When the bathroom is small and space is at a premium, the pedestal sink helps save space. These free-standing sinks solve a lot of bathroom design problems while looking stylish. Pedestal sinks work with many decor styles. Since pedestal sinks are often a 2-part product with the sink mounted on the wall and then supported by a pedestal for more support, there won’t be a lot of storage.
Pedestal Sinks For Small Bathrooms
There are so many spaces that could be utilized for a powder room or 1/2 bath if only the needed fixtures could fit the space. The added bathroom would help families with only one bathroom or people who entertain a lot and don’t like guests using their master bath. Well, the pedestal sink can solve the space problem with style and utility.
Someone with a two-story house and only one bathroom upstairs needs a main-level bath for added convenience and to save the time. Simple powder rooms or 1/2 baths do not require bathtubs or showers. A sink, mirror, and toilet are all that is required. Looking for a small enough cabinet and sink can be frustrating. But a pedestal sink cabinet takes up less space and will work well in small spaces. Pedestal sinks do away with the countertop and focus on the sink itself. These sinks with pedestal support come in many different sizes to fit even the smallest powder room.
Pedestal sinks do not have a storage cabinet under them or a countertop around them and this saves space. Pedestal sinks can come in sizes as small as 16 1/2 inches or as large as 40 inches wide. The pedestals do not have doors and storage like a cabinet though they may have one drawer or an open shelf. They may also have a small towel rail.
10 Design Elements To Go With Pedestal Sinks
Not every bathroom is right for a pedestal sink but many are and there are design elements that work well with these sinks.
1. New designs in pedestal sinks make them perfect for ultra-modern bath decor. Simple, fluid ceramic designs that appear to be one-piece go very well in contemporary settings. They are often available in white plus several additional color choices.
2. Choose simple, clean contemporary lines and accessories to compliment a modern design pedestal sink.
3. The faucet and hardware choices can make or break a pedestal sink. Match the hardware to the style of the sink.
4.Pedestal sinks come in many styles to go with traditional, modern, or even vintage styles of design with function and style.
5. The mirror hanging over the pedestal sink should be a match in style and be in proportion to the sink.
6. When space is limited and a small sink has been chosen, don’t overpower it with a regular-sized toilet. There are compact size toilets on the market.
7. Don’t forget the lighting. Match the style, scale, and finish of the wall light fixtures to the pedestal sink for a unified look. A pair of small wall mounted lights on either side of a round, oval, or rectangular mirror gives balanced light and a feeling of more space.
8. Don’t neglect the walls. A stylish wallpaper or great paint color can complement a pedestal sink and make the bathroom a pleasant place to be. Artwork can also add to the appeal of a small bathroom. Choose smaller pieces that look good but do not overpower the small room.
9. Ceramic floors and lower walls go well with pedestal sinks. Match the style and size of the tile to the overall decor look of the bathroom. Pedestal sinks work well in period homes with the style of ceramic tile that would have been used in that period.
10. Add storage with small shelves and towel hooks or bars. Match the finish to the sink or the hardware on the sink. Storage could be a basket or shelves built into the wall between joists.
Pedestal Sinks For Full Bathrooms
Pedestal sinks can also be used in full-sized bathrooms. Full bathrooms can also have limited space and weird shapes. Many are only as wide as a bathtub and nine to twelve feet deep. Others are odd shapes. The bathroom in an older home might have been added as indoor plumbing was introduced. Modern families like to have a master bath and bedroom suite with a family hall bathroom elsewhere. If a house has only one bathroom, a renovation might include stealing space from other rooms to create a full bathroom.
Space is often limited and fitting in the standard vanity and sink, toilet, and bathing fixtures might be a challenge. There are community-building codes to follow. One way to save space and fit everything into that bathroom is to turn to pedestal sinks. If space allows, pedestal sinks can be used in pairs and there are even double pedestal sinks to choose from. They are sleek and versatile. Some models come as two parts that fit together but can be separated and used separately. Single pedestal sinks come in wider widths up to 40 inches wide.
The space saved by using a pedestal sink can mean a family can have both a soaking tub and a separate shower. For odd-shaped bathrooms, a pedestal sink can fit into an odd space or a corner, leaving room for other bathroom elements.
Pedestal sinks in traditional styles are the perfect choice for historic home renovations. Antique sinks can be found to clean up and use or new sinks can be found that match traditional and period styles. There are wider models that have some space to set things on either side of the bowl. Some sinks have built-in wings skirting the bowl.
A full bathroom needs storage for personal items and linens. The mirror above the sink could hide a built-in cabinet for the storage of medicines and beauty products. A floor to ceiling shallow shelving unit could be custom built to fit available space and store linens and products used in the bathroom. A shelving unit could be fitted around and above the toilet.
Pedestal sinks fill a real need in bathroom design and are very adaptable. Their lack of under-sink storage can be a benefit, avoiding clutter. Well-designed bathrooms make good use of this type of sink while providing all the design and utility elements required in a bathroom.