The Pros And Cons Of Free Standing Sinks

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“Putting someone on a pedestal” is a saying used when someone sees another person as perfect. It stems from numerous cultures throughout history who would build statues of people of import and put them on pedestals so they can be raised up and admired by all.

Putting a sink on a pedestal has a similar effect, it makes it feel more luxurious and opulent, it makes it seem purposeful.

If you’ve ever considered purchasing a pedestal sink, or just don’t know what they are and would like some explanation, then this article is for you.

So, hold on to your pedestal tight as we explore what makes freestanding sinks so great.


What Is A Freestanding Sink?

freestanding sink

Freestanding sinks are sinks that require no other element to function. A counter top sink has to rest on a counter, while a wall hung sink needs to hang off the wall. The freestanding pedestal sink instead stands on the floor by itself at an appropriate height for the user. So, it does not need to be attached to the wall. In fact, the only connections it needs are the plumbing and if you do that through the floor, you could have a sink completely divorced from the wall if you wish.


How Does A Standalone Sink Work?

They typically work by employing pedestals, large elements made of the same material as the rest of the sink, like acrylic or stone resin. These pedestals raise them up like a statue and allow them to be attached to the floor, so they do not need any other kind of attachment to be safe.

However, some pedestals only act as partial supports. In that case, you will also need to attach it to the wall for extra support. Always check whether a pedestal sink is freestanding or in need of wall supports before making any plans.


The History Of Freestanding Bathroom Sinks

The History Of Freestanding Sinks

Freestanding, pedestal sinks rose to popularity in the early 20th Century. This was because the average bathroom size was quite small and due to their no frills approach, they took up little comparative space to the basin and vanity combo.

During their initial fame, they typically featured thin pedestals that resembled textured columns. This design matched the aesthetic of the time and allowed them to take up as little room as possible, further capitalizing on their innate benefit.

As the 21st Century rolled around, they evolved with the times and the growing bathroom space available. New designs cropped up that featured fuller pedestals that were sturdier and allowed the hiding of piping to aid the minimalist look.

Now, you have plenty of options to choose from, whether you’re pursuing a retro or modern aesthetic, the freestanding pedestal basin has you covered.


Are Pedestal Sinks Outdated?

It’s easy to assume that because something has history that it’s old-hat and no longer relevant, however that is not always the case. Case in point, the freestanding sink. Freestanding bathroom sinks are not outdated because they still provide a utility specific to them which is still relevant today. As well as this, as demonstrated in this article, you can get numerous styles of freestanding pedestal basins which vary from classic to modern.


What Are The Benefits Of Freestanding Sinks?

There are a few core benefits to a freestanding pedestal sink. The clearest one is the element of modularity. Because these basins can stand freely and do not need to be attached to a wall, you can put them pretty much anywhere, as long as you can make the plumbing reach. This allows for a level of customization and personalization of space that other sinks simply cannot achieve. If you are looking to make the perfect, unique space to you, this kind of sink truly is the ideal.

As well as this, because they do not feature any extraneous elements like a counter top or vanity, you can get pedestal sinks that take up a lot less space than their contemporaries. So, if you are decking out your cloakroom and need a sink, but can’t afford to break into the wall with a wall hung sink, these sinks are the answer to all your problems.

On top of all this, they are extremely aesthetic. Freestanding, pedestal basins are very pretty and possess a powerful look that can enhance any space. Whether you’ve gone for a modern or classic

sink design, you can count on a standalone pedestal sink to look the part and make a feature of your fixture.


The Drawbacks Of Pedestal Sinks

Every light has its shadow, and every sink has its shortcomings. So, what are they?

No Storage

The primary issue people may find with pedestal washbowls is that they typically have no inbuilt storage. If you are in desperate need of storage, it may not be wise to get a sink that doesn’t have that multifunctional edge that could save you space in the long run. If you are low on storage, you will want a sink with vanity instead.

