If you’re looking to replicate that luxury, hotel bathroom look in your own home, a semi or fully recessed basin could make a great feature of your facilities.
As the perfect compromise between a freestanding and a counter-top sink, these fitted units are a great way to make the most of a small space, without compromising on style.
Both fully and semi-recessed varieties are popular among those with small to medium sized bathrooms, as they can be installed over your existing counter top. Not only will they look great in any bathroom, they can often be more practical than conventional sinks.
Semi-recessed basins are typically shallow in depth, but with a wider surface area. This is idea for those who need a family sink, but don’t have the space for a big, clunky feature that will look huge in comparison to the bathroom’s other features.
Depending on the shape of your counter, these sinks can also be butted right against a wall. The sides and the front of the basin are typically slim, creating a sleek and minimalist look. In addition to this, they can provide a cost-effective alternative to installing a freestanding sink.
If you’ve decided to install one of these sinks in your home, you will need to consider the size of your space and take the appropriate measurements. Once you have done this, be sure to check the specifications of your chosen product to make sure it will fit.
Unlike other sinks, you will need to measure the sides and the drop of the overhang to make sure it will fit your existing countertop or sideboard. Your sink supplier should be able to offer you guidance in your area by providing a diagram of what measurements need to be taken.
You will also need to decide on the shape of your sink. These basins come in all shapes and sizes, so spend some time weighing up your options to find the right one for your bathroom.
You may decide to install a circular sink, for example, which looks great in a semi-recessed design. Alternatively you might prefer a square or rectangular shape. All of these basins are widely available in a range of materials including glass, stone and ceramic – which gives you something else to consider.
Fully recessed sinks are a great option for those with minimal space, and can be purchased in a range of materials and styles. Taps can either be at the back of the sink (their most conventional position) or can sit at the side for a more alternative look.
Be aware that you may need to purchase the tap and waste system separately, although some will have them included.
When purchasing these items, make sure they are compatible with the sink you have chosen and be sure to ask for help if you are unsure. Most suppliers will have a customer service team who can offer guidance.
Another option for those with a particularly small space is a basin mounted on a shelf. This will allow you to make full use of your sink facilities without compromising on floor space. As well as proving a great, space-saving alternative, these can also look incredibly stylish and contemporary.
Most mountable sinks will come complete with the shelving system, as well as the brackets to hold it in place. Some will also come complete with a handy shelf for all your bathroom accessories. Some are even available with a built-in towel rail for added convenience.
So, whatever the size or shape of your bathroom, there is an option out there that will not only look elegant and stylish, but will also provide a durable and practical solution to your space constraints.