Bathroom furniture: Features of choosing Sinks with a cabinet – how not to be mistaken? (190+ Photos)
Today’s designers are increasingly opting for a washbasin with a vanity unit in the bathroom, and I fully support them. The balance between convenience and attractiveness creates a high level of comfort. When decorating a bathroom, the main thing is not only to equip it beautifully, but also to do everything so that it is convenient to use plumbing and furniture.
A sink with a curbstone or a familiar tulip – which is better?
When I started repairs in my small apartment, the question arose – how to profitably use the usable space in the bathroom?
Such a curbstone will create a high level of comfort
All my adult life I have used a tulip sink. It is unlikely that there is at least one person who does not know what it looks like: an ordinary sink resting on a leg. It does not look bulky, it can be combined with many styles and fulfills its main role in the bathroom..
Another plus of the tulip is that the leg hides all communications. To store various household and bath accessories next to the sink, you have to install a cabinet or a hinged one closet. At the same time, the area of the occupied space is doubled..
Sink tulip in the interior
I found a profitable replacement on the market – a sink with a cabinet, where the latter replaces the tulip leg and serves as a separate piece of furniture for storing everything you need. I think this is one of the best purchases for my bathroom..
Knowing the basic steps of manufacturing a product, you can secure your budget from unnecessary spending.
Cabinet selection rules
When I touched on the purchase issue closely, it turned out that the range of sinks with pedestals is simply huge. The difference between different models lies not only in the external data, but also in the internal content, the materials from which they are made, and the type of installation. I decided to figure out the main intricacies of manufacturing a structure in order to be able to choose the best option without outside help..
The range of such sinks is simply huge.
For such an advantage as versatility, the curbstone is responsible. You can buy it ready-made or order according to individual parameters – then you can design the filling inside yourself. Suitable for a cabinet under the sink:
- different kind shelves, including with height adjustment;
- built-in laundry baskets.
The larger the size of the cabinet, the more freedom you can give to fantasy – this is logical. Sizes in most companies are standard: 50, 60 and 80 cm.The smaller version will hide communications and is suitable for storing household chemicals, 60 cm can accommodate even a small basket, and the third size has enough margin for installing everything combined.
The advantage of such a cabinet is its versatility.
The largest cabinet has a serious drawback: not all types of installation are suitable for it. Rather, everything is possible, but one of them is unsafe. I will tell you more about all the methods..
The curbstone with maximum dimensions, due to the potentially large weight at full load, can only be installed on a reliable support, on floor.
Bathroom cabinets, depending on the type of installation, are found in two main versions:
The buyer may not always choose the method himself. Certain dimensions of furniture and plumbing require a specific installation method. Consultants in stores should warn about such features in advance in order to save the client from unplanned waste and spoiled nerves in the future..
Bathroom furniture with dimensions of 80 cm or more is usually not considered as a hanging option.. If the load is too heavy, the strongest fasteners can fail and break, causing damage to the cladding on the walls and floor. And the wall is made of drywall will not even withstand a standard cabinet, 50 cm wide.
The washbasin with a floor stand is a classic, a kind of traditional version. The simple design excludes installation with “troubles” and does not require special knowledge. Most buyers who are alien to non-standard styles and fashionable innovations opt for such models..
Floor stands for sinks can still be divided into three subspecies:
With plinth. It is a structure, at the base of which there is not the slightest gap between the floor and the bottom of the cabinet. The furniture will of course be stable, but only if the floor is perfectly flat.. Frequent accumulation of water on the floor will cause the basement to collapse, and the inability to carry out thorough cleaning will inevitably lead to the formation of mold..
Before buying a pedestal with a plinth, ask about the possibility of replacing it in case of damage..
On a pedestal. The base of the furniture is formed by the continuation of the side walls, less often also the back one. Unlike the plinth support, it will be difficult, but possible, to clean under the curbstone on the pedestal. The key negative factor is the gradual destruction of the walls. furniture due to water splashing on the floor.
On legs. Most often, the legs are made of chrome-plated metal, which is not afraid of moisture, and they are also equipped with special screws for adjusting the height. They do not obstruct access to the floor under the structure. Of all the floor options, I would definitely choose this.
Suspended mounting type
Hanging vanities with washbasin do not touch the floor and are mounted on the wall. Optimal for style design high tech, minimalism, avant-garde, modern and the like. The formation of fungus or mold is excluded under the curbstone, since nothing interferes with the high-quality cleaning of moisture and debris.
