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Matte black porcelain bathroom sink with shiplap walls and oak vanity top with gold mirrors.
Quick Guide to Bathroom Sink Mounting Techniques
June 18, 2021

You’ve got your heart set on the bathroom sink of your dreams. But how are you going to mount it to your countertop?

Your bathroom sink mount style might not seem like a big deal — but it is. The way you mount your sink will affect the form and function of your bathroom for years, so it’s worth learning a little bit about it.

Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about bathroom sink mounting techniques (in less than 5 minutes!).

Topmount porcelain bathroom sink with herringbone marble backsplash and an antique bronze faucet.
Topmount porcelain bathroom sink with herringbone marble backsplash and an antique bronze faucet.

Topmount

Topmount

Topmount sinks (sometimes drop-in sinks) are mounted to the top of the counter. They are mounted by cutting a hole in the counter and dropping the sink in. The edges of the sink are sealed to the top of the counter.

This is the most traditional sink mount style. It’s also more affordable because it requires less precise measurements.

On the downside, this style can be more difficult to clean, as debris can get stuck in the crevice between the sink and the counter.

Topmount sinks are recommended for less durable countertops such as wood or laminate.

Copper undermount bathroom sink with marble countertop and emerald green cabinetry.
Copper undermount bathroom sink with marble countertop and emerald green cabinetry.

Undermount

Undermount

Undermount sinks are mounted below the countertop. They create a seamless look between your sink and counter, and they make cleanup easier. Moisture and debris will wipe easily into the sink, as there are no cracks or creases to get in the way.

Undermount sinks are stylish and quite popular in modern bathrooms. But they’re more expensive to mount and they come with some restrictions based on your countertop material.

Your countertop material must be very durable to support an undermount sink.

Double vanity undermount to laminate porcelain sink with crisp marble countertops inside of a modern bathroom design.
Double vanity undermount to laminate porcelain sink with crisp marble countertops inside of a modern bathroom design.

Undermount to Laminate

Undermount to Laminate

You don’t always need a topmount sink for laminate countertops. Thanks to MR Direct’s SinkLink, you can now affix an undermount sink to your laminate countertop. With SinkLink, you get the best of both worlds—an affordable laminate countertop and a stylish undermount sink.

This is a huge benefit if you want a porcelain sink in your modern bathroom. Previously, you couldn’t mount an undermount porcelain sink to a laminate countertop. With SinkLink, you can.

Here’s how it works.

SinkLink is a durable rim that attaches to the underside of your counter. The undermount sink is then mounted to the SinkLink rim instead of the counter.

SinkLink reinforces your counter and provides the support needed to hold your sink. It also prevents the sink from contacting the counter directly, which protects against water damage and wear and tear over time.

Contemporary bathroom design with PolyStone bathroom vessel sink and granite countertops with mid century accents and style.
Contemporary bathroom design with PolyStone bathroom vessel sink and granite countertops with mid century accents and style.

Vessel

Vessel

Vessel sinks are basins that sit on the countertop. This sink looks a bit like a bowl resting on your counter. The rim of the sink is usually about 6 inches above the countertop.

These are some of the most stylish sinks, as they come in many different materials such as glass, copper, and bamboo. They may also feature decorations or patterns around the basin.

Another perk is that vessel sinks are affordable and easy to install. You only need to cut a small hole in your counter for a drain. Installation typically takes less than an hour and requires no hardware.

However, you may need to drill faucet holes in your countertop or your wall. Vessel sinks don’t usually have faucet holes included.

Now, you’re ready to choose your bathroom sink and mounting style.

Your most affordable options are topmount sinks and vessel sinks. Topmount is best for traditional bathrooms while vessels are stylish and contemporary.

Undermount sinks are a bit more expensive, but they look fantastic and they’re easier to clean. If you want the undermount look without spending extra cash, use SinkLink to mount your sink to a laminate counter.

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