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How Do I Choose the Best Inset Basin?

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  • Written By: Autumn Rivers
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  • Last Modified Date: 09 July 2018
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An inset basin is mounted into a countertop, which is why it often also is called an undermount sink. You can install this type of fitted basin into your bathroom, kitchen or any other room in which a sink would be convenient. Before you choose one, though, you should consider the size and number of sinks you will need. You should then think about the best inset basin shape for your house, keeping your preferences and your home's style in mind. You also will need to choose the best material and color for your sink.

You will need to determine the size of the inset basin you want, which will depend in large part on the amount of space you have. If you already have a counter in place, then you should determine how much of the space you want the sink to take up, ensuring that you are left with sufficient surface area on the countertop. If you have not yet chosen the counter where you will put the sink, then you should take the size of the room into account before making your decision. This can prevent you from choosing a counter and sink combination that is too large for the room. On the other hand, if you have a lot of space, you may want to consider installing two sinks instead of one.

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Another consideration is the shape of the inset basin, a decision that mostly will involve your style preferences. For example, a traditional inset basin is round or oval, so these common shapes might be best if you like a conventional look for your home. By contrast, a more modern style may include a square, rectangular or octagonal sink, because these shapes are considered a little more unique. You'll likely want to take into account the style of the rest of your house so the sink matches, whether you go with a traditional or modern look.

The material of the inset basin also will add to its overall appearance, because this typically determines the color. Conventional bathroom sinks are often made of white ceramic or cultured marble, while traditional kitchen sinks tend to be made of stainless steel. If you want a color other than white or silver, you may be interested in cast-iron covered by enamel or porcelain, because these kinds of sinks usually are durable and come in a wide variety of colors. Another durable type of inset basin that has an interesting look is a granite sink, though tempered glass and copper also tend to fit into this category. You should be sure to consider your color preferences and whether you want the sink to stand out or blend in with the rest of the room.

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