If you’re renovating or redesigning your bathroom, the basin is very likely front and center in the layout. You want something that represents your style and fits the décor of the room. Basically, it has to look good. Not only will it be highly visible, it will also be heavily used by everyone who enters the space, whether they be guests, family members, children or adults, so it has to be functional too. This presents yet another decision you need to make during the renovation process, and one that you will have to live with for the long term. A quality home renovation company will make recommendations for you and provide design services, but ultimately, the decision is yours. Fear not… simply keep the following considerations in mind to find the basin that works best for you.
Start with style. The number of basin designs that are available can be staggering. Narrow them down by looking only at basins that match the overall style of your bathroom. Are you going for a classic look with clean, straight lines or perhaps something more minimalist? Maybe you want something more organic with soft, rounded edges and lines. Knowing what style you are generally looking for in advance will cut down on the amount of time required to choose the perfect basin.
Don’t fall for the best looking basin you see without asking yourself a few questions first. Who’s going to be using the bathroom and how? Are children going to be splashing around and, if so, is the basin large enough and deep enough to keep water off the floor? Or maybe your basin is going into a guest bath that is only lightly used by adults. In that case, you might want to go all in on style and select a basin that is an absolute work of art, but may not have the capacity of a larger one. Can you picture yourself comfortably using the basin in your master bath multiple times per day? If so, it’s the right one for you.
Our bathrooms are, almost without exception, the smallest rooms in our homes and they need to hold anywhere between two and five sizeable fixtures – tub, shower, toilet and up to two basins. For that reason alone, size is an important consideration when selecting a basin. You want one that is large enough to perform, but not so large that it prohibits you from moving around the space.
It’s not just the size of the basin that counts either. It might be part of a vanity and not all vanities are created equal. Standard vanities are either 45cm deep or 53cm deep and in a small bathroom that can make a significant difference. In a spacious master bathroom, on the other hand, two basins mounted on one vanity are the norm. Or, there may be no vanity at all. The most space-saving basins are mounted directly to the wall or freestanding.
Speaking of mounting, how your basin is mounted is another important consideration. If it is mounted on a vanity, there are a few different variations. An above-the-counter basin, as the name suggests, sits entirely on top of the vanity and has sides that hold in the water. Taller peopletend to appreciate these as the overall height of the basin is higher. An under-mount basin is secured to the underside of the countertop with a hole cut into the countertop to match the shape of the basin. A self-rimming basin is similar to an under-mount, however, its rim extends to cover a portion of the countertop, which helps to control spills.
While vanities can add a tremendous amount of storage space to a bathroom, wall-mounted basins typically work better in more space-constrained bathrooms or in situations where storage is less of a concern. Wall-mounted basins can sit atop a pedestal, which partially supports the basin and also conceals the plumbing. Or the wall can completely support the basin and a shroud can be used to conceal the plumbing. Freestanding basins, perhaps the most elegant of all, can stand away from the wall with the plumbing coming up through the floor.
Without a tap, your basin simply isn’t functional, and when selecting a basin, you will need to know what type of tapware goes with it. Perhaps your tapware will be mounted to the wall (a great way to save a few cm’s of space) or to the vanity. If that’s the case, your basin won’t require any holes. If, however, the tapware is to be mounted to the sink, you will need one, two, or three holes. One hole will accommodate a basin mixer, which combines the faucet and the hot/cold controls into one fixture. This is a more modern option that allows for control of the water temperature with a single touch. Two holes will accommodate pillar taps, a more traditional option in which hot and cold water flows from separate taps. Three holes will accommodate three-piece tapware – a tap and separate hot and cold controls. Again, it is important to consider not only style here, but the type of tap you can picture yourself using numerous times per day.
Don’t let selecting a basin for your bathroom become yet another daunting decision in your remodel. Start with the basins in your style category and move from there to find the one that’s just right for you. Give the basin ample consideration and you’ll find one that you’re pleased to see and use day after day even years after your renovation is complete.