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by Pei Wen Tan May 04, 2021 4 min read

Bathroom sinks are an important part of your space. It is something that you choose multiple times a day, for purposes such as washing your hands or cleaning your face.

Choosing a basin is often something we don’t consider the importance of until it’s too late. It’s easy to make mistakes such as choosing a basin that’s too shallow, making for an unpleasant experience of washing your face or hands, as the water splashes everywhere.

Not only is it important to consider the functional factors of your basin, this item is a key part of your vanity area and can easily change the aesthetic of your space. It is a statement piece that can elevate the design of your home.

Choosing the right bathroom sinks is a more complicated decision that you’d think, with many factors to consider. Keep reading to find out more about what to think about when choosing the right bathroom sinks for your home.

What are your bathroom sinks going to be used for?

The purpose of your bathroom sinks can help inform the decision you make. Not all basins will be used for the same purposes, and as such there are different factors that are more important for different basins.

For instance, a sink in a toilet-only space (think wall-mounted or pedestal sinks with no storage) compared to a sink in your main bathroom (think top- or under-mounted sinks and maybe even double sinks with lots of underneath storage) will be used differently.

As will the sink in the guest bathroom (which won’t be used as often) compared to one in a bathroom for little kids or for someone older (where mobility around the sink becomes more important).

Be sure to consider what the sink will be used for. For example, the sink in a guest bathroom won’t require much storage space.

Consider each space separately

Space matters when it comes to bathrooms – in particularly sinks.

Not only should the space available in your bathroom be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing a sink, but so should the amount of space you need around the sink. Think about the counter top for your sink and how much space you require it to have, as well as the ideal distance between the sink and other things in the bathroom, such as mirrors, wall cabinets, etc.

Size and shape

If you’re looking for a sink for your main bathroom, you’ll want to opt for the biggest sink/counter top combo you can fit. Why? This sink space will most likely be a multi-purpose area used for washing hands, applying make-up, washing your face and cleaning teeth.

There’s nothing worse than washing your face at a sink that’s not wide and deep enough, as you’ll no doubt cover the counter top with dirty water.

Sinks come in an array of shapes, so just make sure yours is wide and deep enough.

Sinks come in an array of shapes – such as square, rectangle, round and oval – so you can go for a shape that helps you make the best use of space.

For instance, some shapes will work in open spaces while others will maximise corner spaces.

Bathroom sink type

There are multiple types of bathroom sinks to choose from as listed below.

Top-mount bathroom sinks:

These are probably the most commonly used sinks with most of the sink sitting below the counter. Top-mount sinks are suitable for pretty much any counter top material, including wood and laminate, as the cut-out is completely covered by the sink and therefore doesn’t risk being damaged by water.

Under-mount bathroom sinks

Ideal for busy bathrooms (hello families), these sinks sit underneath the counter and create a seamless, clean look, as less of the actual sink is visible. As water and things can be wiped directly from the counter top into the sink, this is an easy-to-clean option.

Vessel bathroom sinks

These basins are ideal for bigger bathrooms and they generally sit completely on top of the counter top. If you like a deep sink that can hold plenty of water or is easy to wash your make-up off without getting water all over the counter top, go for this type.

Wall-mounted bathroom sinks

Good for smaller spaces, these models are fixed directly to the wall without the need for a counter top. Without cabinets below, wall-mounted options save on space, too, so if it’s a toilet-only room or a small bathroom, these are a great option. Just remember, all plumbing will need to be positioned inside the wall for a clean look.

Pedestal bathroom sinks

These are perfect for smaller spaces where you cannot have plumbing inside the wall as the pedestal under the basin conceals the pipework. These look great in more traditional homes with a classic interior look.

Semi-recessed bathroom sinks

These sinks are good for small spaces where it’s important to have at least some storage. Semi-recessed basins sit proudly at the front of the counter top and cabinets. It’s good to note, however, that storage will be quite shallow but at least you have some cupboard and counter top space.

All-in-one sink and counter top

These are a good option if you want to buy something all-in-one and not think about the various elements such as bowl, counter top, mounting and so on. All-in-ones generally have a basin that sits on top, which is part of the counter top.

Choosing your bathroom sinks is a more involved decision than you’d think, with multiple choices and options available. Thinking about the above factors will help you choose the perfect models for your home.

Pei Wen Tan
Pei Wen Tan


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