Updating Your Bathroom Sink

From on December 13, 1901 in Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom sinks, also called lavatories, are available in a galactic range of styles and materials, but be sure to choose one before construction begins, as they require specific placement of supply and drainage lines.

Clay, fireclay and earthenware are all popular types of clay sink, though they can be chipped or broken. Vitreous China is an earthenware product cast and glazed to provide a glossy, durable and stain-resistant surface and glass and crystal sinks are the hottest trend in high-end bathrooms. While glass sinks are a little more durable than you may think, they do break—an exercise of form over function. Glass sinks come in a variety of finishes; if it’s a must-have, then caution would be the advice of the day. Metal is the most durable of the sink materials.


Pedestal sinks feature a basin that rests on a pedestal base to conceal the drain and supply lines. Generally, they are made from vitreous china, but come in porcelain coated steel. They may look good, but offer little counter or storage space.

Vessels are elegant and usually made from spun glass, lead crystal, china, fireclay, earthenware, cast iron or stainless steel. Vessels can rest above the countertop, be wall-mounted or installed in a self-rimming application or under-the-counter. Because they are often fully exposed (and therefore easy to break) it’s not the right sink for a family bathroom.

Wall-mount sinks feature a basin hung from the wall at a desired, functional height. They can be mounted flush, recessed or semi-recessed. They are available in a range of sizes, including small hand sinks, but afford little, if any, storage space.

Self-rimming sinks are the least expensive and most common option. Its edges lap the countertop.

MONEY SAVING TIP: Cultured marble lavatories can be a great budget choice since it is an integrated sink bowl and countertop sold in one easily installed unit.