Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pedestal Sinks: Small Profile Sinks that are Big on Style

Pedestal sinks and the iconic clawfoot tub were common fixtures of bathrooms at the beginning of the 1900’s. Like clawfoot tubs, early pedestal sinks were originally constructed of cast iron and had a porcelain exterior but by the 1920’s pedestal sinks were being made of china. In the years that followed, the floor space dedicated to bathrooms grew larger and this made way for the introduction of cabinet style vanity sinks. Consumers preferred the added counter space and storage of cabinet style sinks and soon cabinet style sinks overtook pedestal sinks in popularity. After years of absence, however, pedestal sinks have once again become a popular bathroom fixture. Small size and corner pedestal sinks are stylish choices for small bathrooms and half-bathrooms. The rediscovery of the pedestal sink has not only lead to the reintroduction of vintage Victorian and Art Deco style pedestal sinks but also the introduction of new sleek modern design pedestal sinks. Now that there are so many different styles of pedestal sinks available, finding the right pedestal sink may seem a little overwhelming. However, there are several considerations that will further narrow your search criteria:

Pedestal Sink Size
Your vision of the perfect pedestal sink should be placed within the context of its surroundings. If your bathroom is small, the bowl of the pedestal sink that you select should not be too large as to create tight spaces. There should remain 30" of clearance in front of the sink’s bowl for standard installations and a miniCheck Spellingmum of 15" of clear space from the edges of the sink’s bowl and any sidewall. Conversely, the pedestal sink should not be too small, both in overall height and bowl size, as to appear out of proportion relative to the size of the bathroom.

Available Pedestal Sink Faucet Options
Pedestal sinks do not require a specific type of lavatory faucet. Faucets that are too large or elaborate may look inappropriate atop the slim profile of a pedestal sink. The reach of the faucet’s spout should not extend too far into the often smaller bowl sizes of pedestal sinks. The same general technical rules of matching the configuration of your faucet to the configuration of your sink also apply. Specifically, the faucet and sink’s centers must match. A sink’s centers is the distance between the center of its leftmost and rightmost faucet holes. This measurement is also known as its spread or center-to-center distance. Faucets are designed to accommodate one or more of the common center-to-center distances. A sink's centers becomes a limiting factor in your pedestal sink search if you already have a faucet or at least have your heart set on a particular faucet.

Configuration of Water Supply Lines
Many prefer the aesthetics of having visible water supply lines extending below the pedestal sink's bowl. For this type of installation, stylish sink trim kits are used to match this plumbing to the finish of the sink’s faucet. In addition to asthetics, exposed supply lines also allow the addition of shutoff valves to be installed in easily accessible locations. Straight supply lines can be used if the pedestal sink’s centers line up with its water supply rough-ins. The ability to use straight supply lines not only creates a clean symmetrical look but also can make for a simpler installation.

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