Savvy Sinks and Faucets

Vessel or undermount? Spread-fit or single lever? Find a sink and faucet that match the style and size of your bathroom.

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Vessel

Available in models to fit any bath, above-counter bowl-style sinks carry a few design considerations. These seemingly freestanding bowls come in glass, porcelain, metal and wood and sit higher than the standard sink, so you need to adjust the countertop height accordingly. The faucet typically mounts on the wall and must be placed at the right height to minimize splashing. This half-vessel model requires a single-hole, sink-mounted faucet.

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Antique or Reproduction Models

Ideal for vintage or traditional styled baths, freestanding sink tables come with legs and a built-in countertop. Some models have a built-in sink; others are designed for a vessel, undermount or drop-in sink addition. Plumbing is visible.

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Undermount

Installed in a countertop hole just smaller than its rim, undermount sinks seem to float beneath the counter for an uncluttered look and easy surface cleaning.

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Self-Rimming

The easiest type of sink to install, the self-rimming sink features a rim that rests on the countertop; the basin drops below the counter.

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Spread-Fit Faucets

These faucets have a separate spout and handles. They can be adapted to fit holes spaced several inches apart. For example, the spout can be placed on a rear corner, and the handles off to one side. These faucets are for tight installations where there is not enough room for a full faucet at the back of the sink.

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Contemporary Single Lever

These faucets have one spout and one handle that control the flow of both hot and cold water. They are ideal for people with limited mobility.

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Wall-Mounted Faucets

This faucet type attaches to the wall as opposed to the sink or the counter. These faucets were designed for unusually shaped sinks, such as vessels, or old-fashioned farm sinks modified for use in the bath.

Adapted from HGTV Baths: Creating the Bathroom of Your Dreams (Meredith Books, 2005)

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