The most obvious reason to choose a wall hung basin is when you are trying to maximise the use of limited space. A tiny en suite can feel a lot larger and more open when you install a wall hung basin rather than trying to shoehorn a big vanity unit some place where it doesn’t belong. It’s even possible to find beautiful little corner basins which can slot right into the smallest space. Because all the plumbing with a hall hung basin is hidden behind the wall, you don’t need to worry about hiding unsightly pipes with a large cupboard.
Even if you have plenty of room to spare, a wall hung basin can still be the best choice. It can be a purely aesthetic decision to leave as much open space as possible when aiming for a modern minimalist design, or it may be a compromise which allows for a bigger bath or some other coveted feature.
Things to consider when choosing a wall hung basin
There are several points to keep in mind as you select your wall hung basin:
- Placement: This is even more important with wall hung basins for several reasons. You need a stud wall which can support the weight of the basin, with room for the concealed plumbing.
- Size: Although commonly regarded as compact, these basins are actually available in a remarkable range of sizes, from those tiny corner cloakroom basins to luxuriously large double basins where two people can easily wash at once. Measure the available space to determine your ideal dimensions.
- Style: Rounded or square? Modern or traditional? Do you want extra features like a towel rail or built-in soap dish? At this point, matching a basin to your particular wants and needs can really help you narrow down your choices.
- Cost: It’s important to have an idea of your budget before you begin to shop, and you shouldn’t forget to add the cost of extra fixtures (taps, wastes, etc) which may not be included. A wall hung basin can also be more expensive to buy and install than a traditional basin. It’s a more advanced DIY, and if you have any worries about safety you’ll need to consult a professional.