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Vessel sinks are available in countless styles and materials, shapes, and sizes. Their one commonality is that they all need to be installed on a flat surface.

 

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Overview

The vessel sink harkens back to the days of washstands and washbowls. Whether it’s round, square, or oval, shallow or deep, the vessel sink offers great opportunity for creativity and proudly displays its style. Vessel sinks are a perfect choice for a powder room, where they will have high visibility.
Most vessel sinks can be installed on any flat surface—from a granite countertop to a wall-mounted vanity to an antique dresser. Some sinks are designed to contact the mounting surface only at the drain flange. Others are made to be partially embedded in the surface. Take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cutting holes for sinks and faucets.
A beautiful vessel sink demands an equally attractive faucet. Select a tall spout mounted on the countertop or vanity top or a wall-mounted spout to accommodate the height of the vessel. To minimize splashing, spouts should directly flow to the center of the vessel, not down the side. Make sure your faucet is compatible with your vessel choice. Look for a centerset or single-handle model if you’ll be custom drilling the countertop—you only need to drill one faucet hole.

From: The Complete Guide to Plumbing, 978-1-58923-378-2

What You'll Need

Tools:

Jigsaw
Trowel
Pliers
Wrench
Caulk gun and caulk
Sponge
Drill
Vanity or countertop
Vessel sink
Pop-up drain
P-trap and drain kit
Faucet
Phillips screwdriver

Materials:

Jigsaw
Trowel
Pliers
Wrench
Caulk gun and caulk
Sponge
Drill
Vanity or countertop
Vessel sink
Pop-up drain
P-trap and drain kit
Faucet
Phillips screwdriver

 

Step 1

Vessel Sink Options

This glass vessel sink embedded in a “floating” glass countertop is a stunning contrast to the strong and attractive wood frame anchoring it to the wall.


Step 2

Vessel Sink Options

The natural stone vessel sink blends elegantly into the stone countertop and is enhanced by the sleek faucet and round mirror.


Step 3

Vessel Sink Options

The stone vessel sink is complemented by the wall-hung faucet. The rich wood vanity on which it’s perched adds warmth to the room.


Step 4

Vessel Sink Options

Vitreous china with a glazed enamel finish is an economical and durable choice for a vessel sink (although it is less durable than stone). Because of the flexibility of both the material and the glaze, the design options are virtually unlimited with vitreous china.


Step 5

How to Install a Vessel Sink

Secure the vanity cabinet or other countertop that you’ll be using to mount the vessel sink.


Step 6

How to Install a Vessel Sink

Begin hooking up the faucet. Insert the brass mounting stud into the threaded hole in the faucet base with the slotted end facing out. Hand tighten, and then use a screwdriver to tighten another half turn. Insert the inlet hoses into the faucet body and hand tighten. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten another half turn. Do not overtighten.


Step 7

How to Install a Vessel Sink

Place the riser ring on top of the O-ring over the faucet cutout in the countertop. From underneath, slide the rubber gasket and the metal plate over the mounting stud. Thread the mounting stud nut onto the mounting stud and hand tighten. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten another half turn.


Step 8

How to Install a Vessel Sink

To install the sink and pop-up drain, first place the small metal ring between two O-rings and place over the drain cutout.


Step 9

How to Install a Vessel Sink

Place the vessel bowl on top of the O-rings. In this installation, the vessel is not bonded to the countertop.


Step 10

How to Install a Vessel Sink

Put the small rubber gasket over the drain hole in the vessel. From the top, push the pop-up assembly through the drain hole.


 
 

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