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Depth of Bathroom Sink

Helen
27 de Agosto de 2018

I am selecting a bathroom sink. It will be undermounted and I am leaning towards a rectangular shape.


I am confused by the depth of the rectangular sinks. I was looking at a Toto model and the depth is 4" which seemed quite shallow. I then started looking at other options and a Kohler version (the Kathryn) has a depth of 3" which is even more shallow.


Am I missing something in terms of what the appropriate depth of an undermount sink should be. I am more familiar with standard bowls which slope down so the middle seems deeper.


Is 4" or even 3" the norm for a rectangular bathroom sink - undermounted if that figures into the calculation of appropriate depth.


Thanks.

Comentarios (14)

  • Nancy in Mich

    Remember that an undermounted sink will have an inch to an inch and a half of stone above the rim of the sink, so it will be that much "deeper" below your work surface.

    Helen agradeció a Nancy in Mich
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    Helen agradeció a Aquatica Plumbing Group
  • Helen

    @tatts - I have no idea why you are frequenting the houzz forums questioning why people are asking questions.

    You responded in the same belligerent manner on a thread started by someone having extreme difficulties with regard to electrical work in her NYC coop.

    If you feel a thread is a waste of time, do yourself and others a favor and don't read and don't respond. This forum exists for people to seek advice from others who have hands on experience or might have meaningful insight or know of alternatives with better functionality or whatever else people remodeling and decorating their home seek advice on.

    You also reveal your ignorance by stating that bathrooms sinks are small as if all bathrooms sinks were the same size and depth which is completely untrue which means you don't even have adequate knowledge on the subject so your posts are doubly meaningless. Obviously bathroom sinks differ quite a bit in both size, shape and depth. Since most people don't buy bathroom sinks that often and don't have the ability to check out every possible sink in person, input is sought on sinks or whatever else people have questions about.

    Do yourself and others a favor - don't respond if you add nothing to the dialogue - go read a book or cook a paella or whatever other more meaningful activity you can engage in other than reading posts that seem to annoy you.

  • Mrs Pete

    My first house had DEEP bathroom sinks, and I didn't appreciate them 'til I moved. The brand was nothing special: I think they were American Standard overmount sinks. I suspect they were inexpensive, but they were so functional.

    My current sinks are really pretty but shallow -- I'm going to guess 4" deep -- and I hate them. If you turn the water on with any force, it splashes back at you. We're all in the habit of drizzling the water out, but guests often soak themselves.

    I don't see what difference rectangular vs. round/oval would make in the equation, but I do like the look of rectangular sinks.

    Helen agradeció a Mrs Pete
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    Wm. H. Fry Construction Company

    You can view many sinks by size, depth, shape etc... at faucetdirect.com although I do suggest to purchase locally if you can. This website has many brands all in one place for inspiration. Here's a link for rectangular white sinks priced low to high:
    https://www.faucetdirect.com/bathroom-sinks/c55?f21716=undermount&f17776=whites&f17858=rectangular&r=48&s=PRICE_LOW&p=1&categoryid=55

    Also, here are a bunch of Houzz stories about bathrooms. The first one is all about bathroom sink size:
    https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/query/rectangular-bathroom-sink

    Finally, once you've narrowed down your choices, hire a designer who can help you navigate the nuances for a perfect bathroom.

    : ) Rhoda

    Helen agradeció a Wm. H. Fry Construction Company
  • Helen

    @Fry - I have visited websites with sinks and do have various sink options saved but I am seeking people with actual experience regarding functionality in terms of whether a relatively "short" rectangular under mount sink is less functional than a deeper sink.

    My designer and I both think a rectangular under mount is best in terms of design and the ones I am finding are relatively short in comparison to oval bowls I am used to.

  • PRO
    Wm. H. Fry Construction Company

    You'll also need to figure out how your faucet interacts with the sink. Good to know you've got a designer on board to help you! : ) Rhoda

    Helen agradeció a Wm. H. Fry Construction Company
  • Helen

    Thanks for the advice on the faucets. Mine are somewhat high arced wide spread faucets. Not extremely high but the normal higher for bathroom faucets.

    I had wondered whether water on a relatively short sink would create excessive splashing. I don't want to have to think too much about turning on a faucet :-)

  • hazelcraddock

    We have the Kohler Archer sinks. I love them. Being female I wash "delicate undergarments" out by hand and they are deep enough to do this. Also, deep enough that there is no "splash back." However, when the granite countertop was fabricated, we were charged an additional fee for the tighter sink corners. Not sure if this is standard practice today.

