Pedestal Sinks: Pros and Cons

Bathroom Pedestal Sinks: Pros and Cons

Whether you’re looking to make a stylish statement or maximize space, pedestal sinks are a great option to consider for your bathroom. 

There are so many great bathroom sink options these days to choose from, it can seem a little daunting at first finding the best fit for your bathroom space. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether a pedestal sink is right for you.

Pros of Bathroom Sink Pedestals

The concept of a pedestal sink hasn’t changed that much over the years–it’s a sink perched atop some type of pedestal or column, also known as the leg. What has changed significantly is the variety of styles and designs. What used to be the standard bathroom fixture you may have seen in your grandparents’ home is now available in designs that are sleek and modern, or traditional and classic. Choose a pedestal sink to:

  • Make the most of space. In a small, tight bathroom space, a pedestal is one of the most efficient choices for the best use of space. Particularly in a half-bath or powder bathroom, the pedestal often makes the best use of the floorplan, and takes up less space than a traditional vanity.
  • Create a beautiful focal point. In a room where function often comes before form, a handsome pedestal sink can make a design statement. Aesthetically, a pedestal allows for more open space, which helps to create an airy and spacious feeling. 
  • Maintain authenticity. For historic or period style homes, a pedestal sink is a must to create a bathroom design that is in harmony with the time period. There are countless styles of sinks to accommodate every type of style, from Victorian to Farmhouse.
  • Keep it simple. Most pedestal sinks are a single, fluid piece, making them both easy to clean and maintain. The simplicity of a bowl atop a pedestal eliminates the buildup of clutter typical of a traditional bathroom vanity. In a powder or half bath, where the only function really needed is a place for washing hands, a pedestal sink is the perfect choice to keep things functional, streamlined, and calm.

Cons of Using a Pedestal Sink

Adding a sink pedestal isn’t the solution to every bathroom space. Here are some common drawbacks to using a pedestal:

  • Lack of storage space. The top deterrent for sink pedestals is the absence of storage. It’s true that with the simplicity of the design, there is no storage like that of a conventional vanity. Depending on how your bathroom is used, this could be an issue. In a powder bathroom, however, storage isn’t as necessary, and is easily remedied by installing cabinets or shelving. 
  • Installation has a few requirements. While it may appear that the pedestal fully supports the sink, it is actually attached to the wall behind it. This means that the wall must be strong enough to support the sink, sometimes requiring an extra brace. The drain pipes and the supply lines also run up the wall behind the sink, not through the base. 

Mountain States Kitchen & Bath Can Help

At Mountain States Kitchen & Bath, we have many great pedestal sinks to choose from. We’ll help bring all the components together for a beautiful room. As Utah’s top choice for bathroom remodel, we serve clients from Springville to Draper, Utah. Contact us today for a free estimate!