Basins come in all shapes, sizes, designs and materials, making them one of the most exciting pieces in the bathroom. But also one of the most challenging. How do you pick the right one for you? Do you go for industrial or chic, wall-mounted or pedestal, cast iron or porcelain? You may have thought planning a bathroom remodel would be a synch, but then you get bogged down in the details.
If you're not sure where to start, here are five basin ideas for your bathroom. We've highlighted their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.
Pedestal basins are bathroom staples, sleek, visually appealing sinks that eliminate visual clutter. They’ve been around for decades and while their popularity waxed and waned over the years, they are still here because of their simplicity and versatility. They suit most types of bathroom styles and have a clean and unfussy appearance. Pedestal basins consist of two parts; a sink basin often mounted on a wall and a pedestal beneath to provide extra support.
- Excellent solution for small bathrooms
- Saves floor space, giving the room a more open feel
- Pipework can be hidden
- Lack of storage space
- Little or no usable counter space
- Pipes are sometimes visible
An ultra-modern wall-mounted or floating basin is a great statement piece that can set the style of your bathroom without overly dominating it. And since floating pieces are raised from the floor, they give the illusion of more space, making them a perfect choice for small bathrooms.
- Saves floor space making your bathroom appear bigger
- No nooks and crannies, so floors are easier to clean
- The open space underneath provides access for wheelchairs
- No storage space unless you install cabinets
- Not ideal if you have young children who like to climb
- Pipework may be exposed
These eye-catching basins add the wow factor to any bathroom. Unlike drop-in sinks that are mounted into a countertop, a vessel is a free-standing basin. It sits above the surface and is exposed on all sides.
During the late 2000s, when the style really caught on, some designers quickly labeled it as a short-term fad. However, vessel basins are still hugely popular and have cemented their place as a lasting design choice.
- Visually striking and stylish
- Available in a variety of shapes such as bowl-shape, nature-inspired shapes and rectangles
- Leaves you with a lot of counter space
- May require more cleaning if dirt is trapped between the basin and the counter
- With edges exposed, the basin may be more prone to cracks and accidental damage
- Can cause more water splashing
A drop-in basin, also known as a self-rimming basin, has a rim around the edge that allows it to rest on the counter. The basins get their name because they're placed or "dropped" into position in the vanity unit, which helps carry its weight.
- Easy to install. They're simply inserted into a hole in the countertop and fastened in place with special clips
- The rim hides the edges of the cut
- All working areas of the sink are visible, making it easy to clean
- You can't wipe spills straight from the countertop into the basin
- They require heavy countertops
- The visible lips take up counter space
This type of basin sits entirely underneath the counter, including the rim, creating a clean,
minimalist look. Since the sink and its contents are hidden, the faucets and countertop can shine and become the room's focal point.
- An attractive minimalist look
- Easy to clean countertop because the basin is installed underneath
- Gives you plenty of counter space
- The basin is harder to clean because it sits below the countertop
- Less cabinet storage because the basin takes up a lot of space
- Can only be used with solid bathroom countertop materials such as quartz or natural stone because the countertop edge is exposed
How to Choose Your Basin
Researching basin ideas for your bathroom doesn't have to be overwhelming. Determine your style, consider materials, storage and mounting options and how much you want to spend.
As with renovating your bathroom, price will play a part, and it's natural to want to keep expenditure as low as possible. However, there are certain areas you shouldn't pinch pennies; otherwise, you defeat the purpose of the project.
According to DCON Group, a Sydney bathroom renovation company, basins and vanity units are in regular use and experience a lot of wear and tear over time. Be sure to work with your contractor to choose countertops and basins that suit your aesthetic but are also built for longevity."
Ultimately, the decision is personal and depends on your space. But do yourself a favor and pick a basin style that will stand the test of time and give you years of happiness.