We are looking at new bathroom 'furniture', for a rather small
bathroom (<2m x 2m). We would like to fit a countertop or
semi-recessed type basin, with some sort of vanity unit underneath.
However the current basin seems to be rather 'shallow' - about 400mm
front to back. I'd never noticed this before, but there you go.
Most of the basins I can find seem much deeper than this, and would be
unsuitable for our bathroom - they'd foul the door, or at least be
awkward. And although 'cloakroom' style basins are available, they all
seem rather too small for use as a normal bathroom basin.
So - can anyone suggest a make/model of shallow basin of countertop or
semi-recessed type, which would end up with a front to back depth of
400mm (425max)? We have a reasonable width to play with BTW.
Thanks very much
I recently fitted an Ideal Standard "Space" semi-countertop
short projection basin, 37cm projection from wall.
The basin goes right to the back of the 20cm deep countertop
with the tap(s) offset to the side, so the basin is actually
pretty much full size, and not at all like trying to wash your
hands or face in a basin which is too small to get your hands
in, as is the case with many of the short projection basins!
I actually bought it from a tiny high street plumbers merchant,
which was cheaper than anywhere else I could find it even on the
web. They had to order it, but it only took a day.
Note that the distance between the waste and tap holes is further
than some pop-up wastes can handle. The basin actually came with
an extended pop-up waste rod, although the seal/swivel ball won't
be the right size for all pop-up wastes. The pop-up waste I bought
(Wickes, with a monoblock tap) did actually fit the sink OK, even
though it was outside it's quoted distance.
Also note there is no provision on the basin for keeping soap
(the horizontal-like surfaces actually all slope slightly into
the sink, enough so wet soap won't stay put) hence my question
about recessed tile soap trays in another thread;-)
Ideal Standard also do the vanity unit to go underneath, but I
made mine from IKEA kitchen wall units, cut down to 20cm deep
for a tiny fraction of the cost, and I'm very pleased with it.
I didn't actually like the look of the Ideal Standard version.
Thanks very much for your suggestion. I had been previously
looking at the Ideal 'Space' range, but thought they only did a
Absolutely - this is why I didn't want a 'cloakroom' style basin
[ useful fitting details omitted - thanks]
Yeah, we actually never use the 'soap areas' anyway, so I don't care
too much about losing them.
Hmm, interesting. Do I understand correctly that the vanity unit has
to take a (large?) proportion of the weight of the basin, ie. the wall
fixings are mostly to hold the unit in place? If so, I'd be interested
to learn more about what you did here. How did you determine the shape
to cut the unit to, for instance?
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