Pedestal Sink Or Vanity: Which Is Perfect For Your Powder Room?

Can't decide between a pedestal sink or a vanity? Here's some insight on which one you should get for your bathroom.

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Working with small spaces can be challenging. The powder room is normally one of the smallest rooms in the house, which is why you need to be extra careful picking out furnishings. Since an average powder room is only 20 square feet, you don’t want to end up making space appear tighter than it already it. You have to choose the right pieces for your bathroom layout so that it appears spacious instead of cluttered. In order to do that, you should carefully consider your plumbing options, like whether you should install a pedestal sink or a vanity sink.

What Is A Vanity Sink? 

A vanity sink holds a sink and provides storage space for accessories, beauty products, and cleaning supplies. It is more functional than a pedestal sink, which offers little to no shelf space. However, because of all the storage it provides, a vanity takes up significantly more room. It needs at least thirty-six inches per sink. Otherwise, you won’t have much space around the sink for toiletries.

Vanities are available in a wide range of styles, so you could have a dark-toned wooden vanity for your rustic home or a sleek, white marble vanity for your contemporary home. You can pay as little as $100 for a 24-inch-wide vanity at Lowe’s. However, the average cost is somewhere between $200 and $800. It also costs around $100 to $300 for a handyman to install and that cost grows higher if you have a custom vanity with more complex pieces.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Vanity For Your Powder Room?


They are customizable, modern pieces of furniture.

Appearance is everything! Vanities are more modern, elegant, and more put-together than a pedestal sink. You can also customize them to your preferences and needs with various styles, sizes, and shapes to choose from.

They are super functional. 

If you want more storage space in your bathroom, install a floor-mounted vanity. No matter if you have a small or a master bathroom, a vanity with cabinets is great for keeping things organized.


One more thing to clean.

Although it's great to have that storage space in your bathroom, you'll have to acknowledge the space as a place to be constantly cleaned through and organized, especially if you have kids in the bathroom

They can be somewhat costly.

There are a number of costs that go into a vanity, all separate: the piece itself, the installation, and the countertops. Be sure to look at your budget and consider all the factors before you make a decision on a vanity. 

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What Is A Pedestal Sink?

A pedestal sink is a simplistic, traditional style of sink that only contains the basin. Unlike a vanity sink, it doesn’t come with any countertop space or lower storage space. It consists of two separate elements -- the lavatory, which collects water in the basin and is the attachment point for the faucet. And the vertical pedestal (also known as the leg), which carries the weight of the lavatory.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Pedestal Sink For Your Powder Room?


Even though pedestal sinks aren’t suitable for every type of bathroom, if yours is small and compact, you should consider this simple addition to your household. Here are some of the biggest benefits of installing a pedestal sink:

They save valuable square footage.

A pedestal sink takes up much less surface area than a vanity sink. It allows you to see the wall behind the sink, which creates the illusion of more space. If your bathroom is relatively small and you’re worried about it appearing too tight, a pedestal sink will solve your concerns. It will guarantee your bathroom looks more ‘simplistic and clean’ than ‘cramped and cluttered’.

They are competitively priced.

On average, a pedestal sink will cost $100 to $400 dollars. They are much cheaper than most vanities, which can cost hundreds of dollars more. Another benefit of buying a pedestal sink is that it’s easier to DIY, which means you won’t have to pay any extra fees for installation. You can take care of the installation on your own, saving you hundreds of dollars.

Shipping and transportation are simple.

Since pedestal sinks are much smaller than vanities, they are much easier to transport. Whether you’re having your sink shipped straight to your home from the manufacturer or are picking it up yourself at a local home improvement store, you will have an easy time transporting it into your bathroom to install.

It’s easy to accommodate floor plan changes at the last minute.

Although you might want to hire a handyman to help you install your pedestal sink, it’s possible to complete the installation on your own. If your floor plan changes at the last minute, this type of sink is relatively easy to adjust because less peripheral repair work is required.

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Even though there are plenty of benefits to a pedestal sink, there are some cons that might make you rethink installing one. Here are some of the downsides to the lack of storage space it provides:

There isn’t any storage space below the sink.

If you need a lot of storage in order to stow extra rolls of toilet paper, feminine products, and cleaning supplies, then you might not like the simplicity of a pedestal sink. It doesn’t contain any drawers or cabinets for you to pack away your belongings. However, you can always store your products in a medicine cabinet, on shelving above the toilet, or inside a corner cabinet.

There isn’t any countertop space around the sink.

In addition to their lack of storage space, pedestal sinks don’t contain any countertop space. There is enough room for you to place a bar of soap to wash your hands, but there isn’t enough room for any makeup brushes or toothpaste holders. If you purchase a pedestal sink, you’re going to have to find another location for even your most basic bathroom items.

Drainage pipes are sometimes visible.

Since pedestal sinks leave the area beneath the sink exposed, your drainage pipes will probably be visible to anyone who enters your bathroom. This means you might want to consider installing new, clean pipes that add to the style of the space instead of detracting from it.

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Is Your Bathroom Best Suited For A Pedestal Sink?

Pedestal sinks look best in small, compact bathrooms that aim for an early 20th century period style. After all, these sinks were extremely popular back in the early 20th century. Although they were eventually replaced by vanities, they are now making a comeback. If you have a small bathroom that would benefit from the extra space a pedestal sink provides, then you should hop onto the trend.

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Ultimately, whether you end up installing a pedestal sink in your bathroom or a vanity sink depends on what size bathroom you have, what style you’re trying to achieve, and whether you need the extra storage space. It all comes down to what fits your home best.