Make your choice of washbasin and fittings simple by considering the people who will be using the basin on a daily basis. Decide whether more than one person will want to have access to a basin at the same time. Will you be carrying out other activities, such as shaving and hair-washing? This will influence the height of the basin and position of the fittings.

Will two people want to wash in the bathroom vanity at the same time? Have you the space to fit twin sinks with enough elbow room for two people?

Do you require space under the basin to store items? Would a wall-mounted basin help to free-up this floor area?

Are you taller or smaller than average? Would it be more comfortable to fit a wall-mounted basin at a height that suits you? If so, have you checked at the wall basin you have chosen can be fitted with a syphon cover to hide the-pipe work or recess the supply pipes in the wall?

Do you have young children who tend to overfill the basin or splash water onto the floor? Would a basin with inward-sloping edges be a good idea?

Do you want to wash your hair in the basin? If so, can the spout be turned to one side so that your head can fit quite comfortably over the basin?

For the basin or sink, there are different materials. Which should you choose for? Ceramic basins are still the most popular choice, though the use of metal and glass designs are becoming more widespread. Marble, granite, wood, and mineral resin compounds can be custom made to suit specific requirements but are expensive.

It is also worth nothing that basins set within a counter or washstand must be well fitted with the basin edge sealed to prevent water and damp from penetrating the surrounding unit. Deep, inward sloping rather than shallow sink will help to protect the counter-top area from stray splashes of water.

What about different type and design of bathroom sinks? One popular choice is wall-mounted basins. These space-saving basins simply need fixing to a solid wall or upright that can take the weight of the basin when it is full of water. The waste outlet is hidden within a simple siphon cover or a cylindrical bottle-trap. Free space beneath the basin makes the bathroom feel larger and it can store bathroom weighing scales or stool. You can also make the bathroom more glamorous by installing glass bathroom sinks.