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Mistakes Everyone Makes When Buying A New Pedestal Sink

House Digest 6/13/2022 Darby Stark
bathroom with white pedestal sink © Hendrickson Photography/Shutterstock bathroom with white pedestal sink

When remodeling a small bathroom, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is storage space. If your bathroom is used often, you'll need cabinets or other areas of storage to keep your bathroom clean. Storage may not be an issue if your bathroom isn't used often. The second is your budget. The cost for a small, budget-friendly remodel is around $2,500, while the typical average is closer to $10,000, per Forbes. However, if you feel confident doing some of the work yourself, you could easily save some money. Finally, think about the design of the sink. Though you may have limited space, there are a number of ways to keep your small bathroom functional without minimizing the importance of design.

One of the ways you could upgrade your small bathroom is by replacing the vanity with a pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks are great for vintage design lovers, but they can also look modern and sleek. They're perfect for half baths that don't need storage. However, they can be more expensive than vanity sinks, per Fixr. But if you love the look of a pedestal sink, you could install it yourself to save money. If you do choose a pedestal sink, there are a few things to consider when it comes to design and installation.

Mistakes When Choosing The Right Design

white pedestal sink © Barbara Kennedy/Shutterstock white pedestal sink

Because pedestal sinks come in countless design options, choosing the right one for you can feel daunting. When choosing your sink, there are a few things to consider so you don't make any design mistakes. According to EPS Hawaii, make sure your faucet and sink can be installed together. Most pedestal sinks have two faucet holes, each four inches apart. However, some models only have one hole, or the distance between the holes is longer. The faucet you choose should be able to be installed onto your sink. 

The Home Depot also says to take great care in choosing the design of your bowl and pedestal pieces. These two pieces are sold separately, so purchasing a pedestal and bowl that can be installed together is important. When choosing a bowl, first think about the rim size. If the pedestal sink will be used regularly, a larger rim is ideal for holding things like toothbrushes and soap. A slimmer rim will work fine if the sink is not used regularly. When choosing a pedestal, take the height into consideration. If you want the sink to be taller, getting a 34 to 36-inch pedestal may be ideal. Finally, you'll want to think about other storage options. Consider adding a medicine cabinet with a mirror over the sink if extra storage is needed. 

Mistakes When Installing A Pedestal Sink

pieces of a pedestal sink © Wanda_Lizm/Shutterstock pieces of a pedestal sink

If you decide to DIY install your pedestal sink, consider the following to avoid making any mistakes. To remove an old vanity to install your pedestal sink, first think about how much floor and wall remodeling will need to be done, per Faucet Depot. This should be done before installing your new sink. Of course, if this remodeling isn't in your budget or you don't have the right materials, choosing a pedestal sink may be a mistake.

Second, consider where the water supply, shut-off valve, and plumbing are located. EPS Hawaii says that the shut-off valve and water supply should be located behind the sink, so they are the least visible. The plumbing will be placed inside the pedestal or behind the sink. If the plumbing needs to be moved or altered, Lowes recommends hiring a professional, which will be an added cost.

When installing, make sure to anchor and brace the sink correctly. The back of the sink will need to be braced to a piece of wood installed inside the back wall, per Faucet Depot. The pedestal will also need to be braced into the floor with caulk or bolts. When installing, be sure to use precise measurements.

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