Bathroom Vessel Sinks

Home Vessel Sinks

When youre putting in a bathroom sink, you can consider adding some style by installing a vessel sink. This type of sink comes in various sizes and shapes. They sit on top of the counter instead of being undermounted or flush with it, and this can give your home a more elegant feel.

What are vessel sinks made out of?

Sinks need to be durable and able to withstand daily use in the bathroom. If you drop something in the sink, you want it to be able to resist chipping. Since the vessel is prominently featured in a relatively small room, its important that you find something thats pleasing to your eye. Whatever you choose, a vessel sink can make your bathroom memorable. You can find vessel sinks made out of all the below materials and more:

  • Hand-painted porcelain
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Brushed nickel
  • Carved stone
  • Spun glass
  • Cast iron
  • Wood
  • Copper
  • Marble
What styles are available?

Any strong and sturdy material that can be waterproofed can be made into an attractive vessel sink. Many of the sinks available are either circular or oval-shaped, although some are square or rectangular. You could go for a unique sink by having an artisan hand-paint or hand-carve a bathroom sink. After the bathroom sink has been chosen, you can pick a faucet to match.

Numerous brands make vessels, including the following:

  • VIGO
  • Kraus
  • Kingston Brass
  • Sinkology
  • Glacier Bay
  • MR Direct
How do you install a vessel sink?

Each sink will have its own set of instructions. Be sure to follow any manufacturers directions. Basic instructions for installing vessels in bathrooms are as follows:

  • Do a dry fit and cut the necessary holes for sink drainage and plumbing using a jig saw or a hole saw.
  • Double check that your openings will fit your vessel sink.
  • Apply caulk to the hole openings.
  • Attach the mounting ring, then place the vessel sink into position. Remove excess caulk.
  • Put the sink faucets and drain in their openings. Secure the attachments with a tapered gasket, flat washer, and lock nut.
  • Connect the sink drain to the extension tube, the P-trap, and the branch drain stub-out.
What are other considerations to take into account?
  • Flexibility in decor: One vessel sink in a bathroom can be swapped out for another when youd like to go with a different style. You can update your bathroom while leaving your countertop untouched.
  • Counter space: Because the lip of the sink rises above the countertop, you can use that space to store bathroom items like cosmetics and toiletries.
  • Height: Many vessel sinks are mounted on bathroom vanities that are about 31 inches tall. This is just a bit shorter than standard bathroom vanities because you have to factor in the height of the vessel itself.