Bathroom 101 – Sink Styles

If you've decided to remodel your bathroom, we have all the information for you to do it right, right here! Bathroom 101 is series of articles on bathroom remodeling that deconstructs the essential elements that make up your bathroom. From the tap to the sink to the tub, all you need to know to make an informed decision!

We start with the various and varied styles of sinks available in the market to choose from, which one is perfect for you?


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A pedestal sink

A pedestal sink has the sink bowl on top of a column or pedestal which rests on the floor of the bathroom and may act as a support for the sink. Pedestal sinks are perfect for small bathrooms as they take up very little space. The downside is the lack of counter or storage space on the sink surface and below. Pedestal sinks are best combined with a wall mounted mirror cabinet so your bathroom essentials are easily accessible.


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A console sink, is mounted atop a console table-like top and the space between the table-like legs is used for storage shelves and display space. They are a perfect choice for modern bathrooms, a combination of convenience and interesting decor.

Wall-hung sinks

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A wall mounted sink

These sinks are identical to pedestal inks but without the pedestal that rests on the floor. If you prefer clear floor space this is the option for you especially if your bathroom is small.


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A counter-top sink

A counter-top sink sits entirely on top of your bathroom counter. They are a modern non-traditional choice and spare your counter from being custom cut to fit a sink into it. Counter top sinks are usually shallow so as to not add excess height above the counter level and thus promote ease of use for all members of the family. If you are opting for a counter top style you can consider lowering the height of the bathroom counter to accommodate it. Also, counter top sinks require taller faucets or wall mounted faucets, to compensate for the added height.


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An unusual vessel sink

A vessel sink sits on the counter top, so it is essentially a counter top sink but is differentiated by its design, material, shape, etc. Vessel sinks can make interesting focal points for bathroom decor and are often made of custom painted porcelain, colored glass or precious stone. Vessel sinks are currently in vogue with interior designers as they make a striking statement in the decor of the bathroom.

Integrated sinks

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An integrated sink

As the name implies the sink edge integrates itself into the counter top to present a flat surface, with no jut-out or variation in levels. This kind of sink is mounted level with a counter that is custom cut to its size. Modern day integrated sinks come seamlessly molded into pre-fabricated counter surfaces of varying sizes, essentially as one piece. Integrated sinks have no joints between surfaces making them easy to keep clean.


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A self-rimmimg sink

These are the most commonly used sinks; they have wide edges that rest on the counter top and support the weight of the sink. The bowl of the sink descends below the level of the counter.


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An under-counter sink

This type of sink fits under the bathroom counter. To mount an under-counter sink the counter has to be custom cut to the size of the sink and the edges of the counter are visible even after the sink is installed. Under counter sinks are good choices for counters made of expensive stone that can be polished and finished beautifully. Stone counters will benefit from the surface material of the sink not showing at the counter surface level. 


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A bathroom vanity

A bathroom vanity combines many elements within it like the faucet, sink, storage, a mirror, etc. Essentially a vanity is a combination of these installed into a furniture like design element for your bathroom. Vanities can be custom made to any design or style you require, from the ultra modern to the traditional, take your pick. Vanities can also be wall mounted or rest on the floor. Depending on the space you have in the bathroom, a vanity can be large and luxurious or compactly contemporary and modern.

This list broadly covers a range of sink styles to help you decide on the one for your bathroom.

Ranjita Bhandari

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