Wall Mounted Basin

Creating space and the feeling of minimalism, a wall mounted basin can work well in any bathroom or cloakroom. Make a statement of the pipework by using a chrome bottle trap and chrome fixings. Not all basins are designed to be mounted only to the wall because of the high stresses put on the ceramic at the mounting points, but there are many that are designed to work in this way. This type of basin can give the illusion of more space as more of the floor can be seen whilst also making it easier to clean compared to pedestals or floor standing furniture.

 

Always check with the installer before buying this type of basin as the wall behind it must be strong enough to support the basins weight (steel basin support frames are available as an additional item) and the waste pipe usually goes directly through the wall underneath the basin  (which might be a complication if your existing waste pipe runs down through the floor). Normally available in 0, 1, 2, 3 tap hole although 1 tap hole is the most common

Full Pedestal Basin

Support your basin on a full height pedestal and the waste and pipes are easily hidden from view. Most pedestals are designed to go with specific basins, or across a range of basins, because they will affect the height of the basin and the basin needs to sit neatly onto the top of the pedestal. The full pedestal is definitely worth considering if your wall structure cannot support the basin on it’s own.

 

Normally available in 0, 1, 2, 3 tap hole although 1 tap hole is the most common

Semi Pedestal Basin

If you don’t want to see the waste and pipes below the basin, then the semi-pedestal is a useful add on. With the semi-pedestal not extending to the floor, then the space in the room will feel bigger, as well as making the floor easier to clean.

 

Always check with the installer before buying this type of basin as the wall behind it must be strong enough to support the basins weight (steel basin support frames are available as an additional item) and the waste pipe usually goes directly through the wall underneath the basin  (which might be a complication if your existing waste pipe runs down through the floor)

 

Normally available in 0, 1, 2, 3 tap hole although 1 tap hole is the most common

Vessel and Countertop

These types of basins sit on top of a worktop or furniture ; the vessel basin tends to be more bowl-like with the tap sitting directly on the worktop or fixed to the wall behind. The worktop surface will generally be lower than a surface of a cabinet where the basin sits in or under a countertop so that the basin top sits approximately 830mm from the floor. The Countertop basin looks more like a standard basin but it needs a very flat base to sit on the worktop and usually has a tap ledge at the back so the mixer can fit onto the ceramic although no tap hole can sometimes be an option.

 

There are various different colour finishes and materials that the vessel basins can come in ranging from ceramic, steel, natural marble/stone, man-made soild surface (mineral resin), cast iron, copper & glass which can allow you to make a real statement. 

 

One thing to look out for is if the basin has a overflow hole or not. If it does not have an overflow then there is a chance you could flood the room if the plug is in and the tap is left running (depending on the waste you pick as freeflow ones are available which do not allow the basin to fill with water).

Semi-Countertop Basin

Semi-countertop basins (also known as semi-recessed)  sit half in & half out of a countertop or worktop and are usually used with fitted furniture. The basin will be in contact with the worktop over a larger area and the tap may be fixed onto the basin or, like the vessel basin, can be mounted next to the basin on the countertop or on the wall behind (a no tap hole basin would be required which is more rare). 

 

Both the worktop and the basin furniture top fascia will require cutting but a template is normally supplied with each basin. The ceramic is slightly larger than the cut out so that the overhang will cover any cuts giving a neat finish.

 

Some ranges have a slim or standard depth size to fit different furniture depths. The slim depth basins sometimes have the tap in the corner to give a more usable bowl size. Available in 0, 1, 2 or 3 tap hole

 

Over and Under Counter Basins

These can also be called vanity basins because they tend to be fitted into vanity units. The over counter basin will have a lip around the basin that sits on top of the worktop and hides the cut which means they are easier to install and can fit into almost any type of worktop material. These are normally 0, 1 ,2 or 3 tap hole as you can get models with a wider ceramic ledge at the back to fit a tap.

 

 

The under counter basin has the lip which is secured to the underside of the worktop. Only materials that are, or can be made, waterproof can be used with the under counter basin because the edge of the cut hole is usually exposed sitting above the basin. This means that natural stone or man made mineral/resin worktops are normally used but have to be finished on the inner edges where the worktop meets the basin. These are normally no tap hole as the holes are drilled into the worktop or can be wall mounted. 

 

 

Cloakroom Basin

These are usually smaller than the average basin and are designed to fit in smaller rooms, but it depends on your cloakroom size whether you need to limit the size of your hand washing facility in the loo. Beware that some of the smallest basins don’t have an overflow and a waste that is permanently open should be used to limit the possibility that the basin could overflow if the tap is left running!

 

Some are available in 0, 1, 2 tap hole although 1 tap hole is the most common and you can sometimes pick left or right tap hole to suit your room layout. 

 

These can be wall mounted or have a specific furniture range that sit below. Slightly deeper models can have the option of a full or semi-pedestal.

Cabinet Mounted Basin

Cabinet mounted basins are usually designed to be used with a specific cabinet or unit as the underside basin fits perfectly onto the specific furniture. Units can be floor standing or wall mounted. Units offer practical storage space below the basin which is normally dead space. There are normally two main material types which are ceramic and mineral resin. Ceramic are very scratch and stain resistant but the glaze can crack under impact. The mineral resin (which sometimes has varying brand names) is less scratch and stain resistant but does not have a glaze on the top surface so cracking is less common. Any light scratches and stains can usually be buffed out.

 

Some cabinet mounted basins can be fitted without the furniture as wall hung or semi or full pedestal depending on the options in that range (usually ceramic basins only). 

Basin with Frame Supports

Adding a frame to a basin gives immediate space to hang a hand towel, or two, whilst also giving some practical support of the basin weight. Some models also incorporate a shelf for storage. A bottle trap under the basin is normally required which would mean the waste would have to go directly out the wall underneath the basin (check with plumber if possible). The frames are designed to fit specific basin models.

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