When it comes to choosing the bathroom sink, there are plenty of options to consider before making your decision. Things like style, price and material are some of the frequent considerations that go into buying a sink. The lifespan of a typical bathroom sink varies based on use and abuse, but a sink normally lasts anywhere from 15 to 20 years, which means that once you’ve decided on a sink, you’ll be stuck with that choice for quite a while. While you don’t want to spend your whole bathroom budget on the new sink, you might also regret too plain of a choice later down the road. There are also stylistic aspects to consider, such as drop-down or vessel, modern or contemporary, stone or porcelain, etc. Your stylistic elements may be partially determined by your price range, as different materials and styles can be pricier than others. So, where do you start? How do you decide on the many different features and go home with the sink that’s best for you?
It may not be the most fun starting point, but it is necessary. Ultimately, your price range will be the ultimate decision maker in your sink type. Once you start shopping for sinks, whether online or in retail stores, you will be tempted by the extensive variety of luxurious and eccentric bathroom sinks but these can range in the thousands of dollars. If you’re looking to make a big statement with your bathroom sink, this may not be a problem, but if you’re hoping to save your budget for a different aspect of the bathroom, you may finish your new bathroom feeling slightly disappointed by the less than all-out sink you ended up with. Have a set budget in mind before you start sink shopping, and don’t allow yourself to even look at sinks outside of your range. This will allow you to walk away with a sink that fits inside of your budget, you’ll know it’s one of the best options you had for the price you needed.
Traditionally, sinks are normally porcelain or ceramic, but the modern and contemporary styles have stepped outside of these boundaries and have created infinitely more choices in sink material. Now, there are stone sinks, glass sinks, copper sinks and more. Sinks can come in different colors and there’s something for everyone. Consider the type of material(s) that you’d like your sink to be made out of and look at the options for that material and your budget. This can weed out some of the time in looking for sinks because you already have your target material in mind and will be only looking for sinks that fit into this category.
Shape isn’t something that we immediately think about when considering new bathroom sink. Oval has been the traditional sink shape for quite some time, but the contemporary sink has taken on a new edge. Many sinks now come in square shapes, curlique spirals, and more. Will your bathroom sink be a more traditional oval shape, or will you step outside the box to experiment with something bolder? The choices are limitless and you might find yourself with a sink you never even knew existed.
Size is another factor to consider when choosing a new bathroom sink. Will your sink fit into a vanity design or stand alone? Will you have a double vanity with two sinks or only a single sink station with a sink that is a bit larger than normal? Or maybe you’re cramped for spaced and you’d be interesting in considering a dual designed toilet-vanity-sink that will save room and allow you to squeeze in other important appliances? Just like the shape, the size of sinks can differ incredibly and it’s up to you to decide which size will work best in your bathroom.
Finally, the element we’ve all been waiting for – style! The style of your sink may be one of the most important features you can choose. Sink styles are vast and numerous and it is important to consider the rest of your bathroom as you choose a sink. Does your bathroom have a rustic feel? Then, a wood or copper vanity might be a great match for style. Does your bathroom have a more modern or contemporary design? Consider a vessel sink made of stone or glass, which can enhance the statement your bathroom is trying to make.
These are some of the key considerations to make when choosing a bathroom sink. Remember, you’ll have to live with the sink for the next few years, and the style you choose now may limit your options if you end up choosing a new sink design later down the road. Take your time finding the right sink for your bathroom and make sure you’ll still be happy with the decision, as with your bathroom, for years to come!