Give your bathroom a unique look with a vessel sink. Installation is easy, and you'll have a modern updated look in no time.
Product costs, availability and item numbers may vary online or by market.
Missing anything? Shop Online
Think about the height of your new sink and vanity. Vessel sinks can be recessed in the counter or sit on top. Pick a vanity that supports the sink at a comfortable height – about 36 inches to the top of the bowl is typical. Taller vanities will work but keep in mind that children might have a hard time reaching over the sink bowl. Also, use a tall faucet with a long spout designed for vessel sinks.
Vessel sinks and vanities are available together as a package or can be purchased individually for a custom look.
Check local building codes before you get started to ensure compliance. And, if you’re not comfortable, call a pro.
Start by turning off the water supply and turning on the faucet to relieve pressure in the lines.
Loosen the nuts to remove the drain pipes and disconnect the water lines from the valves. Use a small bucket to catch water in the pipes.
Cut the sealant along the backsplash. Remove the backsplash if it’s a separate piece from the vanity top. If your vanity is secured to the wall with screws, removal will be easier if you take off the vanity top.
Separate the top from the vanity with a putty knife. Lift it off and back out the screws securing the vanity to the wall. The vanity should now pull out.
Make any necessary plumbing repairs or alterations. If your new vanity has drawers, make sure the plumbing won’t interfere with them.
Use a tape measure to transfer the plumbing locations from the wall to the back of the vanity. Then use a hole saw to cut an opening a little bit larger than the size of the pipes.
For easier installation, remove the doors and drawers.
To prevent splintering on the inside of the cabinet, drill a pilot hole and then use the hole saw from the finished side of the vanity.
Position the vanity so that the holes on the back side fit over the pipes in the wall. Then check that it's level. Use shims to adjust. Some vanities have adjustable feet to help with leveling.
Attach the faucet on the vanity top before installing the top on the vanity. Leave the faucet loose to make adjustments after the sink is installed.
Apply silicone caulk or adhesive to the top of the vanity and position the vanity top in place. Make sure it’s even on the left and right.
Attach the backsplash with adhesive. Then caulk along the joints and let it dry following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Apply a bead of clear silicone caulk to the bottom of the vessel. Position it over the hole on the vanity top. Then assemble the drain, but don’t overtighten.
Some vessel sinks don’t have a flat bottom surface, so they will require a mounting ring to hold the bowl. Apply silicone sealant to the ring and position it over the vanity top hole. Apply sealant to the top of the ring and set the bowl in place.
Some mounting rings require bolts to hold it in place. Drill the holes, insert the bolts and tighten the nuts from underneath. Apply sealant to the top of the ring and set the bowl in place.
Make sure the overflow hole is aligned properly.
After the sealant has dried, install the rest of the plumbing. You might have to cut the tailpiece with a hacksaw to make it fit. When the plumbing is installed, adjust the faucet as needed.
Turn on the water and check for leaks.