Sabourin Vessel Sinks November 05th, 2017 - 09:35:38
Vessel sink installation is simpler than traditional flush mounted rim style sinks. A single 1.5 inch diameter counter top drain hole is all that is required to position and plumb a bathroom vessel sink. Conventional flush mount rimmed style basins require a much larger counter cut out almost as large as the sink itself. Vessel sinks have the additional advantage of providing more useable counter space beneath the curve of the sink bowl. Since a vessel sink occupies less counter area, this offers an additional advantage in limited space installations. Vessel style bath sink drains which were at one time difficult to obtain are now as commonly available as traditional drain fixtures.
Whichever mounting method you use, you will want to install the drain in the vessel before installing the sink to the counter surface. Drains for vessel sinks come in two basic configurations. Does your vessel have an overflow? If so, you will need a standard drain. However, most vessel sinks do not have an overflow and will need a "vessel style drain". Vessel drains come in many different styles and finishes. These drains do not have a "pop up" assembly. Some are referred to as "grid drains" (referring to the "grid configuration" on the top of the drain). Grid drains were designed to let the water flow out of the basin but catch larger objects from heading down the drain.
A special caution for glass vessel sinks. If you are installing a glass vessel, be sure to provide a cushion between the glass and the counter. This can simply be a bead of silicone or you may want to line the hole in your counter with a small piece of rubber material. In addition, be sure that you dont over tighten the drain assembly. Hand tighten only and follow the manufacturers instructions. The breakage we see with glass vessels is usually associated with an improper installation of the drain.
I have not found anything smaller than 24 inches for a vessel sink vanity. If your space can not handle even 24 inches, consider a sink stand or even a hanging sink. Vessel sink stands are usually metal. They look a bit like glorified plant stands, but some designs are interesting. Hanging sinks are attached to the wall, and have nothing below them at all... kind of like public bathrooms, but much, much nicer. They are ideal for really tiny bathrooms that make people feel like they can barely turn around.