Little Counterspace

Bathroom Sink Shelf

Often, as there is no counter attached, you have to solely rely on the surface area of the sink. However, more often than not pedestal washbowls do not feature extraneous surface area, as to keep their pillar aesthetic as clean as possible. If you have nowhere to store your toothbrush or other necessities, this could be an issue. It would be advisable to also purchase a bathroom shelf to aid you in this, or invest in a countertop basin that gives you more surface area to work with.


The Different Styles Of Pedestal Sink

So now you know the basics of what makes a freestanding pedestal basin tick, let’s explore the specifics of the different designs available to you.

Circular Pedestal Sink

Circular Pedestal Sink

A round pedestal basin is a wonderfully elegant sink that truly adds class and that feeling of luxury and opulence to any space. The smooth edges have a calming effect and the round bowl shape mean you maximise the surface area of the bowl while minimizing the space it takes up. If you are looking to feel fancy, a round pedestal sink is perfect for you.

Square Pedestal Sink

Square Pedestal Sink

A square freestanding sink exudes a powerful aura. The strong, sharp lines make it look simultaneously sturdy and smart. This sink design looks purposeful and professional, making it perfect for the person looking to equip their stylish apartment with a touch of suave.

Seven Shaped Pedestal Sink

Seven Shaped Pedestal Sink

If you want unique, you cannot beat the seven shaped sink. This freestanding bathroom sink features a curved, stone resin design that makes it stand out, while also making its plumbing extremely easy to access. This is ideal for anyone looking to make a stunning space with a bit of quirk to it, as well as anyone looking for that ease of use and maintenance.

Vintage Pedestal Sink

Sometimes, it’s best to play the hits. A vintage pedestal sink exudes style and sophistication while taking up minimal space. The textured and detailed look of their classic plinths can add an interesting point of focus to any space and it’s becoming increasingly popular to paint these old adornments bright popping colours, like a baby doll pink to give it that postmodern twist. This is perfect for anyone trying to recreate a classic or breathe new life into it.

Freestanding Bathroom Sink Cabinet

This is where the lines between sink types get blurry. Freestanding bathroom sink cabinets are a type of pedestal that feature inbuilt cabinets, which can be extremely useful. However, you could argue at this point the sink on top of the pedestal basically becomes a counter top sink. Whatever your opinion on the matter, they are a useful option available to you.


What Aesthetic Does A Standalone Pedestal Sink Fit?

Depending on the style of freestanding pedestal basin you go for, it could fit a whole host of different styles. However, there are a few main ones.

The Minimalist Look

Minimalist Sinks

If you go for a sleek, chic round or square pedestal then you’ve got the perfect sink for minimalism. Minimalism is defined by the lack of the unnecessary and the focus on flowing space, function and a clean look. Complete this look with a wall hung toilet, a walk in shower and the occasional plant for increased air quality and a nice aroma.

The Retro Look

Classic Bathroom Sinks

A classically styled pedestal is perfect for the retro look. To further this, embrace a freestanding bath and a classic close coupled toilet. Look for ways to maximise space and use candles to add a nice, nostalgic mood to your space.

The Maximalist look

You can also easily embrace maximalism through the use of a standalone pedestal sink. Maximalism is defined by the use of a lot. A lot of colours, a lot of items, a lot of utility. A lot. Paint your pedestal to bring out the fun factor and maybe purchase a second to make your own set of twin freestanding bathroom sinks. Get multifunctional fixtures like a toilet with a sink on top and a bath with a shower head, and heavily decorate and customize. Maximalism isn’t about saving space remember, it’s about using it.


How Can I Hide The Plumbing Of My Pedestal Washbowl?

If you’re not a fan of exposed plumbing, you may be taking issue with what could seem like a necessary part of the pedestal washbowl experience, but fear not. There are ways to hide the plumbing of your freestanding sink. Here’s how.


An easy way to conceal plumbing is to install your sink in a place that naturally obstructs them. For example, if you put the sink between two cabinets that block either side of it, you won’t be able to see the plumbing behind.

Build Around It

Similarly, if you don’t have a place in the bathroom that naturally conceals the plumbing, you can make one! Invest in some new cupboards or fixtures that fit your aesthetic and block the line of sight between you and that pesky plumbing.

