Washbasin – an essential attribute of the bathroom. It is with its use that the morning of each family member begins. It is important that the sink meets the mandatory requirements of comfort: it was located at a convenient height for washing from the floor, and had the shape and size that does not hamper the movement of a person during hygiene procedures. Only after the requirements of ergonomics are taken into account, you can think about the style decision of the washstand. The sink for the bath invoice on the countertop can be a real designer zest in this room.
From what materials do overhead washbasins produce on the countertop
The range of materials used in the production of overhead bath sinks is very wide and varied. The championship remains for traditional ceramics and earthenware, more prosperous buyers can afford models of stone or marble, among the design products can be found glass, metal or even wooden washbasins.
Helpful advice! Buying a wooden washbasin – pay close attention to the quality of its execution. It must be treated with special protective moisture-resistant compositions, the durability and appearance of the product will directly depend on it.
Sinks from faience, porcelain and ceramics are deservedly popular with consumers due to their high performance at a fairly low cost. These sinks have an aesthetic appearance and a perfect smooth surface, which is very easy to care for.
Of the shortcomings, fragility can be noted, and therefore the sink should be mounted very carefully, and with further use it should be avoided that heavy and sharp objects fall into it.
Acrylic sink is notable for its ease, so it is ideal for installation on thin and fragile countertops. Despite its low weight, acrylic is a durable, inexpensive and reasonably durable material.
The lack of an acrylic washbasin is the fear of mechanical damage, so it must be operated with extreme caution.
Natural stone, marble and granite – the most expensive materials for the manufacture of sanitary sinks for the bathroom. However, the high price is justified by their great strength, durability and presentable appearance.
The product made of artificial stone is an affordable analogue of marble or granite laid on sink on the countertop for the bathroom. Buy it can a wider range of consumers.
The glass sink is a less common option for use in city apartments, more often it acts as a designer touch when no other product fits into the designed interior.
Of the advantages of a glass washbasin, you can distinguish a chic appearance, resistance to chemical and mechanical stress, a large selection of shapes and sizes.
Disadvantages: high cost and complexity in the care, as well as for any glass surface.
Metal shells are made from brass, copper, stainless steel, enameled or not enameled. These sinks do not differ in high price, but they are durable and wear-resistant products. The disadvantages of metal shells include a limited color spectrum (this applies to non-enamelled models) and the complexity of care, due to the need to use special tools to maintain surface gloss.
Having decided on the washbasin material, which will harmoniously fit into the bathroom interior, you can proceed to the choice of the shape and size of the product.
The choice of the size of the invoice or built-in countertop sink in the bathroom will depend directly on the room area and the availability of free space for installation. The plus surface of the sink is that, due to the symmetrical sides of the bowl, it is not tied to the installation butt-to-wall or to the corner, and can be located on an island-style countertop. However, this kind of space organization is appropriate in large bathrooms of country houses, for an urban apartment such an island is an unaffordable luxury.
All shells usually have standard sizes, but for individual manufacturers, they can differ by ± 3 cm.
Helpful advice! If the place for the installation of sanitary equipment is strictly limited – before buying it is necessary to clarify its exact dimensions, or take measurements in the store yourself.
Common sizes of overhead sinks (width x depth x height):
- small compact – 30-45 x 30-45 x 10-12 cm;
- medium standard – 46-75 x 46-60 x 10-20 cm;
- large – 76-124 (and more) x 46-60 x 20-31 cm.
Forms of overhead shells can be very diverse – ranging from strict geometric shapes to design asymmetrical products, for example, with corrugated edges, in the form of a water drop, a flower, etc.
The most common are rectangular and square bowls of shells, sometimes with rounded edges. They are suitable for installation on a bedside table or above a washing machine. Photos of sinks of this type in modern bathrooms confirm their popularity. A wide range of sizes of rectangular sinks will allow you to select and install the product even in the smallest bathroom.
Round and oval bowls are suitable for installation in larger bathrooms. Their use is accompanied by additional comfort, because it is possible to approach such a cup, as opposed to a rectangular one, from either side. A distinctive feature of rounded bowls is the absence of a hole provided for them in the mixer – it cuts directly into the worktop. Recessed sinks in the bathroom are most often oval, round or rectangular in shape.
Among other, less common forms, one can find triangular, polygonal, rhomboid and other types of shells. There are ready sets of sinks in the bathroom with countertops and / or an integrated faucet. Design copies may have a LED backlight, which turns on when you open the tap and changes color depending on the water temperature.
There is another form of built-in bowl, designed for installation above the washing machine – sink-lily. Its peculiarity lies in the location of the drain hole, which, unlike the standard models, is offset from the center and is located on the edge of the sink. This allows you to place the siphon and sewer pipes almost flush with the wall, which makes it possible to install a washing machine under the bowl.