Choosing a Cloakroom Basin

  • January 23, 2020

Numerous factors for consideration arise upon deciding how best to style a small bathroom, en-suite bathroom, or second lavatory space. Often, space saving options are the primary consideration as to how to utilise space efficiently and comfortably. Aside from a W/C suite & showering area, usually you will want to include a basin as well.

Within the plumbing industry, the term basin refers to what can sometimes be called sinks or washbowls. Sinks are actually used to describe kitchen sinks only so this can sometimes cause confusion when requesting brochures. The term basin refers to a standard size basin intended for installation into your main bathroom area. Cloakroom Basins are usually smaller in size, used to fit into a smaller compact space.

Many manufacturers offer compact bathroom solutions that accompany their main ranges and will be detailed in their catalogues alongside the standard size. The first consideration for review is where to place your cloakroom basin? If your door entrance opens into the space you will need to leave this space clear to enable proper entrance into the area. If the room space is quite thin, then placing a cloakroom basin hanging into the middle of the area could restrict access to the other facilities.

The HIB Reno Cloakroom Basin is a good solution to this problem; its depth is 25cm so would offer very little restriction to the manoeuvring space. Alternatively, the HIB Kilo Cloakroom Basin is a very stylish rounded basin with a depth of 27cm. Both these options fix against the wall and are designed for cloakroom bathrooms & compact spaces.

If you with to include storage options into your compact bathroom design there are two options. You could include a mirrored wall cabinet or an under basin cabinet. The Concepts Form 400 Floor Standing Hand Basin Unit is the latter of the two. It is a cabinet including a washbasin, it sits 850mm from floor to top & is 22.5cm in-depth, so should not restrict movement too much.

Another Solution may be to look at corner basin options. Once again the factor of door position & swing will determine if this is a viable option, but corner seated basins can be very practical. Corner basins often come as wall mounted units with an exposed waste pipe underneath. This is due to their small size. Corner basins can come supplied with a pedestal (a piece of ceramic that conceals the pipe work) but are generally larger in depth and width.

Numerous suppliers offer compact options so the best advice is to get to your local bathroom supplier and get some catalogues. As with all manufacturers, it is a good idea to look out for long guarantees that can give you peace of mind when making your purchase. Imperial bathrooms offer a lifetime guarantee on their pieces & Pura Bathrooms offer a 25 year guarantee on their ceramic bathroom furniture.  
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Bathroom Interior Ideas

  • January 22, 2020

Modern bathroom interior design focuses heavily on incorporating warmth, style, and functionality in equal measures. Designers will often look at adjacent space and consider the possibility of losing space in one room to add space to the small bathroom. They view the room as a potential retreat and design with that in mind. By adding storage space, square footage, and modern fixtures built for real people, bathroom interior designers can take your bathroom out of its time warp and into the new millennium.

Lighting Fixtures
You might spend a lot of money renovating the bathroom, but it will be the lighting fixtures that will add the finishing touch and make the bathroom a pleasure to use. Be sure to give sufficient attention to lighting from the start. Proper lighting will highlight your remodeling efforts, while inadequate lighting will detract from them. Too often bathroom lighting is inadequate. You don’t have to buy expensive bathroom lighting fixtures to solve the problem, but you do need to buy the right fixtures. You can be creative and buy distinctive yet tasteful fixtures that go with the rest of your décor. Learn more about the latest ensuite.

Integrating Storage
When you’re planning your bathroom interior design, remember that you’ll need somewhere to put the linen cupboard. Storage is a boring but essential aspect of bathroom design; you’d be surprised at just how much we keep in our bathrooms, including medicines, toiletries, stacks of towels and sometimes the laundry basket too. Don’t be tempted to skimp on storage to save space. This is a false economy, because the mess has to go somewhere, and a bathroom with little storage is a cluttered bathroom – not spacious or restful at all. Don’t be shy with ideas: matching your storage receptacles to your bathroom’s theme will make you feel less resentful about devoting space to it. A minimalist bathroom will look great with a traditional white bathroom cupboard, while a rustic-style bathroom will be enhanced by a pine cupboard, perhaps with stenciling.

Bathroom mirrors come in many different shapes, sizes, and styles: rectangular, round, oval, special shapes, with and without frames, and large to small. Decorative wall light fixtures mounted on each side of a standard mirror will illuminate both sides of the face evenly, without shadows. A wall bracket lighting fixture can also be mounted across the top of the mirror. Fixtures using incandescent bulbs behind glass or plastic diffusers emit the most flattering light.

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Safety precautions in bathroom design is One of the most important safety precautions to remember is that water and electricity don’t mix. Light switches should either be the cord kind or be situated outside the bathroom itself. You should also make sure that the electrical outlets for items such as hair dryers are safe, especially if those outlets are positioned near water sources. Old or damaged outlets may cause electrocution, or overheat and present a fire hazard. If your outlets are showing signs of wear and tear, get a qualified electrician to replace them. A good way of reducing your risk of electrocution is to install ground-fault circuit interrupters, which detect faults and stop the power supply when there are any electrical leaks in a circuit.