Pedestal sinks are a striking way to make a statement.
Dating back to the early 1900s with its pillar and column design, these sinks continue to resonate in our minds as something straight out of a royal palace or a Greek theater. These are typically single-leg fixtures and can truly revitalize any outdated bathroom with a stunning new look. With an eye for design and small amount of money you could soon be enjoying a pedestal sink in your own home.
History of pedestal sinks
Bathroom pedestal sinks were originally constructed from enameled cast iron (just like the stuff cast iron skillets are made from). By 1915, manufacturers began making them from vitreous china, a heavy and somewhat fragile glass-like porcelain. For the most part, they're still made that way today, and bring a sense of elegance and history along with them.
Designs and features
A sink is a sink, and pedestal sinks are no different. Sink shape can vary from an flower to a rectangle to a U-shaped style. Specialty, oval and round sinks are also available. In addition, most sinks are configured with one, or three holes, and are even offered without holes. Like previously mentioned,pedestal sink basins are made mostly from vitreous china, while some are constructed from fireclay, glass and marble. Still others are made from ceramic. Because of their relatively small size, pedestal sinks are ideal for smaller or half-bathrooms. A pedestal sink is just a basin until the basin has something under it. Pedestal stands must sometimes be purchased separately and are available in a number of themes, including classic, modern, Renaissance, and Victorian. Stands also come in a wide range of materials. Vitreous china is the most popular, as well as fireclay and stainless steel.
Colors for the stands abound, as well, including the popular white, neutral and grey. After you've decided on a pedestal sink, it's time to install it and give your bathroom the look it deserves. Refer to our How to Install a Pedestal Sink article when you're ready.