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Basins Buyers Guide

Basins Buyers Guide

When it comes to re-desiging your bathroom, there's a lot to think about. From what type of flooring you want to the finishing on the walls, the layout of your furniture to the style or era you want to emulate. One of these key considerations is what type of bathroom basin you want to go for.

How to choose the right bathroom sink

Picking the perfect basin for your space is crucial. It may seem quite straightforward - a sink is just a sink, isn't it? But actually, getting it right will make a huge difference to how your bathroom functions, how enjoyable it is to use and what it looks like overall.

The space...

Firstly, it's important to consider the space you are kitting out. Is it a master en-suite or a family bathroom? Do you have a lot of room or is it a tight fit? The actual square foot size of the room will play a large part in dictating the type of sink you can accommodate.

For example, if you have a long and narrow room, you will want something that is slim and fits tightly against the wall to enable you to easily walk through. You might want to add units underneath to make the most of the space and add extra storage and organisation. Alternatively, you might want to have a wall-mounted sink without cabinets below as this will leave more floor-space visible and, therefore, help the room to feel bigger.

If you have a larger room, then you will be able to have something much bulkier and less practical. You can be more creative with the type of unit. Perhaps you will opt for a pedestal sink, which is also useful if your waste pipe has to go through the floor and you are unable to change this. These broader sinks help to give bathrooms a classic vibe and, as they're less practical (you can't easily add storage underneath them), it's very much an uncompromising, creative design choice.

The people...

It's also important to think about who will be using the room. If you are fitting a large en-suite, you may want a 'his' and a 'hers' double sink unit added so you can each use the sinks without fighting over space or how clean it gets left.

This type of double sink can also be useful in a family bathroom where you will have lots of bodies all competing for the basins at the same time - and usually when you are in a rush to get out the door.

Alternatively, if it will just be one or two people using the sink at infrequent times, you can opt for a single sink in a range of styles, for example - a wall hung basin, recessed basin, countertop basin or one with storage units or furniture underneath. You could also make use of the remaining space either side of the sink and add a high-quality counter for displaying beauty products, etc.

The style...

It's important to think about the type of property you are decorating and the style that you would like to achieve. It is key that the two are in keeping with each other and feel mutually cohesive and respectful. That said, it is still possible to bring a period property into the 21st-century with modern and minimal designs.

Whether you opt for art deco or vintage floral, victorian-inspired or period, traditional or contemporary, ultimately you will want to have a luxurious feel to your space - it will want to be somewhere you enjoy coming home to. The best way of achieving this is through using high-quality European brands throughout and at competitive prices, to ensure your bank balance is also happy with the choices you have made.

The sinks

At Origins, we have hundreds of different styles of sinks to choose from that are all priced to reflect and suit your budget. This will make it so much easier to make the right choice for your home and lifestyle. There are a number of different bathroom basins to opt for - from wash basins to traditional basins, countertop basins to inset basins, corner basins to semi-recessed basins - and these can all be added to with furniture and finishings, such as basin taps, vanity units, bathroom cabinets, various plug designs, and other basin accessories.

We're sure that you will agree our sinks are great value - and not only that, but they're high quality too. With a stunning selection of European brands, the world really is your oyster when it comes to the designs you pick for your home. Stocking some of the best names in the bathroom industry, we can supply you with the luxury, stunning finish you're after.

Type of sink?

It can feel quite daunting deciding which basin to opt for when there is such a wide variety of options. However, it doesn't need to be that way and with this handy guide, you'll soon have a much clearer picture of the type of sink you need for your bathroom, en-suite, powder room, toilet or washroom.

The traditional basin

One of the most commonly elected for sink designs is the traditional basin, otherwise known as a pedestal sink. Their designs can vary dramatically, from something very simple and minimalistic with sharp angles and modern corners and a rectangular basin...to a vintage-style sink with victorian-inspired ridging or patterns built in to the ceramic. Soft curves, raised corners and surrounds, and swooping deep oval-shaped basins also make up these common features, finished off with elegant, antique-effect taps. It helps to give your space a classic, solid feel to it.

These types of sinks work well in houses with period features or particularly traditional design schemes. Not only because their overall aesthetic works well with these types of rooms, but also because the pedestal part of the sink enables your waste pipe to go through the floor and conceals any pipework or elements you may not want to have on show. In many older properties, this is something that can't easily be changed and, as such, a traditional pedestal sink provides the perfect, easy solution.

The only downside to this type of sink is that you won't have much storage space around the basin for your toothbrush or products and it won't be possible to put any built-in storage underneath or countertop space surrounding either. It can also be hard to clean as there will be a small gap between the wall and the sink. However, this isn't a huge stumbling block - it just requires a wet cloth and some extra TLC.

