Bathroom - a room that every person visits several times a day. And although in this room usually do not spend a lot of time, I want it to be comfortable too. In standard apartments bathrooms can not boast of their size. Most often these are tiny rooms that are required to be functional at the expense of beauty. The sink is one of the most important details in this room. Let's talk more about one very popular model, which is called a sink-tulip.
What is a tulip shell?
This unusual name arose from the fact that the design of the washbasin in shape resembles a flower. This plumbing product consists of a pedestal and a sink. The leg is made to take on some of the load from the weight of the bowl. The support part can be made in the form of a half-column or be a solid, continuous structure. Semicolumn is a more modern variant, which is most often used for suspended sanitary ware. In addition, behind the support hide seemingly unaesthetic communications (pipes, siphon).
Tulip shells became popular in the post-Soviet period. Due to their ease of use and attractive appearance, they remain in demand after decades. The shell of this form does not take up much space and looks elegant in any bathroom layout. Over the years, the design of this type of washbasins has not functionally changed. Only the color, design and materials from which these plumbing products are manufactured change. The pluses include not only a wide range of goods, but also the durability of such shells.
Materials for making shells
Depending on the choice of the material from which the sink is made, price indicators and decorative characteristics depend. The sink-tulip in the bathroom can be made of faience, porcelain, glass, stainless steel, ceramics, artificial or natural stone. Because of its availability faience. Such models are durable enough and durable, although they do not cost much. A more expensive option is considered to be porcelain sinks. By strength they are not inferior to earthenware, but outwardly surpass them in decorativeness.
In the bathroom you can often find a sink with a ceramic pedestal. It is not worth chasing cheapness and buying plumbing from cheap ceramics. Its feature is the porous structure. This means that it will be more difficult to clean and disinfect such a shell than dense porcelain. Also, ceramic sinks can not boast of high strength and resistance to mechanical stress. Because of accidentally fallen cans of cream on the surface will be chipped. And if, as a result of this, the shell does not split, the crack will noticeably worsen its external appeal.
The most expensive and durable material is a natural stone. The design of the shell from the stone massif is not limited to the bowl. This is a one-piece product in which the sink is part of the countertop. Models made of stone are very durable and aesthetic, they will appeal to lovers of all natural, but at the same time refined.
How to choose a sink-tulip?
A shell of the "tulip" type can be round, rectangular, square or elliptical. Occasionally one can find an angular model. Traditionally, the width of the models varies between 55-70 cm. Pay special attention to the depth of the sink. It is better to abandon the purchase of shallow models, as during use, the spray will scatter in different directions.
Choose a sink-tulip, depending on the size of the bathroom and the size of the communications. If the bathroom will be overhauled, then you can choose any model that you like. And if you choose the option to replace only the previous shell, then the choice of design will have to be taken seriously. The distance from the floor to the bowl is very important here in order to choose the correct column. Also, you will need to carefully measure the width of the pedestal so that communications are hidden from prying eyes.
Do not forget to check the drain valve. It may be necessary to replace the old siphon. Also, when installing a new shell, there may be a problem of lack of space inside the pedestal. For example, a classic knee can not fit into a modern model. It would be nice to supply the sink with the system "overflow": so you will not fill the neighbors in case of anything.
If the bathroom does not differ in size, preference should be given to a small sink-bowl. Suspended plumbing and sinks with semicolumns - the best solution in a confined space. So you can not only save the treasured square meters, but also to facilitate cleaning. In shops there is a wide variety of devices for washing hands. So you can easily find a model that will harmoniously blend with the interior of the bathroom.
Having decided upon the choice of model, it is necessary to find 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 washbasin will be located, and also prepare a set of tools: a building level, screwdrivers, wrenches, a drill and a hammer.
Before you begin to install a sink with a pedestal, be sure to close the hot and cold water supply.
Description of the main stages of installation of the sink:
- The installation of the sink begins with the marking. Sink with a pedestal move to the wall, where the fasteners will be installed. On the bowl there are holes for fixing bolts. It is necessary to mark the places of drilling through them. It should be done carefully. To make the right measurements, use the level.
- If you are sure that you have reached the ideal horizontal, you can take the drill. Drill holes of the correct diameter, then insert spacer tubes under the dowels into them.
- The next stage is the installation of a siphon. It is fixed to the bolts on the sink of the washbasin, and the mesh with the gasket is installed on the back side. It is important to observe the tightness of the connections.
- In the dowel, screw the screws, put a sink on them and push the pedestal close to the wall. The pedestal should be located in the center of the bowl. Using the washers and nuts, fix the sink.
- After the sink-tulip is installed and screwed to the wall, apply silicone sealant gaps and joints. This will prevent water from entering them.
- The final stage is the installation of a mixer to the pipes of the water supply system and its connection to the sewage system. To do this, the bellows hose of the siphon is connected to the outlet: the siphon tube is inserted into the socket of the sewer pipe.
As you can see, the installation procedure is not difficult, so you can do the work yourself, without the help of professional plumbing.
The sink-tulip is the best choice for any bathroom. The popularity of this model is due to the fact that it ideally fits in both the exclusive interior and the standard. And the variety of color, size and texture will allow you to quickly select an option that will fit well into the environment.