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Semi pedestal basin buying guide
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Semi pedestal basin buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 7 months ago 5 min read

The semi pedestal basin is a sleek and contemporary choice for modern bathrooms, and comes in a wide array of designs and styles.

This guide will give you an overview of the semi pedestal basins at Victoria Plum, and what you need to consider when choosing one.


What is a semi pedestal basin?

This style of basin is similar to a standard pedestal basin, but the pedestal doesn’t extend all the way to the floor. A good way to think of it is as being halfway between a full pedestal basin and a wall hung basin. The basin is secured to the wall, and the semi pedestal covers up the pipework underneath, creating a clean, modern look.

Before we move on, it is important to note that in the UK, the terms "basin" and "sink" are used interchangeably to describe the same item. Consequently, a semi pedestal basin and a semi pedestal sink are essentially identical. To avoid confusion, we’ll continue using the term "basin" in this article.


What styles are available?

Semi pedestal basins are all about contemporary style, whether you’re after a slick, minimalist look, or just some functional style for the family.

The Eden 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin from Orchard Bathrooms is a great choice, featuring an understated yet chic style that would suit a wide range of contemporary bathrooms.

Orchard Eden 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin

This fabulous semi pedestal basin is available with either 1 or 2 tap holes

If you want to make more of a statement, this Foster 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin from Mode Bathrooms, features an on-trend slim rim, sleek overflow and rounded pedestal, creating a beautifully elegant look.

Mode Foster 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin

Create the illusion of more space with this designer semi pedestal basin

For something more angular, to go with a predominantly square-shaped bathroom suite, why not consider the Ellis 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin from Mode Bathrooms?

Mode Ellis 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin

The perfect blend of straight lines and gentle curves make the Ellis semi pedestal basin a popular choice


Is a semi pedestal basin right for my bathroom?

Apart from a gorgeous contemporary look, there are many other benefits to choosing a semi pedestal basin for your bathroom. They are a space-efficient option, leaving the floor clear under the basin where it would otherwise be taken up by a pedestal. This makes cleaning the bathroom floor easier, as you don’t have to negotiate any awkward nooks.

A semi pedestal basin is an excellent choice for an ensuite or cloakroom, as they can make a room feel less cluttered if you’re short on space. This effect can also be beneficial in larger bathrooms too, adding a sleek and minimalist look.

However, if your plumbing and pipework goes into the floor, a full pedestal basin might offer a neater solution, while a vanity unit will provide you with more storage space.


Choosing the right taps and waste for your semi pedestal basin

When purchasing a new semi pedestal basin, it's essential to consider the following components to complete your installation:

Basin taps

Your choice of tap(s) depends on the number of tap holes your semi pedestal basin contains. Nowadays, most basins come with a single tap hole, but you can also find basins with 2 tap holes.

If your semi pedestal basin has a single tap hole, you will require a basin mixer tap, which combines both hot and cold water supplies into a single tap.

Orchard Eden basin mixer tap

For semi pedestal basins with 2 tap holes, you will need basin pillar taps, which consist of 2 separate taps—one for hot water and one for cold water.

Orchard Eden basin pillar taps

To help you save money, keep an eye out for basin and tap packs, which are often sold at a lower price compared to purchasing them separately. Additionally, it is advisable to choose a tap from the same bathroom suite collection as your basin to achieve a consistent look and style.

For a truly contemporary look, consider opting for metallic taps, such as black, gold or brushed brass.

Basin waste

A basin waste is the component responsible for draining water into the sewer and away from your bathroom. While the old chainstay plug may come to mind when thinking of a waste, modern designs often feature pop-up or flip-over mechanisms, which have gained popularity.

To determine the suitable basin waste for your basin, you must first look and see whether it has an overflow hole. Most semi pedestal basins have one, making a slotted basin waste necessary. However, it is advisable to double-check before making a purchase.

If your tap features a specific metallic finish, you may want to match it with your choice of waste (as demonstrated in the image below). To help inspire you, why not check out our basin waste ideas?

Pop up basin waste


Measuring for your semi pedestal basin

To ensure you select the correct size, it is always worth measuring your current basin first. Check out our handy video:



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Bathroom basins: inspiration and advice

If you’re looking to boost your basin know-how, it pays to tap into our expertise. At Victoria Plum, you’ll discover all the advice you’ll need, including these handy basin buying guides:

You’ll also find further buying guides on these basin-related topics:

If you’re seeking inspiration, look no further than our top hand basin ideas and, while you’re at it, why not find out how our basins are made?

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 7 months ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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