    Helen agradeció a hazelcraddock
  • Helen

    The Kohler Archer seems to have some kind of ledge around the interior - maybe I am misinterpreting the online pictures though.

  • RaiKai

    Maybe it is a perception thing - I have rectangular Kohler undermounts (Verticyl) and they seem fairly deep and I have no issues with splash back or anything; yet when I look at the measurements it gives a height of 6 3/4” but actual “water depth” is 3 1/8”.

    Photo from Kohler site:

    Helen agradeció a RaiKai
  • Helen

    Thanks to all who offered guidance as it helped me clarify. The dimensions of the "basin" are indeed somewhat deceptive in terms of the actual depth of the under mounted bathroom sinks.

    I checked all of the Kohler models and found there wasn't a huge amount of difference and that even the most shallow models were about 5.5" which is the depth of the bathroom sink in the apartment I am currently renting during my remodel.

    The Kohler Archer is the deepest and actually is almost as deep as my 8" kitchen sink :-) so I probably don't need something quite as deep as that.

    Here are the measurements of the various sinks people have recommended.

    As can ben seen the spec for "basin depth" makes the sink appear shallower than what I take to be the functional depth of the sink - i.e. the height since an under mounted sink would have depth equivalent to top to bottom - unless I am missing something like the width of the material comprising the bottom of the sink.

    All of the Kohler sinks are a bit deeper than the Toto Atherton but I don't think 5 7/8" versus the 6 3/4" of the Kohler sinks would function significantly different in terms of depth. The Kohler Archer is an outlier at 7 1/2" might be overscale for my relatively small bathroom but I will discuss the final choice with my designer.

    Thanks to all for their very helpful assistance.

    Bathroom Sink Measurements


    Toto Atherton

    • Height: 5-7/8” (measured from the bottom of sink to the top of the rim)
    • Overall Width: 16-3/8” (measured from the back outer rim to the front outer rim)
    • Overall Length: 21-3/8” (measured from the left outer rim to the right outer rim)
    • Basin Width: 13-3/8” (measured from the back inner rim to the front inner rim)
    • Basin Length: 17-3/4” (measured from the left inner rim to the right inner rim)
    • Basin Depth: 4” (measured from the center of basin to the rim)


    Kohler Katherine

    • Overall Length: 19-3/4" (left outer rim to the right outer rim)
    • Overall Width: 15-5/8" (back outer rim to the front outer rim)
    • Height: 6-3/4" (bottom of sink to the top of the rim)
    • Basin Width: 13" (back inner rim to the front inner rim)
    • Basin Length: 17" (left inner rim to the right inner rim)
    • Basin Depth: 3" (center of basin to the rim)
    • Installation Type: Undermount
    • Number of Faucet Holes: 0
    • Drain Outlet Connection: 1-3/4"


    Kohler Archer

    • Overall Length: 19-7/8" (measured from the left outer rim to the right outer rim)
    • Overall Width: 15-5/16" (measured from the back outer rim to the front outer rim)
    • Height: 7-1/2" (measured from the bottom of sink to the top of the rim)
    • Basin Width: 13" (measured from the back inner rim to the front inner rim)
    • Basin Length: 17-5/8" (measured from the left inner rim to the right inner rim)
    • Basin Depth: 3-3/4" (measured from the center of basin to the rim)
    • Installation Type: Undermount
    • Number of Faucet Holes: 0
    • Drain Outlet Connection: 1-3/4"


    Kohler Vertical

    • Overall Length: 19-13/16" (measured from the left outer rim to the right outer rim)
    • Overall Width: 15-5/8" (measured from the back outer rim to the front outer rim)
    • Height: 6-3/4" (measured from the bottom of sink to the top of the rim)
    • Basin Width: 13" (measured from the back inner rim to the front inner rim)
    • Basin Length: 17-1/4" (measured from the left inner rim to the right inner rim)
    • Basin Depth: 3-1/8" (measured from the center of basin to the rim)
    • Installation Type: Undermount
    • Number of Faucet Holes: 0
    • Drain Outlet Connection: 1-3/4"


  • loobab

    Hi Helen-

    I don't know about the depth.

    But I would get as wide and long as you can fit.

    Otherwise, when you wash your face you will splash all over the place.

    And not too low, so you won't have to bend down too much.

    Oh, and about the depth, do you ever rinse anything in the sink?

    If so, you'll want a deeper sink.

    Helen agradeció a loobab
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