Vessel Sink Setup Instructions

With the rise in popularity of vessel sinks, artisans have produced many exquisite works that beg to be displayed. Vessel sinks are particularly eye-catching since they sit proudly above the counter. Vessel sinks are fantastic since they can be used in any bathroom. Vessel sinks are versatile enough to complement any design style, from minimalist to traditional to rustic and everything in between. This sink style can therefore suit a wide variety of decors.

In terms of installation, a vessel can be “above counter mounted” (mounted on top of the counter) or recessed below the surface by as much as a third or half of its height. Some sinks that look like vessels cross between a drop-in and a vessel type, as they are raised slightly off the tabletop.

Above-counter sinks require a larger opening to accommodate the drain assembly. This part of the sink’s plumbing system is responsible for water drainage. The installation process is simple if your vessel has a flat bottom. To stop water from seeping under the sink from the countertop, we suggest running a bead of silicone around the edge and under the sink. You have a couple of possibilities if the vessel is circular, as it usually is with glass vessel sinks. A craft mounting ring (sometimes included with the sink) or a predrilled hole in the countertop will do the trick.

Many hardware stores and home improvement websites sell convenient mounting rings for vessel sinks. They typically come in various finishes to ensure seamless integration with your sink’s faucet and drain. A vessel mounting ring improves the sink’s stability and seal, which raises the sink above the countertop.

A mounting ring isn’t always desirable due to design constraints. If you wish to install the bowl directly into the countertop, drill a hole at least 3 inches in diameter with a beveled edge. If the vessel is on the bigger side, you may want to make the hole between 5 and 6 inches in diameter to ensure stability. Use transparent silicone as a cushion to fix the sink securely and comfortably. To make the sink lower to the ground, make the hole bigger. The installation will be more stable if the gap is enlarged. Use a scrap of cardboard to try out different drill bit diameters. Begin with lesser size, say 3 inches, then increase it gradually. This will show you graphically how low the vessel will be about the counter at each selected size. Remember to account for the faucet height you’ve chosen when selecting these selections.

Installing the drain in the vessel prior to attaching the sink to the countertop is necessary regardless of the mounting method used. There are two common types of gutters used in vessel sinks. Do you have an overflow in your container? Then a regular drain is what you need. While some exceptions exist, most vessel sinks require a special “vessel style drain” since they lack an overflow. There is a wide variety of drains for vessels to choose from. There is no “pop-up” mechanism in these drains. Grid drains are so named because their tops are arranged in a grid pattern. Grid drains are installed so water can leave the basin, but larger debris is prevented from going down the drain.

Glass vessel sinks require extra care. Make sure there is padding between the glass and the countertop if you set up a glass vessel. This might be as simple as a silicone bead, or you can use a thin piece of rubber to line the opening in your countertop. In addition, the drain assembly shouldn’t be overly tightened. Only tighten by hand, and always read the manual beforehand. The most common cause of glass vessel breaking is a poorly installed drain.

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Jack Healy is one of the founding members of Functional Art Gallery, LLC (also known as Functional Art Gallery), a rapidly expanding network of informative websites aimed at design, architecture, construction, and affluent homeowner communities. The company’s specialty is creating one-of-a-kind architectural and functional works of art for commercial and private clients. Glass Artists Gallery, Sinks Gallery, Copper Sinks Online, and Art Lighting Gallery are only a few branches that make up the more extensive Functional Art Gallery. These sources constitute the most comprehensive assortment of handmade and unique items in North America. Jack, a 20-year veteran of the plumbing and lighting sectors, has published several articles to assist homeowners in making better decisions when shopping for fixtures like sinks and lights.

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