Whilst we would recommend hiring an experienced professional to install your new bathroom, this step-by-step guide will demonstrate how to fit a pedestal basin.
Bathroom basins (or bathroom sinks, depending on how you refer to them), come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs. At VictoriaPlum.com, we categorise them into 4 main types:
If you're unsure which basin type you are looking to install, take a look at our basin buying guide for further information.
What is a full pedestal basin?
A full pedestal basin is the most common type of basin found in homes throughout the UK. The basin is attached to the wall and sat on top of a pedestal, which is where it gets its name. The pedestal offers support and helps to hide unsightly plumbing. The best bathrooms tend to have a basin that matches the rest of the suite.
The Wharfe from Orchard Bathrooms is a great example of a pedestal basin
Before you do anything
Always unpack your pedestal basin immediately after delivery. Check for any damage or faults as it’s better to find them now, rather than during installation.
Always turn off your water at the mains before attempting any DIY in the bathroom.
Tools you’ll need:
- Adjustable wrench
- Adjustable pipe wrench
- Sealant gun
- Spirit level
- Standard screwdrivers
- Tape measure
Check you have the following:
Usually supplied with pedestal basin:
May need to buy separately:
- Basin waste
- Fixings (We sell a wall hung basin fixing kit, but this is only appropriate for use when mounting to a solid masonry wall or a partition wall with a timber frame built into the cavity for the basin to hang from. If mounting to a partition wall (without timber frame) or plasterboard wall, please seek professional help to identify the appropriate fixings)
Will need to buy separately:
- Silicone sealant
Typical time to complete:
- 1–2 hours
Typical cost to fit (with taps and waste):
- £160—£210 (price may vary—find out more about bathroom fitting costs)
Here's how to fit a pedestal basin
At VictoriaPlum.com, you’ll find our pedestal basins are crafted from high quality vitreous china for a superb flawless finish and durability.
The basin and pedestal will come as two separate parts. Start with the basin and fix the taps to it, ensuring you first attach the flexible tap hoses to the tap tails. Make sure the tap(s) is/are at 90 degrees to the inner rim.
Fit the waste into position. If you’ve opted for a more traditional plug and chain waste, fix the bolt into position.
Put the pedestal into your desired position and place the basin on top of it, making sure that the basin is flat against the wall and sits squarely on top of the pedestal.
Using your pencil, mark the position of the pedestal and screw holes on the floor and the position of the basin fixing holes on the wall.
Move the basin and pedestal away from the wall.
Using your electric drill, drill pilot holes in the floor and wall for the fixing screws, and fit rawl plugs.
Make adjustments to the water and waste pipes where required.
Position the pedestal back against the wall and screw in part of the way (not fully).
Place the basin on top of the pedestal again. Check it’s level with your spirit level and adjust if required. Screw into the wall using your pilot holes.
Stick masking tape to the base of the pedestal and seal around the edges (where it meets the floor) using silicone sealant and your sealant gun.
Handy hint: Before it dries, cut away any excess silicone sealant for a tidy finish.
Screw the floor screws in fully.
Attach the waste pipe to the waste trap and also attach the flexible connectors to the waste pipes.
Make sure there aren’t any leaks by turning the water back on at the mains. If any leakage occurs, check the connectors and tighten as required.
Congratulations, you’ve now fitted your pedestal basin.
Whilst DIY can be a good way to save time and money, you should always hire a qualified professional to plumb and install your products. The instructions above are simply a guide to fitting your new pedestal basin and shouldn’t be used to attempt full plumbing and installation.