Console Sinks: Everything You Need to Know
Searching for the perfect bathroom sink can be exhausting and sometimes even complicated – especially if you’re working with a small bathroom. You need to ask many questions when choosing a sink: the style, the storage, the space, and anything else you need to sacrifice in order to love your perfect bathroom. With so many types of sinks out there (drop-in, vanity, to name a couple), the best solution is the console sink. If you’re just starting to simply browse console sinks or fully considering one, we have answers to your console questions.
What is a console sink?
A console sink, also known as a console vanity, is a cross between a wall-mounted sink and a pedestal sink. The sink and countertop are mounted to the wall and is typically supported by two or four legs. A lot of of them, however, are freestanding on four legs. The space between the counter and floor is open, but sometimes feature drawer.
What are the pros and cons of a console sinks?
For one, console sinks have more open appearance than a pedestal sink. The openness is ideal for storage, and in some cases, for wheelchair accessibility. It also has a fashionable look where the plumbing is exposed, but that’s ultimately your preference. Additionally, console sinks have more counter space than pedestal sinks.
- Sufficient counter space
- handicap accessible
- stylish, open appearance
- Wider than a pedestal sink; more wall space
- Exposed plumbing
- Wall-mounted models require special installation
- less storage space than a standard vanity
What should I consider when choosing a console sink?
You’ll want to thoroughly measure the dimensions of your bathroom (length, width, and height). Once you properly find them, it’s time to consider the height, depth, and width of the console sink vanity. If your bathroom space is smaller and more constrained, there will be a sink to fill that in. Some console bases are available in double configurations with three or five legs to support the two sinks.
Most consoles are traditionally styled, but you can find contemporary styles as well. The sink and counter are integrated in one piece, while some styles have an above-counter sink.
The legs are the most important consideration when choosing the console sink. A console sink with metal legs is definitely the most common (brass, chrome, gold, and other finishes), but there are legs made of wood or a similar material as the countertop. Kingston Brass has a superb selection of console sinks with metal legs.
Console sinks can be mounted to the wall or freestanding on four legs. The countertop continues up the back against the wall in some models. Keep in mind that a wall-mount will require more complex installation and not every wall may be able to support it.
The plumbing below console sinks is where people’s preference will diverge. The advantage (or disadvantage) is the exposed plumbing underneath. Many consider this a stylish look, so you’ll want to use more attractive supply lines and “P” Trap with a finish that matches legs. Kingston Brass also offers gorgeous and luxuriant plumbing supply kits to match your console sink’s finish.