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Make a Splash with Your Remodel: Bathroom Sink Buying Guide

Buying a bathroom sink isn’t just one big decision—it’s dozens of tiny ones. Factors like the size of the sink, the shape you want, and the style you need can all help you find the right sink for your space.

Ready to make waves with your bathroom remodel? Our comprehensive guide dives into everything you need to know about selecting the perfect bathroom sink.

Understand Your Needs

Assess the Space

Let’s start with assessing the space. The space you’re working with can be the deciding factor for finding the best bathroom or kitchen sinks for your project. If you’re working in a pre-existing space with the same overall footprint, your options may be slightly more limited than they would be with a full remodel and expansion.

While bathroom and kitchen vanity top sizes can vary, the standard bathroom sink dimensions typically fall within these parameters, depending on shape:

  • Round: The standard bathroom sink size for most round sinks, whether they’re circular or oblong, is 16–20 inches in diameter.
  • Rectangular: The majority of rectangular sinks are between 19–24 inches wide and 16–23 inches long.

Regardless of their shape, most sink basins are up to 8 inches deep. This can help you determine how much space you can work with from a design perspective, as well as the types of sinks that may work for your space.

Determine a Budget

The budget you set for your bathroom remodel—whether you’re just replacing the sink or redoing the entire bathroom—can also determine your bathroom or kitchen sink specifications. Some sink styles are inherently more expensive than others due to them being more labor-intensive to install or because they’re made of specialized materials.

Choose a Theme

There are thousands of ways to fit different sink styles into any given theme or aesthetic. Here are some of the classics—and some of the boldest statements we’ve ever seen:

  • Nature-inspired: Nothing like drawing upon the wonders of the rainforest to make your bathroom experience feel luxurious! This often entails replicating the look of natural stone with your bathroom sink.
  • Art-deco/gilded: This involves lots of gold accents, straight geometric lines, and plenty of black and white to support the bathroom’s aesthetic. Many bathrooms following this theme use either black or white sinks that mimic the look of marble.
  • Beach and ocean: Most beach-themed bathrooms include a lot of wicker, along with solid white bathroom sinks to create a bright, airy look. However, some designers who want to make a showstopping statement will use solid surface bathroom sinks that are blue to impart a nautical flair.
  • Red: Add an extra “va-va-VOOM!” to your bathroom by having a red sink and other cherry-red fixtures that stand out from an otherwise white bathroom if you really want to show your bold personality.
  • Farmhouse: An urbanized version of this theme has been enjoying the spotlight for the last few years and hasn’t shown signs of completely disappearing. Farmhouse bathrooms frequently use deep, rectangular sinks that prioritize both function and form.

The possibilities are unlimited. No matter which sink shape or color you choose, Durasein can help you find the combination that’s best for the theme you want in your bathroom or kitchen.

Choosing the Right Materials

Solid Surface

Solid surface is an ideal material for bathroom or kitchen sinks because they are durable and can replicate the look of virtually any type of stone or material you may need. Whether you’re looking to create a marble-like texture without paying marble-like prices or you want a bold, bright color for your bathroom, we can help you customize your bathroom or kitchen sinks to fit the exact vision you have for your space.

Ceramic and Porcelain

Ceramic and porcelain are both types of pottery that are made of clay and fired in kilns at temperatures hotter than lava. Ceramic is largely seen as one of the best materials for bathroom sinks because it resists scratches, chipping, and impacts.

Despite its association with dolls and the china your parents received on their wedding day, porcelain can be even tougher than ceramic. Potters fire it at even higher temperatures than ceramic, so it can withstand even more damage, stains, and cracks with little more than daily cleaning.


Glass is a popular choice for vessel sinks because it adds a stylish air to your bathroom with its transparency. They can also be created in specialized colors or shapes if you’re looking for a more customized look in your bathroom.

However, glass can be more fragile than some other materials. It’s prone to scratches and chips, and it can even shatter if you’re not careful. It also shows dirt easily, making it less ideal for people who need a low-maintenance option for their sink. 

Even more, with a few unusual exceptions, you’ll be limited to having a vessel sink—unless you want to have a regular view of the pipes and cleaning supplies you keep under your vanity.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a more popular choice for kitchen sinks in residential settings, but it can be a popular choice for commercial bathrooms as well. 

As the name suggests, this material resists stains and rust. In turn, sinks made of stainless steel are more likely to withstand wear and tear from frequent use in schools, restaurants, hospitals, and other commercial settings. They can also come in multiple different colors and finishes, so you can create a luxurious experience for both commercial and residential bathroom spaces.

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