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Pedestal sinks: Faddish, Fabulous or Folly?

6a00d8341c630a53ef00e54f306ac48834-800wiI’m considering a pedestal sink for my 40-square-foot bathroom and I wonder if it’s a mistake. It’s exactly what I want for the space, and it’s consistent with the vintage look of the house.

But I’ve been warned by a designer I respect that I will regret installing that sink and that I will eventually try to put a skirt around it to create storage space underneath. All that’s under my raggedy old vanity now is a can of Comet and my house-sitter’s shower cap. What’s the big deal in losing that space?

Then, I read this in a column by architect Arrol Gellner:

Myth: A pedestal sink is the best choice for a small bathroom. Fact: Current design fads notwithstanding, a sink in a well-designed vanity cabinet will not only provide far more usable countertop area, but also a good bit of storage below — a feature that’s even more important in a small bathroom than in a large one.

But you know how it is when you want what you want?

So what do you think? Should I go with my gut? Or heed these voices of reason?

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