When planning your bathroom, it's good to know whether certain elements come in a standard size. In this article, we find out whether this applies to bathroom sinks.
No bathroom is truly complete without a sink. Not only does it serve a functional purpose, but it also adds a touch of style to your bathroom, reflecting your own individual personality. At Victoria Plum, we understand the importance of maintaining hygiene and ensuring the perfect fit for your bathroom sink.
Bathroom sinks come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from sleek rectangular sinks to elegant countertop sinks. Understanding how to measure and determine the size of your bathroom sink is crucial. This knowledge will save you valuable time and prevent costly mistakes during your renovation process.
When selecting a new bathroom sink, precise measurements are essential. Even the smallest miscalculation can result in a significant amount of cash being wasted on unnecessary renovations. To assist you in this endeavour, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you make the right choice. In addition to accurate measurements, we’ll provide you with information on determining specifications from manuals and an overview of general sizes available on the market today.
There's a reason why ceramic sinks like the Dulwich pedestal basin from Orchard Bathrooms are so popular
Style and appearance: find your perfect match
When embarking on a home renovation project, it's always helpful to start with a clear vision in mind. Browse through different pictures (Pinterest is great for this!) and home walkthrough videos to explore the various styles of bathroom sinks available, ensuring a perfect match for your bathroom.
At Victoria Plum, we offer a diverse selection of sink styles to cater to your specific taste. Choose from options such as undermount, countertop and wall-mount, plus pedestal and semi pedestal sinks, each designed to complement your unique bathroom design.
One thing to keep in mind is that different sink types have varying measurements and requirements. Factors like countertop mounting may significantly influence the overall cost. Therefore, it is essential to consider these aspects when making your decision.
For a more comprehensive look at all the sinks available, head to our bathroom sink buying guide.
Wall hung sinks: saving space with style
Wall-mounted sinks are a popular choice for those looking to save space without compromising style. However, they require careful installation and, sometimes, complex plumbing.
Petite yet pretty, the Monnow wall hung sink from Orchard Bathrooms is perfect for cloakrooms or ensuites
Undermount sinks: elegance and functionality combined
Undermount sinks (more commonly used in kitchens), also make an excellent choice, especially if you wish to add a vanity unit to your bathroom. To ensure a seamless installation, precise measurements are paramount. Failure to do so may result in additional renovations, costing you valuable time and money.
The Dalston vanity unit comes complete with a genuine black marble countertop and undermount sink
Vessel sinks (aka countertop basins): embrace contemporary design
Vessel sinks, more commonly known as countertop basins, have gained popularity among modern homeowners. With their sleek and contemporary designs, they add a touch of elegance to any bathroom. Mounting a vessel sink requires an additional investment in the form of a countertop and/or vanity unit. However, the wide range of unique styles available makes it a perfect choice for those seeking a modern look.
While they may require a little extra care and maintenance, due to the additional countertop space, they remain a favourite among homeowners looking to create a sophisticated ambiance in their bathrooms.
For a true splash of colour, why not find out more about our range of colourful countertop basins?
If you’d like to find out more about this type of basin, head to our countertop basin buying guide.
Semi recessed basins are a variation on the vessel sink or countertop basin, and are installed to overlap the edge of a worktop or vanity unit.
Pedestal sinks: enhance your bathroom design
While pedestal sinks may take up more floor space, they offer interesting design options for those looking to spruce up their bathroom decor. If you choose to install a pedestal sink, accurate measurements of the available height and width are necessary to ensure a perfect fit.
You can read more about this type of sink in our full pedestal basin buying guide.
With a single tap hole, the Eden pedestal sink is ideal for a wide range of bathrooms
Semi pedestal sinks are a variation on the more common pedestal sink, featuring a wall hung design and smaller pedestal which doesn’t read the ground. To find out more about these, read our semi pedestal basin buying guide.
Bathroom sink terminology: master the jargon
Navigating the world of bathroom sinks can be overwhelming due to the technical terminology involved. Before embarking on a spot of sink-searching, familiarise yourself with the key terms used in sink installation. Depth, width, length, shape, number of tap holes, tap hole size, waste connection, waste placement and waste size are some of the crucial terms to grasp. Having a good understanding of these terms will increase your chances of finding the perfect sink for your bathroom. It will also prevent you from falling victim to impulse purchases or potentially inaccurate information.
Standard sizes: choosing the right fit
Bathroom sinks are designed to occupy minimal space compared to kitchen or outdoor sinks. The industry standard for measuring bathroom sinks, in the UK and Europe, is in millimetres (of course, it’s inches in the United States!), typically starting from 400mm (around 16 inches) in width and above. Different sizes serve different purposes and come with their own limitations.
For large bathrooms, 550mm (around 22 inches) to 600mm (around 24 inches) sinks offer ample size and are an excellent choice. However, they require a suitable wall for mounting due to their weight. If you opt for wall-mount, undermount or drop-in style sinks, consider smaller sizes ranging from 400mm (around 16 inches) to 500mm (around 20 inches).
If you want to know how to measure for a sink, read our guide and watch the video below.
“His and hers” sinks: harmony in sharing
For couples or larger families, installing double bathroom vanity sinks brings added convenience. However, it is crucial to obtain the right measurements to ensure a smooth installation process and comfortable usage for 2 people simultaneously.
For double vanity sinks, the overall width can be anywhere between 1180mm (around 46.5 inches) to 1380mm (around 54 inches). Keep in mind that double vanity sinks require more maintenance (twice the plumbing and twice the surface area!). Be sure to consider these factors when planning your purchase.
A double sink vanity unit, like this one from The Bath Co.'s Camberley collection, can come with some major benefits
Fitting your bathroom sink
Whilst a DIY approach may save you money, we’d always recommend hiring a qualified plumber to fit your basin.
Conclusion: Design your dream bathroom
These tips offer valuable insights for your next sink installation project. Precise measurements are the key to a successful installation. Consider your available space, style limitations, budget and renovation time requirements to ensure your bathroom sink perfectly complements your vision.
With the vast resources available at Victoria Plum, planning for your dream bathroom has never been easier. Regardless of your style preference or home decor, you can find a bathroom sink that suits your needs perfectly. Say goodbye to dull and uninspiring bathrooms and welcome a space that truly reflects your personality and style!