Get quotes to fit a new basin

HaMuch is Excellent
By Emily Rivers
Last updated 12th August 2022

A basin in the bathroom is so much more than a hand washing - tooth brushing facility. The basin helps create a certain style in the bathroom, from a sleek contemporary design to a Victorian look. Bathroom sinks come in a range of materials (ceramic, stainless steel, stone, resin…) as well as different sizes, a small 45cm wide basin for a guest toilet to a 65cm wide large basin for a bigger, more spacious bathroom. There are various types of basins to choose from to best suit your bathroom and storage needs.

What are the different types of bathroom basins?

If you are planning a bathroom refurbishment or if you are only upgrading the basin in the bathroom, give some thought to the overall look and feel of the bathroom. Consider what type of basin will best suit the style, size and layout of the bathroom.

There are various types of basins;

Full pedestal basin - most common traditional type of basin as it is easy to hide the pipes behind the pedestal

Semi pedestal basin - only a short bit of visible pedestal from the basin, the pedestal does not reach the floor

Stand mounted basin - for a traditional English bathroom

Wall mounted basin - the sink does not have a counter or a pedestal

Countertop basin - often shaped like a bowl and sits on the counter

Under counter basin - this basin sits sunk in to the counter

Cloakroom basin - ideal for a smaller bathroom or guest toilet

Inset basin - mounted in a vanity or worktop

Corner basin - best for bathrooms where space is tight, and basin can be set in a corner

Semi recessed basin - more built in than a counter-top basin

Whichever type basin you choose to suit your bathroom, will come in a variety of styles. From traditional Edwardian or Victorian to different styles of modern having a lot of detail on the porcelain to no detail at all just clean lines.

Cost to fit a new basin

How much will it cost to fit a basin?

The cost of fitting a new basin in the bathroom depends on what type of basin is currently in the bathroom and if the fitting will be the same type of basin in the same location. As fitting like for like, the plumber should be able to remove the existing pedestal and fit a new pedestal in no more than 2 hours of labour time.

If the fitting of the basin is in a newly converted bathroom, where there has not been a basin in situ previously, the cost of the job will depend on the access to the plumbing. If there are water connections for the taps already in place and a pipe for the waste to be connected to, this will be fairly easy and only require a couple hours of labour.

The builder would have left space for water and waste but if the plumber has to chase some pipework, tapping into the main waste pipe for the basin waste water connection as well as tapping into a water supply to then bring hot and cold water to the location where the basin will be fitted for the taps, this can make the job more challenging and drive up the cost. Depending on how far the plumber has to run these pipes will all factor into the overall cost of fitting a basin and the job could take a few days labour. 

If the plumber is changing the type of basin, e.g. removing an old pedestal basin to fit a new wall mounted basin, again, this could result in a few days of labour as the plumber will need to redo the pipework and possibly get the flooring specialist in to redo the bathroom flooring. 

Cost to fit a basin in bathroom

Per

Average total labour cost

Switching a pedestal basin for a new pedestal basin

Per hour 

£130

Removing a pedestal basin and fitting semi pedestal basin

Per hour 

£160

Removing a pedestal basin and fitting a countertop basin

Per day

£210

Removing a pedestal basin and fitting a wall mounted basin

Per day

£250

Moving a pedestal basin to a new location in the bathroom

Per day

£250

Can I switch my pedestal basin for a different bathroom sink?

Yes, when a pedestal basin is being fitted, the plumber first does the plumbing and attaches the sink to the wall. The pedestal is inserted into place only at the end to hide the plumbing, which means it can easily be removed. 

This works well if you would like to change the style of the pedestal but keep the original basin. However, if you are wanting to change the type of basin as well as the pedestal, this will involve a bigger job for the plumber to redo the plumbing to keep it hidden with the new choice of basin. 

Switching a pedestal for a semi-pedestal basin might be an easier way to not have to replace all of the pipe work, as the semi-pedestal can work because there is a bit of a stem to conceal the existing plumbing. If you are keeping the location of the basin in the same place but just switching up from a pedestal basin to a countertop basin or under counter basin, this will help hide any previous drill holes from the old basin and hide any area of flooring that is missing from being cut around the old pedestal.

It would be a bigger expense to switch from pedestal basin to wall mounted basin, even though it is still do-able. In this case not only will the plumber have to redo the plumbing at an expense but the bathroom would possibly need new flooring and the walls would have to be made good from any visible drill holes after the old basin is removed. This is challenging if the basin was drilled into tiles, as you would have to be able to find the same tiles and then the plumber would need a tiler to carefully extract the drilled through tiles and replace them with new tiles, matching the grout to the rest of the bathroom. Before you get your heart set on a certain type of basin, talk to the plumber to see how much of a challenge the job involves as the more challenging the job, the bigger the expense of the job. If your home only has one bathroom, you may not want it to be out of action for 3 days to change the type of basin.

