How to measure for a basin or sink

To help you get your order right first time, saving the hassle of having to reorder and delaying your project, we'll show you exactly how to measure for your new basin.

Your bathroom basin (or sink as it is often referred to) is one of the mainstays of any bathroom suite, whether you’re refurbishing a large family bathroom or updating a smaller space, such as a cloakroom or ensuite.

One of the most common mistakes people make when planning their new bathroom is buying a basin that simply doesn’t fit. In this article, with handy video, we’ll show you how to measure your existing basin, to ensure you pick the correct sized replacement. All you’ll need is a tape measure, some paper and a pencil.


How to measure for a basin video



Here’s how to measure for a basin

  1. Start with the width. Measure the distance from one side of the basin to the other.

  2. Next, measure the length. This is the distance from the rear of the basin to the front.

  3. Then, on the exterior of the basin, measure from the top to the bottom. This will give you the height.

  4. Finally, measure the depth. This is the interior measurement, from the deepest part of your basin to the overflow. This will give you an indication of the depth of water it can hold.


Step-by-step images

Measuring the basin width

Measuring the basin width.

Measuring the basin length

Measuring the basin length.

Measuring the basin height

Measuring the basin height.

Measuring the basin depth

Measuring the basin depth.


Different basin types

There are a wide variety of basin designs available, with the most common being pedestal basins, wall hung basins and semi pedestal basins. You can also purchase vanity units with basins included, as well as countertop or semi recessed basins.

If you are buying a pedestal basin, you will need to measure the full height, including pedestal, from the floor. Find out more about the different types of basin in our basin buying guide.

Different types of basin


Buy basins

Now you know exactly how to measure for your basin, why not browse our comprehensive selection, including pedestal basins, wall hung basins and countertop designs, all at affordable prices.

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Discover more bathroom advice

At VictoriaPlum.com, we understand that buying a bathroom online can be a daunting prospect. To give you a helping hand, we’ve got plenty of expert bathroom advice, including room planning guides and buying guides, providing you with everything you need before you commit.

Check out our bathroom advice section or click on one of the links below to find out more.

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