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Old 06-16-2018, 11:25 AM   #1
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hide-a-way sink ideas?

Hello All

I'm blown away by some very creative ideas and designs on this site, so I wondered if anyone has seen or built a retractable / fold-down / hide-away bathroom sink?? I decided there was no room in my 8 window bus to have room for a mini bathroom sink, however, if a sink folded down above the toilet, I could make it work. Something just for a hand rinse, toothbrushing and shave.

Maybe I could wire an actuator so when the toilet lid was down the sink was deployed; when the toilet lid was up the sink was up.

Google found a couple pictures of stainless steel folding sinks. Doubt I could ever find or afford anything like that.

Regards - MIke


The sink would need a flexible drain and water lines. Is that undoable?


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Old 06-16-2018, 12:09 PM   #2
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prison toilet/sink

I am using a sink/toilet that is all one piece. look at prison toilet/sinks. stainless steel, some used on ebay. there might even be someone here on Skoolie that has one for sale

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Old 06-16-2018, 02:12 PM   #3
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Here is a home constructed one that I am planning to copy for our short bus.

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Old 06-16-2018, 02:23 PM   #4
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That's brilliant.

I like that. He solved the flexible drain and water line problem. I could tuck all that away behind a door in a small cabinet.

Thank You.
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Old 06-16-2018, 04:45 PM   #5
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Some WWII Subs and post war subs had fold away sinks in the officers quarters and I believe that Chris Craft did the same on their custom commuters back in the 1920's or 30's.

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Old 06-16-2018, 06:30 PM   #6
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folding boat sinks

We have a genuine Prison cell at the College, where I work. (for one of the training programs) I faintly remember the sink and toilet...I'll go take another look at them.

The folding sink seems to be more popular on boats. I google folding boat sinks and Amazon popped up with a couple SS ones. $300 - $400 each.

I'm going to try to work the idea into my plans. Might try to build it out of Corian. I'll post pictures this fall when I get to the bathroom build.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:39 AM   #7
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http://a.co/fVCzbv4

$89 on Amazon.


I kinda like this idea - wash your hands, and the water from washing your hands helps flush the toilet later. (I think as you wash after you flush, it helps fill the tank rather then just using fresh city water.) Won't work with a lot of bus toilets though. . .


What's your goal with the fold-up sink - more countertop, or just a way to wash your hands in the bathroom? If you could install it on the wall over the toilet so it folded down over the toilet bowl, you could get dual functionality (just not at the same time.)



This might be a little silly, but what about hard-mounting a faucet to the wall, but making the sink out of plastic of some sort with a metal frame? Think of it like washing your hands in a giant ziploc bag - you un-zip it from the wall, and you've got a nice, wide "mouth" to catch the water, but "zip" it closed again, and it folds up flat. (I'm thinking about some of the people who've made showers from a large metal tub and a shower curtain - the solid part is the plumbing, the rest of the space is just a plastic curtain.)
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:44 AM   #8
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to drain the graywater into the back toilet tank is a good idea. the space above the back of a flusher is often wasted anyway. and if you rode the toilet backwards, you can brush n poo at the same time!



realistically speaking, a fold down plus plumbing can be a challenge, especially if you want it to look good


when i am at a loss, i find objects that help me visualize what it is and sort of hold them, or tape them in place.

getting a sense of actual size and use scenarios.

cardboard and duct tape is great for fast and ugly mock ups.

speaking of which; it is time to utilize some masking tape to route some plumbing before i solder it all up.
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While not a bathroom setup, and probably not really a way to incorprate it into one, I still like it....
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:47 PM   #10
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While not a bathroom setup, and probably not really a way to incorprate it into one, I still like it....
Now there are some cool ideas I'll need to contemplate, slide-out storage bins.
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