When planning a laundry room, most of the thought goes into the washer and dryer. They do most of the hard work. And they are oversized purchase items. Nevertheless, while it plays a supporting role, there is one feature that is indispensable: the utility sink or laundry sink. Manufacturers are designing these basins specifically for the laundry room, offering many features with benefits. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
What distinguishes a utility sink from other sinks? They are extra deep to allow vigorous scrubbing or spraying of water with minimum splashing outside the basin. These sinks typically start at 10 inches and go up to 25 inches deep versus a bathroom sink of six to eight inches deep. They come in a square or rectangular shape, putting every inch of the basin to work. However, not all utility sinks are made alike. To determine the right choice, you’ll want to look at style and materials, considering what tasks will take place there and what sorts of cleansers or liquids the sink will be exposed to.
Placement plays a factor in your decision, too. Keep the wet zone intact. The sink should be near the washer—right next to it, if possible. This allows you to keep the plumbing lines together. It also means you can transfer soaked or pretreated items with a minimum of a drippy mess. The location may lock you into a particular size and prevent you from getting that vintage double basin you had your eye on. That’s okay. Since a utility sink can come super deep, your choice will have the capacity to soak a grass-stained soccer uniform or a gravy-smeared tablecloth.
With the extra features available in some versions, such as a drainboard, or a second basin, you really can get a lot of use from it. Here’s what to consider before committing.
What are the laundry sinks?
You might think that you can only do the laundry as the name suggests, but you’d be surprised at its multi-functionality. Some great examples; it can be used to pre-soak laundry, keep your bottles of beer and drinks cold, as well as providing you with a better workspace in maintaining your laundry.
Unlike the traditional kitchen or bathroom sinks, laundry sink sinks are more profound and broader. This is because it needs to accommodate your garments which are larger than plates and cutlery.
How much space do I have?
This will determine the size of the laundry sink, it’s best to know which sinks are out of the picture because they’re just too big for the space you’re working with. The bigger the sink, the more litres it can hold, which can have more laundry.
What’s the difference between a laundry sink and a kitchen sink?
The difference between a laundry sink and a kitchen sink is mainly in the thickness of the steel and craftsmanship quality. Most laundry sinks can’t be used in the kitchen because they’re cheap thin steel pressed sinks, whereas kitchen sinks are sturdy and thick; build mat Kitchen sinks are best in class with 1.5mm thick SS304 stainless steel all around, with sound deadening pads.
The cheaper variety of top mount laundry sinks also come with one or two tap holes already in. These inset sinks are more comfortable for the plumber to install, but this reduces your plumber’s time and cost but doesn’t look great, especially if you’ve got a lovely stone benchtop.
There are some kitchen sinks that you should not use in the laundry; for example, try to keep to a large single bowl sink rather than a double bowl. If you plan to use a double bowl sink, make sure you know why you’re getting it because it may look odd in the laundry. For example, if you’re looking at Bunning’s laundry sink, you’ll notice that there are a lot with tap holes already.
Do I need a laundry sink?
It would help if you asked yourself several questions before buying a laundry sink (and they’re not for the same reasons as buying a kitchen sink, for example). If you are a person who only wants to use the laundry sink to clean some clothing very sparingly, you’re better off with other options. If you, however, like a workspace that can allow you to maintain your laundry schedule much more effectively, a laundry sink is the right choice. As for the size of the sink itself, it’ll depend on what your needs are. If you are dealing with the occasional stains and scars on your clothing, you don’t need a big laundry sink. If you have to handle the laundry for the whole family, you’ll need a larger sink to make your work easier. Next, you should set some realistic expectations for yourself when you are making a decision.
Yes, a kitchen or toilet sink can do everything that a laundry sink does but having one will make your life so much more convenient. For instance, instead of going up and down the stairs to wash your clothes, you can do it in the laundry sink. A laundry sink can also act as a drainage system for your washing machine, a more practical solution. If you’re an organized person, having a laundry sink allows you to sort your clothing quickly; you can separate your garments by colour or have more room to sort muddy clothes from slightly dirty clothes – it’s an elegant addition to your laundry room.
Finally, it is good to consider how frequently you will be using the sink and what kinds of laundry jobs before you begin shopping – it will save you a lot of time and keep you from making an impulse purchase. With that being said, there are more benefits to buying a laundry sink than there are drawbacks if you are concerned about it.
Should I find the giant laundry sink?
If you’re only washing a few clothes, you don’t need anything bigger than a small laundry sink. If you are cleaning garments for more than 4-5 people, however, you’re going to need something larger – preferably a 700x450mm large laundry sink that can handle more clothing in one washing run.
