Pros and Cons of a Floating Sink

Obviously, a bathroom is a room in the home for personal hygiene activities, generally containing a sink (basin) and either a bathtub, a shower, or both. In some countries, the toilet is included in this room, for ease of plumbing, whereas other cultures consider this insanitary, and give that fixture a room of its own. One major challenge is trying increase the sensation of space by using fixtures that give an open feeling environment in the bathroom. Enter the floating sink.

Floating sinks are made of many different materials. These include: ceramic, concrete, copper enamel over steel or cast iron, glass, granite, marble and so on. They can make small bathrooms (or any bathroom) look bigger by creating the illusion of increased space. “Floating” sinks aren’t just pretty pieces of bathroom decor which make your bathroom look cool. They can also solve major logistical problems in your bathroom’s layout. Having the sink mounted into a wall leaves plenty of open space between the floor, thus creating that desired open feeling. Moreover, with its stylish look and sleek form, a floating sink is a perfect addition to a bathroom that wishes to embrace modern minimalism.

For space fans such as myself, the more the space, the better. But apart from creating a feeling of spacious environment, floating sinks still have a number of pros and cons that I’d like to share with you.


Sensation of Space

Floating sinks tend to free-up space. Extra free space serves two main purposes. The first is that it makes the room look bigger. The second is that it gives you more room to organize and store toiletries and linens.

Bathrooms are already filled with necessary “stuff:” you’ve got your toilet, bathtub, shower (though these are often just part of the bathtub), and sink cabinet, plus a medicine cabinet, a place to hang towels, mirrors, lights, and a ton of toiletries. These things NEED to be in a bathroom, but the bathroom itself is usually one of the smallest rooms in the house. This puts space at a premium. Now, having space under a vanity won’t give you a huge amount of newfound room, of course. But it will allot you just enough space for a wicker basket or two, perfect for linens, towels, or toiletries.


The possibility of a hybrid

Another great advantage of a floating sink is that it can be combined with a cabinet (typically with a mirror front and used for the storage of medicines and toiletries) to form a hybrid-type. Although, there is a cabinet below the sink, it’s wall hung and doesn’t touch the floor. The interesting thing about this hybrid type isn’t the spaces it provides for keeping stuffs but the aesthetic purpose it serves. Click to see samples



Bracketry required

One of the disadvantages of a floating sink is that it requires bracketry and potentially not just slap it up and forget it bracketry. Some brackets require side access to the wall studs. This means you need to plan on the floating sink when you have access to the wall studs or be prepared to pull the wall covering in that area and patch.

The wall must be sound for the weight

If your choosing a floating sink, then the wall must be sound. To avoid this failure, materials used for the wall must be considerably sound enough to withstand the load imposed by the sink. Again check out the bracketry provided for the sink. Typical 2×4 studded walls can handle the load.

Kids hanging off

Haven’t you seen kids hanging off the railings, the sink or the door handle? If you grew up in home with lots of kids this will probably be no news to you. Experts say that children ages 1 to 4 are more likely to be injured by falls. Generally, kids are happy, playful, adventurous, and inquisitive. Consequently, hanging on sink is inevitable and this pose the risk of breakage to the sink.

Exposed plumbing

Floating sinks may require plumbing to be exposed. Exposed plumbing can actually be a positive as a design feature when matching the finishes between the fixtures, handles and plumbing although it requires extra planning and expense. As a small bonus, easy access to the pipes could make addressing clogs easier.