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How Do I Choose the Best Glass Basin?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A great way to enhance the aesthetic of a bathroom is to replace the porcelain or ceramic sink with a glass basin. Choosing the best glass basin for your bathroom starts with determining your budget for the project, as some glass sinks can be fairly expensive. Start choosing by doing a bit of research on styles of basins and the common prices of these units. If the big name brand basins seem too expensive, contact a local glass artist to see if he or she would be willing to create a similar product at a more competitive price.

You may want to start choosing the glass basin by considering whether you want an enclosure to hide the pipes beneath the sink, or if you would prefer a wall-mounted basin that will keep the pipes exposed. This decision will help you narrow down your search, since only certain types of basins will work for one application or the other. A glass basin meant to work with an enclosure will be supported from the bottom by the frame of the enclosure, while a wall-mounted glass basin will be supported by the frame that attaches to the wall. Pedestal sinks often feature legs that support the weight of the basin while still leaving the pipes exposed.

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The best design for the glass basin is largely a matter of preference. Many basins are clear, providing a certain eye-catching aesthetic, while others may be tinted to give the appearance of a certain color. Think about the sink fixtures when considering basin designs, and make sure the basin will work well with the look and function of the taps, handles, plugs, and so on. Sometimes a tinted basin will work exceptionally well as a drop-in sink, and it can be dropped into a countertop that complements the color of the basin itself. The countertop may even be made of glass as well to complete the unique aesthetic of the bathroom sink.

Be sure to take accurate measurements of the space in which you intend to install the sink. This will have an impact on the size of glass basin you will need. Don't forget to measure the space between the sink and other fixtures, as well as between the sink and any walls or obstructions. Leave plenty of space for walking or standing in the bathroom to prevent bumping into the sink or other objects.

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