Thursday, 30 July 2009

Choosing a Replacement Bathroom Sink Faucet

Bathroom faucets can change the look of an entire bathroom, or be as understated as you would like. The wide variety of bathroom sink faucets available provides the freedom to choose a bathroom sink faucet that fits your taste and the style of your home. Installing a beautiful new bathroom faucet can be quite rewarding, and there is no need to feel overwhelmed by the plethora of choices out there. Every faucet will not work with every sink, so narrowing down the options to select the perfect faucet may be easier than you think.

First, determine how many holes your sink has and the distance between them. Some sinks have one hole, while others have two or three. For a single hole sink, you know that you will need a single hole faucet. If your sink has more than one hole, you will need to know the distance between the centers of the outer two holes, called the faucet spread, to ensure that you purchase a faucet that will fit. Similarly, a wall mount faucet should be replaced with a faucet of the same mount style.

Another measurement to consider is the distance from the faucet handles to the wall behind the sink. The handles should have enough room to be operated conveniently. If you have limited space between the faucet and the wall, that is a factor to consider when selecting your faucet. Once you have taken all of the necessary measurements, you can limit your faucet options to just those that work with your sink.

With the options narrowed to those that will fit your sink, it is time for the fun part of choosing the style. Bathroom faucet styles range from very simple to intricately detailed antique replicas, and everything in between. Choosing the right faucet style for your home is largely a matter of personal preference, but you may want to keep in mind other factors such as the other fixtures in the room and the style of your home. Coordinating your new faucet with existing fixtures will give the bathroom a cohesive look. If you are replacing all of the fixtures, shopping from a collection will ensure that all of the finishes and styles flow well together. If the rest of your home fits into a particular style, you may consider keeping the consistency by choosing a bathroom sink faucet that fits. There are no concrete rules about coordinating styles, but for instance, a modern faucet may best fit with a modern style home.