ARE DOUBLE BASIN SINKS RIGHT FOR YOUR NEXT BATHROOM
One of the first rooms people renovate or design, is their bathroom. Just like kitchens, bathrooms can sell a house.
And while most of us have a picture in our mind of our dream bathroom, making it a reality is a big deal and requires a lot of decisions.
One of the first big decisions you’ll need to make is the basin dilemma – One or Two!
We’re going to go through the pro’s and con’s of Double Basins in your bathroom. And of course, we’ll show you the latest in the world of bathroom design.
Sometimes the decision-making process is taken our of your hands. If you have any limitations like space, budget, or design restrictions, this can actually make your renovation easier.
The word Restriction seems to sound so negative, but in reality, there will always be some sort of restriction on any project.
We’ve got some handy pointers and questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking of including double basins, along with some beautiful inspirational images to get your creative juices flowing.
Let’s take a look at some things to think about when installing double basin sinks in your bathroom…
Double Thinking It
As mentioned earlier, there are a few things to think about when you are deciding on how many bathroom basins to install. The first thing you need to think about is the amount of available space you have.
Take the time to engage a bathroom or interior design to help you, or if you’re confident enough, sketch up some plans yourself. There are plenty of websites and blogs online that can help you with tips and tricks to designing your own bathroom.
Make sure you investigate your local council’s requirements when it comes to building codes. You will need to make sure certain building, plumbing and electrical codes are met, before you even think about choosing anything. There’s nothing worse than completely designing your bathroom, only to discover that things need to be moved, or it simply won’t be approved on final inspection.
The other big issue is the B word…Yep, Budget! Remember Double Basin Sinks will mean double the cost, not only for the basins but for the tapware, plumbing, mirrors and vanity. These things can all add up quickly, so make sure you can include them all by having a realistic budget.
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Now that most of the hard stuff is taken care of, it’s time to plan the rest of your bathroom. Take your sketch and literally draw it on the walls and floor with masking tape. This will give you the actual proportions and a real feel for how the bathroom will function and look. It can help to have everything laid out in ‘real-life’ and not just on a piece of paper.
Take a walk around the space, does everything flow, is there enough space to move around, is there too much negative space, what is the first thing you see when you walk into the bathroom? There are lots more questions you will ask yourself, but start with some of these. And if you really are seconding guessing any of the dimensions or proportions, listen to your gut. If it doesn’t feel right now, it’s not going to feel right once your bathroom is complete.
Are you having a wall hung vanity? If so, try and get some cardboard and replicate the dimensions of where your double basins are going to sit in the space. Also think about the tapware and mirror placement when planning. If you consider these things now, it will have a big impact on the overall look of the finished bathroom.
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Double Up or Double Under
Now that you have the layout and the size of your vanity and double basin sink placement finalised, you need to think about how you would like to mount the sinks.
There are basically two ways to mount your double basin sinks, on top of the vanity or undermounted. You need to choose your mounting type before you can choose a vanity. There are some restrictions with undermounting your basins.
If you do choose to undermount your sinks, you will need to either have a stone, marble or engineered stone vanity top. As there needs to be holes cut into the vanity top, porous materials like timber and laminate cannot withstand the constant water exposure. They will swell and create mould, and will need to be replaced very quickly.
The other benefit of undermounting your double basin sinks, is that cleaning your vanity top is simple and you will create a more streamline look.
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Another amazing option that it gaining popularity, is the wall hung double basin sinks. This concept has some great functionality to explore.
Because it is wall hung, it can provide a sense of lightness and space in your bathroom. So if you have a smaller bathroom, this could be something worth thinking about. Normally they are also made of a lightweight, solid material giving them a strong look, without the weight of a solid stone or marble vanity.
Another benefit to using wall hung double basins, is that you can reduce the amount of elements within the space. As it’s a complete unit, you don’t have to choose separate basins, vanity top, vanity cabinetry colours etc. This is also a time saver when it comes to cleaning, again because it’s all one piece, it will limit the amount of maintenance required.
Possibly the only downside is the lack of storage, as there are no cupboards to hide away your bathroom essentials. However, this is easily solved with some eye height storage cabinetry or even open shelving near the basin sinks.
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So if you are thinking about designing or renovating your bathroom or ensuite, take the time to do in depth planning if you decide to install double basin sinks.
While it seems like a no-brainer, there are some important considerations and limitations around double sinks, but if you move forward with your design, you won’t look back.
We hope these tips and pointer have helped to guide you in your decision making process and we’re always here to help if you have any further design or style questions.
If you have decided to include double basin sinks in your bathroom, we’d love to see your finished product!