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White Vessel Sinks

Updated on February 11, 2011
White Vessel Sink
White Vessel Sink

Installation of A White Vessel Sink: The Basics

Perhaps the best characteristic of any vessel sink is that you don't have to haul out the heavy equipment to cut an opening in a vanity or counter. This can widen your choices for a great surface that compliments the vessel. You can also choose where you want to place the faucet, even having it extend out of the wall for a waterfall effect. Installing a vessel sink is a process that begins with good planning.

The first step is to sit down and consider your decor. Are you planning an extensive renovation that allows you to change your current style or are you simply adding a vessel sink to what already exists? White vessel sinks come in a wide variety of shapes, from round to square to free-form sinks that are created by professional glass artists. The good thing about white vessel sinks is that white is a neutral color and can fit into nearly any existing color scheme. For extra artistic flair, white vessel sinks are also available with scatterings of gold or colored flecks.

Unlike their undermount counterparts, vessel sinks are set on top of the cabinetry. This fact must be taken into consideration when choosing the cabinet because vessel sinks add height. This can cause problems if a cabinet is already high and most undermount cabinets measure 30"-32" in height. A vessel sink can add as much as 5" to the cabinet, so you need to consider cabinets that don't bring the total height (sink and cabinet) over 36". This is a comfortable height for most average adults. Keep in mind that vessel sinks can be undermounted into a counter however you will then lose some of the eye-appeal. Glass sinks must be surface mounted, as they are not strong enough to withstand the weight of water without an underlying support.

Fortunately, glass isn't the only material used to create vessel sinks. White vessel sinks are also made from stone, ceramic and enameled metal. Vessel sinks that are not made of glass can be counter-mounted or recessed partially into the cabinet. This setting generally entails placing the sink in a hole that is a few inches smaller in diameter than the sink itself. When the sink is placed in the hole, the tension on the surface is distributed more evenly to the midsection of the bowl. This and the placement of a mounting ring between the vessel and the counter make for a very durable vessel sink. This is also a great way to use a cabinet that may not have been specifically made to hold a sink or one that created too much height with the vessel on top.

Another thing to consider when designing around a white vessel sink is what kind of faucet you will be using and where it will be placed. The water flowing into any vessel sink must strike the center of the vessel because if it hits the shallower sides, it will splash. This also means that the vessel will likely be set further away from the wall than traditional sinks. Faucets that extend out the wall are artistic and unique but think about the amount of plumbing required to run the water pipes further up the wall. Fortunately, faucets are now as asthetically unique as the vessel sinks and you can find many that will fit existing plumbing lines.

NEXT: Installation of A White Vessel Sink: Preparing the Surface

Installation of a White Vessel Sink: Preparing the Surface: Flat Mount

Before installing your white vessel sink, you should take note of several things, including measurements. If you will be using a surface mount for your sink, setting it on top of a vanity or other flat surface, it will still need to be mounted. In this case, you must measure the diameter of the base of the vessel that will sit directly on the surface. Then measure the length and width of the surface itself and center the vessel where it will be mounted. Mark the sides of the base of the sink with a carpenter's crayon or pencil and remove the vessel.


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