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Choose your wash basin first
When dreaming about a bathroom, what do you think of first? Do you imagine yourself relaxing in a foamy bath? Or do you prefer an energizing shower?
When designers envision a new bathroom collection, they don’t start with designing a bath. The design of a wash basin usually comes first.
The origins of bathroom sinks may be relatively humble (a deep bowl on a table stand), but these days they’re associated with style, sleek lines and trendy design.
How to select a washbasin
Do you prefer an organic shape or a rectangular basin design?
Before considering its shape, decide on the type you require:
• Pedestal basins are the most common choice for traditional and timeless bathroom designs. They have a fixed height - usually between 850 and 900mm.
• If storage is important, consider a countertop, semi-recessed, recessed or undermounted sink as you can install a cabinet underneath.
• For small bathrooms and lavatories consider a corner, wall-mounted or cloakroom sink because these take up less room.
The most popular material for bathroom sinks is ceramic.
Also called vitreous china, ceramic is made from a mix of clays. The material is stain proof and waterproof throughout because the clay and its glaze are baked at the same time. During the heating process the clay gets it glassy look.
Ceramic doesn’t discolour; and it is durable and easy to clean.
Our favourite wash basin brands
Ideal Standard is probably the best known bathroom brand. The company was founded as the National Radiator Company in 1936 in Kingston upon Hull. Its collection of bathroom sinks is vast – we’ve chosen the most popular models for our range.
The German brand Bauhaus provides a range of contemporary and minimalist wash basins and other bathroom products.
HIB is a UK-based supplier of bathroom products best known for their range of designer cloakroom basins.
Aqua ceramics have a popular range of bathroom suites combining stylish pedestal basins with matching toilets.
Need help choosing your wash basin?
Need to know whether your preferred sink goes with your existing taps? Not sure whether the size is right for your bathroom?
Contact our friendly team for technical or buying advice. Our email firstname.lastname@example.org.