Small guest bathrooms are a favorite location for pedestal sinks. The narrow silhouette of this sink style offers additional room to maneuver in cramped spaces. However, this type of fixture has no under-sink cabinets. A wall mounted medicine cabinet isn’t large enough to hold towels and extra toilet paper, so you will need to create storage space. Over commode shelving is the perfect complement for a pedestal sink. It makes use of an area in the bathroom that is usually left blank or fitted with a single towel rack.
It is possible to install a pedestal sink yourself. However, hiring a professional is by far the easiest approach. The interior of the column doesn’t offer much space to work when you are trying to run the pipes through it.
The sink is not fully supported by the pedestal – it also bolts into the wall for greater stability. If the studs aren’t at the correct distance, install an additional cross piece in the wall for support. This will require cutting into the drywall, so watch out for wires and water lines.
Decide which is more important to you from an aesthetic standpoint: the sink – or the faucets. Do you have your heart set on a particular 3 piece faucet set? If so, you will need to buy a sink that has three holes correctly spaced to accommodate the faucet style you selected.
When you replace your existing wall mounted or cabinet sink with a pedestal sink, you will have to refinish the wall to cover up the outline left by the old unit. This is a good time to put in new wallpaper or apply a different paint color.
Pedestal sinks may be small, but they can be an elegant accent for any bathroom if you pick the right materials. Instead of plain porcelain, try concrete art pieces or contemporary glass for a touch of class.