The Lily Bain Glossary

The Lily Bain Glossary
Our handy glossary will keep you right with the various different terms used in bathrooms


Basin & Full Pedestal

This is where the basin sits on a full sized pedestal. Normally the waste pipes & the hot or cold water pipes run through the pedestal into the floor.

Basin & Semi Pedestal
The basin sits on a half-height pedestal which does not reach the floor. The pipe work for this type of basin needs to be horizontal from the wall.

These are very small basins and are usually fitted without a pedestal. These basins are wall hung and are fitted with a bottle trap. Pipe work for these needs to be horizontal from the wall.

Counter top
This basin is free-standing & sits on top of a worktop

Inset Basin
This basin is fitted under the hole on the worktop. This means that the worktop has to be a solid surface material such as marble or stone.

A semi-recessed basin is fitted into a worktop. It has a bow in the front to sit over the worktop and the underside has been cut away to make a neat fit.

This basin sits into a hole within a work top but has a rim that sits over the worktop/basin join.


Acrylic Baths
Acrylic is the most common material used in the production of baths as it insulates well and can produce great shapes.

Corner Baths
There are two types of corner bath - equal sided & offset, where one side is longer than the other. These can come with a screen to be used as a shower bath or without the screen for a relaxing bathing experience.

Double Ended Rectangular Baths
This type of bath has the taps & waste in the middle of the bath. Each end of this bath is sloped.

Shower Baths
These baths have a larger area at one end to allow more room for showering. They are supplied with a bath screen that is designed for the bath.

Single Ended Rectangular Baths
This style of bath has the taps & waste at one end & is ideal for one person to bath in as there is generally a gentle slope at one end which offers good back support when relaxing.


Basin Mono
This is where the hot & cold taps are mounted in a single tap in the centre of the basin. All our monos come with a sprung waste.

Basin Taps
This is a pair of taps where you have a separate hot & cold tap on the basin with the cold tap usually on the right and the hot on the left.

Bath Filler
This type of tap has the hot & cold water taps combined onto one mixer block. The advantage of this type of tap is that you can mix the water to the desired temperature whilst the bath is filling.

Bath Taps
A pair of bath taps; one for hot & one for cold. The cold tap is normally on the left & the hot on the right.

Bath & Shower Mixer
This is the same as a bath filler but has a shower hose & handset attached. These types of showers are designed for washing hair or rinsing the bath; not for standing & showering under.

Tap Holes

One tap hole
This type of basin uses a basin mono tap. The water is controlled either by a lever on the tap or a separate hot & cold handle on either side of the spout. All our basin monos come with a sprung waste.

Two tap hole
This basin requires a pair of basin taps where there is a separate tap for the hot & cold. The hot tap is normally fitted on the left hand side of the basin.


Back to Wall
This type of toilet is generally used with fitted furniture. The cistern is concealed within the furniture but the pan is sat on the floor so does not require a fixing frame. This type of toilet is very popular due to it ease of cleaning and the minimum impact it has on the room.

The ceramic or plastic vessel that stores the water necessary for flushing a toilet.


Close-Coupled is the most common type of toilet and is where the cistern attaches directly to the pan. This type of toilet is easily maintained as all working parts are easily accessible.

Concealed Cistern
A cistern that is hidden from view behind a false wall.

A Dual-Flush loo has two flushing strengths – low and high. All our toilets are dual flush.

High Level
This type of product was popular in the Victorian era & is most closely associated with older homes & traditional bathrooms. The pan is freestanding & the cistern sits on the wall approximately 1800mm or 6 feet up the wall. The cistern has a chain pull flush.

Low Level
This type of toilet is generally of a more traditional design. It consists of a freestanding pan and a cistern which site approx 900mm or 36inches up the wall with a short flush pipe between to two pieces.

Also known as the toilet bowl

Wall Hung
This type of toilet has the pan hanging on the wall & the cistern concealed in the wall behind it. The pan must be properly supported by a fixing frame. We recommend using our Concealed Cistern & Fixing Frame with any of our wall hung pans. A wall hung pan is popular as it allows ease of cleaning and as the pan is the only visible part of the toilet it minimises the impact of the toilet of the design of the room.

Wastes & Ancillaries

Bath Shroud
Used on free-standing baths to cover the pipe work to the bath taps.

The basin overflow is a hole on the back of the basin that allows the drainage of excess water.

Plug & Chain Waste
This is the most traditional type of waste. A plug is attached to a link chain which is attached to the basin overflow.

Pop-up Waste
An alternative to the traditional plugs, a pop-up waste comprises of a stopper connected by levers to a control knob on the tap. When the knob is pushed down the stopper is lifted to allow water to drain away. When the knob is pulled up the stopper seals the plug hole.

Sprung Waste
A fitted alternative to a plug that you touch and click to drain the water

Standpipes are used with baths that have no tap holes and are water carrying pipes.