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Find the Ideal Tap for Your Basin with Gold Bathroom UK

by Elena M 29 Jan 2024
Find the Ideal Tap for Your Basin with Gold Bathroom UK

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding Basin Types
  3. The Art of Matching Taps to Wash Basins
  4. Top Tap Recommendations for Different Basins
  5. Installation Tips for a Harmonious Fit
  6. Maintaining Your Basin and Tap
  7. Conclusion
  8. FAQs


Choosing the right tap for your wash basin is crucial in defining the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. With a variety of basin types and tap designs available, finding the perfect match enhances both style and practicality. This blog explores how to pair basins with taps, featuring top selections from Gold Bathroom UK’s exquisite steel tap collection.

Understanding Basin Types:

1. Pedestal Basins: These basins are free-standing, supported by a single pedestal stand, which helps in concealing the plumbing. Ideal for traditional and classic bathroom designs, pedestal basins offer elegance and can be a focal point in the bathroom.

2. Wall-Mounted Basins: Perfect for contemporary bathrooms and small spaces, wall-mounted basins are attached directly to the wall, leaving the floor space clear. This type not only saves space but also makes cleaning easier. Since the plumbing is concealed within the wall, it offers a sleek, minimalist look.

3. Countertop Basins: Also known as vessel sinks, these basins sit on top of a counter or vanity unit, adding a modern touch to the bathroom. They come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing for personalization of space. Countertop basins are suitable for bathrooms with ample counter space to accommodate the basin.

4. Undermount Basins: Installed underneath the counter, undermount basins provide a clean, seamless look and are easy to clean. They are a great choice for a minimalist and contemporary bathroom aesthetic, as the edge of the basin is hidden below the countertop, offering a sleek appearance.

The Art of Matching Taps to Wash Basins

Design Compatibility: The design of the tap should complement the style of the basin and the bathroom. For a cohesive look, consider the shape, size, and finish of both the tap and basin. A minimalist basin pairs well with a sleek, modern tap, while a more ornate basin may suit a classic tap design.

Water Flow Requirements: It's essential to match the tap to the basin's water flow requirements. High-pressure taps are suitable for basins designed to handle strong water flow, whereas low-pressure taps are a better match for delicate basins that might not withstand forceful water flow.

Basin's Tap Hole Configuration:

  • For Countertop Basins: Tall basin mixers or extended height taps are perfect as they need to rise over the edge of the basin for effective use. These taps make a statement and add to the basin's visual appeal.
  • For Basins Without Tap Holes (such as some wall-mounted and undermount types): Wall-mounted taps are an excellent choice. They provide a clean look and free up space around the basin. This configuration requires plumbing to be installed in the wall, so it’s best planned during a major renovation.
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Top Tap Recommendations for Different Basins:

Installation Tips for a Harmonious Fit:

Installing a new basin and tap set can transform your bathroom, but compatibility and proper installation are key to ensuring a seamless and efficient setup. Here’s how to ensure that your tap and basin are not only a match in style but also in function:

1. Understanding Water Pressure: Before selecting a tap, it's crucial to know the water pressure system in your home. High-pressure systems are compatible with a wide range of taps, including those requiring high water flow. In contrast, low-pressure systems may require taps designed to operate efficiently under lower pressure conditions. This ensures a consistent and comfortable water flow.

2. Measuring for Fit: Ensure that the basin and tap fit well together and within the space available. For countertop basins, consider the height and reach of the tap, ensuring it's tall enough to clear the basin's edge and long enough to allow water to flow into the center of the basin, not onto the edge.

3. Checking Compatibility: Verify the basin's tap hole configuration matches the tap design. A single-hole basin requires a mono mixer tap, whereas a basin with two or three holes may need a pillar tap set or a mixer with separate hot and cold controls.

4. Installation Requirements: Some installations might require professional plumbing adjustments, especially for wall-mounted taps or basins that involve rerouting water supply lines or drain pipes. Ensure you have all necessary fittings, and don't forget to install a trap for the basin to prevent sewer gases from entering the bathroom.

5. Sealant and Support: Properly sealing the basin and tap with the appropriate sealant (like silicone) prevents leaks and water damage. Also, ensure that wall-mounted basins and taps are securely fastened to the wall with suitable supports to handle the weight and usage over time.

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Maintaining Your Basin and Tap:

To keep your basin and tap looking and functioning their best, regular maintenance is essential. Here are some tips to help you maintain their beauty and functionality:

1. Regular Cleaning: Use a mild detergent and soft cloth to clean your basin and tap regularly. Avoid abrasive cleaners and pads, which can scratch the surface. For lime scale build-up around the tap or in the basin, consider using a vinegar solution to dissolve the deposits gently.

2. Preventing Damage: Avoid dropping heavy objects into the basin, which can cause chips or cracks. Also, ensure that your tap is turned off gently to prevent damage to the valves.

3. Checking for Leaks: Regularly inspect under the basin and around the tap for any signs of leaks. Early detection and repair of leaks can prevent water damage and save on water bills.

4. Professional Servicing: For complex issues like low water pressure, consistent dripping, or if you're unsure about a DIY repair, it's wise to consult a professional plumber. Timely professional intervention can prevent minor problems from escalating.


Matching the right tap with your wash basin can transform your bathroom into a haven of elegance and functionality. Gold Bathroom UK offers a wide range of steel taps that cater to every style and basin type, ensuring you find the perfect pairing for your space.

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