Suspended product type
Suspended type is a frequent choice of designers when furnishing small-sized premises. The absence of a base at the curbstone visually increases the space. Due to the specifics of installation, bulky furniture cannot be installed on the wall, therefore floor furniture is preferred for a large bathroom.
The strength and quality of the selected fittings determines the life of the furniture in the future.. If, during the repair in the bathroom, it is planned to clad the walls with plastic or plasterboard, you should take care of the installation of fasteners in the main wall in advance..
AdviceFor this type of installation, choose cabinets no larger than 60 cm with a small and compact washbasin..
The formation of fungus or mold is excluded under the curbstone
If, contrary to the recommendations, a larger cabinet is purchased, then the installation should be entrusted to a trusted specialist. It is important to take into account the reliability of the selected fastening in order to exclude the risk of collapse of the structure.. Otherwise, you can not only damage furniture and surface cladding, but also disrupt plumbing communications..
Materials for making
The cost of the cabinet is mainly made up of the material used in the manufacture of all parts. But in our case, not everything that is expensive is better..
Bathroom furniture is constantly exposed to water and steam – the selected material should be as resistant to moisture as possible.
A method of combining different options in one product is often used. It allows you to simulate the structure of natural raw materials and improve the quality of an inexpensive material. The production of bathroom furniture is often based on the described method..
AdviceCheap materials are a harbinger of furniture replacement within 4-5 years. If In order to purchase a really high-quality product, you should not put a low price in priority.
Particleboard and MDF
The most common and accessible materials of all possible. They have fairly good performance properties, but subject to the presence of a protective coating. Both are made on the basis of compressed wood waste, therefore, in their pure form, they are afraid of moisture..
To protect against external factors, the surface MDF and chipboard cover:
Depending on the type of coverage, it may need to be updated after a year or more. MDF is more expensive due to better quality and high safety.
On a noteTo save money on the purchase and improve the quality of the finished product, you can make the frame from chipboard, and the outer cladding from MDF. Thus, it will be possible to reduce costs by 20-25% in comparison with a cabinet made entirely of MDF..
Another relatively cheap material that is very often taken as a basis for the manufacture of furniture. A cabinet with a sink made of plastic panels has rather tolerable performance properties:
- constant contact with water is absolutely harmless;
- the occurrence of fungus or mold is excluded;
- the material is easy to process;
- subject to mechanical damage – the main disadvantage.
Continuous use of the cabinet over time will lead to the formation of small scratches on the surface. From a strong impact, the panel can significantly deform. Failed parts cannot be repaired, and the likelihood of replacement may be controversial.
Despite the shortcomings, plastic cabinets in the bathroom always remain in demand. Thanks to modern technology, facade can be done:
Pictures and patterns are easily applied to the surface, the color palette is not limited.
The most expensive cabinets with sinks are made of natural wood. They truly look luxurious, which emphasize the status of the home owner. Direct contact of wood with water is fraught with consequences, this must be taken into account when buying.
Model made of wood
So that the tree does not deform over time due to constant exposure to moisture and temperature drops, the surface of the furniture must be covered:
After a certain period of time, the coating layer must be renewed.. It is optimal that a good ventilation system is installed in the bathroom.
For the manufacture of a bathroom cabinet, I advise you to choose one of the types of wood.
The most expensive cabinets with sinks are made of natural wood.
Metal and glass
In my opinion, these are two materials that are least often used in the interior of the bathroom. If speak about metal, no matter how thick the layer of the protective coating is, it is impossible to stop the development of corrosion on the metal. Only stainless steel is not subject to this process, but it looks very unusual.
Forged metal elements may appear in the most daring design solutions. They cannot serve as the basis for the entire structure, but when combined with the same tree, you will definitely get a gorgeous result..
Glass varieties are as rare as metal ones. The thought of the fragility of the material immediately comes to mind, however, for the manufacture of such pieces of furniture, special high-strength tempered glass is used. All traumatic edges must be rounded.
I want to note that glass is absolutely not afraid of moisture or high temperature. The only catch is that you will have to take care of such a surface carefully. After all, even streaks from water will be clearly visible.
Glass is a rare and unusual material for such a product.
AdviceSo that the contents of the cabinet are not visible through the glass doors, it is better to pay attention to the model made of colored or frosted glass.
