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  • Writer's pictureAnna O'Grady

What is a counter top sink and why we pair them with our bathroom vanity units?

We get a lot of enquiries from clients when planning their bathroom renovations. One topic that often comes up is whether or not they should go for a counter top sink or a drop down, undermounted basin with their bathroom vanity unit. It really is a personal choice but here’s why we tend to encourage clients to opt for a counter top sink.

I suppose in the first instance, let's define the counter top sink. A counter top sink sits on top of a counter top. We generally opt for a stone silestone countertop, as this is a hardwearing, waterproof material. This creates a sleek and modern look that is ideal for contemporary bathroom designs, as well as a more classic look.

This type of design is, however, not new. It has been around for a very long time. Visit your local antique shop and you’ll see examples of Victorian wash stands or dry sinks. They were essentially a wooden vanity with a stone counter top and sitting atop that, a jug and basin for washing. The stone served the same purpose, to protect the wooden cabinet underneath.

Antique dry sink with jug and basin
Antique Wash Stand

One of the main benefits of using a counter top sink is that it allows for more storage space underneath the vanity unit. With an undermount sink, a lot of room is taken up by the sink itself. This can limit the amount of storage space available for towels, toiletries, and other bathroom essentials. By using a counter top sink, you can maximise the amount of storage space available and keep your bathroom clutter-free.

Another advantage of counter top sinks is that they provide more space on the countertop itself. This can be particularly useful when you're getting ready in the morning and need space to apply makeup or brush your teeth. With a counter top sink, you'll have plenty of room to spread out your toiletries and keep everything within easy reach.

We value the importance of both functionality and beauty when it comes to designing a bathroom vanity. The reason we don’t put undermounted sinks in our Fernside or Bayside bathroom vanity units is that clients will lose the use of the top drawer. We want our clients to have as much storage space as possible, without sacrificing the look they want. If on the other hand, you do opt for an undermounted sink, the Hudson Oak bathroom vanity unit does allow for this as it has doors, as opposed to drawers. There is ample space in this instance for a drop down sink.

At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice, which type of sink you choose for your bathroom. We are more than happy to discuss your design options with you. Contact us with any questions on Instagram or email

Until next time.


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