Choosing the right basin for your bathroom can be difficult. You need to take several factors into consideration such as bathroom size, home decor and whether or not you will have children using the basin. There's also the fact that there are several options available, and while a semi-recessed basin is usually a good choice you should consider other styles as well.
Types of Basins Available
- Semi-recessed basins are only one type of basin available, but they are an ideal choice for those who want a basin that blends seamlessly with a shelf or countertop. A semi-recessed basin is either built entirely into a countertop or placed into a space that has been cut out of a countertop.
- Pedestal basins sit on top of pedestals that are bolted to the floor. The pedestals themselves hide the sink's plumbing, and they look stylish in their own right. This is the most popular and cost-effective basin style in Britain.
- Wall-mounted basins are fixed directly to the bathroom wall. They can give the illusion of more space since they don't sit on a pedestal or are built into a countertop. They are also known for being easier to clean, if only because there is less surface area to keep clean.
We've already touched on some of the reasons to go with a semi-recessed basin, but there are still a few other pros to this design. First of all, it allows you to install cabinets both above and below your basin, which will give you plenty of extra storage space for toothbrushes, cosmetics, hair products and anything else you might need to have on hand in your bathroom. A semi-recessed design is also sturdier than a pedestal or wall-mounted basin. Many of these basins are part of a sturdy vanity that cannot be rocked or knocked loose easily.
While there may be plenty of good reasons to go with a semi-recessed basin, there are still some downsides to this option. The biggest downside is that it isn't exactly neat if you have children. Kids tend to splash when they use a sink, and a semi-recessed basin goes right up to the edge of the countertop. Depending on the design you choose, it might go even a little bit beyond. This might mean cleaning up a wet floor when your small children are finished washing their hands or brushing their teeth.
The other major disadvantage to a semi-recessed basin is that it is part of something that can take up a lot of space in a bathroom. Granted, you are getting a lot of counter space as well as the opportunity to install cabinets, but your bathroom might look a little smaller as a trade-off.