A note about antique pedestal sink height:
You may have noticed that all of the older pedestal sinks on our website are fairly low, around 30” to 32” tall compared to the 34” to 36” height of modern fixtures. The reasons for this are somewhat fascinating: Not only are people generally in better health and on average taller in this century, the way people use their sinks has changed as well.
of the things we do standing at the sink today were done sitting down at a makeup table, shaving table, or dressing table.
Daily bathing was not as common then either; the lavatory was commonly used as a basin for an evening sponge bath or hair washing. In an age
when the water heater often had to be lit with a match after a trek to the basement, it was easier to simply pour a teakettle full of hot water into the sink.
was probably the most influencing factor in the style and height of old sinks. The large basins with taps spaced widely apart are perfect for washing hair (no center spout to bump your head on!), and the low height insures that the water will run down into the basin instead of down one’s neck when bent over the sink.
the post-WWI world industrialized and people became more apt to have an “on the go” lifestyle, the ritual of the evening toilet fell by the wayside in favor of daily bathing and a quick shave/ makeup application at the sink. In response to consumer demand, sink heights began creeping upwards at about an inch per 20 years until reaching their present day heights.