Leanne Ford, who co-stars with her brother, Steve Ford, on the HGTV renovation reality show “Restored by the Fords,” has recently installed a rather creative upgrade for those who hate getting out of bed for a glass of water: a bedside faucet.
According to “House Beautiful,” she’d been longing to try this hack in one of her renovations and had even sourced a gorgeous eagle-shaped fixture from a shop in Pittsburgh a few years ago. Installation wasn’t much of a problem since the master bedroom and bathroom in this particular home shared a wall.
Once the faucet was in place next to the bed, she said, “it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”
Granted, middle-of-the-night thirst is a common problem, especially after a salty pepperoni pizza or some movie popcorn. A nearby glass of water seems smart, but if you have little kids, a dog, or, like most people, butterfingers in the dark at 2 a.m., it’ll likely topple over at least once a week.
So, are bedside faucets going to become all the rage, designwise? We checked in with the pros for their take on this look—and here’s what we learned.
Bedside faucets: The next big trend?
Drew Henry, founder of Design Dudes, loves the bedside faucet in theory, as it’s clearly a dream solution for lazy bedtime water drinkers.
“But personally I hate food or beverages in my bedroom space, and any water in this room creates annoyance and can sometimes damage your nearby books or mattress,” he shares.
It’s hard to tell whether there’s a piece of furniture underneath the faucet that Leanne put in, but most homeowners are going to want some kind of table by the bed. “The idea of a tap right where you sleep seems convenient, but I’m sure you’ll still want a nightstand below it—then what happens if you have a leak or the faucet drips?” asks Henry.
Is an actual sink under the faucet the next step?
“I don’t imagine anyone wants a bedside sink,” he says.
The cost to install a bedside faucet
You might pay between $500 to $1,000 to tap into nearby pipes on a shared wall, says Henry, but the cost may end up being prohibitive if you’re unlucky with your floor plan and need to add new plumbing.
“If the master bath is close by, then you can certainly run some piping, but I often feel like the bed is across the room or on the opposite wall from it,” he says.
Bedside faucet vs. wet bar
In a larger bedroom, the general concept could work, notes Henry, especially if you have the space to include a wet bar or coffee station near a sitting area that’s separate from where you sleep.
“Of course this design takes away from the short-term ease of never leaving the bed for a glass of water, but it’s ultimately much more functional,” he says.
Bottom line: Bedside faucets aren’t likely to start trending anytime soon. And unless you have the perfect pipe scenario, don’t bother with this detail.
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