use the sink.  The first rule in choosing fixutres such as bathroom sinks is to think function. As beautiful as it is, the glass sink, above, is really only practical in a powder room — or perhaps a guest room bath where you expect the primary user is a woman. Glass breaks! It chips when hit with a hard or sharp object and it can crack as a result of thermal shock, if for example, a man shaving leaves hot water running on a single spot on the sink for an extended period. Glass sinks also usually don’t have overflow protection. This means if you stopper the sink and leave the water running, it will overflow and cause a flood.The porcelain sink, on the other hand, is quite practical. it’s wide enough and just deep enough to hand-wash delicates. It provides an extended surface that’s raised above the counter-level. While the counter is low enough so that you can use it as a vanity or other functions that you might want at desk-top level. In this case, we were also able to accomodate a narrow vanity area leaving more floor space. The wall-mount faucet works well both visually and practically.
Drop-In Sinks: The sink, above, is a drop-in ceramic sink. The wide oval rim coordinates well with the rim of the oval tub. Additionally, we wanted to use the same large-format limestone tile on the vanity countertop as we did on the floors, shower and tub deck. The rim allows us to do so. It would also allow us to use less costly laminate surfaces.
Undermount Sinks — Undermount sinks – often used in kitchens — are also available for bathrooms. One of the biggest values is the ability to push water or suds off the counter directly into the sink. This is particularly valuable in a kitchen but also helpful in a bath. They also provide a very clean line that works well in modern designs.  They can be porcelain over steel — like the one above — or stainless or other metal or solid surface material.
Pedestal Sinks — They can be modern or traditional in style. They’re particularly useful where you don’t have a lot of room. The pedestal sytle not only has a small footprint but it also helps make a room look larger.
Glass Vessel Sink: Jackie Braitman
Drop-in Sink: Barclay
Undermount Sink: Lacava
Porcelain Pedestal Sink: Home Depot
Granite Pedestal Sink: Stone Forest
Images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build
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3 thoughts on “Some Thoughts About Bathroom Sinks”

  1. The top sink is truly beautiful – a wonderful piece of glass art – but so impractical! Impossible to wash your face – your arms keep hitting the sides and you feel like you have only a cramped space to work in. Same with the second sink, but to a lesser extent – I always end up splashing all over the counter and having to clean that up. I do not care for the vessel sink trend and would rather see a greater selection of large and well-designed pedestals, drop-ins and undermounts when I am shopping for sinks.

  2. I agree that sometimes glass vessel sinks can be impractical. The client actually likes using the top sink but your point is taken. However, in general, I find many clients really like ceramic vessel sinks because they provide 2 useful heights on the vanity. The trend is to raise the height of the countertop to limit the amount of bending over the vanity. By raising the vessel sink above the countertop, the user can have a higher sink while still having a lower countertop that many find more comfortable for applying make-up or other tasks. The second sink in particular is very wide and the homeowner — who wanted to limit the amount of water on the countertop — is very happy with the wide, higher sink because it solves the problem of splashing.

    The great thing about the variety of options available is that we can all find what we want. I’ll do another post in the future showing the wonderful variety of pedestal, drop-in and undermount sinks that are now available.

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