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Let’s admit it. Bathrooms in most homes have pedestal sinks and if small, a concern would be how to maximize storage.
Unless one has renovated their bathroom and included a vanity, storage can be such a big concern, and one way to solve this issue is to introduce storage to your pedestal sink.
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What Is A Pedestal Sink?
A pedestal sink is a sink designed to stand on its own. It has no cabinet or vanity around it, instead, it just comes with an upper basin that acts as the attachment point for the faucet and the lower shaft (pedestal).
Usually, the pedestal sink is supported by bolts to the wall and doesn’t actually rest on the pedestal. The pedestal helps to hide the plumbing drain pipes so it gives the impression that the sink is standing on the ground.
In fact, the pedestal can be removed without disturbing the sink or the plumbing. This will expose the ugly plumbing but if you have a good reason to, why not?
Pedestal sinks provide neither lower storage space nor the much-needed countertop surface space for displaying your cute bath products. This makes their simple design a key factor in their popularity.
Because they are so simple in their design, they are perfect for small bathrooms and powder rooms, especially within apartments where the user doesn’t need a ton of storage space in the bathroom. They also save on floor space and are great even if remodeling your bathroom on a budget.
Modern and contemporary pedestal sinks are also perfect for large bathrooms as they make such a stunning statement.
In such large bathrooms where storage can be achieved in other ways rather than with under-sink storage, the pedestal sink can be left to add a ‘wow’ factor.
Before deciding on a pedestal sink, it is important to come to terms with the fact that they offer no storage space below, little or no countertop space, and sometimes, the supply and drainage pipes may be visible after installation.
How To Add Storage To A Pedestal Sink
Whether you have an existing pedestal sink or looking to rip out your old vanity to install a pedestal sink, remember that you’ll need to start adjusting to a lack of storage space.
But since they are better suited to bathrooms where space is limited, including half baths and powder rooms, there are ways to add storage to a pedestal sink. Read on to learn…
1. Build a Vanity or Cabinet Around A Pedestal Sink
The clean look of pedestal sinks come with a significant drawback: no counter space. This poses a challenge when one needs a flat space to set down a razor or makeup or hidden cabinet space to store more towels. Therefore, heavy bathroom users will find them a poor choice.
But to solve the issue, you can build a vanity or cabinet around the pedestal sink. Not only does this add lower storage and countertop space but it will also help conceal the vertical shaft.
This is the right approach in small bathrooms. It adds an element of elegance to your bathroom: with room for a pedestal sink and plenty of adjustable storage underneath, it’s sure to be the budget-friendly focal point of your bathroom space.
However, if storage isn’t a problem for you and you either have storage elsewhere in the bathroom or outside, you don’t need to do this.
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Building a permanent vanity around the pedestal makes it difficult to access the plumbing, which means you won’t be able to fix a leak or remove a clog from the pipes without first disassembling the vanity.
To avoid this situation, you can either remove the pedestal before building the vanity, or build a lightweight vanity that’s easy to move. A ready-to-install vanity can also be bought and put in place easily.
Another option is to bring in a stand-alone cabinet to provide storage space.
2. Add an Under-Sink Organizer
This is a more budget-friendly option that maximizes the use of vertical space under the sink. Such organizers feature several tiers, and hooks to provide more space.
Under-sink organizers are easy to assemble, creating a stable structure that can hold more items including cleaning supplies, and bath products.
When choosing one, find one with sturdy supports to provide better stability and prevents the rack from shaking when stored underneath.
3. Add A Bathroom Stool Under the Sink
If building a cabinet or vanity around the pedestal sink sounds like an involving task, you may consider adding simple stools that will hold items under the sink.
You can position these shelves on opposite sides of the pedestal.
4. Install a Floating Shelf Above the Sink
Installed above or to the sides of a pedestal sink, floating shelves provide ample space for storing your aromatherapy scents, stashing bath and beauty products, and displaying decorative items such as candles, plants, and flowers for a little extra ambiance.
5. Add Hooks
There is very little counter space with a pedestal sink. If you need a place to display or hang hand towels whilst making it easy for users to dry their hands after washing, add hooks to hold the towels.
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In addition to being a way to conserve bathroom space, a pedestal sink can make a lovely minimalist design statement in a bathroom.
If you’re short on ample storage space elsewhere in the bathrooms, you may try any of these ways to add storage to your pedestal sink.