There’s no better feeling than having your home built and carefully decorated to your taste. To do this, you have to methodically plan out even the smallest details, like how far your faucet should extend into your sink. Installing a faucet in your sink is one of the tasks that need maximum attention because making any mistakes with the measurements could be infuriating.
For instance, a wrongly installed faucet can make a mess around the sink every time you turn on the tap, turning simple tasks, such as brushing your teeth into a colossal nightmare. For this reason, many people take extra care when deciding how far their faucet should reach into their sink.
Luckily, there are ways to figure out the best measurement for installing your faucet in the sink. This article would discuss the things to do to prevent any problems after and during the installment of your faucet in the sink.
Steps You Must Follow for a Perfect Faucet Installation on Your Sink
You shouldn’t just guess how far your faucet will have to extend into the sink. Rather, you should take the following steps to figure out the right dimensions.
Figure Out the Height
The first step to knowing the proper dimensions for your sink faucet is to figure out the ideal height for it. To do this, you’ll have to first consider your personal preferences as there are no hard and fast rules for picking the perfect height for a faucet. A lot of people just choose the height based on their body height.
However, if you have other people sharing the house, you might want to go by more than just your body height and choose an altitude that would be perfect for everyone if they were standing behind the sink- children inclusive.
Many younger kids would need a chair to climb up on to reach the faucet, but as they grow, they would need to have a little more comfort around the sink, so if you want your children to be able to control the taps on your faucet, consider putting your faucet at a height where anyone could reach the controls.
To take proper measurements, follow the following steps. First, measure the distance (in a straight line) from the sides (lateral sides) of the sink to the faucet location. It is important to measure this distance so that you don’t realize you have made mistakes after installing the faucet.
Imagine installing a faucet and then realizing it reaches the sides of your sink. That means you’ll be creating a pretty big mess whenever you turn on your tap.
However, while avoiding having your faucet get to the side of your sink, make sure you get the spout to a position where it can easily clear the edges of the sink. It is only after taking all these measurements that you can be ready for the next step in the process.
If you are sure you have gotten the right measurements, you can go ahead and install your faucet right away; however, if you are experiencing trouble getting the right measurements, you can go to your local plumbing supply store and pay a professional to come to your home to help you out.
Plumbing experts are usually able to tell exactly what you need; they also provide other pre and post-installation advice. They would take accurate measurements and give you a sink that surpasses your expectations.
Getting the Right Faucet Model
There are a couple of important considerations that one has to make when choosing a faucet for their sink. For one, you must choose the right sprayer. Consider your spray-function needs. People who prefer an extended reach would often go with pull-down bathroom faucets.
On the other hand, pullout faucets, which have perfectly streamlined arcs, are much easier to hold and to use. There’s also the option of choosing to buy a spray faucet for your bathroom.
Another important consideration to make is the valve material. Choose a valve that’s both functional and durable so that it lasts long while being extremely useful. Ceramic valves are the best choice as they stay free of drip for years and are known for being reliable.
Thirdly, one must consider the style factor when choosing a bathroom or kitchen faucet. The sink attracts some attention in the bathroom, so you want to make sure it matches the rest of your bathroom’s features. What’s your bathroom style, modern, rustic, contemporary, traditional, or transitional?
Whatever it is, you can find a faucet that matches the same style. Lastly, also consider picking the best finishes for your faucets. Some finishing is better than others.
Some finishes available include bronze, chrome, black, etc. Chrome remains one of the most popular finishing for faucets because not only are they pretty easy to clean, but they are also very durable.
Tips for Measuring the Sink Faucet
Two important things you must consider when installing a sink faucet are the spread and the reach. The reach describes how far the faucet stretches into the sink.
Your measurements would determine how far your faucet reaches into the sink. To get the perfect reach, you have to consider the size of your sink. If you measure your sink wrongly, when you turn on your taps, you’ll always have water hitting too far into the sink basin, causing a lot of splashes.
Spread, on the other hand; describe the faucet hole spacing or the distance between the center hole and the furthest hole on the other side. Faucets with good spread are very important as they will provide spread variety and a flexible water line.
However, knowing the reach and spread is not all you need; also, figure out the kind of mount you prefer, how many holes you need, the style you prefer, and the model that’ll serve the best.
If your faucet has a good reach and spread, and you have figured out all the other considerations, you’re sure to be able to install it successfully with no trouble and use your sink in no time.
Remember that installing your sink faucets by DIY takes patience, time, and money, so don’t be scared to put in any of these to get the best bathroom.