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Pedestal Sink

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If you’re in the market for a new bathroom sink, you may be considering the less obtrusive pedestal sink. Its sleek design makes it a great choice for a first-floor powder room or a smaller ensuite. And these basic wash basins not only save space but also make a statement about the intention of the room. However, despite their stylistic designs, they may not be the best choice for every situation.


A pedestal sink, at its most basic level, consists of a porcelain basin with an attached faucet fixture, set on top of a floor mounted pedestal and secured to the wall. There are many variations available from a number of manufacturers, with different designs, materials, and price ranges. There are also plenty of DIY versions, with creativity being the only limit on materials and accessories. Pedestal sinks have a small design, which is meant to save space. As a result, they are typically used in smaller bathrooms, such as guest bathrooms or powder rooms. However, they are sometimes installed in larger bathrooms for design effect. They are also commonly found in public bathrooms, providing personal space between wash stations.

What’s The Biggest Problem With A Pedestal Sink?

Before you sink your money into a major bathroom renovation, there are a couple of things you may want to consider. One of those things is whether or not you’re going to replace your current bathroom sink with a new one. If you’re thinking about ripping out your bathroom vanity to replace it with a space saving pedestal sink, you could be setting yourself up for an expensive project:

  • Quite often, the flooring and the walls hidden by the vanity may be damaged, discolored, or possibly non-existent, so you’ll most likely need to budget to redo more than just the sink. Not only will you need the materials to make things look right, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of time and labor if you’re not doing the work yourself.
  • As well, hiding the plumbing behind a pedestal sink can be tricky with certain designs. Most of them hide the plumbing behind the pedestal piece but others may require additional decorative measures. You’ll probably need to make some adjustments to the placement and positioning of the drains and pipes, which could add to the overall cost.