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Buying guide: Pedestal sinks

Design editor Christine Hanlon tells us how to pick out the perfect pedestal sink.

What goes around comes around. This year, one of the most popular bathroom trends is classic 1930s style, with the shapely silhouette of a pedestal sink as its defining piece. These vintage-inspired sinks have made a comeback and are now more popular than ever!

When shopping for a pedestal sink, consider what will look best in your bathroom in terms of design, finish and scale. You’ll find a mix of price ranges and styles on the market, from angular contemporary looks to traditional reproductions to amazing vintage finds.

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Before you buy
  • Take measurements to determine what size sink is best for your space. How much width and depth do you have for the widest part of the basin? Leave a little space on both sides and between the sink and the wall. Consider the scale of the piece in relation to the size of the space – the sink shouldn’t overpower the bathroom design, or vice versa.
  • If you’re replacing a built-in vanity with a pedestal sink, ensure that there’s a finished wall, flooring and trim behind the closed structure – otherwise the project may be much larger and more costly than anticipated. And confirm that the wall is strong enough to support the basin of the sink.
  • Make sure the sink you choose is compatible with your faucet selection. Most sinks come pre-drilled with either a four-inch (centre set) or eight- to 12-inch (widespread) distance between the hot and cold tap handles and a centred single-hole drilling to accommodate a single-hole faucet.

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