Can I change the location of my basin?

If you want to change the positioning of sanitary ware in your bathroom, it is possible to move your basin but it will come at a cost. Some click-clack flooring and vinyl flooring are cut around a basin, so moving the location may mean the bathroom flooring needs to be redone.

A plumber will have to either run the pipework for the waste water drain pipe and the water supply or the plumber will need to chase the pipes into the wall which will certainly add to the cost. When moving or extending some pipework, it might be worthwhile to replace the pipes and take the opportunity to upgrade pipes that may be deteriorating with age to new pipes and seals. If the new location is just a few centimetres to the left or right, the plumber might be able to get away with current water supply as it is flexi hoses but the old drill holes on the wall will need filling in and painting over (presuming they into wall and not tile as if tile, this involves replacing tiles). If the flooring went under the pedestal then the flooring will not need to be refitted, however the pedestal would have been attached to the floor either with drill holes or silicone and silicone may leave unsightly marks. Drill marks would leave visible damage and no longer result in a watertight floor, so the floor would need to be redone.


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

Rates for other trades

Fit new basin cost in the UK
Fit new basin cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKFit new basin cost
Fit new basin near Aberdeen£152
Fit new basin near Amber Valley£156
Fit new basin near Angus£168
Fit new basin near Arun£180
Fit new basin near Ashfield£152
Fit new basin near Aylesbury Vale£200
Fit new basin near Barnsley£144
Fit new basin near Basildon£184
Fit new basin near Basingstoke & Deane£220
Fit new basin near Bassetlaw£136
Fit new basin near Bath & North East Somerset£152
Fit new basin near Bedford£192
Fit new basin near Belfast£128
Fit new basin near Birmingham£156
Fit new basin near Blackburn£148
Fit new basin near Blackpool£144
Fit new basin near Bolton£156
Fit new basin near Bournemouth£172
Fit new basin near Bracknell Forest£220
Fit new basin near Bradford£156
Fit new basin near Braintree£180
Fit new basin near Breckland£120
Fit new basin near Bridgend£140
Fit new basin near Brighton£196
Fit new basin near Bristol£148
Fit new basin near Broadland£168
Fit new basin near Broxtowe£152
Fit new basin near Bury£156
Fit new basin near Caerphilly£136
Fit new basin near Calderdale£156
Fit new basin near Cambridge£176
Fit new basin near Canterbury£176
Fit new basin near Cardiff£140
Fit new basin near Carmarthenshire£116
Fit new basin near Charnwood£152
Fit new basin near Chelmsford£184
Fit new basin near Cheltenham£176
Fit new basin near Cherwell£192
Fit new basin near Chester£148
Fit new basin near Colchester£180
Fit new basin near Conway£128
Fit new basin near Coventry£152
Fit new basin near Crewe & Nantwich£144
Fit new basin near Dacorum£208
Fit new basin near Derby£152
Fit new basin near Doncaster£144
Fit new basin near Dover£176
Fit new basin near Dudley£160
Fit new basin near Dumfries & Galloway£136
Fit new basin near Dundee£168
Fit new basin near East Ayrshire£156
Fit new basin near East Devon£136
Fit new basin near East Dunbartonshire£156
Fit new basin near East Hampshire£176
Fit new basin near East Hertfordshire£204
Fit new basin near East Lindsey£140
Fit new basin near East Riding£152
Fit new basin near Eastleigh£172
Fit new basin near Edinburgh£160
Fit new basin near Elmbridge£220
Fit new basin near Epping Forest£220
Fit new basin near Erewash£152
Fit new basin near Exeter£144
Fit new basin near Falkirk£160
Fit new basin near Fife£160
Fit new basin near Flintshire£144
Fit new basin near Gateshead£156
Fit new basin near Gedling£152
Fit new basin near Glasgow£156
Fit new basin near Gloucester£244
Fit new basin near Guildford£224
Fit new basin near Gwynedd£128
Fit new basin near Halton£152
Fit new basin near Harrogate£140
Fit new basin near Havant & Waterloo£160
Fit new basin near Highland£160
Fit new basin near Horsham£208
Fit new basin near Huntingdonshire£176
Fit new basin near Ipswich£184
Fit new basin near Isle of Wight£160
