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Basin buying guide


Basins,sinks, wash basins… Whatever you call them, read our expert guide before youbuy for your bathroom.


Washingyour hands thoroughly has become more important than ever, which is why thebasin you choose should meet your specific needs.


There aremany different styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from, so you can always findsomething to perfectly suit your bathroom and your taste. Whether you’rereplacing an old basin, or buying a whole new suite, this guide will give youan overview of what you need to think about.


Things toconsider:

1. Size

Basins comein a range of shapes and sizes to suit different rooms, such as a cloakroom orensuite, so it’s best to start by considering the type of bathroom you’rebuying for, and how much room you have.


Cornerbasins or cloakroom basins are designed to make the most of the space in asmaller bathrooms by utilising corners and eliminating pedestals.


For largerbathrooms you have a wider range of styles to choose from, such as the classicpedestal basin, or a countertop basin for a more contemporary and strikinglook.


2. Mounting

Differentbasins are designed to be installed in certain ways, such as mounted on a wall,or placed on top of a unit. A countertop basin can’t be mounted to a wall, forexample, so always check to make sure your basin can be fitted in the stylethat you want.


You willalso need to take note of what style of basin waste you will need, as these aregenerally not included with the basin. You can find out what type you need bychecking the full specification tab under any of our basin products.


3. Taps

Choosingthe taps for a basin is really just as important as choosing the basin itself.You need a tap that matches the style of your basin and your bathroom, as wellas one that can be fitted to your chosen basin. For example, some basins haveonly 1 central tap hole, so will need a mixer tap, whereas others have 2 fortraditional separate hot and cold taps.


Types ofbasin



This is theclassic basin that most people would think of when they imagine a bathroom.Pedestal basins come in a range of styles, both traditional and contemporary,and can suit almost any bathroom. While it may appear that the basin issupported entirely by the pedestal, it’s actually mounted on the wall, and thepedestal is mostly there to cover unsightly pipe work.



The semipedestal basin is completely wall mounted, because the pedestal, as the namesuggests, is only half the size of a full pedestal and is only there to coverthe pipe work under the basin. This means it can provide the elegance of apedestal basin without taking up floor space in your bathroom.



This styleof basin is fixed against the wall, with nothing covering the pipeworkunderneath. This is why most people opt for more decorative bottle traps, whichare designed to look more stylish. Wall mounted basins often create a morecontemporary look than the traditional pedestal basin.



Asemi-recessed basin is partly sunk into a vanity unit or worktop, so that onlythe rim or the front part of the basin is visible. This means the pipework isalso hidden within with the unit.



This typeof basin sits on top of a vanity unit or worktop, so it appears almost as ifit’s a separate bowl that could be picked up and moved. This can create a verymodern and luxurious look, and can suit a wide variety of bathrooms.


Undermount sink

A moretraditional and far less common type of basin is the undermount sink whichusually comes as part of a vanity unit. Instead of sitting above the line ofthe countertop, the undermount sink sits below it. This gives a pleasingcontinuity between the countertop and the basin itself.