Expert advice kitchen and bathroom sink installation, with illustrated step-by-step instructions for installing various types of sinks and sink plumbing.

Installing a sink is a relatively easy job for an experienced do-it-yourselfer, and can often be completed in a weekend. Depending on whether you are installing or replacing a sink in your kitchen or bathroom, several options are available. In this section of HomeTips, we will walk you step-by-step through the methods for installing various types of kitchen and bath sinks.

Installing an Above-the-Counter Kitchen Sink
Installing an Above-the-Counter Kitchen Sink

How to Install a Kitchen Sink

Many types of sinks are available for kitchens, as discussed in the Kitchen Sinks Buying Guide.  Some are installed from above the counter so that their rims sit up on top of the counter. Others are installed from below the counter—these are often used with tile or stone counters. Some, notably those used with solid-surface countertop materials, are a seamless part of the counter itself.

Methods for installing kitchen countertops depend upon the type. For step-by-step kitchen sink installation techniques, see How to Install a Kitchen Sink.

How to Install a Bathroom Sink

As you can see in Buying Bathroom & Lavatory Sinks, a wide variety of bathroom sinks are available. Some have a lip which rises above the countertop; these are known as self-rimming sinks.

5. Set sink in place
Installing a Countertop (Self-Rimming) Bathroom Sink

Other types sit up on top of the counter or are an integral part of the counter. Still others—pedestal sinks and console sinks—are ready-to-install directly at the wall or floor.

3. Position sink & connect plumbing
An Above-Counter Sink Sits On Top


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