We’re sure you’ve seen dozens of choices when shopping for a new bathroom sink. However, choosing the right one for your bathroom can be more complicated than it looks. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect bathroom sink for your space.
Size and Shape
Size is a significant factor when choosing a bathroom sink. It must fit nicely into your counter, and it needs to be the right size for the space.
There should be enough room on either side for a freestanding sink to pull out the faucet and drain. If you have more than one fixture in your bathroom, be aware that you need to check if plumbing lines are present in your planned sink location.
If you have a vanity, look at the space between the sink and vanity. Also, ensure enough room for the mirror above the sink.
Take note that an under-mount sink has a flatter bottom, and it will sit lower on your countertop. An under-mount sink may not fit well into a corner or other tight space. Depending on the clearance around its base (a flange), the sink may also need its dedicated spot. Additionally, an under-mount sink can only be installed by cutting a hole in your tile or marble countertop.
Height and Depth
Another important aspect of bathroom sinks is depth and size. In general, most bathroom sinks range from approximately 10 inches to 15 inches deep. However, some other fixtures in your bathroom, like the toilet and tub, may impact the depth you should select.
A sink that’s too deep can give the illusion of making a space seem smaller than it is, plus it may interfere with plumbing lines. To help you decide the correct depth for your bathroom sink, here are a few tips:
Check that there’s enough clearance between your toilet and your sink—at least 6 to 8 inches on either side. If you have a side-by-side tub and toilet, make sure the space around the tub is clear.
Ensure your floor layout is free from obstructions like cabinets or other fixtures. This can significantly change the depth of your sink and how it looks in your bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, it’s better to have enough clearance between both walls and your sink than to go with a deep sink that will take up too much space.
For under-mount sinks, you should also check the depth of your countertop space. This type of sink needs five to seven inches of space on either side.
Colors and Materials
When it comes to picking out the right sink for your bathroom, it’s essential to consider is how it will fit in with the rest of your space. The color and material of the sink play a significant role. The difference between a shiny chrome sink and one with a matte finish can be drastically different, even if both options are the same size and depth.
Here are other factors you should consider:
Color: Some materials have a wide range of colors. There will be differences based on their treatment. There will also be some color variations depending on the manufacturer.
Finish: Your sink may have a variety of different finishes to choose from, such as brushed stainless steel, polished chrome, or satin nickel. You may also choose between different surface textures like bright or matte.
Style: There are generally two types of bathroom sinks: freestanding and under-mount. Choose the design based on how it will sit in your space. For freestanding designs, you typically have a variety of space-saving options:
You must consider the other fixtures in your bathroom layout for under-mount designs and ensure they work with your new sink design. Besides choosing the materials, you can also check out the following styles:
Traditional: This type of design is usually used in kitchens and bathrooms with traditional decor. Traditional sinks are simple and elegant. The legs will rest on the floor or flooring material surrounding the space.
Contemporary: You’ll typically find this design used in modern or contemporary bathrooms. These types of bathrooms often feature floating faucets and modern-looking handles.
Industrial: This type of sink is used primarily in industrial or rustic styles. It has bold, angular lines and features. They’re often made with durable, sturdy materials that can handle a lot of wear and tear.
Shower: This bathroom sink is generally used for combination showers/sinks. The sink will fit on top of a pre-existing shower structure—such as the walls or ceiling.
Choosing the right sink for your bathroom can be a challenging but fun experience. When you pick the right one, your entire bathroom will improve, and you’ll enjoy this space more. If you need a reliable contractor to help you remodel and have the bathroom of your dreams, visit Illume Property Partners today.