It is easy to think of the bathroom basin as a simple thing you use to wash your hands without considering its design. However, there is a huge variety of styles of bathroom basin to choose between and finding the right one to suit your bathroom decor is vital to achieving a unified and stylish look.

There are two major questions that you have to ask before choosing the right basin style. How much room do you have? and Who is going to use it? If you have a family or regularly entertain then your basin will need to be accessible by children. However, if it is your own private bathroom next to the bedroom then it can stand much taller or sit recessed on a countertop.

Types of Bathroom Basins

1. Pedestal Basins

The pedestal style of bathroom basin looks like it is held up by a column that extends from the floor and they are usually also attached to the wall for extra support and stability. The column serves the dual purpose of providing support while hiding the plumbing. This is a perfect fit for large, traditional bathroom styles with plenty of space.

2. Hanging Sinks

The hanging sink is a simple basic design that is attached to the wall with a minimal space requirement. Without any extra features like a pedestal determining its height or location, the hanging sink is incredibly versatile while being simple to clean and maintain since the entire surface and the pipes are easy to access. The gap below this basin style helps create the feeling of greater space within the room too.

3. Countertop Basins

As the name suggests, countertop basins are fixed directly on to a flat surface and rise up. This creates a focal point for the room and is an excellent choice for stylish designs such as those utilised by Villeroy and Boch basins. These are often found in a contemporary style bathroom and their only requirement is tall or appropriately positioned basin taps.

4. Semi-Recessed Vanity Basins

These bathroom basins are typically paired with a matching countertop. The paired items are made to look almost like one piece with the basin sitting in a special recess until it is almost flush with the countertop surface. These are an excellent way to maximise space in smaller bathrooms since it allows for the combination of the sink with a flat surface that can hold other items.

5. Freestanding Basins

This is a similar design to the pedestal basin but the key difference is that the freestanding basins are not fixed to the wall. Instead, they are supported completely by the underneath column and can be accessed from any side. This is a bold statement that can only be made in larger bathrooms but it is one worth making whenever the opportunity presents itself.


Finding the right bathroom basin is not a difficult task once you have paused and asked all the right questions. There are enough styles, designs and materials available that finding the perfect one for your bathroom is only ever going to be a matter of time.

 Start with space you have available and try to envision how much of it you want to use and how much should be left open. From there, it is simply a matter of finding the design you like best that occupies the area you have set aside while also matching the rest of the bathroom decor.