Choosing a perfect basin

Sometimes, it just isn’t feasible or necessary to buy a whole new bathroom when some items start to irk you. It’s been a few years since you brought your complete set, and while you are still happy with the bathroom and the toilet, the sink has seen better days. It’s time to buy a new one, but there are quite a few things you need to keep in mind. Here are tips that you’ll need to keep in mind when buying a new basin.

After choosing a perfect basin, also consider how are you going to instal it? Are you able to do it on your own or with a help from a firend? Or do yo need to hire an expert ?


Height and width

The most basic thing to keep in mind. You don’t want a sink that dwarfs everything else, or is comically small in comparison to your other appliances. We’re not saying it has to be the exact same size as the old one, because you are then limiting yourself in terms of options. Simply take measurements (and take them and a tape measure with you, when you go shopping), and decide if you want the new sink to be a little shorter, wider etc.

Size (For Kids)

Coupled with the tip above, it’s worth keeping in mind who is frequently going to be using the sink. If you have young children, buying a sink that is too high for them to reach could be a problem if you are trying to teach them self reliance. If they have to stand on stools to reach, you may run the risk of slipping if the floor is wet.

At the same time, don’t compromise yourself too much either. Getting a low sink may be great for your kids, but could make your life uncomfortable if you have to lean down in order to perform everyday things like brushing your teeth or washing your face. Find the happy medium, and you can both be happy.

Replacing the old model (Taps, cabinet)

Upgrading often times means changing, too. That’s great, but it’s always useful to keep in mind the hidden consequences of making these changes. For example, going from two separate taps to one universal one, or vice versa, may require some extra plumbing, which is likely to cost a little extra upon installation.

Also, if your current sink has a cabinet, either above or below, choosing a sink without one may lead to the need to re-tile the floor (to accommodate for the increased floor space), or repaint the walls that used to be underneath your vanity closet. These may be small charges, or big ones, and figuring out if it will be worth it or not may play a big role in your decision over a new sink.

Two sinks?

This is really for those with a budget and bathroom big enough to accommodate getting a second sink. How could this be useful? Well for one, it eliminates the problem of kids not being able to reach, as you could have a smaller sink for them, and a big one for you. It could also come in handy if you want separate “him” and “her” sinks, or a separation between a cleaning sink (teeth brushing, face washing etc.) and a vanity sink.

Keep in line with the existing decor

In the same way you don’t want your sink to stick out because it is too big or too small, you equally don’t want it to stick out because it doesn’t suit the rest of your bathroom. Ideally, you’d like people to think that the new sink was part of the original suite you brought, instead of remarking “Why is everything white except for the bright pink sink?”.

There is an easy way around this – take lots of photos of your bathroom with you when you shop, as it makes it easier to visualise how any given sink may look in your bathroom. If you went with a colour instead of white, take close-up pictures as well, or find out the paint’s code from the manufacturer. This should ensure symmetry between the new and the old appliances.

Izzy represents Diamond Interiors’ UK following. With her very keen eye for style and design, she is an absolute wealth of information and advice in the world of interiors. To read more from Izzy, visit her blog:

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