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The Complete Guide to Hand Basins for Small Bathrooms, Ensuites & Powder Rooms

The Complete Guide to Hand Basins for Small Bathrooms, Ensuites & Powder Rooms

Navigating the countless Basins available for your bathroom these days can often be a daunting task, and when it comes to Small Bathrooms, Ensuites and Powder Rooms, the basin that you select will have lasting implications; both functionally and aesthetically, towards the space as a whole, so it's important to know what to look for and what options are available to you.

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The Complete Guide to Hand Basins for Small Bathrooms, Ensuites & Powder Rooms

Navigating the countless Basins available for your bathroom these days can often be a daunting task, and when it comes to Small Bathrooms, Ensuites and Powder Rooms, the basin that you select will have lasting implications; both functionally and aesthetically, towards the space as a whole, so it's important to know what to look for and what options are available to you.

This Small Hand Basins guide gives you everything you need to know when selecting a basin that's just right for your small bathroom space, so let's explore what to look out for together and see and how we can make the most of the space you have from both a functionality and style perspective.

What Kind of Basins are Actually Considered "Small"

The most significant factor you'll need to look out for when selecting a small hand basin is it's 'projection'. Projection (also commonly referred to as 'depth'), is the dimension from the rear, to the front of the sink if you were standing directly in front of it. The general rule here is, the smaller the projection, the more room to move.

While considering this, we must not forget that functionality is equally important so the position of the tapware and having enough room to comfortably wash up is just as vital. With these two factors in mind, we recommend that basins with a projection of 200mm - 350mm work best, as long as the bowl is maximized. This is most ideal with Wall-hung basins (basins mounted independantly and direcetly to the wall) or bench-top basins on a shelf or wall-hung vanity, as long as the rear of the basin is flush with the wall.

You'll find that wall space is more forgiving from a floor plan perspective, so the Length or Width of the Basin is where you can be more generous. Basins with built-in shelf space and space conscious tap positioning are preferred here as you'll be able to keep make-up and shaving essentials accessible with ease.

What Type of Basin Works Best for Small Bathrooms?

Wall-mounted Basins are the clear winner here for those looking to really maximize space. This is because they are typically designed with a shorter depth especially for small bathroom applications, meaning there's plenty of suitable options to choose from. The other definining factor is that because they are mounted directly to the wall, space is also returned at the floor level, so the feeling of space is further emphasized plus any water spilled falls directly to the floor. If you do require more storage, then the next best option is a wall-hung vanity with a counter-top basin mounted atop. But again, ensuring that the basin rear is flush with the wall will help get back some precious room to move. A wall-mounted shaving cabinet above the basin is also a great consideration as this mitigates against water damage and is preferable to a cabinet beneath the basin for this reason.

What Small Hand Basin Styles Are Available?

Small Hand Basins are available in many styles to suit your preferred design aesthetic, from contemporary architectural soft-square shapes, to the softer more organic styles if that's what you're after. They are available in a wide range of widths to suit your particular bathroom project, from ultra small basins of about 300mm to wider pieces that utilize more wall space of up to 800mm providing that handy shelf space.

Adequate shelf space is readily available and always recommended, with configurations for left or right side shelves, and opposing tap landing decks too.

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