Cost Advantages of Pedestal Sinks in Baths

People love vanities because the hold a ton of stuff both inside the vanity and the countertops that tend to just get crowded with crap. Totally guilty here. Our master bath vanity’s drawers are filled and the sink bases are filled with stuff too. The top also has too much stuff on the top. The thing about vanities is that they hold a lot of stuff, but they also cost more. You have to buy the cabinetry, the top and the sink(s). Which can quickly add up.

Baths that are for guest rooms, basement baths, and powder rooms are good rooms that may benefit from a pedestal type sink instead of a vanity. Also, homes that are primary second use or short term rental homes pedestals could be even used more. There are a lot of good options out there that look great and offer a clean uncluttered look. Vanities seem to invite clutter.

SIGNATURE HARDWARE offers some classic pedestal sinks that would work well in any type of bathroom style. I think it is best to have bathrooms that lean towards classic/transitional design that will stand the test of time. Bathrooms are really costly rooms - if the core elements are classic, then walls can morph over time, hardware, mirrors and light fixtures can off updates without tearing out the really expensive parts.


SIGNATURE HARDWARE OLNEY PORCELAIN CONSOLE SINK WITH BRASS STAND

SIGNATURE HARDWARE OLNEY PORCELAIN CONSOLE SINK WITH BRASS STAND



SIGNATURE HARDWARE CARDEN PORCELAIN PEDESTAL SINK

SIGNATURE HARDWARE CARDEN PORCELAIN PEDESTAL SINK

SIGNATURE HARDWARE CIERRA CONSOLE SINK WITH BRASS STAND

SIGNATURE HARDWARE CIERRA CONSOLE SINK WITH BRASS STAND

SIGNATURE HARDWARE 48" STONE TROUGH CONSOLE SINK

SIGNATURE HARDWARE 48" STONE TROUGH CONSOLE SINK

SIGNATURE HARDWARE 41" JANSON PORCELAIN CONSOLE SINK

SIGNATURE HARDWARE 41" JANSON PORCELAIN CONSOLE SINK

Rethinking the DOUBLE SINK BOWL 5' Vanity

So you decided that you are going to redo your bathroom(s), you really want the double bowl sink feature.   2 sinks are great right?   More is always better?  Everyone wants 2 sinks! .....   I really have been changing my mind on this herd mentality of the double bowl sink vanity.   I hate my double bowl sinks in my master bath and my hall bath.  I have determined that very little time is actually used at the sink itself.   Really how long does it take to brush your teeth or wash your face?  I estimate brushing your teeth takes 30-60 seconds and washing your face 30-60 seconds - maybe more, but really not much more if you are focused.   Hand washing - once again not a long task...  Men shaving would be a longer task - need to determine how long.  On the other hand, I spend a lot of time in the bathroom getting ready especially with a 2 year old.   There is not a lot of counter space on the top and what is there is a cluttered nightmare.  I do have more on the top now because of the need to try to keep stuff away from the 2 year old - which will change.  I WANT DRAWERS and MORE DRAWERS.  I want the clutter to go away.    

If I was redoing my baths, I would not do double sinks.   Just because everyone does it, does not mean that it is the best solution.  The one caveat of this is if the bath is large enough for 2 separate sink vanity areas or if you have more than 72" to work with.

THOUGHTS on the SINGLE BOWL 5' VANITY

SAVE MONEY on PLUMBING FIXTURES or UPGRADE THEM:  You can save money on plumbing labor and plumbing fixtures by doing just one sink.  You could take the money you are saving by upgrading the fixtures themselves.  A typical sink bowl for a vanity costs between $75-$300 (you can spend less or more).   Nice quality faucets start in the $200 range and can easily be $500 or more depending on quality and finishes.

INCREASE STORAGE AND COUNTER SPACE: I designed 3 different examples of 5' vanities with a single sink.   The theme - drawer storage is king.    In addition you will gain 21" of counter space - awe the thought of more flat counter space to spread out the goodies and then have a place for them to go!    

CENTERED SINGLE SINK 5' Vanity with 8 DRAWERS:  This would enable 2 people or more to really organize toiletries, makeup, hair tools, etc.   

CENTERED SINGLE SINK 5' Vanity with 8 DRAWERS:  This would enable 2 people or more to really organize toiletries, makeup, hair tools, etc.

CENTERED SINGLE SINK 5' Vanity with 8 DRAWERS:  This would enable 2 people or more to really organize toiletries, makeup, hair tools, etc.

This is another take on the single bowl vanity.  the drawers are deeper on the sides, but i added the drawer below the sink - this requires plumbing to come out of the wall above the higher vanity floor - requires plumbing rough planning.

This is another take on the single bowl vanity.  the drawers are deeper on the sides, but i added the drawer below the sink - this requires plumbing to come out of the wall above the higher vanity floor - requires plumbing rough planning.

Sink off center allows for around 40" of straight counter top.   The large drawers could have dividers in them to organize hair tools, toiletries, etc.  I think this would be great for a kids bath too - you could use the countertop as a diaper changing station . 

Sink off center allows for around 40" of straight counter top.   The large drawers could have dividers in them to organize hair tools, toiletries, etc.  I think this would be great for a kids bath too - you could use the countertop as a diaper changing station . 

The single bowl vanity may not be the perfect solution for everyone, but it may make you think about it before automatically designing a bath around one.  In smaller to medium sized homes storage is a premium and simply doing a 5' vanity with one sink can add a lot of storage.