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.
How Do I Choose A Bathroom Sink?
The right bathroom sink for your home will largely depend on the layout of your current bathroom. There are a few key things you'll need to consider:
- The size of your bathroom.
- The location of other fixtures such as your toilet and shower.
- The location of your existing basin plumbing.
- How you want your sink to look.
What is The Best Material For a Bathroom Sink?
The most common material for a bathroom sink is Ceramic. This includes fireclay ceramics and vitreous china.
Ceramic sinks are popular as they are available in many different shapes and are easy to clean. As they are popular, you can also find ceramic sinks at a variety of different price points to suit any budget.
Solid surface basins are distinguishable by their clean lines and lack of seams. They have a modern, minimalist look and are also very easy to keep clean.
Basins can also be constructed from metals including stainless steels and aluminium. These striking finishes can really help your bathroom stand out from the crowd and will look great if you want to create a modern space. However, it should be noted the striking finishes of these sinks do need some extra care to continue looking their best.
What Size Bathroom Sink Do I Need?
There is no real standard or average size for a bathroom sink. The size you need will be dependent on how much space you have in your bathroom and how you want your basin to look.
If you're fitting a basin in a cloakroom, you'll want something small & compact. If you're fitting a sink in a large family bathroom, you'll have a much greater range of sizes to choose from. If you're looking to install a countertop basin, pay close attention to the size of your vanity unit to ensure the basin will fit.
Types Of Bathroom Basin:
- Full Pedestal Basins
- Semi Pedestal Basins
- Wall Hung Basins
- Countertop Basins
- Washstand Basins
- Corner Basins
- Semi Recessed Basins
- Inset Basins
- Cloakroom Basins
Full Pedestal Basins
Full pedestal basins are very popular in the UK. The basin is attached to the wall with these basins and the pedestal is only there for cosmetic reasons to hide the pipework. As they are a popular style you will have a great selection of different designs to choose from.
Semi Pedestal Basins
Another popular basin type, semi pedestal basins attach to the wall with a pedestal to hide the plumbing. Like a wall hung toilet, these basins give the illusion of extra space so are great for smaller bathrooms.
Wall Hung 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.
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.
Usually traditional in design, washstand basins are a great way to create the illusion of extra space in your bathroom. With a frame that doubles as a place to hang your towels, they will help you create an elegant, minimalist bathroom. As the plumbing is exposed on this basin type, you will need to purchase a bottle trap.
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.
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. These basins are available in a wide selection of different sizes and shapes.
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. As this basin type is smaller, you will need to pair it with a smaller basin tap to all you to comfortably wash your hands.