As for the storage, this is where additional furniture will come in. You can either add a portable storage unit that wraps around the pedestal part of the basin. These usually have a curve built in to them so the unit just slots easily against the sink. You can also fit a bathroom cabinet above the sink. This provides a clean, minimalist and practical way of keeping all your bathroom products near the sink but also without creating unnecessary clutter or mess.

The corner basin

If you only have a small bathroom, en-suite or toilet space, the corner basin can be a very practical solution. It is also good if you don't have much wall space available, perhaps because you have fitted a bath or shower against it and your doors open in such a way that putting a sink on another wall wouldn't work. A corner sink is much smaller than other types of sinks and it doesn't have any storage space available - it would be hard to fit anything underneath and a bathroom cabinet (unless built for a corner) wouldn't fit under it. Corner sinks are much tighter to use as well, because the basin is generally half, if not a third of the size, of a typical unit.

That said, they are the perfect solution in smaller spaces and can help to make the room feel much bigger and less cluttered. They're also great if you live alone or are a couple, or if the bathroom is for guests and isn't in regular use. There are many designs that corner sinks come in - often they are very minimalist and modern, but you can opt for more vintage styles with added features helping to elevate this design choice. As well as the choice of a ceramic sink, you can also explore frosted glass options too.

The inset basin and the top-mount sink

These two sinks are discussed together because they're very similar to each other, but also have very unique design features that need to be identified. Ultimately, they both sit as part of a counter-top. These allow for a great deal of space around the sink for storing products and generally involve a storage unit or cupboard space being fitted underneath. Ultimately, they are an all-in-one sink and countertop unit.

The inset basin, also known as an under-mount sink, is when the sink is sunk into the countertop. Generally, the sides of the sink are absolutely flush with the counter. These types of sinks look as though a hole has been cut into the unit. They create a very clean, minimal finish - even if it is a vintage butler-type sink being added. It can mean it is very easy for any water or spills to be easily wiped into the sink without anything getting in the way, making it a great choice for family bathrooms where mess will need to be easily and efficiently tidied up. It will require a solid-surface in the countertop you choose, such as stone, to ensure it can be sealed - otherwise moisture may get in.

The top-mount sink, also known as a countertop basin, is built on to the area and is raised from the surface - although occasionally, there may only be a small raised lip visible. This is a cheaper option as it is suitable for just about any kind of countertop material. There is less risk of water or moisture damage. The sink can be raised a small amount or as though the entire basin has been added on top of the counter. It may look like a rounded bowl or a large rectangular tub and is very visible as an added object to the area. It isn't as easy to clean as the inset basin, and will require getting into the edges with a cloth, but it is a very popular sink choice. It can create an elegant finish to a room.

The semi-recessed sink

If you're interested in a semi-recessed sink, it isn't a huge leap from the inset basin. Like that, this sink design is built in to a counter top. However, some of the sink protrudes from the front side of the unit. Generally, it will be a inset basin or a basin that is slightly raised from the surface but it won't be a completely top-mounted sink as this would cause potential imbalance for the basin.

This type of semi-recessed design helps to add extra shape, texture and edges to the room. It can make the unit feel more three-dimensional and can draw the eye to the sink as a deliberate and clear feature. However, as it causes the sink to come out from the countertop, it does require a bigger space to ensure it doesn't feel too clunky or as though it will get in the way.

The wall-mounted sink

This type of sink is fixed directly on to the bathroom wall and doesn't require any kind of pedestal or countertop. It is a particular modern and minimalist design choice and can have a very chic, luxurious feel to it. It is ideal in a small to mid-size bathroom as it helps to make the room feel bigger by not having anything underneath it. It does mean you need to find other options for storage though, and this may include installing a cupboard on your wall to put any products or items into.

It is less of a practical sink and more of a design choice, so is better reserved for guest bathrooms or rooms that aren't used often. The plumbing and all the waste has to be positioned within the wall in order for a wall-mounted sink to work, so it is also important that this is possible with your bathroom. The finished result, however, is very contemporary and can be amplified by high-quality bathroom taps and plug fixings.

Get in touch

Contact us today at Origins to get the perfect sink for your space. Give us a phone call and one of our consultants will talk you through your room, your needs and our high-quality European-manufactured bathroom basins available at competitive prices. We'll be able to give you a quick and easy quote - perfect for getting started with your new bathroom design.


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Published on Thursday, 27th April 11:35am
category:  Basins

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