by Vivian Garzon

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms

Transform your powder room into a stylish and functional space with these small basin ideas. From wall-mounted sinks to floating sinks, we explore the best options for maximising your limited space while maintaining a chic aesthetic.
Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms

Choosing the perfect basin for your bathroom(and the right short basin mixer tap to match) can be tough, especially when you're dealing with a small space. The good news is the basin you pick can have a big impact on both the functionality and look of your bathroom, even making it look bigger than it actually is. We’ve rounded up some of the best small basin ideas for powder rooms to give you a dose of inspo, and we’ll also be walking you through everything you need to know to choose the ideal basin for your small bathroom.

1. Trendy Terrazzo Sink

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms
Photo credit: Dwell - Elise Scott
A small powder room often means you don’t have a lot of room to play with decor and other accessories, which is why choosing a small terrazzo basin is a great way to enhance the look and feel of your powder room. Terrazzo is eye-catching and trendy and will become a true focal point of your powder room, elevating it from basic to beautiful.

2. Moody Marble Basin

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms
A freestanding marble sink and countertop paired with shiny brass hardware and black accents will keep your powder room looking and feeling grounded. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, and you can easily store baskets or shelves under the sink to create more storage space. Marble not only looks modern and stylish, but it’s also incredibly durable, making it a great small basin idea for your powder room.

3. Cool and Contemporary Concrete Basin

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms
Low maintenance, contemporary and understatedly cool, concrete small basins can add a unique and modern touch to a powder room, creating a stylish and functional space that enhances the overall design and functionality of the room. This trendy fluted concrete basin sits on top of a wooden bench with additional space underneath for towels and other powder room accessories.
Felda Concrete Basin by Buildmat

Felda Concrete Basin

Sea Salt Matte White Concrete Colour

4. Floating Porcelain Small Basin

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms
Photo credit: London Basin Company
A floating porcelain basin with wall-mounted taps is an amazing choice for a small powder room due to its space-saving design and modern aesthetic. By floating the basin, the floor space is left clear, making the room feel larger and more open. Wall-mounted taps add to the streamlined look and save space on the countertop, further maximising the available space. The minimalist design of a floating porcelain basin with wall-mounted taps also lends itself well to a variety of design styles, from contemporary to traditional.

5. A Fresh Ceramic Small Basin 

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms
A white ceramic basin paired with white wall-mounted taps is a classic and practical choice for a small powder room. The white colour creates a bright and spacious feel while ceramic offers durability and easy maintenance. The cohesive look can fit seamlessly into various design styles. Not to mention wall-mounted taps save counter space and provide a streamlined appearance.
Felda Concrete Basin by Buildmat

Felda Concrete Basin

Sea Salt Matte White Concrete Colour

6. Get the Look with a Glass Small Basin

Small Basin Ideas For Powder Rooms
Photo credit: Victoria Plum
A small glass basin is a great choice for a small powder room. Glass basins add a touch of class and modernity with their sleek and transparent appearance that creates an illusion of more space in the room. Glass is easy to clean and resists stains and scratches, making it hygienic for the bathroom. Plus, you can pair a glass basin with any fixtures and hardware, making it easy to fit with different styles. They come in various shapes and sizes to adapt to different space requirements and are compatible with many countertop materials like marble, granite, or wood.

The Different Types of Small Basin Materials

When it comes to choosing a small basin for your powder room, there are a variety of materials to consider. 

  • Ceramic is the most popular and affordable option, with a durable and easy-to-clean surface. 
  • Porcelain is similar to ceramic but with a smoother finish and greater resistance to scratches and stains. 
  • Stone basins, like marble or granite, are a luxurious and stylish choice, but can be more expensive and require special care. 
  • Glass and metal basins can add a modern and sleek touch, but are a less popular choice. 

Ultimately, the material you choose will depend on your budget, style preferences, and practical needs.

Small Basin for Powder Rooms FAQs

What is a “Small” Basin? 

When choosing a small basin for your powder, you need to be looking at the 'projection' or depth from the rear to front of the basin – this is key for maximising space. For maximising the most space in your powder room, you should also consider tapware positioning and the size of the bowl of your basin. Wall-hung or shelf-mounted small basins with a projection of 250-400mm work best, with the rear flush against the wall. The length or width can be more generous, depending on what length of the wall you attach the basin to. It really does depend on the size of your powder room and the extra space you have to play with. 

What Type of Basin Works Best for Small Bathrooms?

For small bathrooms, wall-mounted basins are a game-changer. They're designed with a shorter depth to maximise space, and since they're mounted to the wall, they also free up floor space. Plus, any spills go straight to the floor, so no need to worry about cleaning up under the sink. If you need more storage, a wall-hung vanity with a countertop basin is the next best option, but make sure the basin's rear is flush with the wall for extra space. Consider a wall-mounted shaving cabinet to avoid water damage, rather than a cabinet beneath the basin.

How Much Does a Small Basin Typically Cost? 

The cost of a small basin in Australia can vary depending on several factors, such as the materials used, brand, and design. On the lower end of the spectrum, a basic ceramic basin can cost as little as $50, while more high-end options made from materials like stone or glass can range from $300 to over $1000. Additionally, installation costs and any additional plumbing work required can also add to the overall cost. It's always a good idea to shop around and compare prices to find a basin that fits your budget and style preferences.

What Type of Basin Tap Pairs Best with a Small Basin? 

When it comes to tapware, a small basin is best paired with wall-mounted taps or single-lever mixers. Wall-mounted taps are a great choice for small basins because they save counter space and create a streamlined look. They also make it easier to clean the basin and surrounding area, as there are no taps or handles to work around. Single-lever mixers are also a good option, as they offer a simple, minimalist design and are easy to use. They typically have a small footprint and can be installed in tight spaces. 

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