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How to Fit Different Types of Basins and Taps: A Detailed Guide

by E Cavendish 08 Mar 2024 0 Comments
How to Fit Different Types of Basins and Taps: A Detailed Guide

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Upgrading your bathroom with new basins and taps is an excellent way to refresh its look and functionality. With various types of basins and taps available, it's important to understand the fitting process for each.

This guide from Tapron UK will walk you through how to fit different types of basins and taps, ensuring a smooth installation process.

Fitting Different Types of Basins

1. Pedestal Basins:

  • Positioning: Place the basin  where it will be installed. Use a level to ensure it's straight. Mark the wall through the basin's mounting holes.
  • Drilling: Remove the basin, drill holes where you've marked, and insert wall plugs.

  • Attaching the Basin: Align the basin with the holes, and secure it using screws. Seal any gaps between the basin and the wall with silicone sealant.

  • Fitting the Pedestal: Position the pedestal under the basin before final tightening of the basin. It should support the basin's weight and be sealed at the floor with silicone.


2. Wall-Hung Basins:

  • Preparation: Check the wall for sturdiness; wall-hung basins require solid support.
  • Marking and Drilling: Hold the basin against the wall at the desired height, use a level to ensure it's straight, then mark the fixing points. Drill and insert wall plugs.

  • Installation: Secure the basin to the wall with the provided fixings. Ensure it's level and firmly attached.

wall hung basin

3. Countertop Basins:

  • Preparation: Ensure your countertop is cut to the correct size for the basin. It should be slightly smaller than the basin's base to allow it to sit securely. The surface should be flat and stable.
  • Sealing: Apply silicone sealant around the edge of the hole, then carefully place the basin onto the sealant, ensuring a snug fit.

  • Final Touches: Clean any excess sealant for a neat finish.

countertop basin

4. Semi-Recessed Basins:

  • Preparation: Similar to countertop basins but requires a specific cutout towards the front of the countertop.
  • Installation: Position the basin so that the front protrudes beyond the countertop edge. Secure with silicone sealant around the base.

Fitting Different Types of Taps

1. Mixer Taps:

  • Preparation: Ensure your basin has the correct holes for your mixer tap (usually one large central hole).
  • Inserting the Tap: Place the mixer tap through the hole in the basin, ensuring washers are in place to prevent leaks.

  • Securing Underneath: From under the basin, secure the mixer tap with the provided backnuts.

  • Connecting the Water Supply: Attach flexible hoses from the tap to the water supply valves, matching hot to hot and cold to cold.

2. Pillar Taps:

  1. Installation: Insert each tap into its respective hole on the basin. Place washers over the threads under the basin to prevent leaks.

  2. Securing the Taps: Use backnuts to secure each tap from underneath the basin.

  3. Water Supply Connection: Attach the water supply pipes to the tap tails, ensuring a tight and leak-free connection.

3. Wall-Mounted Taps

  1. Preparation: Ensure in-wall plumbing is accessible and positioned correctly for your tap choice.

  2. Mounting: Install the mounting plate or directly attach the tap to the wall, depending on the design, ensuring a secure and level fit.

  3. Connecting the Water Supply: Attach and tighten the water supply lines to the tap, checking for leaks.

4. Freestanding Taps

  1. Floor Fixing: Position the freestanding tap over the plumbing connections on the floor. Some models may require bolting to the floor.

  2. Water Supply Connection: Attach the water supply lines to the base of the tap, ensuring tight seals to prevent leaks.

  3. Final Adjustments: Adjust the tap to ensure it's straight and secure. Check all connections for leaks.


Fitting a new basin or tap can significantly update your bathroom's look and functionality. Each type of basin and tap comes with its own set of installation requirements. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a successful installation.

However, if you're unsure about any step of the process or if your bathroom requires complex plumbing work, it's wise to consult with or hire a professional plumber. Tapron UK offers a wide range of high-quality basins and taps to suit any bathroom design, ensuring you find the perfect match for your space.

Which type of basin and tap are you considering for your bathroom renovation? Do you have any specific installation questions or tips you'd like to share with the Tapron UK community?

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