Brushing your teeth. Washing your hands. Pampering your face. No matter how much time you spend in the bathroom each day, your sink is a central fixture. Not all sinks will match every bathroom, however; when you’re trying to find the perfect fit for your property, considering all of your options can help you choose what’s right for you, your space, and your home.
Vanity Top Sinks
Offering an often significant amount of usable countertop space, vanity sinks are affordable and versatile, coming in numerous sizes, shapes, and materials. Providing you with available space around the sink, vanity top sinks are ideal for bathrooms in need of storage. They can be installed three ways:
- Drop in: sinks that drop in a hole slightly smaller, resting on the countertop by the rim
- Under mount: sinks attached to the counter surface and installed from underneath
- Integral: sinks that are made from the same material as the countertop
A sink with a furniture-looking base, a console sink can provide a stylish alternative to vanity top sinks, offering an airy, open feeling to your bathroom. Often uniquely styled with ornate, high fashion legs, these unique sinks can conserve space while still adding a special something to your home.
When you want to combine form with function, a console with shelving can help you maximize storage, giving you space to stack towels or store beautiful baskets to hide pipes. Versatile, stylish, and sturdy, console sinks can be a great fit in your bathroom, no matter the overall aesthetic.
When you want to save space, a pedestal sink is your best bet. Offering a single basin on a solid stand, pedestal sinks provide the utility you need without taking up too much room. Often offering a vintage, classic, or ornate look, these sinks are both fashionable and functional.
Unfortunately, many pedestal sink models don’t offer much storage, requiring additional solutions to store soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Some models have a deck or a towel rack, so if there’s room in your bathroom for a larger model, the extra space may be worth it.
Above Counter Sinks
Above counter sinks are statement pieces that appear to sit on top of the counter. Available in unique shapes and sizes, as well as chic, sophisticated materials like glass, metal, and wood, above counter sinks add a stylish, sculptural edge to any room.
As these sinks are often higher than standard sinks, they are perfect for adults who would rather not bend. Children and those with disabilities, however, may struggle with the difference in height. In addition, not all vanities can fit around an above counter sink, which may entail a custom job. Faucets can also prove problematic; you may need to order specialty products designed to fit with above counter sinks. Above counter sinks also have more surface area, so cleaning can take a larger time commitment.
Wall Mounted Sinks
Minimalistic and extremely simple, wall mounted sinks attach to the wall directly. These sinks are perfect for families with children and those with disabilities, providing an easy way to navigate a wheelchair or place a step stool in close proximity to the sink. Wall mounted sinks are great for maximizing space as well, exposing more floor area for storage. Most wall mounted sinks are porcelain; any heavier material may require brackets or other tools to ensure proper structural support.
Sinks come in a wide variety of materials, providing a way to customize the look and feel of your bathroom to your unique specifications. With all of the options available, it’s easy to create a unique style based on the aesthetic you have in mind.
- Vitreous China: Strong, durable, and inexpensive, vitreous china is fired porcelain with a tough enamel coating. Better than standard porcelain at resisting spills, spots, and scrapes, this hard-wearing material is perfect for busy families.
- Stone: Stone is durable, heavy, and stylish, offering a unique take on a common bathroom feature. Stone can be smoothed and sculpted, or left rough and natural looking.
- Porcelain-Enamel Cast Iron: A porcelain sink reinforced by cast iron, these sinks are extremely heavy but highly durable. Unlike vitreous china, however, standard porcelain is more prone to chips and cracks.
- Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic: Lightweight and affordable, plastic and acrylic sinks can be strong enough to handle any mess. Unfortunately, fiberglass-reinforced plastic doesn’t resist wear and tear, showing signs of age after years of use.
- Cast Polymer and Cultured Marble, Granite or Onyx: Stylish and unique, these materials look and feel high end. However, they aren’t as sturdy as stone or vitreous china; they may chip, crack, or break over time.
With so many different options, there’s a perfect fit for every homeowner. Whether you’d prefer a stone above counter sink for a sculptural look or are a fan of standard porcelain pedestals, your sink can add depth and style to you bathroom, no matter the model you choose. Discover our differents Styles by MAAX.