How to Choose the Perfect Sink Basin for Your Bathroom

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Even though its basic concept is pretty straightforward, the sink basin is a really versatile bathroom fixture. Over the years, many variations have sprouted, each of them functioning as a specialized adaptation of the basic basin model. They all adapt to specific requirements, modeling themselves after the needs of their users.

They also comply with certain aesthetic rules in order to maintain the overall style of the room they are placed within. Additionally, they are provided with characteristics that affect their functionality, such as the number of openings to accommodate the faucet. The following guide will go over the main characteristics of sink basins, hopefully providing some insight that will help you choose the perfect one for your bathroom.

How to Choose the Perfect Sink Basin for Your Bathroom

Types of Sink Basins

1. The Drop In Sink

Without a doubt, this is the most common type of  lavatory sink available. As its name suggests, a drop in sink drops in an opening cut in a countertop. It is self rimming meaning the rim of the sink is slightly larger than the opening and that rim supports the sink. Over the years drop in sinks have become pretty decorative sporting flat surfaces as well as beveled edges etc.

2. Under-Mount Sink

Creating a seamless and elegant look, an under-mount sink basin sits below the countertop. Its rim is attached to the underside of the lavatory countertop by way of supplied clips and pre-drilled holes. If you are putting in an undermount sink with new countertops it’s a good idea to make sure the countertop manufacturer knows the model number of the lavatory you are using. This allows them to accurately cut and drill the countertop for an easy installation.  Besides its sleek look, this type of basin’s greatest advantage is probably that it’s amazingly easy to clean.

3. Semi-Recessed Sink Basin

A semi-recessed sink basin is basically a compromise between saving space and providing comfortability. It sits at the top and in front of the cabinets, protruding slightly. This allows you to have vanity cabinets below your basin without taking up a huge amount of space.


4. Wall-Mounted Sink:

A wall mounted sink is most frequently used in commercial and institutional settings. Since there is no need for the extra storage space in a commercial or public bathroom simplicity is important. There is one issue that must be addressed when using a wall mounted lavatory. These sinks mount directly to the wall and because they project out from the wall they have very little support. If you are deciding to install in your home and you have little children or you like to lean on the sink edge you need to put proper backing in the wall. Using a fixture chair carrier is the ideal way to add support strength however, a carpenter can add wooden backing in the wall if there is no risk of someone hanging off of the sink.

5. Pedestal Sink

Much like a wall-mounted sink basin, a pedestal basin is fixed directly to a wall. However, it also has a pedestal that enables it to also rest on the floor. This is particularly useful to cover waste and water piping. Pedestal sinks are decorative in nature and can open up a room if space is an issue.

6. Washplane Basin

Slim and streamlined, a washplane basin is the most simplistic of all sink basins available. Fixed directly to a wall, it takes up very little space. All of its water connections are made behind the wall, reducing the space it takes even further. However, because of their nature, a washplane basin is very shallow. This fact prevents it from holding water. These type of lavatories are bold statements and only really work in contemporary homes.

Things to Consider When Buying a Sink Basin

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#1. Take Location into Account

One of the most crucial decisions you will have to take when installing a sink basin is its location. It has to be somewhere that facilitates its use while allowing ease of movement around the bathroom. Additionally, it needs to be close to the water piping it will be connected to.

#2. Consider Its Size

It doesn’t matter how well located your sink basin is if it is the wrong size. Of course, it needs to be big enough to allow for comfortable use. However, it needs to be small enough to allow people to move around it with ease. For that reason, it’s important to consider the amount of free space you have in your bathroom before choosing a specific model.

#3. Strive for Visual Cohesiveness

A sink basin is a prominent fixture that can help bring visual cohesion to a bathroom. When sensibly chosen, it can help tie the entire room together aesthetically. For that reason, you must take color, shape, size and overall style into account when choosing a new sink basin. With that in mind, bringing a few pictures of your bathroom to the store can be a good idea.

Extra Tips for Buying a Sink Basin

#1. Consider Color

Colored basins can add a great touch of style to a bathroom. However, it’s important to consider the overall color scheme of your bathroom before settling on a specific one.

#2. Mind the Taps

A tap can either complement or disrupt the style of a sink basin, so take that into account. Additionally, make sure you choose a tap that clears the height of the sink bowl in order to make it easy and comfortable to use.

#3. Do Not Underestimate Tempered Glass

There aren’t a ton of plumbing fixture manufacturers making tempered glass sinks but they are super trendy and surprisingly durable. They also lend well to LED lighting so you can make a bold statement with the right design.

#4. Sealant Works

When installing a sink basin, a smart usage of sealant can protect nearby surfaces from humidity and stains. This is particularly true with stone counters and bench tops.

#5. Take Weight into Account

Before deciding on a particular type of sink basin, make sure the surface it will rest on will be able to resist its weight.

Putting It All Together

With all the options available out there, it can be concluded that choosing the perfect basin for your bathroom is simply a matter of careful consideration. It’s hugely important to choose a basin that fits the overall style of the room. However, it is arguably more important to take into account functionality and comfortability.

Considering it’s a fixture that will be used in a quotidian fashion, a sink basin needs to be user-friendly and ergonomic. Have you recently chosen a bathroom basin? What are the characteristics you took into account the most? Let us know in the comments!

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