Types of sinks
Once the choice of cabinet has become obvious, it’s time to move on to the selection of the sink. Let these be two different elements, but in the end you will get one whole product in the interior of the bathroom.. Therefore, the sink and the cabinet should look harmonious together..
The main criteria for choosing a sink, regardless of the parameters of its support:
The magnitude. A large sink on a bulky cabinet will look rough in the interior of a small bathtub, just like a small sink will “get lost” in a spacious room.
Unity of style. The washbasin must match the overall design of the bathroom.
Ergonomic. Characterizes ease of use – location, height, space for personal hygiene items, etc..
Safety. Due to their fragility, glass sinks are unsafe for small children. Care should be taken when choosing wall-hung washbasins, where built-in and on a support are safer..
The standard width of the middle sink is from 50 to 65 cm. The maximum is 90 cm. There are also non-standard models up to 50 cm wide and over 90 cm..
Shapes and colors of bathroom sinks
Technological advances and the variety of materials suitable for processing allow the manufacture of sinks in a wide variety of shapes. Quite unusual, far from geometric – this is to the avant-garde. I would like to draw your attention to those that can be found in all specialized stores:
- rectangular – a universal type, suitable for almost any interior;
- round – should be combined in design with other round objects;
- square – will be appropriate in a strict style;
- oval – a non-standard shape that best suits a similar design.
Contrary to the prevailing stereotype, the shell should not be only white. Even the brightest colors can successfully fit into the overall style if they are selected correctly. Hand painting on ceramics or glass is becoming more and more popular, but such a pleasure is not cheap..
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Bathroom sinks also vary in type of installation. Not only the cost of plumbing services depends on this, but also the general appearance of the structure as a result. Certain models provide only one possible mounting method.
There are three ways to install a sink on a cabinet in a bathroom:
- Fully integrate into the cabinet surface. Two options are possible here: the washstand occupies the entire surface area without joints and gaps, or a hole the size of the sink is made in the countertop of the cabinet and then installation is carried out. In case of partial installation of plumbing, all joints around the perimeter must be sealed with a sealant so that water does not get inside.
- Part to build into the cabinet, part to leave outside. The result is a semi-recessed washbasin, where one half protrudes beyond the cabinet. The method is ideal for bathrooms, the area of which does not allow to accommodate furniture of normal width. And it is even more convenient to perform hygiene procedures, since the legs do not rest against the cabinet doors.
- Install sink, making a hole in countertop for siphon only. Such models are also called invoices. They always look unusual, complementing the stylish design.. The top edge of the washbasin should be no more than 90 cm from the floor, otherwise daily use will cause inconvenience.
Table top for a large cabinet
If the built-in washbasin does not occupy the entire surface area of the cabinet, then a countertop is required for the installation of other models. In many models, it is a continuation of the cabinet walls, that is, it is made of the same material and has the same structure. To diversify the design and add zest to the finished interior, you can order a countertop that is different from the main construction material.
Countertop option for a large cabinet
The size of the table top is not limited by the parameters of the cabinet. At the request of the client, a wider or longer surface can be made, which will create additional space for storing personal hygiene items. In addition, you can place a laundry basket under it or install a washing machine..
AdviceEntrust the measurements for the manufacture of countertops to the specialist of the company where the order will be placed. An error of even 1 cm can cause a complete replacement of the element..
The bathroom often has a high level of humidity and changes in temperature. Therefore, when choosing a material for a countertop, it is necessary to take into account all its properties in order not to face unpleasant “surprises”.
- Particleboard and MDF. A common relatively inexpensive option; the entire cabinet is often made from similar raw materials. Mainly covered with a patterned laminate that can mimic natural materials. With constant use, chipboard serves very little, MDF, due to its better quality, can be used for several years.
- Fake diamond. One of the commonly used countertops options. Not afraid of water, ultraviolet radiation and mechanical damage, durable. It is more expensive than most materials, which always justifies excellent quality.
- A natural stone. Looks luxurious in spacious bathrooms, resistant to most irritants. The disadvantages are too much weight and the impossibility of restoration in case of chipping..
- Wood. It is expensive, needs a high-quality protective layer from moisture and its constant updating.
- Glass. Does not deform over time, does not lose transparency, but complicates the cleaning process.
- Plasterboard covered with mosaic or tiles. A good option, provided that you choose a high-quality moisture-resistant grout for joints.