Floor Plumbing

The best way to hide the plumbing is to have plumbing that is explicitly hidden by design. A lot of freestanding washbowls have the option to be installed via floor plumbing instead of wall plumbing. The benefits of this are that the basin will have no visible plumbing at all and will be completely unmoored from the wall.

Hidden Plumbing Sink Designs

As well as floor plumbing, some sinks with wall plumbing are designed in a way to conceal their plumbing. Our seven shaped sink for example has plumbing that is exposed from the sides but hidden from the front, making it an ideal sink to slot in somewhere to completely hide the plumbing.

Bottle Trap

Finally, if you cannot fully hide the plumbing, you can instead make it a feature. Botte traps are beautiful and stylish ways of enhancing the aesthetics of your plumbing, so your exposed pipes look purposeful instead of accidental.



Do Standalone Pedestal Sinks Need A Backsplash?

A backsplash is a small stretch of tiles or other material that protects the wall behind a sink from being splashed by water. They are crucial in kitchens but not always in bathrooms, as you may have tiled walls to start with.

The importance of a backsplash becomes muddied with a freestanding basin, as the sink may be too far away from a wall to warrant one. However, there are a couple of things to consider.

If your standalone sink is against a wall and the wall isn’t tiled, yes install a backsplash. If the wall is tiled, you don’t need one.

But what if the sink is away from the wall? Then you don’t need one! However, it is worth putting in measures to make sure the floor around the vicinity of this free sink is safe. Use non slip, water proof mats to decorate your floor and ensure any water that splashes out of your sink won’t result in you smacking into the sink.


What Taps Are Best For A Freestanding Pedestal Sink?

Wall Hung Taps

The right tap for your freestanding bathroom sink depends on where you have it stand. If you have it against a wall, wall mounted taps are a perfect way of creating an unofficial connection between them visually, while also saving space on the basin.

Conversely, monobloc or mixer taps are ideal for installing directly onto the basin due to their extra functionality comparative to their size.

If you’re going for the uber stylish approach, you could fit a freestanding tap for your freestanding basin. While larger ones are typically used for baths, it is possible to find ones appropriate for sinks. This adds a really distinct and purposeful look to your sink that stands out from the crowd.


What Trap Is Best For A Standalone Sink?

Bottle Trap

Once again, this all depends on where you place your sink.

If you are placing your sink away from a wall, you will need an S-Trap that plumbs into the floor rather than the wall. This trap is what allows your sink to be independent from the wall and is a necessity.

If you are plumbing into the wall, we recommend a bottle trap due to their multifunctionality and ease of access. They have a built in, detachable base so you can easily unclog them and retrieve any lost items.


What Kind Of Bathroom Is Best For A Pedestal Sink?

The great thing about a standalone pedestal basin is it suits all kinds of bathrooms due to its maneuverability. However, it is that maneuverability that makes it especially useful in smaller bathrooms or spaces like cloakrooms. The standalone pedestal basin is ideal for any smaller space where you need to make the most of the room available and potentially fit your sink into an awkward area.


What Size Standalone Basin Should I Get?

For a small bathroom or cloakroom, a 400mm basin and pedestal is ideal, as it is extremely compact. Our Colossum 31 is a 405mm stone resin standalone basin and perfect for any bathroom looking to slot their pedestal into a small space.

If you are looking for a roomier basin, then our Colossum 33 is perfect for you. The Colossum 33 is a 510mm round basin that is perfect for any modern bathroom looking to make full use of its size.


Are Freestanding Sinks Just For The Bathroom?

Outside Sinks

No, many people use standalone sinks in their kitchens and outdoor areas. Much like in the bathroom, a freestanding sink can save you space in any environment. This is especially important in a kitchen, where the more room you have, the more food you can make. As well as this, a freestanding sink make a great addition to any outdoor kitchen area. The fact it does not need to be connected to the wall means you are free to put it wherever is most convenient. It is recommended you go for a stainless steel freestanding sink if you are putting it outside, just so it can withstand the elements!


