Buying a bathroom sink is not as easy as it sounds. There are several things to consider when looking for the right sink. Finding the sink that is right for you and a price they can afford are things that you need to consider. We will talk about it with the help of our friend, Emily.
Emily decided after years of living in her home, there was time for her to remodel. She began with her bathroom. This was the most outdated room in the house.
She had the old-style bathtub, a small bathroom sink that stood on four metal legs and was very wobbly. Emily also needed to change her floors because the tile was peeling. The first thing she decided to do was choose her bathroom sink.
Where Can I look for Bathroom Sinks?
There are several places that Emily could look to find her new bathroom sink.
One place to check is at a specialty store. At a bathroom appliance specialty store, you’ll find a large assortment of bathroom sinks.
They may be a bit pricey, but you will always find the most high-quality, name-brand sinks. Even if you don’t find something you like on the showroom floor, you can always have something ordered. Most bathroom specialty stores will have a catalog for customers to look through, should they not find something on the showroom floor.
Another place that Emily could look for bathroom sinks is in a hardware store. Usually, one of the larger chain hardware stores will carry a large assortment of bathroom sinks.
Stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s will carry many sinks. You can’t find bathroom sinks at smaller hardware stores, however, the assortment will not be as large.
The reason for this is the larger stores get more customers who were doing remodeling jobs. The small hardware stores don’t get as many customers, and their inventory does not move as fast.
Another place to look for bathroom sinks is on the Internet. Because you can search so many sites in such a short period of time, and because of the home delivery, purchasing a bathroom sink online is the most convenient method. The selection that can be found on the Internet is larger than or you’ll find anywhere.
This is because you can search for several different stores all at once. Each different site will have several bathroom sinks to choose from. If you search 10 sites, and each one has ten bathroom sinks, you can look at 100 bathroom sinks in 15 minutes.
Wherever you choose to purchase your bathroom sink from, be sure that it is the bathroom sink that you really want.
What Are The Bathroom Sink Options?
When Emily was looking for her bathroom sink, there were several different options for her to choose from. The first was the shape of her sink. Bathroom sinks come in many different shapes. There are oval sinks, rounded sinks, and square sinks. You can even find bathroom sinks in the shape of seashells.
After Emily had decided on the shape of her bathroom sink, it is time to decide on the color. There are several pastel colors to choose from. Most people will choose a bathroom sink that is the same color as their bathtub and their toilet.
Once Emily had chosen the color of her bathroom sink, it was time for her to choose in the faucets. This style of a faucet range from simple and traditional, to fancy and classical. You can also choose the color of your faucets. Emily had the option of going with either or silver faucets.
Another option that Emily had to choose from the bathroom sink was vanities. The vanity goes underneath the sink. This will give her the space that she needs to store towels and personal products. There is a very large selection of vanities.
You can choose from different materials the vanities are made out of. There are several different types of wood, plastic, fiberglass. Most vanities have a cabinet with two doors and most also have drawers. You can find these vanities in the same stores you would find your bathroom sinks.
There are several factors that dictate the choice of sink size. A primary consideration would be the bathroom space; the dimensions of the cabinetry and countertops would likewise be of great influence on which bathroom sink to choose or buy.
If the purchase is intended to replace an old sink, appropriate measurements have to be made. The space under the existing sink has to be measured to ensure that there is a 15-inch space allowance from the nearest wall to the centerline of the sink bowl. Another important thing to consider is the amount of additional counter space that one wants in order to meet the individual or family’s lavatory or bathroom needs as well as requirements from expected guests.
If one wants to add style to convenience in bathroom sinks, a pedestal bathroom sink could be the ideal choice. This type of fixture is freestanding with its own base and is best suited as a small bathroom sink. It is a space-saver and just the right size for average everyday needs. However, this sink does not offer storage space under it and one has also to ensure that plumbing items underneath the fixture have the finish matching the style of the pedestal.
The stylish feature of the pedestal could also be had while having a larger counter space. This could be achieved by opting for a console sink. In this style, the sink and countertop are designed as one unit. Console sinks either have two or four legs for support which provide myriads ways to incorporate stylish features in the fixture.
Another stylish choice among bathroom sinks is the above-counter or vessel style fixture. Bathroom vessel sinks are installed on ornate but fashionable stands that come in different shapes and designs. Among the imaginative bathroom fixture that could match vessel style sinks are faucets having long and tall spouts for the bowl.
Wall-mounted taps are best for this sink, but tempered glass faucet stands are likewise ideal. One disadvantage for most vessel type sinks is that no overflow is built into its design, requiring the need for the installation of a grid drain to prevent water from overfilling the bowl.
Bathroom Sink Materials
Materials used for manufacturing bathroom sinks include – enameled cast iron, vitreous china, metal, glass, crystal, stone, and solid–surface resins for a contemporary style. When choosing to buy a new bathroom sink, it is important to make a wise decision so that you get the best out of your money. Enameled cast iron sinks durable while sinks made out of glass and crystal are delicate and are most suitable for bathrooms that are not too often used or for the powder room. Stylish sinks can be installed in the guest baths were making a design and style statement is important.
Types of Bathroom Sinks
There are three important considerations when selecting a bathroom sink – Style, Size, and Material. There are six distinct styles of bathroom sink
- Self–rimming sinks (also called countertop sinks)
- Under counter sinks (also called undermount sinks)
- Pedestal sinks
- Console sinks
- Vessel sinks (also called above counter sinks)
- Wall mount sinks
There are deck–mounted models, which can be set into or on top of a vanity or a freestanding frame. They offer the benefit of storage. On the other hand, with most pedestal and wall–mounted sink styles, you need separate cabinetry for storage.
Integral bowl sinks form part of a countertop. These are available in different colors, price, and materials, including solid surface, fiberglass, concrete, vitreous china, and cast polymer.
Console sinks sit on furniture–style legs and offer a stylish and spacious look. This offers an expanded deck space for sundries. Some bathroom sinks also come with predrilled faucet holes for easy installation.
Installing The Bathroom Sinks
Once Emily had purchased her sink, faucets, and vanity, she was ready to have it installed. There are a few ways that you can have your bathroom sink installed. One way to have your bathroom sink installed is by calling a plumber.
Hiring a plumber does cost money, however, you’ll be sure that the job is done right. If you are confident that you are a good plumber, you can go and try the job yourself. This can be difficult to do as the bathtub and the toilet are all in some way connected.
If you have never done a job such as this or at least seen a job like this, it is not a good idea to attempt this type of job on your own. There are several do it yourself videos or do it yourself books available. If you are confident in your plumbing, skills, you can try to use one of these resources for the installation.
In the end, Emily chose to hire someone who could install her bathroom sink. She chose the bathroom sink that she liked the best. She had it installed by a professional in her bathroom came out looking beautiful.
Cleaning The Bathroom Sink
Cleaning your bathroom sink is very simple. You want to be sure not to use an astringent cleaner. This could scratch the sink. It is better to use a mild, soft cleanser. If your vanity is made of wood, you should use a cleanser for wood products. If it is plastic or fiberglass, an all-purpose cleaner will be fine.