Your bathroom or shower room should be functional and practical, but also a place where you can unwind. Read on for tips and advice on how to strike the best balance. Whether you have a small or large bathroom, you'll want to get the best for your money. That's why we surveyed Which? members to find out what they thought of the big bathroom brands they've used, including Bathstore, Victoria Plum, Homebase and B&Q. Visit our guide to the best bathroom brands to find out which came top for quality of products and finish, customer service and value for money. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, as do the budgets to create them. Whether you're putting together an en suite from scratch or revamping a wet room, the most important thing to think about first and foremost is who will use the bathroom and how, as this will affect how you design it.
Wall-mounted sinks. What they are: These are sink basins that are attached to the wall--no pedestal, no vanity. Benefits: Efficient and perfect for tight spaces. That said, they also can be used in larger bathrooms as well. You'll often find them in commercial settings (think of the sinks in movie theater restrooms). Today's materials and options can offer interesting flourishes (i.e. they don't need to be boring). Vessel sinks. What they are: Essentially, the whole basin/bowl sits on top of the counter. Benefits: They can be styled in so many ways from modern to rustic, turn-of-the-century-farmhouse chic. Bonus? If they're part of a vanity, they free up space underneath the countertop. Here's a collection of vessel sinks on Houzz.
You might think that the shower, tub, and tile are the "big" decisions when it comes to bathroom remodeling. And those decisions are certainly important. But don't forget--or underestimate--the power of the perfect sink. Now when we say "perfect sink" we're not talking about one that's free and self-cleans, too (though wouldn't that be nice?). We're talking about different sink styles and how the right (or wrong) one can impact the look and feel of the room. So let's review the different "types" of sinks you'll likely encounter as you begin your search. Undermount sinks. What they are: Undermounted sinks are mounted beneath the countertop surface. Benefits: It creates one seamless look (since there are no exposed lips). Also, they're easier to keep clean compared to drop-in sinks since there's no raised lip to catch debris or for bacteria and mildew to grow. These types of sinks are especially popular with solid surface countertops where a fabricator custom makes a hole for the sink. They don't work as well with tile or laminate since these materials can have weak points that don't support the sink effectively.
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