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Bathroom Vessel Sinks: Materials

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Bathroom vessel sinks are made of different materials like stone, marbles, glass, ceramics etc. However, different sinks come with different qualities. Here you can read a few kinds of vessels depending upon the materials by which they are made. Furthermore, you can have a cursory glance over different shapes and sizes of the vessel sinks, and how to install them.


Under the heading stone vessel sinks come vessels made from natural stone, and all the colors are natural. There is no need for painting, because the natural stone almost blazes forth the most amazing variations of colors and grains of their own. Marbles from all over the world come in many colors, shades and hues. Their grain can be subtle and delicate, or strongly marked and bold. Even ‘semi-precious’ stone such as ‘tiger’s eye’ is available in all it splendor of gold and browns. Many different variations of quartz, onyx and calcite are to be seen among other types of stone.


Glass is very popular for vessel sinks. Plain, clear vessel sinks can be attractive on the right vanity or shelf. Then you can go for glass that has been processed in all kinds of ways. There are tinted glass bowls and frosted glass in all kinds of patterns and in all densities. You can get engraved and sand blasted glass and even beautiful cut crystal. Painted glass is also available. Vessel sinks can be bought made out of a whole variety of metals and combination of metals. Some are polished and some are artificially or naturally tarnished.


Perhaps the most popular are the ceramic bathroom vessel sinks that have been painted in every imaginable color, design, picture or pattern. Bathroom vessel sinks are also made from wood, bamboo, porcelain, resin and even recycled glass tile.

Shapes and Sizes

Some people estimate that bathroom vessel sinks have become so popular that they account for up to 20% of bathroom sink sales. They can be ground into almost any shape. Round, of course, is ever popular as are oval sinks. Both of them in all sizes, from tiny little hand wash bowls to large bathroom sinks. Square and rectangular go with many contemporary bathrooms, and odd shapes such as long narrow canoe shapes and completely irregular shapes. The modern vessel sinks can have very high sides like a flower pot, down to almost flat ‘plate’ shapes.

Bathroom Vessel Sinks: Installation

You can install bathroom vessel sinks on shelves, on vanities, on consoles and on antique cabinets. You will have to position your plumbing so that the faucet and drain stub outs are protruding in the place where you are going to install your sink.

Then you need to carefully measure and mark the fixture and drill out holes where the pipes enter, if it is a vanity or a cabinet. Many consoles and shelves will not require this.

There are often panels or covers to hide the plumbing. These are often installed afterward. The faucets for bath vessel sinks are usually not attached to the sink itself, but to the wall above it or to the counter behind the sink. You can install them more easily before the vessel is in place.

When you have positioned and fastened the shelf or other fixture in place you can decide exactly where you want your bathroom vessel sink to stand. This is usually in the center of the shelf. Mark out the position and size of the drain hole. When your measurements are certain, cut the hole, drilling a pilot hole first and then using a jigsaw, or if you have one, a hole cutter in the right diameter.

Following the instructions that came with your bathroom vessel sink install the drain mechanism with its mounting ring and nut, making sure to apply enough caulk to make the seal watertight. If your sink is of glass or other fragile material, you probably need to use a small piece of thin cushioning material such as silicone or rubber between the vessel and the counter before you gently tighten it down. Now you can join up your water pipes and drain and trap between the wall outlet and the mechanism protruding from the vessel sink, below the shelf. If it is a vanity with visible plumbing, you can put the cover, panel or plate in position to conceal the pipes. There are some bathroom vessel sinks that have decorative chrome plumbing that you don’t need to conceal.

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