How to Choose a Basin or Sink for your Bathroom
From family bathrooms and shower rooms to en-suites and cloakrooms, the wash basin plays an important role in daily life. Your bathroom wash basin will be used by the entire family and almost every visitor to your home. But as well as the practical use, a stunning wash basin or sink installation can become a beautiful feature in its own right.
There are many varieties of bathroom sink including pedestal basins, wall hung basins, countertop basins, fully recessed basins, semi recessed basins and washstands, in styles to suit both contemporary and traditional bathrooms. So if you want to create a focal point, maximize space or get extra storage, there will be a basin to suit your needs.
What is a Pedestal Basin?
As the most popular type of sink available, the pedestal basin is the cornerstone of many bathroom suites. The floor-length pedestal gives extra support to the bathroom wash basin while concealing unsightly pipe-work to give a clean and tidy look. Pedestal basins are available in both traditional and modern designs so you will be able to find one to complement your bathroom suite.
Pedestal basins look stunning in vintage bathrooms and there are many sinks available with period flourishes, splashbacks and decorative taps for that authentic Victorian look. Oozing grandeur and class, the Classic Basin and Classic Regal Pedestal from Burlington is a fantastic example of vintage-styled sanitary ware.
The timeless traditional design with its high splashback and elegant pedestal exude the style of yesteryear while the hard-wearing vitreous china construction will also stand the test of time. The addition of Burlington’s Claremont Basin Taps with crosshead handles and hard wearing brass construction complete the period look.
Cutting-edge pedestal basin designs such as the Mac Q Square Basin and Pedestal from Phoenix can bring a minimalist touch to a modern bathroom. Made from ceramic compound and with a white gloss finish, this stylish basin creates a bold, clean look with the solid rectangular wash basin.
What is a Half Pedestal Basin?
If space is at a premium then a half pedestal wash basin is a great solution. A half pedestal basin conceals the pipe-work but does not reach fully to the floor, creating the illusion of more floor space. This also allows you to position the sink at a height to suit the needs of you and your family. The floor space underneath the sink gives the option of storing away those bathroom essentials in a basket or small unit.
Stunningly designed in contemporary style, the 4th Dimension Porcelain Basin and Semi Pedestal truly delivers the wow factor. The distinctive rectangular shape, clean lines and solid construction means that this wash basin will add a sophisticated touch to any modern bathroom.
What is a Wall Hung Basin?
The ultimate space saver for compact bathrooms, cloakrooms or en-suites, a wall hung basin has become a popular and practical choice. As it mounts directly on to a wall without the need for a pedestal, a wall hung sink offers the functionality of a basin without taking up much needed floor space. Like the half pedestal basin, this type can be positioned exactly at the correct height to suit you and your family.
An eye-catching example is the pristine Sfera Ceramic Basin with a gorgeous curvaceous design that oozes contemporary chic. This sturdy sink provides the stunning solution to any compact bathroom installation and proves that you don’t have to compromise on style when you have a small bathroom.
To further maximise your bathroom space, the shape of corner wall hung basins enables them to fit into awkward spaces. Tilly’s Corner Wall Hung Basin is a compact three sided basin which is perfect for small bathrooms, cloakrooms and ensuites. With contemporary curves and optional chrome accessories, it provides a practical yet visually stylish sink which will complement a variety of bathroom designs.
What is a Countertop Basin?
Bring high-end designer style to your bathroom with a beautiful countertop wash basin. A countertop basin makes an eye-catching centrepiece and is the perfect choice if you want to make your sink a focal point.
Countertop basins and wash bowls are designed to sit directly on a level surface, shelf or furniture unit. Each wash basin has a level flat base to ensure an easy yet beautiful mount and finish. When a countertop basin is mounted on a furniture unit then those bathroom essentials can be tidily put away and kept out of sight.
The beautiful curves and sleek polished finish of the Carrera Round Basin from Aqua Cabinets are bound to turn heads. Combining chic modern styling with a robust construction and premium craftsmanship, this modern basin combines functionality with effortless style making it an ideal choice for any contemporary setting.
The perfect partner would be the Sapphire Tall Basin Mixer from Aqua Cabinets with its stylish long neck, bold lines and glimmering chrome finish. Together they would bring a touch of luxury and class to any contemporary bathroom.
What is a Fully Recessed Basin?
If you want a streamlined, minimalist look then a fully recessed basin is a great option. Sometimes known as inset basins, these sinks sit fully within a counter top or unit. All pipe-work can be concealed within the unit below, ensuring a clean streamlined look. Fully recessed wash basins provide a sleek addition to any bathroom and come in a huge range of traditional and contemporary styles. Fully recessed sinks can be mounted into a furniture unit which provides useful storage for towels and toiletries.
This contemporary Clever Basin from Phoenix aptly lives up to its name with a simple minimalist design that would suit a variety of interiors. This model is available in a range of sizes and comes in a white gloss finish so it is compatible with a variety of furniture styles.
What is a Semi Recessed Basin?
Unlike fully recessed basins which sit directly in the countertop, a semi-recessed basin sits only partially within it, leaving the front of the sink visible. This stylish design flourish is currently a popular choice and can be purchased along with a furniture unit or attached to your existing unit to provide much needed bathroom storage.
The Semi Recessed Basin from Burlington is a classically styled example making it the perfect choice for a period bathroom. Traditionally styled from hard wearing vitreous china construction, this beautiful sink would be a focal point in a family bathroom installation.
What is a Wash Stand?
Blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary design, the wash stand is a timeless classic that is equally at home in both period and modern bathrooms. Sometimes known as console basins, wash stands have a high end look with their elegant legs supporting the basin but with the addition of towel rails and storage shelves they can be immensely practical too. These bathroom wash basins capture the essence of yesteryear but can equally impress as part of a contemporary installation. A beautiful wash stand can be the centrepiece to the perfect bathroom.
An elegant addition to any traditional interior, The Etoile Vergennes Basin Stand and Basin from Imperial Bathrooms exudes Edwardian grandeur and opulence. The stand is exquisitely detailed with a glimmering chrome finish and holds a pure white basin made from Vitreous China. The towel rails and glass shelf add storage options to the stunning aesthetics.
Complete the vintage look with the Imperial Bathroom’s Bec Three Hole Basin Mixer Kit with its elegant long spout and black lever handles beautifully complementing the grand style of the wash stand.
Sink and Basin Brands
At Bathroom City we have a comprehensive range of bathroom sinks and wash basins from many of the leading names in the industry such as RAK Ceramics, Burlington, Heritage, Phoenix, BC Designs and Aqua Cabinets.
Our selection of pedestal basins, wall hung basins, countertop basins, fully recessed basins, semi recessed basins and washstands from such prestigious brands means that at Bathroom City you are sure to make the right choice