An essential part of any bathroom and decorative element in their own right, basins come in all designs to match everything from vintage-style bathrooms to more contemporary décor. While some models are sold on their own, others come as part of a vanity unit with built-in drawers or cupboards used to hold towels, cosmetics and other bath accessories.
Your choice of basin depends primarily on your installation requirements.
- Counter-top basins: these basins are easy to install on top of a bathroom vanity unit or shelf. In terms of drainage, all you need is a hole the same diameter as the plug.
- Wall-mounted basins: designed to be fixed to the wall, these basins do not need any furniture for support.
- Inset basins: these basins are inserted into the top of a vanity unit. The advantage of inset basins is that they limit splashing and can accommodate all types of taps.
It's also possible to find basins specially designed to slot into corners.
The basin shape depends primarily on your own tastes whether you prefer round, oval, square or rectangular basins, or perhaps a more unique design.
Material is another key factor to consider:
- ceramic is the most popular choice for basins as it offerseasy maintenance and durability;
- glass is a particularly striking option, but it is quite fragile;
- granite and rough marble are renowned for their elegance and strength;
- concrete is ideal for an industrial-style interior;
- available in a wide range of colours, acrylic basins are likely to scratch and require regular maintenance;
- resin is pleasant to the touch and easy to maintain. Resin basins come in a variety of shapes and colours to fit in with any bathroom design.
Available in a wide range of colours and designs, and fitted with the traditional or mixer tap of your choice, basins can really be customised to match your style.