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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