Choosing the Right Basin for My Bathroom

When it comes to your bathroom, every feature matters. Any one element that seems off will affect the entire room and it’s not like you can simply avoid this one. If you’re designing or redesigning your bathroom at the moment, don’t forget about the important role your basin plays, both in terms of function and aesthetics.

Who Will Be Using It?

First things first, who will be using this basin? For example, if children will be using this bathroom often, your choices for a basin are going to be affected. What about guests? You’ll want to consider them too.

For kids, think about opting for a vanity or inset basin. These will usually be the easiest for them to use. Otherwise, an above-counter basin is an option for those of you with ensuite bathrooms.

If your bathroom is going to get busy in the mornings, opt for a double basin so everyone can be accommodated.

Choose a Style

These days, there are too many types of basins to count. Once you know who will be using yours, think about the type of style you want and then stick to it. Otherwise, you’ll be looking forever and likely to get distracted by all your options.

Obviously, you need to make sure it matches the rest of your bathroom. Some of you may wish to base your entire bathroom around the style of basin you choose. This is fine, but plan out the entire thing before spending any money.

Basin Types

No matter what style you go with, there will most likely be six options to choose from. Let’s look at all of them with a bit of detail.

  • Wall Basins
    • Pedestal Wall Basins: a pedestal is an option for wall basins, sitting between the basic and the floor. They’re great for hiding plumbing.
    • Shrouds: this type of wall basin functions the same as the last, but with a shorter length. This one is designed for the sole purpose of hiding the plumbing, though.
  • Vanity Basins
    • Self-Rimming: these are installed right into the vanity. The self-rimming design allows it to sit flush with the vanity’s top surface. A flared or wide rim doesn’t just look great, but helps control spills too.
    • Above-Counter: these go on top of the surface of the vanity with tap holes that line up with drainage pipes. This is the most secure option.
    • Under-Counter: the basin is installed below the vanity level for a streamlined look. This option is great for minimalist bathrooms.
    • Inset vanity: the basin goes into the top of the vanity. This one is similar to the self-rimming kind, but looks like an above-counter model.
    • Semi-recessed: gives more space and overhangs the vanity.

Take your time choosing your bathroom’s basin. Doing so will have a huge effect on its use and the room’s overall look.