P-traps, they’re the pipe under the sink that drains your water away and are literally shaped like a sideways ‘P’. They’re great at catching things on their way out like earing’s and wedding rings (thank god!). They’re also there to hold water to prevent any toxified air from backing into your bathroom from the pipes. Typically, p-traps are not seen, but with open shelving vanity design, the pipe needs a little more attention.
A common Don’t for vanities w ith open shelving is installing one without changing the design of the p-trap, whether it be made of PVC or metal. The cheap ones are meant to be used in cabinetry that will hide them, they’re not meant to be seen. The solution? A decorative p-trap. You can get all kinds now-a-days! You can choose from a variety of styles like traditional, modern, contemporary, cottage chic, etc.
The direction of the p-trap is also important, directing them to a wall because it’s easy, does not make it okay, the direction of the water should be disguised within the walls. The solution? Always centre your p-trap to the wall behind the sink. This keeps it clean, simple and symmetrical. The fact that your p-trap is now visible turns it from functional piping, to another decorative fixture. It costs a little more, but is well worth it!
All in all, p-traps are important when they are seen. It’s a detail that is often not visible, and more often it’s over looked, but it can easily distract or destroy a well designed bathroom. Once again, vanities are make or break components because of their flexible designs, they’re typically a showcase piece in bathrooms and the fixtures should be treated as show pieces as well, otherwise it can quickly go down the drain!