What Size Pedestal Sink Do I Need?

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What Size Pedestal Sink Do I Need?
Pedestal sinks come in a variety of sizes; one is right for your bathroom. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Pedestal sinks install inside a bathroom, mounting to the floor. The sinks have a single column with a free standing sink bowl and no counter top. When choosing a new pedestal sink, there are many dimensions to consider including the height, width and the faucet mounting holes on the sink.

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Height

The height of the pedestal sink is one of the more straightforward measurements to consider. Most pedestal sinks are between 32 and 35 inches high. If you are taller than average height (over six feet tall) opt for a sink measuring at least 34 inches high. This makes the operation of the sink fixtures easier for you. If you are average height, select a sink between 32 and 33 inches high. Take measurements of your installation area and make sure this height does not conflict with any other appliance.

Length

Most pedestal sinks range in length (distance from one side to the other) from 22 to 24 inches across. This size leaves plenty of room for washing and shaving in the sink, and it also leaves plenty of room in the bathroom to move around. If you desire a larger bowl, choose a sink that is 24 inches wide or wider but make sure you have the room in the bathroom to install it. Measure the installation area to see the type of impact this width has on your bathroom before you select a wider pedestal sink. If your bathroom is very small, stick to the smaller sized pedestal sink. It will free up more space inside the bathroom.

Width

The width (distance from the front to the back of the bowl) of the pedestal sink is one more consideration. The width is the amount of area the pedestal protrudes from the wall. When measuring the space, measure up the wall to the height of the sink, and then take a width measurement to determine how far the sink bowl extends into the bathroom. This helps establish the best place for the pedestal sink, and gives you an idea of how wide of a sink to buy. Most pedestal sinks range in width sizes from 18 to 20 inches.

Faucet Mounting Holes

The faucet mounting holes on top of the sink measure in different configurations. The most common configuration is a centre set. In this configuration, each faucet hole sits 4 inches apart on centre, or from the centre of the adjacent hole. A widespread configuration features holes mounted 8 inches apart on centre. Each configuration matches a certain type of faucet. Choosing which one to buy is fairly simple. If you have a centre set faucet, order a centre set pedestal sink. If you have a widespread faucet, order a widespread pedestal sink.

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