If you live in a house, apartment, bungalow, caravan or even a house boat you will definitely have one of these! It’s a simple component of our everyday lives we take for granted, we see it, we use it but we never stop and think about where exactly it came from and just how much it benefits us.
We are of course talking about the humble and often forgotten bathroom sink. With its design being as recent as the 18th century in the grand scheme of invention it’s fairly new to our everyday lives. Can you now imagine living without it?
Interestingly the ‘washstand’ as it was originally known was designed in the United States. The washstand was based on the initial design of the British deep bowl and pitcher used for hand and face washing for many centuries. The washstand evolved to hold the bowl and a hole was created to allow water to drain away and so the bathroom sink units were born.
They started their lives made out of wood; Naturally waterproof the early types were made of teak, specifically chosen for its water proofing properties. The marine industry has used teak for hundreds of years for this reason. A big bonus is that Teak units also have natural antiseptic properties.
For aesthetic reasons and due to the low cost production most are now made with enamel over cast iron. The material is heavy and durable and is flexible enough to be produced in a wide range of shapes and colours. There are over 10 different styles and types you can select to suit your design and décor. Bottom mount, Solid surface, butlers, farmers or vessel are just a few, all of which give a different look.
Typically since the rise of limited spaces in our homes and for ease of plumbing in our new purchases, people are starting to buy a complete and whole option and so the rise of bathroom sink units are easily out growing the market of selling individual components.
They offer people the chance to buy a product that will have built in storage as well as being able to choose a size and style product that will fit perfectly into the space they have available. You could choose a range of different materials for the cabinet.
What style to choose for your space? Bathroom sink units can come in many different shapes, sizes, styles and colours. The best place to start is to measure the space and think about how much storage you have. Do you want drawers, doors or an open plan shelving space option? You could choose a colour to match your bathroom tiles or you could add a splash of colour to a neutral space.
When it comes to the sink, do you choose, ceramic, glass, marble or just simply enamel? You could choose an oak cupboard with a simple and modern glass bowl or you could choose a bright and colourful unit topped with a traditional and classic marble bowl. Whatever the space you have there will be a suitable option for you.
Choosing the correct taps for your cabinet will also need to be taken into consideration, you can easily compliment the classic look of a marble bowl with a traditional and decorative set of taps or you could choose automatic taps to enhance a simple glass bowl. The finishing touches will make all bathroom sink units look unique and individual to you and your design.
Find your local outlet, take your time to look through all the design options and talk to them about your space. Maximising space whilst getting as much storage will be something an expert can help you with. Seeing your unique and individual cabinet will make you appreciate it’s importance in your everyday life.