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Bathroom Sink Faucets

Bathroom sink faucets including vintage style centerset and widespread faucets, unique bridge faucets and single post lavatory faucets, and antique reproduction basin taps. Complete your faucet installation with coordinating water supply lines and bath accessories.
Widespread Lavatory Faucets
Widespread Lavatory Faucets
Centerset Lavatory Faucets
Centerset Lavatory Faucets
Single Hole Basin Faucets
Single Hole Basin Faucets
Sink Trim
Sink Trim
Bridge Lavatory Faucets
Bridge Lavatory Faucets
Antique Reproduction Basin Faucets
Antique Reproduction Basin Faucets
Lavatory Drains
Lavatory Drains
Sink Hole Covers
Sink Hole Covers
Shutoff Valves
Shutoff Valves
Faucet Handles
Faucet Handles
Faucet Escutcheons
Faucet Escutcheons
Bath Series Accessories
Bath Series Accessories
 

Choosing A Bathroom Sink Faucet

Often one knows the preferred style, or look, of their bathroom faucet before beginning the process of choosing the actual faucet. Finish, height, spout shape, and handle type are some of the main aesthetic qualities that define the look of a bathroom faucet. In a traditional bathroom, the right bathroom faucet is frequently a simple matter of choosing a sink faucet that coordinates well with other décor, bathroom accessories, and tub or shower faucets. Lavatory faucets for traditional themed bathrooms include a wide array of faucet designs with finishes that include classic brass and chrome as well as trendy finish options such as brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze. The options are virtually limitless for traditional baths but lavatory faucets for period baths are more narrowly defined. Choosing the right bathroom sink faucet for a period bath should consider design details appropriate to the era. For example, antique reproduction basin taps in brass or polished nickel are ideal choices for Victorian bathrooms whereas chrome Art Deco style widespread faucets would be appropriate for Art Deco themed bathrooms of the 1920's.

While aesthetics certainly have their place in the faucet decision making process, the critical determinant in choosing a lavatory faucet is compatibility with the bathroom sink. Specifically, the faucet must be designed to install within the number and spacing of the sink’s faucet holes. Bathroom sinks typically have one, two, or three faucet holes. The spacing of holes is commonly referred to as spread. Spread, or centers, is defined as the distance between the center of the far right faucet hole and center of the far left faucet hole. The spread between holes in a sink with more than one faucet hole is usually 4", 8", or 12". Bathroom sink faucets are available to fit all of these common configurations as well as the atypical configurations that can occur with antique sinks. To make choosing a faucet easier, bathroom sink faucets are categorized by their type. Naturally, faucet type is defined by the number of sink holes required by the faucet and the centers necessary to accommodate the faucet.

Widespread Lavatory Faucets

Widespread lavatory faucets have separate hot and cold handles that connect with flex hoses to a centrally located mixing spout. They are sometimes called under mount faucets because the valves are installed under the sink surface. Although they are normally used with sinks that have 8" center faucet holes, their design provides variable centers that allow them to fit sinks that are drilled at nonstandard spreads. The flexible spacing between spout and faucet handles allows for larger and taller spout designs making widespread faucets ideal for large vanity sinks and console sinks.

Centerset Lavatory Faucets

Centerset lavatory faucets and mini-widespread lavatory faucets are designed for sinks with 4" center faucet holes. Centerset faucets combine a spout, valves, and handles in a single body making them ideal for small wall mount sinks and pedestal sinks. Mini-spread lavatory faucets are a smaller version of widespread faucets. The spout, hot handle, and cold handle mount separately like widespread faucets but in a more compact arrangement.

Bridge Lavatory Faucets

Bridge lavatory faucets feature an elevated bridge connecting the hot handle and cold handle to a single central mixing spout. Originally this bridge design represented a technological evolution away from separate hot and cold water taps. Today, however, it is the distinctive vintage look of bridge faucets that is the primary reason for their appeal. Antique style bridge lavatory faucets typically have 8" and 12" centers but adjustable bridge faucets are available for unconventional spreads. Bridge faucets are perfect for sinks with two widespread faucet holes but they can also be paired with a sink hole cover for sinks with three faucet holes.

Antique Reproduction Basin Faucets

Antique reproduction basin faucets are the perfect replacement for worn and tarnished antique faucets as they maintain the authentic look of restored Victorian era sinks. The separate hot and cold water taps means that they require only two faucet holes and that these holes can be drilled at spreads that differ from modern standards. While antique basin faucets may be designed for use with antique bathroom sinks, they can also be installed on modern three-hole bathroom sinks. A sink hole cover or chain stay may be required for 3-hole pedestal sinks.

Single Hole Basin Faucets

Single hole basin faucets install through a single sink hole. Sometimes called single post lavatory faucets, these faucets have a single spout and handles integrated into a post-like faucet body. Compact single hole basin faucets are often required for small wall and corner mount sinks while more elaborate tall-post single hole faucets are ideal for vessel bathroom sinks.

Sink Trim

Sink trim is essential for pedestal sinks and console sinks where the supply lines and p-trap are exposed. Coordinate supply lines, supply line escutcheons, and p-traps in a finish that matches sink faucets and other bathroom accessories for a polished, professionally finished bathroom sink project.

Lavatory Drains

Lavatory drains are included with many new bathroom sink faucets but not all antique reproduction sink faucets include a drain. New lavatory drains can also be used to replace timeworn drains. Pop-up drains, rubber stopper drains, and lift & turn bathroom sink drains are available in a variety of today’s most popular finishes.

Sink Hole Covers

Sink hole covers can be used to conceal extra holes in bathroom sinks. Decorative sink hole covers or rubber stopper chain stays are often paired with faucets that only occupy two holes, such as antique reproduction basin taps and bridge faucets, to cover the third hole found in most new sinks and many antique sinks.

Shutoff Valves

Shutoff valves, also called stops or cutoff valves, simplify installation and maintenance of faucets and toilets. Angle stops for water supplies roughed-in through the wall and straight stops for water supplies roughed-in through the floor are available in a variety of decorative finishes which make them as attractive as they are functional.

Faucet Handles

Faucet handles are generally either lever style or cross style. Faucet handles are not universal however. They fit specific size and shaped faucet stems. Shop 4 Classics offers replacement faucet handles to fit valve stems for Sign of the Crab (Strom Plumbing) lavatory faucets, clawfoot tub & shower faucets, and kitchen faucets.

Faucet Escutcheons

Faucet escutcheons cover the valves for lavatory faucets, tub & shower sets, and kitchen faucets. Like faucet handles, not all faucet escutcheons will fit all faucets. Shop 4 Classics offers replacement faucet escutcheons in assorted styles and finishes for Sign of the Crab (Strom Plumbing) faucets.

Bath Series Accessories

Bath series accessories include a family of matching toilet paper holders, soap dishes, toothbrush holders, towel hooks, towel bars, and towel rings. Many bathroom series include tub and shower faucets and bathroom sink faucets as well as bath accessories. Coordinate all bathroom trim and faucets with matching escutcheons, materials, finish, and details to create a complete look.

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