Buyer's Guide to Basins: Choosing the Right Type for Your Bathroom


Choosing the perfect basin for your bathroom can be a difficult task, given the range of choice on the market today. Here’s a little guide to bathroom basins to help you on your way.

Pedestal Basins

Pedestal basins are the most popular and most cost effective basin purchase throughout Britain. The pedestal section of the basin not only looks sleek and contemporary but also supports the basin and masks the pipework in the walls or floor. Pedestal basins come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as with a variety of tap holes to suit almost any bathroom.


Wall Mounted Basins

Wall mounted basins are a great space saving tool when fitting a new bathroom. Because they aren't touching the floor they create an illusion of greater space in your bathroom, and help to make it less cluttered. Wall-mounted basins are usually fitted with either a chrome-plated bottle trap underneath, or with a matching white ceramic semi-pedestal. The latter has become increasingly popular because it is easier to keep clean than a polished chrome bottle trap, whilst still giving a stylish wall-hung look.


Semi Recessed Basins

Semi-recessed basins are crafted for use with ledges, shelves or with coordinating bathroom furniture. The front of the basin usually has a smooth and rounded edge with the reverse specifically cut to fit easily into where it’s needed to sit. The end result is that the basin looks like a seamless part of the furniture.


Traditional Basins

If you’re going for more of a vintage or traditional look in your bathroom then the traditional basin might be the choice for you. A traditional basin often includes intricate detailing and timeless styling, complete with either a full pedestal or perhaps some form of vanity unit.


Cloakroom Basins

Cloakroom basins are a fantastic space saving solution for the smaller toilet or guest bathroom. Usually consisting of a 1 or 2 tap hole basin and a half pedestal or chrome bottle trap, the cloakroom basin is a perfect choice if you’re a bit short for space.


Countertop Basins

Also known as vessel basins or sit-on bowls, countertop basins are often the choice of the contemporary or minimalistic bathroom design. It usually sits on top of a worktop or shelf and is paired with a tall basin tap or wall mounted basin taps. Since countertop basins are not built for a distinct purpose, such as saving space or fitting into a corner, they are available in all sorts of stunning shapes, sizes, finishes and designs.


Corner Basins

Just as the name suggests, the corner basin has been designed to fit into a right angle corner in almost any room. They are ideal for cloakrooms or smaller bathrooms where the only available space is in the corner of the room. Available in both wall-mounted and floor standing forms, the corner basin is a practical and affordable solution for your space.

The choice of basins available nowadays is vast, from the humble pedestal basin through to the stylish sit-on bowl. Wall-mounted basins with a half or 'semi' pedestal are very popular due to the illusion of space they create.

If you're looking to add fitted furniture to your bathroom you will likely require a semi-recessed basin, where the basin sits partially into the furniture.

Or perhaps you're seeking a stylish and compact cloakroom basin that takes up as little space as possible.


Ready to start shopping? Visit our basins & sinks page here as a starting point.



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