How to Shop for Vessel Sinks
Vessel sinks are beautiful and elegant alternatives to traditional sinks. These stylish sinks are often more like a work of art than a simple sink. These free-standing sinks sit directly on a countertop or vanity on which they are mounted. With so many styles, materials and colors to choose from, vessel sinks are leading a trend of breaking traditional design rules. No longer should sinks match the tub and toilet, but rather can stand out and be the focal point of the room.
Consider Before You Buy
Since vessel sinks sit on top of the counter, the counter height must be different than that of traditional counters. To accommodate the sink sitting on top, the counter must be lower. The sink itself should be about 32 to 36 inches above the floor for adults to comfortably wash their hands and brush their teeth. Plan for the vessel sink to be this height and plan the counter accordingly. Many pedestals and vanities are available today at just the right height for vessel sinks. If you are planning to use your existing vanity, just make sure to take measurements and confirm that the sink you are purchasing will fit.
Vessel sinks are available in so many styles that it is a bit overwhelming item to start shopping for. The best place to start is with style. Try sorting by color or material to match your décor and go from there. This is also a fun category to just browse in, because all of the colors and options might inspire you.
Vessel sinks are most appropriate in the bathroom, at a bar or as a produce sink in the kitchen. They are not suitable for the main kitchen sink or somewhere where it is in danger or getting cracked or chipped. The material will have a big impact on the style.
- Glass is the most common and versatile vessel sink material. Styles range from clear glass to hand-blown masterpieces and can feature different textures.
- Stone is a more versatile vessel sink material. Usually, stone sinks are cut from a single block to avoid seams.
- Ceramic sinks are easy to maintain. They can be painted or colored to match almost any décor and can provide a more whimsical design element.
- Stainless steel sinks will match many kitchen appliances, but are more difficult to keep clean.
- Wood sinks are treated with waterproof finishes and are more high maintenance than other materials, but are striking additions to many homes.
- Vessel sinks are also available in a variety of metals, such as copper, brass, bronze and nickel. These can complement different wood finishes, appliances or other details. Copper sinks are also known for their anti-microbial properties.
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Many vessel sinks are round or oval, but vessel sinks come in almost any shape imaginable. No matter which shape you choose, make sure to measure so it will fit in your space.
Vessel sinks require different faucets than traditional sinks. The stream of water should flow in the bottom of the sink. If the flow hits the side, it can cause water to splash out.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to buy a metal vessel sink. What gauge should I get?
As the gauge number increases, the thickness of the metal decreases. If you want a thicker metal, get the 15 gauge. If you want it to be thinner, go with the 19 gauge.
Do I need a special type of faucet for my vessel sink?
The type of faucet you need will depend on the style of vessel sink you purchase.
- A no hole vessel sink will either require you to drill a hole or will require a wall mount or a floor mount faucet. The height will depend on the depth of the vessel.
- A single hole vessel sink will have a pre-drilled hole suitable for a single hole faucet.
- A two hole or a three hole vessel sink will accommodate a two or a three handle faucet, respectively. Product descriptions will let you know what faucet spacing you will need to fit the vessel sink.
When you install a faucet, make sure the stream of water will land in the center of the vessel sink. If it lands on the side, it could lead to excessive splashing.