Plumber: Seeking a sleek space-saving sink

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

Dear Ed: You recently addressed installing a wall-hung toilet for a small bathroom to save space. While I have a standard toilet in my present bathroom, I would like to remove my box-type vanity sink for a wall-hung sink. This can give me a little foot room. But I don’t want it to look like a commercial bathroom. Do they make attractive wall-hung sinks with the piping concealed?

— Kate, New Hampshire

Dear Kate: In smaller bathrooms, designers and homeowners like to install pedestal sinks for this very reason. With a pedestal sink, you do pick up some space-saving advantages of a wall-hung sink while still getting a true designer look.

However, pedestal sinks do have a slight disadvantage when compared to a traditional wall-hung sink. The floor pedestal can still get in the way when installed in a very tight space.

Good news for you is you can find attractive and versatile wall-hung bathroom sinks that accept factory-matched shroud covers to conceal the piping. The shroud extends down only about a foot, which sounds perfect since you’re looking for some extra foot room.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write