Fit new basin near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£132
Fit new basin near Kingston-upon-Hull£152
Fit new basin near Kirklees£160
Fit new basin near Knowsley£148
Fit new basin near Lancaster£148
Fit new basin near Leeds£156
Fit new basin near Leicester£148
Fit new basin near Lisburn£128
Fit new basin near Liverpool£148
Fit new basin near London£220
Fit new basin near Luton£208
Fit new basin near Macclesfield£152
Fit new basin near Maidstone£180
Fit new basin near Manchester£156
Fit new basin near Mid Bedfordshire£196
Fit new basin near Mid Sussex£208
Fit new basin near Middlesbrough£160
Fit new basin near Milton Keynes£192
Fit new basin near Neath Port Talbot£144
Fit new basin near New Forest£168
Fit new basin near Newbury£224
Fit new basin near Newcastle-under-Lyme£144
Fit new basin near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£156
Fit new basin near Newport£136
Fit new basin near North Ayrshire£152
Fit new basin near North East Lincolnshire£144
Fit new basin near North Hertfordshire£204
Fit new basin near North Lanarkshire£156
Fit new basin near North Lincolnshire£140
Fit new basin near North Somerset£148
Fit new basin near North Tyneside£156
Fit new basin near North Wiltshire£180
Fit new basin near Northampton£180
Fit new basin near Norwich£164
Fit new basin near Nottingham£152
Fit new basin near Nuneaton & Bedworth£152
Fit new basin near Oldham£156
Fit new basin near Oxford£200
Fit new basin near Pembrokeshire£104
Fit new basin near Perth & Kinross£152
Fit new basin near Peterborough£160
Fit new basin near Plymouth£124
Fit new basin near Poole£172
Fit new basin near Portsmouth£160
Fit new basin near Powys£168
Fit new basin near Preston£144
Fit new basin near Reading£220
Fit new basin near Redcar & Cleveland£164
Fit new basin near Reigate & Banstead£224
Fit new basin near Renfrewshire£152
Fit new basin near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£140
Fit new basin near Rochdale£156
Fit new basin near Rochester-upon-Medway£180
Fit new basin near Rotherham£140
Fit new basin near Salford£156
Fit new basin near Salisbury£168
Fit new basin near Sandwell£160
Fit new basin near Scarborough£140
Fit new basin near Scottish Borders£180
Fit new basin near Sefton£144
Fit new basin near Sevenoaks£208
Fit new basin near Sheffield£140
Fit new basin near Slough£216
Fit new basin near Solihull£156
Fit new basin near South Ayrshire£152
Fit new basin near South Bedfordshire£192
Fit new basin near South Cambridgeshire£180
Fit new basin near South Gloucestershire£148
Fit new basin near South Kesteven£156
Fit new basin near South Lanarkshire£160
Fit new basin near South Oxfordshire£204
Fit new basin near South Somerset£128
Fit new basin near South Tyneside£156
Fit new basin near Southampton£168
Fit new basin near Southend-on-Sea£172
Fit new basin near St Albans£212
Fit new basin near St Helens£152
Fit new basin near Stafford£160
Fit new basin near Stockport£160
Fit new basin near Stockton-on-Tees£160
Fit new basin near Stoke-on-Trent£144
Fit new basin near Stratford-on-Avon£168
Fit new basin near Stroud£172
Fit new basin near Suffolk Coastal£180
Fit new basin near Sunderland£156
Fit new basin near Swale£176
Fit new basin near Swansea£140
Fit new basin near Tameside£156
Fit new basin near Teignbridge£148
Fit new basin near Tendring£184
Fit new basin near Test Valley£168
Fit new basin near Thamesdown£208
Fit new basin near Thanet£168
Fit new basin near The Wrekin£252
Fit new basin near Thurrock£192
Fit new basin near Torbay£152
Fit new basin near Trafford£160
Fit new basin near Vale of Glamorgan£144
Fit new basin near Vale of White Horse£200
Fit new basin near Vale Royal£152
Fit new basin near Wakefield£156
Fit new basin near Walsall£160
Fit new basin near Warrington£156
Fit new basin near Warwick£160
Fit new basin near Waveney£168
Fit new basin near Waverley£216
Fit new basin near Wealden£188
Fit new basin near West Lancashire£148
Fit new basin near West Lothian£168
Fit new basin near West Wiltshire£180
Fit new basin near Wigan£152
Fit new basin near Windsor & Maidenhead£212
Fit new basin near Wirral£148
Fit new basin near Wokingham£224
Fit new basin near Wolverhampton£160
Fit new basin near Wrexham Maelor£152
Fit new basin near Wychavon£164
Fit new basin near Wycombe£216
Fit new basin near York£140