Basins Buying Guide

Choosing a basin to suit the style of your bathroom


Upgrading your basin is a great way to transform the image of your bathroom. There are many fantastic styles and finishes available to choose from, so picking a design that will complement the room is easy. Our guide explains what to look for, and which items may be most beneficial to you.

What types of basin are there?

There are a lot of different shapes and sizes of basin out there, which we will discuss below. Remember to think about the size of your bathroom prior to buying.

Pedestal Mounted Basins

These basins are ideal for bathrooms where space is at a premium. There are numerous styles available. The pedestal element of these units conceals the piping.

Wall Mounted Basins

These compact basins are a great choice for small bathrooms or en-suites. Will suit any bathroom due to the amount of different size and style options on offer.

Counter Top Basins

Sitting atop a counter or vanity unit, these basins look superb when placed in modern settings. A brilliant option if you want a designer image.

Inset Basins

These basins are simply sunk into a counter top, giving you a flush look that will work well in any bathroom.

Semi Recessed Basins

These items are more unique looking than most basins. They are integrated into a counter top, and overhang slightly at the front. A great idea for saving space.

Stand Mounted Basins

For the ultimate traditional look, these basins offer a very stylish touch that will enhance any period bathroom. Due to their general size, they are mainly suited to larger rooms.


How are they installed?

Some basins require holes to be drilled into the wall in order to mount them using concealed brackets, while others require a little more work. For pedestal basins, it's best to begin by fitting the taps to the basin. The basin is then screwed to the wall, while the pedestal is positioned underneath. Once lined up, the supply pipes are connected to the taps before the waste and plugs are fitted. Finally, a seal is made where the wall and basin meet, as well as the join between the pedestal and floor, keeping things sturdy and secure.

Do I need to buy a waste?

You will need some sort of waste with your basin in order for water to be drained effectively. There are several different types of waste available including traditional plug and chain designs and modern pop up versions. You waste will be either slotted or un-slotted. You will need to have a slotted waste if your basin has an overflow.

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