Among the many things that can impact the look of your bathroom (such as the type of tiles), the sink also plays a vital role. And while in the past the choice for bathroom sinks was quite limited, nowadays you have the chance to choose from a vast range. However, not all of them can fit perfectly in your bathroom, hence the need to weigh the options carefully.
As the name implies, these sinks are placed underneath the counter and the rim of the sink is fixed to the underside of the countertop instead of sitting on its top. The main reason why so many people are into these sinks is the clean look they create, making the sink less visible. They make cleaning easy since water and spills can be easily wiped directly from the countertop and into the sink. It’s important to know that they need to be installed on a sturdy surface, one that’ll be able to hold it. If you’re planning to invest in an undermount sink, make sure to choose a solid surface like marble, stone, etc.
Above Counter Basin
Also known as top-mount sinks, a basin above counter is ultra-modern, stylish and eye-catching option that can instantly jazz up any bathroom. As the name implies, a sink like this is designed to sit on top of the counter and unlike the undermount models, a basin above counter can sit on top of any countertop material. This is because the cutout is covered by the sink, so there is no risk for the countertop material to be damaged by water.
These sinks are available in tons of colours, shapes and designs, giving you the opportunity to choose the model that can meet your bathroom style. Concrete, marble, glass and fireclay are just some of the materials from which such countertop sink can be made. Since these sinks are placed over the counter, they are more convenient to use mainly because of the height. This can also prevent water from being splashed everywhere, especially when washing the face. Unlike the undermount ones, these are easier to install as they only need a countertop or vanity with a hole in it for the drain. Nothing more than that!
Pedestal sinks are present on the market for quite long. This is a simple sink version which is mounted on the wall and the waste pipe which has to go through the floor. The pedestal on the sink is placed in between the underside of the sink and the floor, hiding the pipe and any pipework. Unlike countertop sinks, these cannot match many bathroom styles, just classic and traditional. The main disadvantage is the lack of storage space underneath and the fact that it’s extremely difficult to clean around. This is because usually there is a gap between the wall and the back of the pedestal.
Integrated Sink & Countertop
A good example of such sinks are the many off-the-shelf vanity cabinets. They feature an all-in-one countertop with a sink that also happens to have storage space underneath. Porcelain and acrylic are among the most commonly used materials. Although these sinks are usually available in standard set sizes, some suppliers might give you the option to custom make one for you.
As the name suggests, these sinks are mounted directly on the wall which eliminates the need for a countertop. These floating sinks look elegant and are great for modern and minimalist bathroom styles. A great thing about them is that they can make a bathroom look bigger because of the free floor space underneath. In order to achieve this clean and minimalist look, the plumbing and the waste pipe need to be installed directly into the wall, otherwise, you’ll have to deal with the ugly pipe and waste look underneath it. Some people don’t like these sinks because there’s no storage space area underneath.
This type is ideal for bathrooms that have limited space. Semi-recessed sinks are great as below the sink there is a cabinet space which you can use for storing some essential cleaning products or towels. When compared to other types, the cabinets of a semi-recessed sink are shallower so they could take up less floor space. The main disadvantage of these sinks is that there is no countertop around and in front of the sink to hold any spilled water. So, you’ll need to get used to splashes and spills, especially if you have smaller children.