Are Extra Support Bars Available for a Sturdier Install?
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Small and lightweight sinks are easy enough to install in almost any cabinetry or vanity. But when homeowners order a larger or heavier sink, they often wonder if they should add support bars to prevent sinking and sagging. Water adds a lot of extra weight to the sink, so support bars are always a good idea. Options for supporting bathroom sinks vary by the style and installation method.
Console Sink Supports
Console sinks sets include the support bars necessary to handle the weight of the vanity in the kit. If homeowners are putting together their own set of parts, they’ll need to find console sink supports that can take the weight. Most console sink support bars are designed to be replaced all at once rather than individually. If homeowners want extra support for a heavy vanity, they can find supports with four to six legs instead.
Undermount Sink Bars
Undermount sinks don’t hang over the lip of the countertop or vanity, so they rest on support bars installed inside the cabinetry instead. Installing extra support bars can help minimize the risk of the sink settling or sagging as time goes by. This is especially important for kitchen sinks, but it’s also valuable for heavier bathroom sinks as well. These support bars can be made from metal brackets or pieces of lumber, depending on the style of installation.
Wall-mounted or floating vanities require extra mounting care to keep them from damaging the wall or falling off entirely. The vanity should feature all the brackets and reinforcement bars necessary for the kit. If the bathroom wall is lacking in studs or wall framing for standard anchor spacing, the homeowner may need to mount 2x4s as extra support bars before hanging suspended vanities and sinks.
As long as the homeowner or contractor follows the standard installation instructions, most sinks should be easy to mount without any extra support bars. Visit Kingston Brass for the accessories to support a sturdy installation for a bathroom sink that lasts for years.