How To Choose The Right Basin

Designing a new bathroom, whether it’s your en-suite, family bathroom or guest toilet, can be such an exciting time. You get to turn the space into your dream space, add all the elements you feel are important and lay it out in a way you want it too.


Wall, inset, semi recessed, above counter, freestanding or vanity basin? It all depends on the size of your bathroom and how much room you have available.

The first step to choosing a basin is to decide who will be using it. Adults, children, guests or all three? This is important when considering how many basins you need, what shape and material. If you experience the ‘morning rush hour’, then a double basin might come in handy. An above counter basin is perfect for an ensuite, but for the kids or family bathroom, the inset or vanity basin might be easier to use.

Are you going for a classic look, or soft-edged and organic, or perhaps something minimalist and contemporary? Whatever you decide, be clear about your choice and stick to it. With the amount of basin designs out there, knowing exactly the look you’re after will help you make the right choice.

Bathroom basins can be divided into 6 basic types; Wall Basins, Vanity Basins, Semi Recessed Basins, Above Counter Basins, Under Counter Basins and Freestanding basins. Most bathroom basins in Australia are available with a choice of either one or three tapholes. Three taphole basins use conventional basin taps whereas one taphole basins require the use of a basin mixer. Learn more about the different types of basins below.

Wall basin 

The wall basin is fixed directly to the wall with brackets and does not require a vanity for installation. These are ideal for saving space and offer a minimalist look in your bathroom. The basin is enhanced with a pedestal or shroud to improve the finish of the bathroom as well as conceal plumbing.

Wall basin – pedestals 

Basin pedestals are optional extras for wall basins. They sit between the basin and the finished floors of the bathroom, are often used to conceal plumbing and offer a unique designer appearance. The pedestal does not, however, support the basin and does not sit flush against the wall (there is a small gap).

Wall basins – shrouds 

A basin shroud has the same function as a basin pedestal but is shorter in length, designed only to conceal the plumbing fittings. The shroud also does not sit flush against the wall.


Vanity basin 

Vanity basins are designed to fit into a variety of counters or console sinks. These basins are not standalone products, but rather can be complemented by the vanity to create a functional bathroom experience. Vanity basins come …


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