Have you ever thought of your bathroom sink as a thing of beauty? If not, consider the ramp sink. It is one of the hottest trends in bathroom design these days. It is the epitome of classic, clean minimalism in a room that tends to not get as much attention as it deserves.
The ramp sink is so named because of its sloping design. Rather than featuring a bowl in either a circular or oblong shape, a ramp sink tends to be rectangular. It is shaped as a ramp sloping downward from front to back. A slit at the bottom of the ramp serves as the drain.
Salt Lake City’s Modern Craftsman a functional art studio who makes custom concrete sinks, says concrete is one of the more common materials for modern ramp sinks. Concrete offers the benefit of manageable cost along with customization in finish, color, etc.
There are four styles of ramp sinks:
1. Wall Mount Ramp Sink
A wall mount ramp sink is mounted to the wall behind it. If installed in a corner, it can also be attached on the short side. The key thing to remember here is that a wall-mounted sink’s fixtures are attached directly to the sink.
Wall-mounted sinks are supported entirely by the walls on which they are mounted. This is to say that there is no cabinetry beneath. As such, the biggest drawback is a lack of storage space. You get the clean, sleek look of a modern ramp sink without exposed plumbing. But you have to find other options for storage.
2. Floating Ramp Sink
A floating ramp sink is similar to a wall mount model in the sense that it is attached to the wall behind it. What makes it different? The fixtures are not attached to the sink in any way. Rather, they are mounted on the wall. This essentially gives you at least five separate pieces.
The floating ramp sink requires a bit more work to install. On the positive side, you wouldn’t necessarily have to replace fixtures if the sink were damaged beyond repair, or you simply decided you wanted something different. You could use the same fixtures and just replace the sink itself.
3. Under-Mount Ramp Sink
An under-mount ramp sink is one installed with cabinetry. The ‘under mount’ designation comes from the fact that the sink is installed through the underside of the cabinet so that its top surface is flush with the vanity’s counter space. This provides more area for things like tissue boxes, air freshness, etc.
Your big advantage with an under-mount sink is the extra storage. You can also hide your plumbing from view, which is important to some people. On the downside, under-mount sinks require more work to install. They are also harder to repair.
4. Double Ramp Sink
Finally, you have the double ramp sink. Its determining feature is its length. As the name implies, it is a double sink perfect for accommodating two people side-by-side. There are separate fixtures for both.
A double sink can be installed as a wall mount, floating, or under-mount sink. In commercial settings, the floating option works well. And in fact, there have been instances in which craftsmen have designed wall mount sinks capable of accommodating half-a-dozen or more users simultaneously.
Ramp sinks are all the rage right now. If you are looking to modernize your bath and are not afraid of materials like concrete, you might want to consider installing one. Just make sure you have a master craftsman do the job for you.