Ideas for Bowl Sinks

Whether you want to pay homage to the days of non-plumbed wash basins or create a spa ambiance, you can incorporate a bowl sink into your bathroom scheme. Bowl sinks, also called vessel sinks, are not limited to your powder room; they work equally well in kitchens and outdoor rooms.

Generally, these sinks are bowl-shaped and rest on top of the counter; tap fixtures are installed in the wall. But bowl sink possibilities are endless -- you will surely find one that fits your home's decor.


Bowl sinks come in a variety of shapes and styles.

Bowl sinks for the bathroom or kitchen are available in a wide range of materials.  Stone vessel sinks generally are made of onyx, marble or granite. Although expensive, they fit nicely with counter tops made with a matching medium.  Glass bowl sinks are elegant, but cannot withstand temperatures exceeding 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Wooden or copper bowl sinks add a rustic flair to a bathroom.  Other metal possibilities are stainless steel, nickel, brass and bronze. The website for This Old House showcases a cloisonne bowl sink, which is a Chinese-inspired metal piece decorated with painted enamel.  Porcelain bowl sinks are generally the most affordable.


Vessel sinks are shaped like salad bowls, candy bowls, mixing bowls or punch bowls.  Bowl sinks are not limited to bowl shapes. For a Zen-style basin, select a piece that is flat in the center and curves up on either side to retain water.  You can also select square, rectangular, trough or irregular shapes.


Bowl sinks need not be installed on top of your kitchen or bathroom counter.  You can attach a vessel sink to the wall along with the taps, or set the sink on top of an ornate pedestal. Or, look for a vanity, side table or chest of drawers from a vintage furniture store or antique shop that matches your vessel sink.  If you do not have plumbing skills, enlist the help of an expert to convert your furniture piece into a sink base.

Convert a Bowl

Ask the Builder discusses how to convert a hammered copper pan into a vessel sink.  If you find a bowl or other item at a flea market made of metal, porcelain, wood or stone, enlist the help of an expert tradesperson to help you convert it to a sink. She will need to cut a hold into the bottom of the bowl and hook up the proper piping. 

About the Author

Michelle Brunet has published articles in newspapers and magazines such as "The Coast," "Our Children," "Arts East," "Halifax Magazine" and "Atlantic Books Today." She earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Saint Mary's University and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University.