A bathroom is a room that every person visits several times a day. And although in this room usually do not spend much time, I want it to be comfortable. In standard apartments, bathrooms cannot boast of their size. Most often these are tiny rooms, which must be functional to the detriment of beauty. The sink is one of the most important parts in this room. Let's talk more about one very popular model called the sink-tulip.
What is a tulip shell?
Such an unusual name arose from the fact that the design of the washbasin is shaped like a flower. This sanitary ware consists of a pedestal and a sink. The leg is made to take on part of the load from the weight of the bowl. The supporting part can be made in the form of a semi-column or be a solid, solid construction. A semi-column is a more modern version, which is most often used for overhead plumbing. In addition, behind the support they hide outwardly unaesthetic communications (pipes, siphon).
Tulip shells became popular in the post-Soviet era. Thanks to their ease of use and good looks, they remain in demand even decades later. The sink of this shape does not take up much space and looks elegant in any bathroom layout. Over the years, the design of washbasins of this type has not changed functionally. Only the color, design and materials from which these sanitary products are made change. The advantages include not only a wide product range, but also the durability of such shells.
Materials for the manufacture of sinks
Price indicators and decorative characteristics depend on the choice of material from which the sink is made. The sink-tulip in the bathroom can be made of faience, porcelain, glass, stainless steel, ceramics, artificial or natural stone. The most common because of its availability is earthenware. Such models are quite durable and durable, although they cost a little. Porcelain sinks are considered a more expensive option. In terms of strength, they are not inferior to faience products, and outwardly surpass them in decoration.
In the bathroom you can often find sinks with a pedestal of ceramics. It is not necessary to chase the cheap and buy plumbing from cheap ceramics. Its feature is a porous structure. This means that cleaning and disinfecting such a sink will be more difficult than dense porcelain. Also, ceramic sinks can not boast of high strength and resistance to mechanical stress. Because of the accidentally dropped cans of cream on the surface will chip. And if, as a result, the shell does not crack, the crack will noticeably worsen its visual appeal.
The most expensive and durable material - natural stone. The design of the sink from solid stone is not limited to the bowl. This is a one-piece product in which the sink is part of the countertop. Stone models are very durable and aesthetic, they will appeal to lovers of everything natural, but at the same time refined.
How to choose a tulip shell?
The tulip shell can be round, rectangular, square or elliptical. Occasionally you can find an angular model. Traditionally, the width of models ranges from 55-70 cm. Pay special attention to the depth of washing. It is better to refuse to buy shallow models, since during use the spray will fly apart.
Choose a sink-tulip should be depending on the size of the bathroom and the size of communications. If the bathroom will be overhauled, then you can choose any model that pleases. And if you select an option to replace only the previous sink, then the choice of design will have to be taken seriously. Here the distance from the floor to the bowl is very important in order to choose the right column. You will also have to carefully measure the width of the pedestal, so that the communications are hidden from prying eyes.
Be sure to check the drain fittings. May need to replace the old siphon. Also, when installing a new sink, there may be a problem of lack of space inside the pedestal. For example, the classic knee will not fit in a modern model. It would be good to provide the sink with a “overflow” system: this way you will not flood your neighbors in case anything happens.
If the bathroom is not distinguished by outstanding size, give preference to a small-sized bowl-bowl. Suspended plumbing and sinks with semi-columns are the optimal solution in conditions of limited space. So you can not only save the coveted square meters, but also facilitate cleaning. The stores have a wide variety of handwashing facilities. So that you can easily choose a model that will be in harmony with the interior of the bathroom.
Having decided on the choice of model, it is necessary to figure out how to install a sink-tulip. Since the design is simple, you can do it yourself, without having special skills. However, before proceeding directly to work, you need to determine the place where the sink will be located, as well as prepare a set of tools: building level, screwdrivers, wrenches, drill and hammer.
Before you begin to install the sink with a pedestal, be sure to turn off the hot and cold water supply.
Description of the main stages of installation of the sink:
- Installing the sink begins with the markup. The pedestal sink is moved to the wall where the fixings will be installed. On the sink bowl there are holes for mounting bolts. Through them should be noted the place of drilling. This should be done carefully. To make the right measurements, use the level.
- If you are sure that you have reached the perfect horizontal, you can take up the drill. Drill the holes of the desired diameter, then insert the spacer tubes under the dowels.
- The next step is to install the siphon. It is attached to the sink sink bolts, and a mesh with gasket is installed on the wrong side. It is important to observe tightness of connections.
- Screw the screws into the dowels, put the sink on them and slide the pedestal close to the wall. The pedestal should be located in the center of the bowl. Fix the sink with washers and nuts.
- After the tulip shell is installed and screwed to the wall, mix the gaps and joints with silicone sealant. This will prevent water from entering them.
- The final stage is the installation of the mixer to the water pipes and its connection to the sewage system. For this, the corrugated siphon hose is connected to the outlet: the siphon tube is inserted into the bell of the sewer pipe.
As you can see, the installation procedure is not complicated, so the work can be done independently without the help of a professional plumber.
Sink-tulip - the best choice for any bathroom. The popularity of this model is due to the fact that it fits perfectly into both the exclusive interior and the standard one. A variety in color, size and texture will allow you to quickly choose an option that will fit perfectly into the situation.