Pedestal Sinks

Pedestal sinks are the perfect solution for smaller bathrooms that would be crowded by a traditional vanity

Pedestal Sinks - Buying Guide

A few things to consider when choosing a pedestal sink are where it will be placed, how tall and wide it should be, what material works best for your needs, certain installation considerations, and what features you want.

Tip: The bowl and pedestal are generally sold separately. Some manufacturers create product lines that allow you to mix and match several different options.


  • Bowls com in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
  • If it will be in a bathroom that is used frequently, look for a bowl with enough rim space for hair brushes, toothpaste and other hygiene necessities.
  • Deeper bowls make washing hands easier and prevent water from splashing out.
  • Choose a faucet style that complements the bowl.


Pedestals allow you to install a sink while minimizing the amount of floor space taken up.

  • Pedestals must be matched to bowls to ensure proper installation.
  • Taller people may be more comfortable with heights of 34” or 36”.
  • Available in various widths for different looks and fits.


Consult the chart below for information about some of the more commonly used materials for pedestals.

Material Description 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
  • Expensive
  • Use nonabrasive cleaners to prevent scratches


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
  • Chip-resistant
  • Heavy−may require extra counter support

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


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 quickly


Marble, granite, soapstone and onyx are commonly used. May also be cultured stone, a mixture of crushed stone and plastic resins.

  • Highly durable
  • Heavy
  • 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 growth
  • Resists discoloration and corrosion
  • May chip when struck by heavy objects

Installation Considerations

The first thing to consider is how much room you have to install your sink and what is an appropriate bowl size for the space. The sink bowl and pedestal stand are sold as separate units.

  • You must place a solid wood block in the wall between the studs to anchor the sink.
  • A p-trap should be installed when configuring plumbing to seal in odors and sewer gases. Special decorative p-traps are available to match the finish of faucets.
  • 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.
  • If replacing an existing vanity it may be necessary to adjust the location of water supply vales and the drain assembly.


Colors. Available in traditional and bold colors to easily match your existing décor.

Console Sinks. Cross between a pedestal sink and a vanity that features a large basin and two or four table-like legs. Some include storage space.

Medicine Cabinets. Installing a medicine cabinet with a mirror above the sink allows you to keep necessary toiletries in a convenient place without having to install a vanity.