5 commonly specified basins and what you need to know

There’s no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to vanity vessels. Bathroom basins have varying aesthetic and practical values, and all come with a list of pros and cons. Here, we look at some of the most commonly specified basins as shared by KBDi members.

Inset basins prove the perfect in-between for many.


Inset basins prove the perfect in-between for many. The additional vertical volume offered by an inset basin adds the element of drama we like in above-bench basins, without complicating the overall height of the vanity and mirror above. This beautiful space by NSW member, Sari Munro (INSIDESIGN), is an excellent example.

Under-bench basins are always popular, with KBDi members citing a long list of pros for the classic sink selection. Ease of cleaning, optimum bench space and — most notably — flexibility and control of bench heights make the under-bench basin a stayer. This beautiful bathroom by NSW designer Tameka Moffat (Tameka Moffat Designs) illustrates all of these qualities.

A semi-recessed basin is a game-changer for a bathroom with size constraints. WA designer Kerrie Richardson CBD Au (Lux Interiors) had limited space to play with in this powder room, but a semi-recessed basin saved the day.

Brisbane’s Darren James CKD Au, CBD Au (Darren James Interiors) made a striking statement with this custom stone vanity top. The seamlessly integrated basin allowed the palette and patterning of the Chambord Grey limestone to take centre stage.

Above-bench basins grace the pages of many magazines and are certainly a crowd favourite. The sculptural values of a well-made basin can add a sense of drama to a space, perfectly demonstrated in this award-winner by Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa).

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