Built-in sink for kitchen and bathroom


The most fashionable trend of the last decade in the field of housing arrangement, of course, is a different kind of built-in furniture. Especially tight this direction touched plumbing. The built-in sink for the bathroom or kitchen is currently ordered in 70% of cases.

People understood that it is not only fashionable, but also comfortable and beautiful. On the merits of this option and the available methods of installation with their own hands, we will talk further.

Photos of built-in sinks.

Shell varieties

At the moment, due to the high demand for this product, many new offers have appeared on the market. This applies not only to the actual material from which the sinks are made, but also to the varieties of structures, as well as installation methods (see also the article Corner sink for kitchen rooms and bathrooms).

Common materials

The sink built into the countertop in the bathroom can be made of different materials, but ceramics is traditionally the most common. More precisely porcelain or earthenware. If we talk about porcelain products, then the price for them is much higher, they are distinguished by impeccable coating and long service life.

Colored porcelain.

Earthenware plumbing, closer to the budget option, although if you decide to arrange the interior antique, faience, this is what you need. Over time, it will be covered with a barely noticeable grid of small cracks, which will fully correspond to the interior. Such a sink will serve you faithfully for many years and its only drawback will be these very small cracks on the surface.

Important: visually distinguishing new porcelain and faience sanitary ware is problematic. But experts note that with a slight blow, porcelain produces a higher and clearer sound. Plus, the edges of porcelain sanitary ware will shine through the sun.

New faience bowl.

Recessed sinks for the bathroom under the countertop are now in a large assortment made of glass. Do not worry, for this production uses a special non-bending tempered glass. Such products are preferred by the owners with a fantasy who want to furnish their bathroom in an unusual way with a special grace.

The fact is that of the entire range of materials glass has the widest range of colors and shapes. Here you can find everything you want; glass can be transparent, translucent and colored.

In addition, the surface itself may be matte, grooved or glossy. Well, odd shapes in this niche do not count.

Glass plumbing with lighting.

Tip: in the central water supply systems, the water is quite hard, plus there is a mass of special impurities. On the glossy and clear glass whitish streaks will constantly appear. Therefore, in this case, it is better to give preference to matte or corrugated colored shells.

Natural stone products are undoubtedly a good thing, although very expensive. Pompous bowls of granite, onyx or marble always emphasize the solidity and wealth of the owner.

But before you buy them, keep in mind that natural stone requires a special relationship, in particular, it beats all sorts of acids and abrasives, some minerals are able to absorb odors. Plus, all natural plumbing has a serious weight.

Marble bowl.

Relatively recently, articles of artificial stone appeared on the market. Visually, this material is no different from the natural, external texture and even the weight is absolutely the same.

This can be explained by the fact that such a plumber for 80% consists of crumbs of the same natural minerals. Only as a binder, special resins are used, their share is 20%.

Unlike its natural counterparts, an artificial mineral easily tolerates any chemical or mechanical effect. It is hygienic and attractive, there are dyes in its composition, so you can choose a shade suitable for your design.

Acrylic plumbing.

Acrylic plumbing appeared no more than 15 years ago. This is a kind of synthetic polymer, which by its characteristics is not much different from the same earthenware. But the acrylic sink for the bathroom built from above will weigh much less, which gives more opportunities for installation.

If we talk about metal, then the stainless built-in sink under the kitchen countertop is more relevant. Of course, copper and brass sinks are built in from above on the countertop for the bathroom.

But this is a big fan, in addition to the high cost, metal is often made with a perfectly smooth surface and any scratch on it is perfectly visible. Plus, non-ferrous metals fade over time and become divorced.

Twin sink for the kitchen.

Mounting Types

Despite the large range of embedded plumbing, installation methods, there is not so much.

It is also encouraging that the installation instructions for most of the sinks are quite accessible to any home craftsman who owns a perforator and electric jigsaw.

