Bathroom Sinks for Small Spaces
Author: Tameka T. Norris
Many people are lucky enough to have plenty of space in which to house their bathrooms but this is not the case for all of us. When you live in a tiny house, with very small rooms and no space to expand, bathroom fixtures have to be reduced in comparable size to the space you have available - and, finding bathroom sinks for small spaces is quite an art! The best place to look for smaller-than-average fixtures for the smaller-than-average bathroom are the specialty bathroom showrooms where you can probably order customized fixtures. Some places do actually stock these reduced sized items as standard, although usually only in the ubiquitous white. One thing you will find, even though the sink you are purchasing is smaller than standard, the prices will not be lower than standard sizes: you will find they are either comparable or even slightly higher.
The Importance of Design
No matter how small the room is that you require for your bathroom, you need to ensure the visual aspect is right as well as making sure you have room to move around in the bathroom without knocking yourself on various items of bathroom fixtures. There are, in fact, basic minimum requirements for each individual bathroom fixture so, when you are fitting bathroom sinks for small spaces, adhere to the National Kitchen and Bath Association codes or whatever is the equivalent in the country where you live. You can obtain this information from your local Building Department within your local council or government administration departments.
There is actually no standard size recommendation for a bathroom hand basin so bathroom sinks for small spaces can be attached to the bathroom wall, fitted into a corner or come complete with pedestal, but just along smaller lines. Experts advise that the height of the hand basin in the bathroom should be at an appropriate height to fit the user - which is not as easy as it sounds: if you have a little lady of 4ft 10 inches and a partner who is 5ft 10 inches tall - do you put the hand basin at a suitable height for the little lady or for her taller partner? Fitting bathroom sinks in small spaces needs to be carefully considered as there should be at least 30 inches between one bathroom fixture and another when one of them includes the toilet.
Wall-Hung or Tailor Made
Before you go to the expense of purchasing the bathroom sink you do need to make sure you have sufficient space to get your hands into the basin and have room to wash them. You also need to make sure you have enough place, in the space designated for the small hand basin, to fit the faucets and for plumbing. One advantage to smaller sinks is that the fittings are the same sizes as standard models but, due to a reduction in porcelain size, choose an appropriate place for the position of the fittings such as wall-mounted and single-control, with 4 inch center. American Standard manufacture the Minette which is a corner sink measuring 11 x 16 inches.
There is also the Ellisse that has been specifically manufactured as one of the bathroom sinks to fit into small spaces. If you particularly want a bathroom sink to specifically fit into a diminutive space, you might take a look at those custom-made by Bates and Bates such as the MBO 912 which has been manufactured in solid brass, measuring 11 x 14 inches. They even manufacture especially petite sinks that measure just 6 inches in diameter - so, if all else fails, remember Bates and Bates!
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