When remodeling your bathroom, building an addition or updating a new house, you might feel overwhelmed with all of the varieties of bathroom sinks.
This guide outlines types of bathroom sinks to help you make sense of pedestal sinks, wall-mounted sinks and styles that come in a variety of colors, sizes, styles and shapes to match – or help create – your bathroom decor.
The type of bathroom sink you choose often depends on the amount of available space. Be sure to measure before making a choice and confirm that the outside dimensions of your selection will fit comfortably.
Drop-in sinks can be 18 inches from front-to-back and 20 inches from side-to-side. There is significant variation among models, and there is no standard bathroom sink size. A corner sink designed for small bathrooms can measure less than 16 inches across its front.
As with sink sizes, there is no standard bathroom sink height to follow for installation. The height of a bathroom sink can range from 29 inches to 36 inches from the floor. Guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act stipulate a maximum height of 34 inches for wash basins in public areas.
Sink shapes include round, oval, rectangle and even asymmetrical. Some are specially designed to fit into corners while others stand alone on an open wall.
Bathroom Sink Materials
Most shapes, sizes and types of bathroom sinks are available in a variety of materials. The best material for bathroom sinks will depend on your personal preferences.
Bathroom sinks made from clay-based ceramic material such as vitreous china, fireclay and porcelain are common and easy to clean.
Metal sinks, including brass, copper and stainless steel varieties, are durable choices. Brass and copper sinks can be a significant component of the bathroom’s decor and many metal sinks may require special cleaners to prevent scratches.
Enameled cast iron sinks have a substantive look and are available in a variety of rich colors. These types of bathroom sinks are heavy but are made to last a lifetime.
Glass sinks are made from thick tempered glass to resist shattering. They bring a design element to the bathroom but can be prone to showing water spots and usually require nonabrasive cleaners.
Acrylic, composite, resin and solid surface sinks are durable options and easy-to-clean for highly used bathrooms. These sinks can be attractive options, too, with some varieties resembling marble or granite.
Features to Consider
In addition to size, shape and materials, there are other features to consider when searching for a new bathroom sink:
Color: White, beige and copper are among the most popular sink colors, but sinks can come in countless different hues and finishes. Metallic, nickel, blue, green, gray and glass are great options for mixing up the decor in your bathroom.
Faucet hole options: Some sinks do not include a hole for the faucet. Instead, the faucet is installed separately into the vanity. Other options include single hole, centerset and widespread, which will all have different looks and accommodate different bathroom sink faucets. If you’re replacing your existing bathroom sink and keeping the same faucet, make sure it will fit the new sink.
Water conservation: some modern vessel sink and faucet combos have water conservation benefits. The flow rate is controlled for more efficient water use.
Number of sinks: For spacious bathrooms, a double sink vanity is a great option. Many have ample cabinet space for concealed bathroom storage.
There are many different types of bathroom sinks available. Consider the size of your space, your decor preferences and the best material for your lifestyle when making a decision. Ready to start your bathroom updates? Reach out today to learn more about our bathroom installation services. For all DIY projects, The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.