12 Types of Bathroom Sinks That Give Your Bathroom Flare

12 Types of Bathroom Sinks That Give Your Bathroom Flare

Small Projects and Repairs
By Dikran Seferian November 14, 2022

Imagine going a day without using your bathroom sink. That sounds as impossible as never rinsing your face, brushing your teeth, or washing your hands. The menial tasks we partake in daily that become an automatic part of our routine depend on the bathroom sink more than you think. And while bathroom sinks mainly serve utilitarian purposes, there’s no reason why you can’t add style to the equation. 

The right washbasin can do wonders for your bathroom’s aesthetic. That being said, it’s always a good idea to put some thought into the design and structure of the fixture when choosing one for your bathroom renovation project. And there’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to types of bathroom sinks, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste and preferences. 

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Different Types of Bathroom Sinks

1. Pedestal Sink

Pedestal sinks are among the most common choices for bathrooms, but can still complement your vibe if fit with the proper aesthetic.

Pedestal sinks are among the most common choices for bathrooms, but can still complement your vibe if fit with the proper aesthetic.

A pedestal sink is exactly what the name implies: a sink positioned on a freestanding pedestal. And since the pedestal is mounted on the floor, the unit can be considered a floor-mounted sink. Pedestal sinks are essentially standalone units with all the plumbing concealed in the stand. Although the basin and the pedestal are separate pieces, the two normally appear to be integrated. 

This is one of the bathroom sink types that are relatively easy to install. You can also find them in a variety of materials and designs. One common reservation around pedestal sinks is that they don’t leave much space for storage. However, if you’re going for a minimalistic vibe, this sink is perfect - especially if you implement an all-white aesthetic with little accents such as plants and amber soap dispensers.

2. Vessel Sink

Vessel sinks are available in a variety of chic designs and colors making them versatile for every type of bathroom aesthetic.

Vessel sinks are available in a variety of chic designs and colors making them versatile for every type of bathroom aesthetic.

Vessel sinks look a lot like a bowl or a vessel, which explains why they’re named as such. This bathroom sink style essentially features a basin mounted on top of a platform. In some way, it is a nod to 19th century sink designs that consisted of a bowl and a pitcher of water. 

Unlike undermounts and drop-ins, installing a vessel washbasin doesn’t involve cutting a hole in the countertop to the size of the sink. It only requires securing the fixture on top of the countertop. 

Vessel sinks come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, as well as materials. Depending on the depth of the basin, you can reduce splash by adjusting the position of the bathroom faucet. But all in all, vessel sinks are very stylish and modern and can be a tiny dash of unique flare to add to your bathroom.

3. Console Sink

Unlike pedestal sinks, console sinks are better suited for smaller bathrooms, such as the guest bathroom.

Unlike pedestal sinks, console sinks are better suited for smaller bathrooms, such as the guest bathroom.

Console sinks are among the most stylish sink types for bathrooms. In essence, they are mounted on the wall, but also have two to four legs to hold the basin up. And since the area beneath the basin is empty, the plumbing is usually exposed. The legs are often made of metal, but you can find them in other materials as well. That being said, make sure the legs match the faucet for a more cohesive look. 

In many cases, console sinks feature a towel rack for added convenience. Their versatility makes them a top choice for smaller bathrooms. 

4. Corner Sink

Corner sinks can be ideal for bathrooms where space is an issue.

Corner sinks can be ideal for bathrooms where space is an issue.

The name of this bathroom sink type is a dead giveaway. If a flat wall is already occupied in your bathroom, make use of the corner by mounting a sink. This makes a corner sink a great choice if you want to make the most of the space you have. Consider maximizing convenience by pairing your corner sink with a corner cabinet that features a mirror. 

As for the additional space you get by choosing a corner basin, you can use it for other purposes such as a soaker tub or perhaps a closet. This type of sink is normally wall-mounted, but other options are also available. 

5. Table-top Sink

The sleek shape of table-top sinks makes them a popular option for modern bathrooms.

The sleek shape of table-top sinks makes them a popular option for modern bathrooms.

Also referred to as flat sinks, table-top sinks sit on top of a flat surface. Unlike vessel basins, however, this type of sink for bathrooms normally features a square or rectangular shape. Another major difference would be the flat bottom, although some vessel sinks have flat bottoms. You’ll also find it easier to clean than the lower sides of a curved basin. As for the section beneath the flat surface, it can either be empty or accommodate a storage unit – think, a bathroom vanity

6. Wall-Mounted Sink

Wall-mounted sinks are known and sought after for their incredibly minimalist design.

