Installing a pedestal sink can really make your bathroom feel much bigger by freeing up a lot of space normally occupied by a vanity cabinet. Pedestal sinks can also be really cost-effective when remodeling a bathroom. But before you rip out your old vanity to install a pedestal sink, there are some things to consider.
- Shopping for a pedestal sink. Do some careful comparison shopping. Are you going to pick one with a single faucet hole, 4"-center faucet or widespread? Are you going for something economical, mid-grade or top of the line? With so many manufactures of pedestal sinks, you may spend considerable time finding something that is right for you.
- Will the plumbing be visible or hidden? Pedestal sinks installed with the plumbing visible can look just fine, but it's also possible for an installation to almost completely hide the plumbing. Do some research and look at examples of both types of installations before deciding what you want to do. Hiding the plumbing will most likely require moving the water and drain lines. If you are remodeling, it is fairly easy to move the water and drain lines to the perfect location. But if you want to avoid the additional work, keep the location of the existing plumbing in mind when you decide on what pedestal to buy. A larger pedestal can compensate and hide a lot of the plumbing, so keep that in mind also.
- What bracing is required? After narrowing down your choices, check the manufacturer’s bracing requirements. Bracing in the wall is often required, so the wall may have to be opened for this. Keep in mind that you may also have to anchor the base to the floor.
- The height of the drain line. Check the specs on the pedestal you are considering, and make sure the existing drain height is right. Also, check to make sure that the location is centered where you want it, because you only have a slight amount of trap swing when installing a pedestal sink. The drain line is meant to fit directly behind the pedestal so that it is barely visible. If the height or location is not right, you will have to move the drain in the wall, and then finish the wall before installing the pedestal sink.
- Will you need special fittings? Part of the drain will be visible from certain angles, and it is nice if the finish of the trap matches the faucet and bathroom trim. If you have a chrome faucet, then you may want a nice chrome drain trap and flange, rather than the black drain line that is sometimes seen under sinks. Some drain finishes will be more expensive and harder to find than others, so consider this and do some research during the planning process. Then you will know what prices to expect, where to get the parts and how long it will take before you begin construction.
- What about the water lines? The water lines and valves should be tucked tight behind the base of the pedestal, if possible. The less you see of the drain and water lines, the better the pedestal will look. As with the trap, the water lines and shut-off valves should match the trim of the bathroom, because they will be visible from some angles. Plenty of pedestal sinks without special trim can look just fine, but do some research to make sure your pedestal installation looks the way you want it to.
- What about the floor and walls? The floor and the wall might not be finished behind the old vanity. If you are wanting to just remove the vanity and install the pedestal sink, you need to see if the wall is painted and the floor is done so the pedestal can be mounted with minimal work.