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How to Pick Your Vanity Bowls, Small Bathroom Sinks, and Basin?

How to Pick Your Vanity Bowls, Small Bathroom Sinks, and Basin?

by Ruhia

For most of us out there, whether we’re families moving into their first home or we’re someone aiming to make a change in our houses, there are a lot of moving parts to consider with these decisions.  If you aren’t sure what fixtures to pick for your home, then you’ve come to the right place!  Today, we’ll be delving into the specifics of how you can make these choices, as well as what types of vanity bowls, bathroom sinks, and basin sinks are available.

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Types of Sinks and Basins

One of the first things to consider here is of course what the various types of sinks and basins are.  As you may have already guessed, there are a lot of styles to choose from, so that’s where a lot of folks run into some trouble.  After all, how are we supposed to decide between all of them that are available?

Something to note is that there are several different ones, and our list won’t exactly be comprehensive.  With that said, let’s take a look at a few of them so you can get an idea of what to expect when you look at compact bath sink and vanity styles for your home.

One of the most common styles of sinks that we tend to see is drop-in ones.  Drop-in sinks are also known as self-rimming or top-mount sinks.  They are a type of sink that is installed from above the counter.

Most of the time, they have a lip or rim that rests on the countertop, supporting the weight of the sink.  Drop-in sinks are easy to install and can be used with any type of countertop material, which is one of the many reasons why they’re popular.   Some other ones as far as homeowners go are because they are affordable, easy to clean, and available in a wide range of styles and materials, such as stainless steel, cast iron, and porcelain.

Undermount Sink

Undermount sinks are a type of sink that is installed underneath the countertop, creating a seamless and sleek look – meaning that they fit in especially well in modern kitchens and bathrooms.  Keep in mind that, unlike drop-in sinks, under-mount sinks do not have a visible rim or lip that rests on the countertop.

Instead, they are mounted below the surface, typically using adhesive or clips.  The seamless installation enables effortless countertop cleaning, eliminating edges and crevices where dirt and grime may collect.  Undermount sinks, in materials like stainless steel or granite, come in distinct styles, offering versatility and aesthetic options.

Double basin sinks, or double bowl sinks, feature two separate basins within a single unit, providing versatility for kitchen tasks.  In that sense, they’re pretty much exactly what they say on the tin.  Designed for multitasking, these sinks offer separate spaces, allowing tasks like dishwashing in one basin and vegetable rinsing in the other.

Double basin sinks facilitate multitasking, ideal for busy kitchens or those preferring to separate various activities for added convenience.  They are available in different configurations, such as equal-sized basins or with one larger basin and one smaller basin.  The basins can be of the same depth or different depths depending on personal preference, you can learn more about that on this page

Farmhouse Sinks

Most of the ones that we’ve covered so far have a modern flair, so let’s shift gears a bit.  Farmhouse sinks, or apron-front sinks, feature a large exposed front extending beyond the countertop edge for distinctive kitchen aesthetics.  They are designed to resemble the traditional sinks found in old farmhouses, hence the name.

Farmhouse sinks offer extra depth and width, catering to extensive kitchen tasks, and aligning with their intended design for practicality.  Like any other type, they are available in various materials, such as fireclay, porcelain, stainless steel, and copper.  Farmhouse sinks blend charm and functionality, elevating kitchen aesthetics with a popular rustic touch for those drawn to their appeal. 

Drainboard Sinks

Drainboard sinks feature attached drying areas on one or both sides, enhancing functionality for efficient kitchen use.  With a sloped surface beside the sink, drainboards are handy for drying items without a dishwasher or forgoing one intentionally.

Their design allows water to drain directly into the sink, which in turn keeps your countertop clean and dry.  

Drainboard sinks streamline kitchen tasks, merging sink and drying space for enhanced convenience and efficiency in one unified unit. Various materials and configurations cater to diverse kitchen styles and needs, mirroring the versatility of options we’ve discussed.

Choosing What’s Right for You and Your Family

Now that we’ve covered the basics of all of these styles of sinks (and remember, this list isn’t comprehensive, there are some that we left out). You’re probably still wondering how you can choose between them all.  At the end of the day, the most important thing will be to weigh the pros and cons of each option.

Once you’ve done that, you can start to decide what will work best for you and your family.  Choose a style you love for your kitchen or bathroom; there’s no right or wrong, just personal preference.

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