Decorating your home is a rewarding experience. Coming home to a nice and functional place where you and your family can enjoy your activities is worth all the effort of decision making. And as we evolve, our homes should too. Whether we move things around to style our space or renovate a whole room, the goal of a modern home is to make every corner of the house functional and stylish. As a bedroom chest of drawers can be the perfect functional addition to your bedroom, laundry sinks add major convenience to laundry rooms or basements.
Adding a sink to the laundry room opens up a whole new dimension in cleaning convenience. In the constant search for more green-friendly ways to clean, homeowners are discovering the benefits of older energy-smart technologies such as clotheslines, laundry sinks and phosphate-free detergents.
A Sink for All Things that Stink
Having a laundry utility sink in your home can be a major convenience. There is a wide range of tasks that these sinks can help you with to save time and energy during a busy week. One of the greatest advantages of installing a laundry tub sink in your laundry room or basement is that you can handwash clothes. If you have worked all day in the garden or got oil stains while fixing the car, you can’t put these clothes directly into the washing machine. Having a laundry sink allows you to presoak clothes and treat stains and also hand-wash your delicates.
Utility sinks are useful for cleaning up after messy jobs as gardening, painting, home repairs or emptying mop baskets. You can clean all the extra greasy and dirty items here instead of using your kitchen or bathroom sinks and causing potential damage. You can also use your laundry sink to bathe muddy or shedding pets, tidy up after kids’ crafts, wash out paintbrushes, or even give your houseplants a good soak.
Choose a Type that Suits Your Needs
When it comes to buying laundry sinks, one of the first things to have in mind is the type of installation style you need or prefer for your particular sink set-up. Depending on the space available, your plumbing system and cabinet style, you can choose from a wide range of types, shapes and sizes.
Drop-In or Overmount
One of the easiest types to install that works well with the most surfaces you may have in your laundry room is the drop-in or overmount sink. These functional and stylish sinks attach to existing countertops mounted on base cabinets. They fit into a hole that has been cut into the countertop. The basin then sits below the counter, with only the rim of the sink remaining above.
This style is fairly easy to install. If you want your sink to blend aesthetically into the laundry room, this style might be ideal for you. They are available in a plethora of sizes, and they’re generally much deeper than other sinks throughout your home. The variety of widths and depths available makes it easy to find an option that fits your space.
These sinks are another modern solution that combines a bathroom vanity cabinet with a laundry sink, and you essentially get a base cabinet-mounted laundry sink. The sink sits on the top of your cabinet, maintaining the appearance of your laundry room. This laundry basin is an ideal solution to hide lower plumbing and provide storage for cleaning items. Available in a plethora of sizes and shapes, it can easily be a focal point to the room. You can opt for a square, rectangular, oval or round shape depending on the space available and your personal preferences.
Freestanding or Floor-Mounted
Though not so popular options nowadays, freestanding sinks for laundry that come with their own legs are also available. The legs are already attached to the basin, or they come separately. Although these units are standalone without the need for a countertop, some people install them next to one to use as a nearby work surface. Installation is easy since this type of sink only needs to be secured to the back wall and the plumbing lines attached.
Opt for a Durable and Long-Lasting Material
When it comes to material, contemporary sinks made from concrete are among the most stylish and durable options. These sinks are incredibly attractive, bold and durable. You can easily find a hand-polished light-weight concrete basin that can pair fantastically with timber, steel or concrete vanities to create a rustic look in your laundry room setting. You can find it in natural grey finishes, white or black. Concrete is extremely durable, and with proper care, it can last more than 50 years.
Glazed ceramic sinks are another popular choice. Attractive, durable and resistant to heat and chemicals, these units are ideal for cleaning after messy jobs. Ceramic sinks are stain-resistant and easy to maintain, and you can clean them with your normal household cleaning products. They are also available in a plethora of finishes and styles, so you can easily find one that matches your laundry room decor.