Vessel sinks are incredibly popular in today’s contemporary bathroom remodels. And because they only require small holes in the vanity top, unlike traditional drop in sinks, there’s a much broader range of materials that you can use as a vanity. Today’s homeowners are getting creative and repurposing old desks, tables, cabinets and dressers to serve as a vanity. When you add an artistic vessel sink to the top, you get a totally unique fixture in your bathroom.
While vessel sinks are simpler to install than traditional sinks, hiring a plumber ensures the job done right and a professional, high-quality end result.
If you’re considering installing a vessel sink on your own, here are the steps you’ll need to take.
Select Your Materials And Plan The Layout
You can purchase a bathroom vanity at a big box store, or you can choose to use a unique piece. If you are repurposing an antique dresser or another piece of furniture, the most important thing to remember is to use a waterproof sealer as splashes are inevitable in bathrooms.
Next, choose your vessel sink. They come in many sizes: wide and shallow, narrow and tall, compact and oversized. You want to be able to stand comfortably at it and perform all your bathroom rituals like brushing your teeth and washing your face. Again, you can buy a variety of vessel sinks in stores and online. If you’re very handy, you can even repurpose an old bowl, curved stone slab, or even a giant clamshell (if you can find one!) by cutting a drain hole in the vessel. Just keep in mind when using a unique piece that you may need to take measures to ensure a sanitary vessel that meets code specifications.
Then, select your faucet. For the simplest installation, choose an all-in-one unit with the hot/cold handles built in. If you select a 3-piece unit, you will need to cut additional holes in your vanity for the temperature handles.
Finally, carefully plan your layout. Especially if you are using an original vanity that cannot be replaced, carefully plan where your drain and faucet holes will be cut. Remember the old saying about “measure twice, cut once” – you might want to make that “thrice”!
Cut, Caulk, Install, Connect
Depending on the faucet design, cut the number of holes you’ll need for it and the sink, and predrill the holes for your mounting screws. Next, caulk the openings and install the mounting ring for the sink. Then, attach the sink and insert the drain kit. Finally, make all of the drain and water connections.
Anytime you’re replacing an old sink, it’s a good idea to also replace the valves and tubes as they can deteriorate over time. Replacing them is inexpensive and ensures a good seal to protect against leaks.
Call Plumbing Nerds For Help Installing A Vessel Sink In Your Southwest Florida Home
If you’re unsure of your DIY skills, and want to ensure a professional-quality job installing your new vessel sink, call Plumbing Nerds at 239.471.7557 or schedule your appointment online now. We are passionate about plumbing, meticulous about installation, and dedicated to your total satisfaction!