Streamline your bathroom with the addition of a sleek, stylish pedestal sink. For smaller bathrooms that would be crowded or overwhelmed by a vanity, a pedestal sink provides the perfect alternative. With a varied selection of designs, materials and colors from which to choose, you'll be able to infuse style into an existing bathroom or set the tone for a new one. From selecting a bowl and leg to installing your new sink, you'll need to make a few decisions along the way. Consider the following questions to help focus your search and determine what you need in a sink:
• Where will the sink be placed?
• How wide and tall do you want it to be?
• What materials are sinks constructed from? What are the benefits of each?
• What installation considerations should you bear in mind?
• What features would you like to have?
Construction, Material and Installation Considerations
Pedestal sinks can feature contemporary designs with sleek, flowing lines as well as traditional and vintage looks with elegant sculptured patterns. They provide an economical alternative to vanities with incorporated sinks. The bowl and pedestal are generally sold separately, with some manufacturers creating product lines that allow you to mix and match several different options. Remember, however, that not all bowls fit with all bases and vice versa, so you'll need to make sure they fit together before purchasing. Choose a material that will continue to look good for years to come, and make sure you know all the ins and outs of installation before making your selection.
Bowls: Bowls come in a wide variety of sizes. They may be as small as 16" wide and can be as large as 30" or more. Choose a larger bowl if the sink is being installed in a bigger bathroom, and look for one with enough rim space for hair brushes, toothpaste and other hygiene necessities if the room is used frequently. Shapes include round, oval, square and more. Deeper bowls make washing hands easier and prevent water from splashing out. If the bowl isn't very deep, look for a faucet that rises up above the sink to provide extra room.
• Bowls may also be wall-mounted or installed into vanities
• Fluted edges add a unique style element
• Choose a faucet style that complements the bowl
Pedestals: Pedestals allow you to install a sink while minimizing the amount of floor space taken up. As with bowls, pedestals are available in different sizes. The range here, however, is not quite as large. Heights generally range from 28" to 36". Traditional models tend to be around 30" or 32" in height. If you're in particular need of storage but want the look of a pedestal sink, look for a wooden pedestal that has shelves cut into it for storing various bathroom necessities.
• Pedestals must be matched to bowls to ensure proper installation
• Taller people may be more comfortable with heights of 34" or 36"
• Pedestals are available in various widths for different looks and fits
Materials: You'll have a wide selection of materials from which to choose. Consult the chart below to learn more about some of the more commonly used ones.
Points to Consider
|Cast Polymer||Includes cultured marble, cultured granite and cultured onyx. Polyester resin mixed with ground marble and finished with a gel coating.||• Mixes the look of stone with the molding
potential of synthetic materials
• Extremely durable
• Gel coating may crack over time
• May not retain shine
|Composite Materials||Made from acrylic resins and ground minerals. Color is solid through the thickness of the sink.||• Tough and durable
• Available in a range of colors
• Use nonabrasive cleaners to prevent
|Copper/Bronze||Thicker materials will add durability and expense.||• Acquire a warm patina with age
• Use nonabrasive cleaners
|Enameled Cast Iron||Cast iron finished with enamel. Thickness provides a substantive look.||• Easy to clean
• Available in many rich colors
• Heavy−may require extra counter
|Enameled Steel||Made by spraying enamel on die-cast sheet metal and firing at high temperatures. Resembles cast iron.||• Lightweight
• Slim-edge profile
• Susceptible to flexing that can result in
cracks in the finish
• May chip easily
|Glass||Comprised of thick, tempered glass.||• Won't shatter
• May show water spots
• Use nonabrasive cleaners
• Ideal for countertop sinks
|Solid-Surface Materials||Made with acrylic and/or polyester resins and baked into sheets. Resin provides flexibility while polyester provides dramatic coloring.||• Stain-resistant
• Available in a variety of colors
• Withstand heavy use
• Can be used for integral sinks
• Require installation by an authorized
dealer to maintain warranty
|Stainless Steel||Quality varies according to thickness, or gauge, and nickel content. The thicker the gauge and greater the concentration of nickel, the better the quality and higher the expense.||• Durable
• Easy to clean
• Thicker steel (18 gauge) resists water
spots and dents
• Thinner steel is more economical
• Thin steel (22 gauge) may dent more
easily and show scratches more
|Stone||Marble, granite, soapstone and onyx are commonly used. May also be cultured stone, a mixture of crushed stone and plastic resins.||• Highly durable
• Under-mounted and wall-mounted units
may require extra support
• Require periodic resealing
|Vitreous China||A pottery product made of clay fired at high temperatures. Often features a decorative pattern.||• Easy to clean
• Low moisture absorption inhibits mildew
• Resists discoloration and corrosion
• May chip when struck by heavy objects
Installation Considerations: First and foremost, you'll need to determine how much room you have to install your sink and choose an appropriate bowl size accordingly. The sink bowl and pedestal stand are separate units, making them easier to handle. You'll have to place a solid wood block in the wall between the studs to anchor the sink to. A p-trap will need to be installed when you're configuring the plumbing. Its purpose is to seal in odors and sewer gases, preventing them from escaping into the bathroom.
• Faucet holes are predrilled and may be single holes or 4" or 8" center configurations
• Bolts, screws and lags are used to connect the sink to the wall and the pedestal to the floor
• Make sure all of your connections are watertight
Colors: In addition to traditional colors like white and cream, pedestal sinks are available in bolder colors such as balsa, bone, black, almond, oyster and more, making it easy to find one that perfectly suits your existing décor.
Themes: Along with stylish colors, some pedestal sinks offer themed designs such as a nature-inspired motif for a tranquil atmosphere or a contemporary sink featuring more modern elements.
Console Sinks: Console sinks are a stylish cross between a pedestal sink and a vanity. They feature a large basin and two or four table-like legs. Some include storage space for extra utility.
Medicine Cabinets: If you like the look of a stylish pedestal sink but find yourself in need of extra storage space, a medicine cabinet may be the perfect solution. Installing a medicine cabinet with a mirror above the sink will allow you to keep necessary toiletries in a convenient place without having to install a vanity. You can also install shelves or add a storage cart.