Selecting a Glass Sink for Your Home or Commercial Space

Style trends are constantly changing and evolving.  That much is pretty obvious to anyone who cares about interior design in the slightest, but it’s worth pointing it out anyway.  You see, today we’re here to take a look at one of the newest trends in this space: glass sinks in bathrooms, kitchens, and even places like hotel rooms and plush bathrooms in offices.

With all of this in mind, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of different styles of glass sinks that are out there.  Choosing one amongst the crowd can be somewhat difficult, depending on what you’re looking for and the type of space you have.  Don’t forget that we’re also starting to look ahead to 2024,, so think about what sorts of trends you want to implement into your spaces in the upcoming year.

What are Glass Sinks?

Naturally, before we can discuss how these sorts of sinks fit into a modern interior design style, let’s talk about the basics of what they are and some of their main components.  Glass sinks are bathroom sinks that are made entirely or partially out of glass, as the name suggests.

What about the finer details, then?  Well, these sinks are usually made from tempered glass, which is a type of safety glass that is heated and cooled rapidly to increase its strength and durability.  This allows for some flexibility in terms of how we install them, as well as where they can go.

There are a few other things to keep in mind with them, of course.  For instance, glass sinks are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.  In that vein, they can be transparent, translucent, or opaque.  Essentially, you can make any bathroom with a glass sink work, no matter what specific style you’re after.  

Design-wise, they are known for their sleek and modern appearance and are often used as a focal point in contemporary bathrooms that we see in homes and hotels.  Another perk is that glass sinks are non-porous, easy to clean, and resistant to stains and discoloration.

Caring for them is quite easy thanks to those qualities, as you’ve probably garnered.  In fact, this is probably one of the biggest draws of installing them.  Because they’re non-porous and resist stains and discoloration, the main responsibility that we’ll have as homeowners is to disinfect them as opposed to a ton of deep cleaning all the time to retain the original color and design.

The Styles

Since we’ve covered some of the basics about what these sinks are, let’s explore what sorts of styles they can come in.  After all, sinks do come in many shapes and sizes.

Vessel Sinks

As far as glass ones go, this style is the one that we see the most.  You see, vessel sinks are designed to sit on top of the bathroom countertop, vanity, or whatever other surface you may have. They are also sometimes referred to as bowl sinks or countertop sinks, so you may have heard of them before.  As far as shape goes, they have a bowl-like one.

Of course, they can be made from various materials such as glass, porcelain, ceramic, stone, or metal – we’ll stay focused on the glass options today, though.  What is it about this specific style that seems to speak to so many people?  Some insights can be found on this page, if you’re curious.  

One reason they’re popular is their unique and eye-catching appearance.  After all, they can add a striking element to a bathroom and can be a focal point of the space – something that a lot of folks are after right now. As we’ve mentioned, they come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and styles, allowing for customization to suit different design preferences.

Practically speaking, these sinks are usually installed with a tall faucet that is specifically designed for them, as the faucet needs to reach over the rim of it. Vessel sinks can be installed on a variety of countertop materials and are often paired with vanities that are designed to accommodate their height, since there are some special requirements there.

One final note on them is that they can come with a bit more maintenance than something like an under mount or rimless one.  Why is that?  Well, it’s mainly because there’s a higher chance of water spilling over the rim and splashing on some of the more exposed parts.  Still, they can be a stellar piece for any bathroom.

Undermount Sinks

Compared to the previous entry, these are considered a more “classic” option.  While they won’t necessarily make for an incredibly sleek and modern type of space (design-wise, at least), they’re reliable and can work for just about anyone.  Obviously, they can be made of glass just like the rest of the ones we’re talking about.

Taking a closer look, they are a type of bathroom or kitchen sink that gets installed below the countertop surface. Unlike traditional drop-in sinks that sit on top of the countertop, under mount sinks are mounted underneath.  In turn, this creates a sleek and seamless look that can fit in with any sort of space – whether you’re going for a traditional bathroom or an experimental one.

As with all glass sink options, you can also have them customized in terms of the pattern.  One option that’s become popular is to have some sort of pattern or coloration to the glass that emulated stained glass.  Talk about a centerpiece, right?

Are Glass Sinks Worth the Money?

Unfortunately, interior design is a hobby that’s quite expensive to have.  If you’re someone who enjoys being at the top of the trends that come along each year, you’re probably quite aware of this already.  The question remains: are glass sinks really worth the cost?

Admittedly, it’s a bit difficult to answer this question.  We’ll each have to decide that for ourselves, based on the look and style that we’re trying to achieve.  Still, the benefits that they can bring are nothing to sniff at!