What is a wall mounted basin?
As opposed to a classic floor standing pedestal basin, wall mounted basins save space while still looking elegant. They are also known as “cloakroom” basins, given the tendency for this versatile style to be chosen for less spacious ensuites and cloakrooms, and can be found with dimensions as small as 360mm x 250mm.
Installing a wall mounted basin does not mean giving up on a pedestal, if that’s the style you’d prefer. Semi pedestals save space and have a more contemporary appeal than the classic floor pedestal.
Sometimes a semi pedestal will mean that plumbing may have to be concealed and this can be a problem depending on how your walls are built. If the semi pedestal isn’t for you, there is always the stylish option of keeping the piping exposed with a bottle trap. This can also be boxed in if required. Wall mounted basin units are also available as corner units, making them especially useful in small and cramped rooms.
One of the major benefits of a wall mounted basin is that it can be fixed at any height, which is very useful if you need to install a small basin in a child’s bathroom, for example. They are also much easier to clean without a pedestal and especially so if the plumbing is concealed.
Basins are made from all the typical materials like ceramic and steel but given that they hang from the wall, ceramic wall mounted basins need careful consideration as your choice of fixings and wall strength will determine what size (or weight) you can go up to.
Installing your basin
You’ll want to make sure you choose a solid wall for your wall mounted basin, as the load it must bear needs adequate support. If your wall is only a stud partition, it is unlikely that it will be strong enough to support wall hangings of this weight or size.
Fixings ordinarily come with the basin and include the wall hangers necessary to support the weight of the basin. These are screwed into the wall with a wall plate and waste bracket fitted to support the waste pipes.
While its size makes DIY a tempting prospect, it is recommended that you get a plumber to do the actual work for you, especially if you need to move pipes from an existing basin to a new location or are installing concealed piping.