Vintage pedestal sinks, antique style console bathroom sinks, space saving wall mount sinks, and traditional drop-in bathroom sink inserts. Choose from bathroom sinks constructed of white or bisque colored china as well as rustic hammered copper.
The process of selecting a lavatory sink begins with arriving at the aesthetic and functional criteria that define the perfect sink for your bathroom. Color, shape, and style are examples of common aesthetic selection criteria. Durability, ease of maintenance, and size are among some of the functional criteria that must be considered when selecting the right bathroom sink. The bathroom's overall theme should be considered when deciding on a sink. For example, a classic white china pedestal sink looks right at home in a vintage themed bathroom but may appear out of place in a rustic themed bath. The bathroom setting, or purpose, is a key factor when considering a sink's functional requirements. For example, durability and ease of care may be the overriding criterion when selecting a sink for a teenager's bathroom whereas appearance may be the determinant for a sink in a half-bath near a home's living or entertainment room. Often compromises must be made between how a bathroom sink looks verses how well it meets functional requirements. Keeping this in mind, the guide below discusses the qualities of each Shop 4 Classics bathroom sink category.
Pedestal sinks consist of a wall mounted sink that rests on a pedestal base. The sink's pedestal base provides additional support for the wall mounted basin. The pedestal base also enhances the sink's appearance by creating an elegant profile while covering the sink's drain and water supply plumbing. Pedestal sinks normally have an oval or rectangular bowl and faucet holes designed to accommodate four, eight or twelve inch center lavatory faucets.
The unique appearance of pedestal sinks is often the reason that pedestal sinks are chosen over other forms of bathroom sinks. Antique reproduction pedestal sinks are the fixture of choice for vintage themed bathrooms while traditional and contemporary style pedestal sinks are often chosen to provide a stylish focal point for powder rooms and bathrooms. Space-saving small pedestal sinks and corner pedestal sinks add style without creating tight spaces or adding to the cramped feel of small bathrooms. Regardless of the size or style, most pedestal sinks are constructed of china or similar material.
The attractive design of pedestal sinks does, however, have its functional drawbacks and they may not be right for all bathroom settings. One of the greatest drawbacks of pedestal sinks is that many do not offer much countertop space. The amount of countertop space provided by a sink is particularly important if the sink is a key fixture of one's daily grooming and hygiene routines such as brushing teeth, applying make-up, shaving and drying hair. Pedestal sinks also do not provide storage space for toiletries and, therefore, other convenient storage options for these items should be identified or created before concluding that a pedestal sink is right for master baths and children's bathrooms.
Console lavatory sinks are large wall mounted sinks with attached legs. The legs are more than merely decorative. Console sinks are typically heavier and extend further from the wall than most wall mount sinks and the legs are needed for support. Like pedestal sinks, console sinks usually have oval or rectangular bowls and faucet holes to accommodate four, eight, or twelve inch center lavatory faucets.
The classic look of console lavatory sinks is the primary reason for their appeal. Most vintage style console sinks have elegant white legs that complement the curvaceous profile of the sink's basin. In contrast, console sinks featuring Art Deco or modern styles often have angular basins and metal legs.
To a slightly lesser degree, console sinks have the same functional drawbacks as pedestal sinks. Although more spacious than most pedestal sinks, console sinks also lack storage space and provide limited countertop space. The potential for daily inconveniences resulting from these functional drawbacks should be factored into one's decision making process when considering a console sink for master baths as well as children's bathrooms.
Wall mount sinks are small sinks that mount to the wall without a pedestal or legs to provide additional support. Wall mount sinks are offered in side wall mount sinks and corner wall mount sinks. Wall mount sinks are available with eight inch center faucet holes, four inch center faucet holes, or with a single faucet hole. Due to their size, corner wall mount sinks are often only available with a single faucet hole.
Lack of bathroom space is almost always the deciding factor leading to the purchase of a wall mount sink. Wall mount sinks offer little counter space and provide no hidden storage space for toiletries. However, these drawbacks are overlooked when small wall mount lavatory sinks or corner wall mount lavatory sinks are the only option for small bathrooms.
Drop in sinks are also commonly referred to as rim mount sinks or self rimming sinks because their bowls have a rimmed perimeter that allows them to rest over an opening in a vanity's countertop. Drop in sinks may or may not have faucet holes along their rim depending on their design. When drop in sinks have faucet holes along their rim, they are usually either four or eight centers. As is more often the case, drop in sinks have narrow rims with no faucet holes so that the lavatory faucet can be mounted directly to the countertop.
Drop in lavatory sinks have several advantages over other types of bathroom sinks. Drop in sinks made of vitreous china or porcelain coated cast iron are durable and easy to maintain. Drop in sinks are installed on a vanity cabinet that often offers much more countertop space and storage below the sink.
Copper lavatory sinks are handcrafted from copper and typically finished with a patina that darkens the copper to give it an aged appearance. Copper bathroom sinks are available in undermount, drop-in, and vessel sink configurations. Copper bathroom sinks generally do not have faucet holes. Instead, the lavatory faucet is installed on the counter top or an adjacent wall.
The warm and rustic appearance of hand hammered copper is the key reason why copper bathroom sinks are chosen over similar china or fireclay bathroom sinks. Because they are handcrafted, copper sinks are available in a seemingly endless array of shapes, sizes, and styles. Their patina finish and hand hammered textures ensure that no two copper sinks are exactly alike. Copper sinks are typically complemented with antique copper and oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware and lavatory faucets.
Quality copper sinks are durable but they do require more care than china, fireclay, or porcelain coated cast iron sinks. The patina surface of copper sinks can scratch exposing the brighter copper underneath but scratches will fade over time as the natural patina process darkens the exposed copper. Hard water spots are also more apparent on the darker surfaces of copper sinks compared to glossy white china and porcelain surfaces. Hard water spots can be avoided by simply wiping the copper sink's surface with a damp cloth after use.