a modern pedestal sink with a free standing faucet behind the basin

Pedestal Sink

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/21/2021

A pedestal sink may be the perfect choice for a first-floor guest bathroom, not only saving space but also making a statement about the intention of the room. However, despite its stylistic design, it may not be the best choice for every situation.


A pedestal sink, at its most basic level, consists of a porcelain basin with a faucet fixture, which is set on top of a floor mounted pedestal and secured to a wall. However, there are many variations available with different designs and materials. Pedestal sinks have a small design, meant to save space, and are typically used in smaller bathrooms, such as guest bathrooms or powder rooms.

A Simple Sink May Not Be A Simple Solution

Before you start ripping out your bathroom vanity to replace it with a space saving pedestal sink, there are a couple of things you may want to consider before you sink your money into a major renovation:

  • Quite often, the flooring and the walls hidden by the vanity may be damaged or possibly non-existent, so you’ll most likely need to budget to redo more than just the sink.
  • As well, hiding the plumbing behind a pedestal sink can be tricky with certain designs. Most pedestal sinks hide the plumbing behind the pedestal but others may require additional decorative measures.