Navigating the World of Pedestal Sinks

by Rachel Laurendeau on October 8, 2012

It seems that the options are endless when it comes to choosing plumbing fixtures for home improvements. It can be overwhelming and stressful when trying to navigate through crowded showrooms or when looking at tiny pictures online. Here, we try to help you navigate the world of pedestal sinks.


Before you set your heart on a pedestal sink, talk to your bathroom remodeler to find out if this is even possible in your bathroom.
• If you presently have a built-in vanity, you will have to determine whether or not there is flooring, trim and a finished wall behind the vanity. If not, your bathroom remodeling project may have become much larger and more expensive than you had originally expected.
• Besides the hidden finishes, you will need to ensure that the wall is strong enough to support the weight of the sink’s basin. This may particularly be of issue in older homes with lathe and plaster walls.

When ordering household fixtures online, there is generally no sales person to help inform and direct you making it is easy to miss little details.
• Generally, sinks come pre-drilled for faucets either with a centered single hole, or with a center-set (four-inch) or widespread set (8 or 12-inch). Make sure that you choose the faucet that is compatible with your sink. You don’t want to order a sink and faucet only to realize at the time of installation that they won’t work together.
• Make sure that measurement is for the widest part of the basin, which is not necessarily the top since some models taper out. If the sink will be tightly fitted into a small area, make sure that you leave a little bit of space on either side of the sink and between the sink and wall when measuring.

Where to Use Them
• Pedestal sinks are ideal for small bathrooms or powder rooms with limited floor space or awkward nooks.
• They are also helpful in achieving a vintage or antique style in a bathroom. If you are trying to achieve a vintage-inspired look in a larger bathroom, you could use a pair of pedestal sinks (his and hers) with a cabinet between the two so that the sinks still suit the scale of the bathroom.
• When converting a bathroom to make it wheelchair accessible, it would likely be necessary to take out a vanity and replace it with a pedestal sink so that the person in the wheelchair can roll up to the sink more easily.

Pedestal sinks are a lovely addition to a small or vintage-inspired bathroom. Take your time to find the perfect one to suit your bathroom both in scale and design. You’ll be happy you did.

Resource: Style at Home magazine, September 2012 issue.

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