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Guide to Hand Wash Basins for Small Spaces

By Deborah | July 12, 2021

5 mins read | Bathroom Advice

What is a Hand Wash Basin ?

narrow cloakroom basin
Narrow Oval Wall Hung Bathroom Basin in White Ceramic 440mm x 300mm Cloakroom or Ensuite Sink Sienna

A hand wash basin is sized to go into smaller rooms such as the downstairs toilet or cloakroom.  This is generally the room where space is a premium.  They are also ideal as a bedroom sink or in an adjoining ensuite.

Generally narrowier than standard bathroom basins, they are sized to accomodate hand washing, hence the name, but also roomy enough to be able to clean teeth, shave or swill your face. 

There isn’t the room in a cloakroom basin to wash your hair or the baby. 

What are the types of Cloakroom Hand Wash Basins ?

As with bathroom basins, the two main types of cloakroom basins are counter mounted or wall hung.    Counter mounted basins will sit on a vanity unit or shelf whereas the wall hung version is self supported.  

Some cloakrooom basins will have a tap hole built into the basin and some have a enough room either side of the tap for a bottle or bar of soap.   If you don’t have any more storage space then this is an ideal option. 

Other cloakroom basins could be freestanding and these give more choice of tap placement . Either at the back or the sides .

Space at the side of the tap for storage
Space at the side of the tap for storage

How Narrow is Narrow?

Around 200mm – 250mm, is the slimest wash hand basins and with clever use of space they can be made to fit into the narrow awkward spaces.

Here are a few tips for making the best of a small space  

  1. Put the tap at the side 
Narrow Countertop Bathroom Basin in White Ceramic 490mm x 250mm Freestanding Sink Treviso
Narrow Countertop Bathroom Basin in White Ceramic 490mm x 250mm Freestanding Sink Treviso

2.  Have enough room for soap on the basin  

Raguso
Narrow Wall Hung Bathroom Basin in White Ceramic 400mm x 280mm Cloakroom or Ensuite Sink Raguso

3.   Use the cistern ledge for the cloakroom sink .  For a water saving idea, the water from the sink goes direct into the cistern. 

Cisern Ledge as a counter top
Narrow Countertop Bathroom Basin in White Ceramic Left Hand 500mm x 255mm Ensuite or Cloakroom Sink Lucca

4.    Opt for a Corner Basin.  They tuck away and with no corners to bang against in a narrow space are popular cloakroom choice

Small Wall Mounted Corner Basin in White Ceramic 400mm x 310mm Cloakroom or Ensuite Sink Olbia
Small Wall Mounted Corner Basin in White Ceramic 400mm x 310mm Cloakroom or Ensuite Sink Olbia

5.  Slimline Cabinet for Storage and for a Freestanding Cloakroom Basin

Narrow Dark Oak Bathroom Vanity Unit with Oval Basin
Narrow Dark Oak 500mm x 290mm Bathroom Vanity Unit with Oval Basin

5.  Slimline Wall Hung Cabinet for Storage and Built-In Cloakroom Basin

wall hung bathroom cabinets are an efficient use of floor space
Save space by mounting your vanity unit on a wall

3. How do I fit a cloakroom basin to the Countertop?

Can I Install a Cloakroom Basin Myself?

Whilst not rocket science you will need some basic DIY skills to fit a cloakroom basin yourself. 

If unsure or not very DIY-inclined, then getting a professional in is a much better option and will usually guarantee a nicer finish.

How do I Fix the Basin to the Countertop?

You will need to drill a drain hole in the counter and do some basic plumbing and it’s important to check the basin for special mounting instructions though most do follow a similar process.   We are often asked how does the basin stay in place on the work surface? .. and the answer is the waste plug

As you can see from the image below, the waste has a long shaft which fits through the basin and then the counter and is then secured underneath the counter with the large fixing nut to hold the basin in place. 

Once secure, silicone is applied all the way around the edge of the basin to prevent water seeping underneath the basin and sitting stagnant on the counter

InkedSink Waste Diagram (002)_LI
Avoid bending over a low sink with a wall hung vanity cabinet

4. How does a Wall Hung Basin fit to the Wall

The wall hung cloakroom basin comes with holes in the back for the 2 fixing bolts provided with basin,  these are designed to hold the basin to the wall, ideal an outside wall or an internal wall with corresponding nogging to ensure a safe install

About Clickbasin

Clickbasin is a family-owned, professionally run company that specialises in the highest quality bathroom basins, bathroom vanity units, cabinets and all the associated accessories.

Our aim is to provide the best quality products and the highest quality service possible. From countertop basins to bathroom cabinets and bathroom mirrors, every product we stock, we’re proud to sell it under the Clickbasin brand.

We value our business and our customers, it’s something we’re proud of and we hope this is reflected in the personal, polite and professional service we provide.

About the Author

Deborah Heardman

Deborah is an expert in bathroom basins and storage solutions, with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Since joining Clickbasin, Deborah has become an enthusiast for all things bathroom and a trusted authority on the topic.