Wall-mounted sinks are known and sought after for their incredibly minimalist design.

One especially minimalist type of bathroom sink is the wall-mounted variety. It can also be an ideal choice if space happens to be an issue. Wall-mounted sinks consist solely of a basin secured to the wall and with exposed pipework underneath — ideal for industrial interiors. However, it is usually possible to have the plumbing concealed if you prefer a more refined aesthetic. The clear space beneath the sink can be perfect for various accessories such as a wicker basket of toiletries. 

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7. Undermount Sink

Undermmount basins are popular in kitchens and bathrooms alike, and offer a lot of counter space.

Undermmount basins are popular in kitchens and bathrooms alike, and offer a lot of counter space.

An undermount is a type of bathroom sink that is mounted from underneath a countertop. You’ll also find that the rim of the basin sits flush against the solid surface. The installation process can be somewhat tricky. But once installed, the sink appears integrated with the countertop as one single unit — provided that the work is clean and there are no visible edges. 

Undermount basins also give you plenty of room to experiment with various colors and materials. And while they’re the go-to choice for kitchen sinks, undermounts are quite popular in bathrooms as well.

8. Drop-In Sink

As opposed to undermounts which are installed from below, drop-in sinks are fitted from above the countertop.

As opposed to undermounts which are installed from below, drop-in sinks are fitted from above the countertop.

Also known as top-mount or self-rimming sinks, drop-in sinks are fitted from above the countertop – as opposed to undermounts. Drop-ins normally feature a rim that sits on top of the surface, preventing the basin from falling through the cavity. Although the rim mainly serves functional purposes, it also adds a touch of texture and definition to the sink — which can be ideal if it happens to be the same color as the countertop. Much like undermounts, these bathroom sink types are also common in kitchens. 

9. Vanity Sink

Vanity sinks offer ample storage space while offering a classy look at the same time.

Vanity sinks offer ample storage space while offering a classy look at the same time.

Vanity sinks are ones that normally feature cabinets underneath. That being said, vanities actually refer to the entire unit rather than just the sink. The cabinet provides storage space for anything from toiletries to medicine to cosmetic products. While a vanity tends to take up a lot of space, its convenience as a whole unit makes it a viable option for both small and large bathrooms. 

When it comes to the sink, the countertop, and the cabinet below, there are plenty of options in terms of different color combinations and materials. For instance, a porcelain sink can blend nicely into a marble countertop paired with a navy cabinet. And for a little extra touch of flare, install the faucet from the wall as opposed to from the sink.

Unique Bathroom Sink Materials

In terms of structure and design, there are evidently many different types of sinks for restrooms. You’d most commonly find them in porcelain or enamel — which are charming in their own way. However, you can add even more visual interest by opting for a unique material for your bathroom sink. 

10. Stone Sink

Offering durability and instant luxury, stone is a brilliant choice for bathroom sinks.

Offering durability and instant luxury, stone is a brilliant choice for bathroom sinks.

Stone washbasins are most likely the first types of sinks known to humankind. In modern homes, this choice of material can add a touch of luxury to a bathroom. Stone sinks are also proven to be incredibly durable. And while they are prone to staining, a coat of sealant can protect the material. As for the type of stone, you can go with a clean, smooth finish (such as the photo above) or a more raw and rugged type of stone, offering a more natural than polished look.

11. Glass Sink

Besides their aesthetic appeal, glass sinks are proven to be resistant to stains and heat.

Besides their aesthetic appeal, glass sinks are proven to be resistant to stains and heat.

Being non-porous and easy to clean, glass makes for a practical bathroom sink material. It is also known to be stain-resistant as well as heat-resistant. While hard water sediments can build up over time, cleaning them shouldn’t be a problem. Glass sinks are available in opaque, transparent, and translucent forms. You can even find them in various colors. 

12. Concrete Sink

The raw aesthetic of concrete sinks makes them a great choice for industrial style bathrooms

The raw aesthetic of concrete sinks makes them a great choice for industrial style bathrooms

Concrete sinks are known to exude a contemporary, industrial aesthetic. This choice of material is mainly popular for both vessel sinks and integrated designs. You can have it poured into just about any shape. A variety of dyes are also available to choose from. Moreover, concrete is proven to be one of the most impact-resistant sink materials. As with stone, however, concrete tends to be porous and will need to be sealed to prevent stains. 

Whether you’re planning a bathroom remodel or moving into a new house, it’s always a good idea to consider the different types of bathroom sinks you can choose from. It also pays to know how each of these types can serve both form and function. 

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