Solid worktops with sink
A worktop with a solid-cast sink is still a rare variety, due to its high cost and complex technology. Problems of warping, material swelling, or mold formation become alien to those on a budget to make these purchases. The design is a monolithic tabletop with a recess in the plane, which serves as a sink.
Solid countertops are made of artificial stone, earthenware or porcelain. There are no seams and joints here at all, so water leakage is excluded. The quality of the raw materials guarantees the durability of the entire structure.
The properties of artificial stone make it possible to give products to any size and shape. Pure porcelain and faience look exquisite. Products made of noble ceramics do not need unnecessary artificial processing, and the material itself is quite expensive, not to mention the nuances of working with it.
Forms of construction
In specialized stores, I have come across two types of vanity units with a sink: rectangular and angular. Here the choice no longer depends on your own whim, but on the nuances of the bathroom layout. If the corner of the room remains unused after placing other items, then the choice of the type of furniture becomes obvious.
Rectangular pedestals – the classic type of furniture, which is chosen by 90 buyers out of 100. Depending on the size of the furniture, there are drawers, shelves, special compartments inside. The sink is built into the surface, the siphon from it is hidden inside the cabinet.
Corner structures optimal when you need to use a free corner in the plumbing room. They are more spacious than rectangular ones. Usually shaped like a trapezoid or triangle.
Rectangular cabinets – classic type of furniture
A separate advantage of corner cabinets is the ability to install a large sink, while leaving enough space for storing personal hygiene items. Semi-recessed sinks are not installed in such structures..
Vanity unit with two sinks
For spacious bathrooms, where the area allows you to give free rein to your imagination, the purchase of two sinks with a cabinet would be an excellent solution. In a large family, such an acquisition is especially justified. But in small-sized housing, of course, the second sink will be superfluous..
Option for spacious bathrooms
Among the main advantages, I want to highlight:
- saving time when collecting all family members in the morning – two people can simultaneously carry out hygiene procedures;
- more chances for creating a design “with a twist”;
- you can arrange a special hygienic regime, for example, give one sink for use by children, and the other will remain only for adults;
- one of the family members can take one sink, and arrange personal belongings at their convenience – which will not be a hindrance to loved ones and guests.
Ideal for a large family
The range of cabinets with two washbasins is completely unlimited. Any shapes, sizes, configurations, colors – whatever the designer and the customer’s soul want. The basic rule is to try to match the chosen design of the entire bathroom..
Choosing a place
It is necessary to decide where the new cabinet with a sink in the bathroom will be installed before buying one. The task is simple, if the new structure is put in place of the old sink.. When redeveloping a bathroom, the place of the future placement of plumbing communications should be taken care of in advance.
Choose a place under the sink wisely
Why is it so important to determine the location of the sink at the beginning of repair work:
- The drawn up plan of the bathroom with an indication of all the elements will help determine the optimal size of the cabinet with the sink. Consider all plumbing details and the distance that the door open inward will take.
- The outgoing water pipes from the wall can rest against the shelves and drawers of the selected cabinet. In order not to have to cut out pieces of material, in fact to steal usable space and spoil furniture, you should correct the filling inside at the time of ordering.
- I highly recommend removing the sewer pipe next to the water pipes. Otherwise, to pull the corrugated hose to the siphon at the bottom of the cabinet, you will have to make a hole.
Make a bathroom plan
When all the nuances are taken into account, you can start laying out sewer pipes, as well as hot and cold water. Global redevelopment requires highly specialized knowledge, therefore it is better to seek professional help. Preventing a problem is much easier than spending energy on fixing it..
Along with the choice of a vanity unit and a suitable washbasin, no less attention should be paid to the selection of accessories. How comfortable furniture will be in use depends on their quality. The same goes for its durability..
For example, handles on doors and drawers perform not only a practical function, but can also become a special design highlight..
There is no need to give preference to gold-plated fittings or made of plastic, believe me, it will fail quickly enough. It is optimal to purchase handles made of chrome-plated metal.
Many do not pay attention to the quality of the hinges on the doors, believing that this accessory can be saved. I disagree – the higher the quality of the hinges, the longer the furniture will last without squeaks and rust. Not to mention the fact that on a broken hinge the door will not hold at all.
Together with a cabinet and a sink is often purchased mirror. Placing it over the washbasin, it will become much more convenient to carry out hygiene procedures. The design of the chosen mirror should correspond to the design of the structure: with or without a frame, with a pattern along the edge or a shelf at the bottom – it’s up to you.