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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when matching a basin with a vanity?

When matching a basin with a vanity unit, consider the following factors:

  1. Size and Shape: Ensure that the basin fits comfortably on the vanity unit without overhanging or being too small for the space available.
  2. Style and Design: Choose a basin and vanity unit that complement each other in terms of style, whether it's modern, traditional, or contemporary.
  3. Material: Select materials that are durable and easy to clean for both the basin and the vanity unit, such as ceramic, porcelain, or solid surface materials.
  4. Tap Compatibility: Ensure that the basin has pre-drilled tap holes that match the tap you intend to install, or choose a basin that allows for customisation in tap placement.
  5. Plumbing Configuration: Check that the plumbing connections for the basin align with the plumbing outlets in the vanity unit to ensure proper installation and functionality.
  6. Budget: Keep your budget in mind when selecting both the basin and vanity unit, ensuring that they provide value for money while meeting your aesthetic and functional needs.

What type of bathroom basins are available?

There are several types of bathroom basins available, each offering unique styles and functions. The common types include;

Above Counter Basin: Above counter basins sit on top of your vanity benchtop, offering a modern and stylish look. They will also make your vanity feel taller and more designer. This type of basin is suitable for small and large vanities, always check the dimension of the basin to your countertop.

Undercounter Basin: Undermount basins are installed beneath the countertop, creating a seamless and streamlined appearance. They are easy to clean and maintain, making them popular in upscale bathrooms.

Inset Basin: Also known as drop-in or self-rimming basins, these basins are installed into a cutout in the countertop, with the rim resting on the surface. They are versatile and easy to install, making them a popular choice for various bathroom designs.

Wall Mounted Basin: Wall-mounted basins are affixed directly to the wall without any support from below, providing a sleek and minimalist appearance. They are ideal for smaller bathrooms or where floor space needs to be maximised. We recommend using a bottle trap under a wall mounted basin to neatly hide the plumbing. You can choose a bottle trap in the same colour as your tapware for a streamlined look.

Semi-Recessed Basin: Semi-recessed basins are partially set into the countertop, with the front portion protruding. They are suitable for bathrooms with limited space or where a combination of style and functionality is desired.

Freestanding Basin: A freestanding basin is a tall basin that sits on the floor. This is a favourite among interior designers for high end bathroom projects as it exudes luxury and a point of difference.

How do I choose the right size basin for my bathroom?

Choosing the right size basin for your bathroom involves considering several factors to ensure it fits well and functions effectively. Here's how to do it:

Measure Your Available Space: Take accurate measurements of the area where you plan to install the basin. Consider both the width and depth available, as well as any constraints such as nearby fixtures or obstructions.

Consider the User: Think about who will be using the bathroom and their needs. For example, in a family bathroom, you may need a larger basin to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, while in a cloakroom or powder room, a smaller basin might suffice.

Assess Usage Patterns: Consider how the basin will be used on a daily basis. If it's a primary bathroom used for washing hands, face, and brushing teeth, you may want a larger basin with ample space around the tap. For a guest bathroom or powder room primarily used for handwashing, a smaller basin may be suitable.

Think About Style and Aesthetics: The size of the basin should also complement the overall style and design of your bathroom. A large, luxurious basin might be appropriate for a spacious, modern bathroom, while a smaller, more compact basin could suit a traditional or minimalist design.

Factor in Countertop or Vanity Unit: If you're installing a countertop basin or a basin on a vanity unit, ensure that the countertop or unit can comfortably accommodate the size of the basin without looking overcrowded.

Allow for tap Placement: Consider the placement of the tap relative to the basin. Make sure there is enough space between the basin edge and the tap for comfortable handwashing without splashing water everywhere.

Think About Storage: If storage space is limited in your bathroom, you may want to opt for a smaller basin to leave more room for other essential items or to prevent the bathroom from feeling cramped.

By carefully considering these factors, you can choose a basin size that not only fits your bathroom space but also meets your functional needs and aesthetic preferences.

What materials are bathroom basins?

Bathroom basins are available in a variety of materials, each offering different aesthetic qualities, durability, and maintenance requirements. Some common materials for bathroom basins include:

Porcelain/Ceramic: Porcelain and ceramic basins are among the most popular choices due to their durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance. They are resistant to stains, scratches, and fading, making them suitable for everyday use in bathrooms.

Acrylic: Acrylic basins are lightweight, easy to install, and budget-friendly. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are resistant to chipping and cracking. However, they may scratch more easily than other materials and can discolor over time with exposure to harsh chemicals.

Solid Surface: Solid surface basins are made from composite materials like acrylic or polyester resins mixed with minerals like quartz or marble dust. They offer a seamless and customisable design with a wide range of colors and textures. Solid surface basins are durable, non-porous, and easy to clean.

Can I install a bathroom basin by myself, or do I need a professional?

We always recommend using a licensed professional to install your bathroom basin and plumbing fittings. This ensures that your warranty remains valid and minimises any risk of incorrect installation.

How do I clean and maintain my bathroom basin?

To keep your bathroom basin looking clean and well maintained, we recommend the following tipsl

Regular Cleaning: Clean your basin regularly with a mild, non-abraisive cleaner and warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the surface of the basin.

Use soft cloths or sponges: Use soft cloths or sponges to clean the basin, avoiding abrasive scrubbing pads or brushes that can scratch the surface.

Rinse Thoroughly: After cleaning, rinse the basin thoroughly with clean water to remove any cleaner residue.

What are the different types of bathroom basin taps?

When choosing your bathroom basin, consider what taps you will be using as you may require a certain tap style to suit your desired basin. Below are a list of bathroom basin tap options;

Mixer Tap: Mixer taps combine hot and cold water streams into a single spout, controlled by a single lever or handle. They are convenient and space-saving, allowing users to adjust the water temperature and flow with one hand. Mixer taps are available in wall mounted and becchtop mounted designs.

Three Piece Tap: This is a traditional tap with a hot/cold tap and a spout. This style of tap is available as a wall mount or benchtop mounted option

Tall Basin Mixers: Tall basin mixers are perfect for above counter basins as they have the length needed to reach over the rim of the basin.

Sensor Taps: Sensor-activated taps use motion sensors to detect the presence of hands and automatically dispense water, making them hygienic and convenient to use. They are commonly found in commercial settings but are becoming increasingly popular in residential bathrooms for their modern and hands-free operation.