Is A Commercial Freestanding Sink Right For My Business?

Yes, it probably is! A commercial freestanding sink is ideal for any business because it can be fitted wherever you need. Plus, it is not inhibited by having extraneous elements attached that could get in the way and be detrimental to your business. For example, if your café or restaurant kitchen needs to be able to fit in multiple sinks, commercial freestanding sinks are ideal as you can spread them out however you need and they take up little room, so you are more likely to be able to fit them. This will also make uninstallation easier, as you will not have to tear up any counters to move them.


Where To Buy A Standalone Sink

We sell a great variety of high quality freestanding pedestal sinks that would be great in any home directly from our website.


How To Install A Freestanding Sink

Install A Freestanding Sink

The first step, is to get a professional. Freestanding bathroom sinks can be difficult to install, so it is always best to be done by a qualified professional. Here, we outline a rough guide for those curious, but you will need to check with your provider what the specific basin you are installing needs before installation. You don’t want to install a basin without all its supports, or connect a basin to the wall when it doesn’t need to be.

For our rough guide, we are focusing on freestanding basins that do not need to be connected to the wall. But we do recommend you consult the supplier and an installation expert for this task.

Prepare The Floor

Now, you need to mark up where you are going to install your freestanding pedestal basin. As you are not beholden to a wall, you can choose wherever you want. However, there is an important caveat. Your freestanding basin will have to be positioned over your drain pipe entry. If the location of the entry to the drain pipe does not line up with where you wish to place your basin, you will have to reroute the pipe to match your desired position. This kind of complication is why it’s always best to get a professional involved!

But say you are installing over your drain pipe entry, simply measure and mark up the floor space where you will be installing the basin. You will then have to cut that part of the floor out of the rest, so you can access the subfloor and piping.

Install The Sink

Now to install the sink, you will have to fit the water inlet tubes and the drain pipe to the sink trap, then bolt or screw the basin to the subfloor. Depending on your basin, you may need a further anchor, such as lumber. Sidenote: if you were attaching it to the wall, you may need to brace it to the wall as well.

Use Silicon To Seal The Sink

Once all the connections are made and the sink is secure, seal it using silicon and test for leaks. Then, you are done, congratulations!


How To Uninstall A Standalone Sink

But say you are replacing your standalone pedestal basin with a brand new shiny one, how do you uninstall it?

This is actually quite simple! Simply cut the seal, unscrew or unbolt the pedestal from the floor, disconnect the piping and the trap and tada, you can remove the sink.

You will have to repair the floor to some extent, to make sure it is safe to install a different sink on top or to refloor so you can install a sink elsewhere.


How To Clean And Maintain A Freestanding Pedestal Sink

Cleaning Sink

Cleaning a pedestal basin is actually very similar to cleaning most sinks. Antibacterial wipes and warm soapy water are your friends. The main difference when it comes to cleaning one is that you need to clean more, as there is now a fully exposed pedestal to clean as well. Depending on the type of pedestal, you may even have exposed plumbing to clean to! This is definitely something to consider when installing a standalone pedestal sink, but you shouldn’t let the prospect of a little more cleaning put you off the sink of your dreams.

If you need to perform maintenance, it is extremely easy with an exposed plumbing pedestal, as all the plumbing you could need is extremely accessible. However, it is a bit more difficult with a pedestal that conceals the plumbing as you would have to at least partially uninstall it to access some parts.


The Price Of Freestanding Sinks

Naturally, freestanding basins are some of the more expensive types of basins. This is because they do not need any other fixtures to operate. Whereas, counter top basins and semi-recessed basins need counters. Wall hung basins also don’t need any other fixtures to operate, but feature a more subdued aesthetic, whereas pedestal basins have a great stature to them that helps create a dominant centerpiece without taking up much space.


To Conclude

As you can see, the freestanding pedestal basin is a wonderful thing that gives you so much opportunity and utility in the bathroom. From decoration to function, it is the ideal sink for many and maybe, the ideal sink for you.