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 narrower than standard bathroom basins, they are sized to accommodate 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!
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 cloakroom 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 .
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
2. Have enough room for soap on the basin
3. Use the cistern ledge for the cloakroom sink . For a water saving idea, the water from the sink goes direct into the cistern.
4. Opt for a Corner Basin. They tuck away and with no corners to bang against in a narrow space are popular cloakroom choice
5. Slimline Cabinet for Storage and for a Freestanding Cloakroom Basin
5. Slimline Wall Hung Cabinet for Storage and Built-In Cloakroom Basin
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.
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
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
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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.