How to Choose a Bathroom Sink

The sink sets the tone for the entire bathroom. That’s why we suggest choosing this before anything else. But first, let’s take your lifestyle into account and see how the sink will be used and abused on a daily basis. For family use, consider an undercounter model to free up valuable counter space. For a guest bath, we’re partial to pedestals. No kids allowed? How about a pair of matching above-counter basins perched on their own vanity cabinets? You have many options to choose from.

Here’s what to consider when choosing a new bathroom sink…

What type of sink do you like?

A good choice for powder rooms and guest baths where storage is less important and space is limited. Their sleek, sophisticated lines can visually enlarge a room, while also enhancing its appearance. Pedestal sinks come in a variety of styles and shapes, and also come in Semi Pedestals or Full Pedestals.

Wall mount sinks feature a basin that is hung from the wall at a location and height that you choose. Lately, these sinks have seen a rapid gain in popularity. In part because there are so many attractive and innovative designs available, but also because they’re ideal for universal access applications.

Clean, modern, distinctive. That’s the beauty of undercounter sinks. They free up usable counter space, and since there is no rim to catch debris, they’re also the easiest type of sink to keep clean.

Above Counter/Vessel
Versatile and stylish, above-counter sinks rise above the countertop, console or cabinet to create a dramatic focal point. They are best suited for master baths and powder rooms, especially in contemporary, cosmopolitan homes. Keep in mind that since these sinks sit above the countertop, the countertop should be lower than normal to allow easy access to the sink. Also consider what type of faucet to use with a vessel sink. Tall vessel faucets work well along with wall mounted faucets or extended faucets.

These sinks, also called drop-ins and self-rimming, fit into a variety of countertops. And thanks to their self-rimming nature, they’re the simplest type to install. Countertop sinks are the style most commonly found in high-traffic family bathrooms.

Here’s a smart way to maximize usable space in a small area. Since the basin extends beyond a narrow ledge or vanity, a semi-countertop sink offers you a surprisingly large basin while preserving valuable floor space.

For small bathrooms with an empty corner, corner sinks are a great choice. These sinks save valuable space by fitting directly into a corner.

How big is your bathroom?

Check the exact dimensions of the location for the new sink. Will your new sink fit into an existing cut-out or space?

What type of faucet do you like?

What type of faucet will you choose? Faucets come in all shapes and styles, too. Don’t put a tiny faucet on a big, bold sink, or vice-versa. Make sure the style, such as classic or modern, matches that of the sink. Finally, check that the sink and faucet have matching hole punching, usually center, 4″ or 8″ and are compatible especially when it comes to vessel sinks.

What color matches your bathroom?

When choose color consider the color of other fixtures in your bathroom. Will the colors match or clash? Also for countertop sinks, think about the look you want to create between the color of the countertop and the color of the sink. Do you want them to blend together or be contrasting?

How much storage space do you need?

How much storage space do you need? Make sure the sink option you choose will have enough deck space to place toiletries on. This is especially vital when choosing wall-mount or pedestal sink which do not have a surrounding countertop and provide no additional storage like a vanity.

What style do you like?

American Standard offers a wide range of choices, from contemporary to tradition, in many of today’s most popular colors. Consider choosing a design-matched toilet and a tub or whirlpool to coordinate with your new sink.

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