Choosing the right sanitary fittings for your bathroom is crucial, both functionally and aesthetically. However, the variety available in the market, coupled with your unique space and budgetary requirements, makes it all the more difficult to decide on the one. If you’ve begun your renovation or home building process, here’s a comprehensive list of the types of bathroom sinks you can install in your home.
Types of Bathroom Sinks for a Modern Home
There are five major styles of sinks that will look great inside any bathroom, and we’re here to narrow down your choices to help you make the best decision for your interior. The options include:
- Pedestal Sinks
- Vanity Sinks
- Rimmed Sinks
- Hanging Sinks
- Vessel Sinks
We’ll elaborate on the design characteristics of each of these types of bathrooms basins now, so you can make the right choice for your home.
Pedestal sinks are the most common type of bathroom sink used in Pakistan. These freestanding sinks are supported at a height by a small column that rests under the sink. While some may consider them to be slightly old fashioned, they are sturdy and available in a range of designs and colours to suit your needs. Moreover, since they do not require a vanity or a countertop for installation, they are perfect for small bathrooms. Pedestal sinks are generally manufactured using ceramic.
Another popular choice when we consider the styles of sinks available in the market is vanity sinks. These sinks generally take up a lot of space and are found in luxurious and spacious bathrooms. These types of bathroom basins are built into a countertop of granite, marble, wood, or tile and usually offer a storage space beneath the sink in the form of cabinets or shelves. The sinks installed in vanity countertops are also called under-mount sinks because they are installed from below into a gap that’s been left for the sink during the construction process.
A contrast to the above, this bathroom basin is fitted into the countertop from above, which is also why they are called drop-in sinks or top-mount sinks. Since these sinks are added to a gap in the countertop from above, they generally have a rim that lies above the counter, giving it its name. The lip or rim of the sink also helps in keeping the sink in its place and prevents it from sinking below the height of the countertop. The rim is usually rounded and smooth to avoid injuries. This type of bathroom sink is easier to replace in comparison to under-mount or vanity sinks.
Wall-hung or wall-mounted sinks are the most modern variety of bathroom sinks available in Pakistan. Ideal for a sleek and luxurious bathroom where minimalism is required, these sinks are installed flush against the wall, at a convenient height for the user. A hanging sink helps save floor space, as well as wall space, requiring no pedestal or countertop for support. A downside to these sinks is that supply and drainage pipes might be visible underneath the sink if the sink is being installed after the wall has been tiled. Also, you’ll have little-to-no storage capacity with this sink. However, homeowners with a small bathroom should consider this alternative over pedestal sinks.
Sitting atop a countertop, vessel sinks have a separate bowl or vessel on which your faucets will be installed. Also called above-counter installation, this type of bathroom sink is more commonly used in commercial settings, such as restaurants and other public areas. People usually prefer to install two or three vessel sinks over a single countertop for the convenience of users. Vessel sinks are also used in homes but less frequently than the variety of bathroom sinks mentioned above. The vessel in this sink can be made of glass, ceramic, stone, mosaic, crystal, marble, and a range of other hard and durable construction materials.
These are some of the most popular styles of sinks present in the market. The basins are generally made from ceramic, but the sizes and shapes can vary, not just on the space you have available in your bathroom, but also on the design you’ve chosen for your interior.
While you’re renovating your bathroom, you might also want to consider whether you want concealed or exposed plumbing as both options have their own benefits. You should also read our post on some of the most common bathroom design mistakes so you can avoid making a costly blunder during your design process.