  • The central and leading position in terms of the number of models and ease of installation is occupied by a sink built into the countertop from above. Such a product is placed in a specially carved niche and slightly rises above the level of the table top.
  • One of the varieties of the first option is a bowl, flush with the table top. The installation manual here is about the same as in the first case, only the higher professionalism of the master is needed, since all surfaces will require an exact fit.
Semi recessed, overhead bowl.
  • A semi-recessed sink is often used in small bathrooms, where there is no possibility to install a large cabinet.. In such constructions, the bowl rests only on its rear part, while the front part hangs above the floor in the form of a visor, protruding beyond the borders of the pedestal.
  • Built-in sink, found only in serial or exclusive factory models. Although it is relatively not difficult to hang the bowl technologically, the whole problem is that the internal cut of the table top must be made and processed perfectly. And in handicraft home conditions it is very difficult to do.
  • There are also bowls cast together with the table top.. They are one with the maternal design and are good in that it is enough for you to arrange a reliable support for them, which in principle is not difficult.
Sink under the marble top.

Independent installation

In this case, the sink built into the table top from above will be considered; from a technological point of view, it is easiest to do such work with your own hands. Moreover, in such a universal way, you can easily install both bathroom fixtures for the bathroom and bowls designed for the kitchen.

There are both pluses and minuses. So if you have installed everything correctly, you can not worry about the occurrence of leaks, but on the other hand, you will have to accept the fact that the bowl will rise above the plane of the table and to some extent interfere.

Standard faucet on the wall.

A few words about the instrument

  • As for the drill, you will need it to fix the bollard to the wall and drill a hole for the mixer. The need for the perforation function, in this case, depends on the material of the walls.
  • It is very desirable to have a jigsaw. People who have never been associated with this, argue that you can do with a hacksaw. From experience we can say for sure, cutting a solid tabletop along a broken trajectory with an ordinary hacksaw is very problematic.
  • It is also necessary to take a good screwdriver, and in this case it is a screwdriver, and not a screwdriver.
  • For accurate processing of edges, do not interfere with a set of files with large and medium sized tooth.
  • Be sure to need a sealant, as a rule, silicone and a spatula are taken to distribute the sealant.
  • You may also need pliers.
Marking tabletops.

How to punch a sink

  • To begin with it is necessary to carry out an exact marking. You can of course tinker with the calculations and cut a paper piece. But it is much easier to put an inverted bowl of the sink on the countertop and to outline it along the contour. The bowl should not border on any side.
  • Under the straight stainless kitchen sinks, it is enough to retreat from the edge of the line to the inside of 15 - 20 mm and draw a similar contour.. If the bathroom bowl comes with a bevel, then here you will need to calculate how high you plan to raise it above the table top and then measure the distance. But, as a rule, the same 20 mm is enough.

Important: if you plan to install a sink faucet built into the wall, then it is better to buy it along with the sink in order to immediately determine the size of the spout. If the mixer cuts into the tabletop, then it is also desirable to do the markup and sidebar at the same time.

Niche carving.
  • To cut an electric niche with an internal niche, you must first drill a hole in the niche border into which the jigsaw blade will enter. After that, a niche is cut along the contour.
  • The internal cut, regardless of whether it comes into contact with the sink or not, it is necessary to lubricate it with plenty of sealants so that the tabletop does not damp from the inside.
Niche under a round sink in the kitchen.
  • Sinks for the kitchen are attached from the inside with special brackets that come complete with a sink. Here you need a screwdriver, as the screwdriver can pull and break.
  • Sinks for a bathroom, depending on a configuration can fasten similarly kitchen or keep within on a cut. In the second case, it is desirable to ensure as much as possible the contact between the slice and the bowl. Here files will be necessary for adjustment.
Fixing the bottom of the sink.

Important: all the gaps and gaps between the bowl and the tabletop, as well as between the tabletop and the mixer should be treated with sealants.

Embedded car wash.

The video in this article shows the algorithm works.


At the end of the built-in sink is connected to the sewer drain and water mains. Detailed instructions, with illustrations, on the implementation of such works with their own hands attached to any siphon or mixer.

Bowl under the table top.