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Guide to Bathroom Sink Styles

Before we dive into this blog, let’s be clear about what we’re talking about. There is a difference between bathroom sink styles and bathroom vanities. If you’ve read any of our past blogs, you may have noticed that many feature bathroom vanity design trends and tips. Think of bathroom vanities as all of the bells, whistles, and storage elements minus the sink. A bathroom sink is what fits right into that vanity, and where the water falls when you do your skincare routine or wash your hands.

With so much attention given to everything else around it, you may not know that bathroom sinks come in many different styles. These different styles are born out of functional benefits,  creative ambitions, and more. Surprised by the nuances of bathroom sink styles or not, it’s worth your time to know. Here’s your short guide to bathroom sink styles:


There are actually a lot of different types of bathroom sinks, each of them with a unique combination of properties and for various purposes. These include drop-in sinks, undermount sinks, pedestal and basin combos, console basin and leg combos, wall mount sinks, corner sinks, and more. We won’t dive into too much detail about each. To learn more, check out this article by The Home Depot.

What’s worth noting, from a residential interior design standpoint, is that the most popular bathroom sink types include the drop-in, undermount, pedestal and basin combo, and console basin and leg combo types.

Sizes & Basin Shapes

Starting with basin shapes, any bathroom sink style guide will tell you that the most common basin shapes are round, oval, and rectangle. This is for functional reasons, as sink basins are shaped to balance their ability to efficiently drain water with appearing clean and appealing.

As far as bathroom sink sizes, it may make sense that the sink size that’s right for you depends on the size of your bathroom and how much room you have available. For example, drop-in sinks are usually about 18 inches from front-to-back and 20 inches from side-to-side.


The real variety in bathroom sinks is in the countless different materials they can be made of, which include but isn’t limited to ceramic material, metal (brass, copper, stainless steel, etc), acrylic, resin, and more. The material you choose will affect the time, effort, and cost of maintaining your bathroom sink, as well as, through each material’s color, texture, and other visual characteristics) the overall effect of your bathroom’s design and appeal.

Other Features

Some other features to consider with bathroom sink styles include how (or if) each sink style conserves water and faucet hole options. You may not know this, but there are many different types of faucet holes, from single hole faucets, to widespread and centerspread faucet holes. Your choice in faucet hole will depend on the look you’re aiming to achieve from a design standpoint plus the sink you’d need to accommodate.

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