What are the Different Types of Bathroom Basins?

Your bathroom basin is something you look at and use every day, so it’s important to make the important focal points in your bathroom look as stylish and as impressive as possible.

There are a wide range of basin types available to suit all shapes and sizes of bathrooms, so whether you’re replacing an old basin or purchasing as part of a suite from new, there’ll be something to suit your taste.

Read on for more information about the different types of bathroom basins…

What do I need to consider before buying a bathroom basin?

The first thing to consider is how your basin will be used. If it’s for a cloakroom, for example, then it’s likely to only be used for washing your hands which means you can choose a smaller basin type with a shallow depth.

If space isn’t an issue in your bathroom then you’ll be able to select from a much wider range of sizes and designs. For example, larger bathroom basins will also suit hand washing clothes or washing your hair.

With so many basin types to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding your perfect choice irrespective of the size of your bathroom.

It’s also important to note that different bathroom basins are designed to be installed in different ways. For example, it could be mounted on a wall or placed on top of a unit.

As well as choosing which basin type is right for your bathroom, you’ll also want to make sure your taps are a good match – and that they fit. Some basins only have a central tap hole, so will require a mixer tap, whereas other types have two for separate hot and cold taps.

What are the different types of bathroom basins?

Bathroom basins are available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles from the classic full pedestal basin to the more modern countertop basin and even a basin and toilet combination unit. Keep reading to find out which type of basin is best for your bathroom, no matter it's size.

Full pedestal basins

Full pedestal basins are securely attached to the wall and are good for hiding pipework and plumbing. This option consists of a stand, or pedestal, fixed to the floor with the basin fixed to the wall behind.

Particularly popular in family bathrooms, full pedestal basins come in a wide range of sizes.

Semi pedestal basins

Semi pedestal basins have many benefits as they are wall hung, concealing pipework, and as they don’t reach the floor they provide extra floor space and make it easier to clean.

Of course, before selecting this option you need to be sure the wall can support the full weight of the basin. If you are fixing it to a brick wall then you shouldn't have a problem. However, if you want to fit a semi pedestal basin to a stud wall then some reinforcement will be required first.

Washstand basins

Perfect for traditional bathroom suites, washstand basins present a beautiful and classic look. They benefit from gorgeous ceramic basins standing on top of a chrome framework, giving you the detailing you have always desired.

Wall hung basins

A wall-hung basin is a perfect choice for a smaller bathroom or cloakroom. They can be attached at any height, making them the perfect option if you have children.

Corner basins

Like a semi pedestal basin, the wall supports the full weight of the corner basin. Perfect for cloakrooms or smaller bathrooms, the corner basin has – as the name suggests – been designed to fit into a right-angle corner of your bathroom, representing a practical solution for your space.

Countertop basins

Often the choice of a minimalistic bathroom design, a countertop basin is usually positioned on top of a vanity unit or worktop and pairs perfectly with a high rise basin tap or wall-mounted basin taps. Countertop basins are available in a large range of shapes, sizes, and colours from a classic white bowl to a more contemporary square black bowl.

Vanity units

Maximise your storage options with a stylish vanity unit and basin. Our impressive range of units have been designed to bring quality and practicality to any bathroom. With a wide range of storage solutions underneath your basin, and with a highly functional basin unit on top, a vanity unit is an ideal solution for any bathroom.

Combination unit

Basin and toilet combination units are perfect for smaller bathrooms, ensuites, or cloakrooms where you don't have enough space for a separate basin. Combination units are also particularly eco-friendly as the water used in the basin is recycled and used when flushing the toilet.

What are bathroom basins made from?

The basin material you select will depend on your own circumstances – whether you want a basin for practical qualities as well as looks, or whether you want something which can comfortably cope with the relentless demands of a family bathroom.

Copper basins

In days gone by copper basins were one of the most popular basin types and they're slowly making a revival. Creating a beautiful statement piece in any bathroom a copper basin does need regular maintenance to keep it looking brand new and shiny but the results are amazing.

Ceramic basins

Ceramic sinks are a choice for the majority of people, being simple to clean with a quality gloss finish that can highlight the cleanliness of the room. This option provides an ideal solution for a family bathroom.

Resin basins

Resin sinks will usually form part of a vanity unit and represents a low-cost choice. Though they might be lower in price it doesn't mean you have to compromise on durability.

What accessories can I buy with my bathroom basin?

Once you have selected your basin type and style, it’s time to turn attention to the wide range of accessories which can add the finishing touches to this important focal point of your bathroom.

One of the main items to consider is the tap or taps that you will pair with your basin. Depending on the type of basin you choose there are a variety of different tap options from gorgeous waterfall taps and traditional pillar taps to more contemporary black high rise basin taps.

Other accessories to consider are toothbrush holders or tumblers, soap dishes, and towel rings or rails. With a wide range of styles to choose from you're bound to find the right match for your new basin in a style to suit your whole room.

If you're looking for further inspiration and advice, take a look at the following posts - Space Saving Basins Buying Guide - How to Replace Basin Taps Step By Step - Which Basin Waste Do I Need?

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