Bathroom Basins: How to Choose

If you’ve searched online or visited a bathroom showroom recently you will know that the choice of bathroom basins is enormous. This blog is designed to help you to be aware of some of the options available to you when choosing a basin and what factors to consider.

Laufen basin

In the photos above and below (courtesy of Reece Bathroom Life and Laufen) you will see that these Laufen basins are not part of a ‘vanity’ (meaning the benchtop, the basin it holds and the cabinetry – drawers and cupboards) and as such there is no bench or other storage space for placing things. However, they have great aesthetic appeal and could work really well in a guest bathroom or a powder room where storage is generally not a major consideration.

Laufen basin 2

As most people want as much storage as possible, generally when choosing a basin the whole ‘vanity’ is taken into account, as each element impacts visually and practically on the others.

This bathroom incorporates a bath with shower, WC, good storage, back and chrome tapware and gloss back vanities and with beautiful warm grey tiles. The old window was cleverly re-positioned to highlight sky views. Designed by Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms, Melbourne.

Storage was maximised in this compact Hawthorn East family bathroom by using not only drawers underneath the basin but an overhead mirrored shaving cabinet. The old window behind the vanity was cleverly replaced by a high and wide picture window so that light was not compromised.

The first consideration you need to make is the space and layout of your bathroom. If you have no limitations on the ‘depth’ (from front to wall) of your bench top, the sky’s the limit – you can opt for an undermount basin, top mount basin, semi-inset (sits partly above/partly below the bench) or semi-recessed basin (partially projecting out towards you from the front of the bench) and your choice will come down to:

  1. The look you prefer
  2. What will best match the style of your bathroom (and house)
  3. The size of basin you want
  4. The tapware you like and where it sits – bench mounted, wall mounted or basin mounted



The clients in this Merricks North home opted for a top-mounted basin with wall-mounted tap


Alape basin

Laufen basin 3

A gorgeous Alape top mount basin pairs beautifully with a freestanding tap; and a sleek statement would certainly be made with this wall-mounted Laufen basin (photos both courtesy of Reece)

You can opt for either drawers or cupboards underneath your bench and basin. Many people prefer drawers, as items can be more easily accessed. Even if you have an undermount or semi-inset basin, drawers can be built to accommodate the part of the basin that sits beneath the bench, as shown in the photo below of a vanity in Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms’ Burke Road showroom.

showoom basin and drawer

If your bathroom is a compact space, and/or if the vanity bench needs to be narrow in depth (from front to wall) due to design considerations within that space, you will need to either select a narrow style of basin, or a semi-recessed one if you don’t want your basin to be narrow.

Wantirna semi-inset basin

For this family bathroom in Wantirna the owners chose a semi-inset basin, with cupboards below

McKinnon semi-recessed basin

Like many powder rooms, this one in McKinnon had room for only a narrow benchtop so the client chose a semi-recessed basin.

As every space is unique, and every homeowner has individual needs and tastes, getting the help of a professional designer can save you time and headaches! For all your bathroom design needs, call Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms on 9882 4103 or visit our showroom on the corner of Burke and Canterbury Roads in Hawthorn East.


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