You should also consider the space that you have in your house to work with. Buying a larger sink is not that useful if you don’t have the freedom to set it up. A great way to set-up your space for a laundry sink is to plan it; that means you might need to move and reposition your laundry room to fit a laundry sink.
However, the sinks are usually not that massive so setting it up is not a huge issue. You can also get your retailer to set that up for you (usually for free or for a small fee).
The best sinks or sinks are made of a thicker material which dampens (reduces) the noise by running water. The seals and edges of a sink should also be scrutinized to ensure that they do not break down easily over time.
If you are unsure of anything, it’s best to ask your retailer questions before making a purchase; they’ll be more than happy to help you out with any issues.
Choosing the best laundry sink material
The first thing to consider is the design of the sink about the aesthetics of your home. For instance, if you have a rustic themed laundry room, having a stainless steel laundry cabinet may look out of place. You might opt for a stone benchtop with a flush mount or under mount laundry sink instead, or if you don’t do much laundry, you might consider a large concrete counter basin to suit the style.
You can also find laundry sinks made of a variety of materials nowadays, such as glass, wood, porcelain, and even stoned-based finishes. Find what works for your home’s existing design theme and aim to balance looks and function, and remember the laundry sink is always subject to hot water.
While plenty of laundry sink finishes in the market with great utility, when it comes down to an excellent choice in both the design and function aspects, stainless steel (metal) laundry sink is the preferred choice for many customers.
Stainless steel sinks are so popular that they are tough and easy to maintain; commercial stainless steel sinks can withstand high heat easily and be healthy, which means that they won’t break down even after more than 20 years of constant usage.
The durability of stainless sinks means that you will be saving a lot of money in the long run compared to other types of sinks. Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
A traditional sink material, cast iron sinks are coated in enamel for a heavy-duty product. This allows the sink to withstand high water temperatures and years of wear and tear. Although made to hold up over time, eventually, the cast iron’s enamel may chip, leaving the sink with exposed metal. Cast iron utility sinks will require maintenance, as the exposed metal will rust, a homeowner must reglaze enamel regularly.
Enameled cast iron
The enamel—a baked, powder-coated finish—coats cast iron, making it one of the most robust sinks available. This type of sink resists scratching, chipping, and staining. The enamel gives the super-rugged cast-iron surface a warmer-looking finish. Though impervious to water and resistant to stain, prolonged exposure to harsh bleach could blemish the surface. If you drop something hard on it, the enamel will chip or crack. It’s also the heaviest sink, so make sure it has sufficient support before you install it.
Another choice of material you have for your laundry sink is acrylic. Acrylic is a lightweight but durable laundry sink option that is resistant to scratches and stains. If you’re considering an acrylic sink, keep in mind that they are louder than other materials when water hits them. Plus, they aren’t as heat resistant as the other materials you have to choose from.
Porcelain sinks have a classic shine and timeless beauty that can sometimes make them too lovely looking for some utility rooms. However, with their appeal and timeless beauty aside, porcelain sinks are very heat resistant and easy to clean, making them of ideal use for a laundry or utility room.
Ceramic laundry sinks are fired at very high temperatures. This creates a non-porous surface resistant to stains more so than any other laundry tub material. This material is also relatively easy to clean, sturdy and has an appealing shine.
Lightweight and easy to clean, stainless steel sinks can be a classic go-to for laundry and utility rooms. These sinks have a somewhat industrial look and feel that can be a perfect fit for a more functional space. However, keep in mind that acrylic sinks, stainless steel laundry tubs or laundry sinks can be loud when hit by water.
This material won’t stain. It also won’t chip or fade and has a little give, so anything you drop inside it—like a vase—is less likely to break than it will on enamelled cast iron. All in all, a smart choice if you like the look of steel.
Stain-resistant, durable, and warm in appearance, the solid surfacing can stand up to a wide variety of tasks. Dings and scratches can be gently sanded out, but enlist a professional to do this, or the abraded surface will show. It can stain, too, despite some manufacturers’ claims, so best to use it for washing only.
There are many benefits to a dedicated utility sink in the laundry room of your home. That said, washing machines come with gentle and delicate cycles, so despite all the conveniences, is a utility sink essential? That’s why it’s called a utility sink; there are a lot of uses besides laundry. To name a few:
- Handling cut flowers
- Potting plants
- Bathing a pet
- Washing dirty hands (or shoes) after garden or garage work
- Rinsing a mop
- Running water for crafts projects
You get the idea.
Choosing your utility sink style
When it comes to laundry sinks, there are also various installation styles since there are different basin types. You have four other options to choose from for the installation style for your laundry room sink including, drop-in, undermount, wall-mounted and floor-standing, and portable. Since your sink will usually stay in a permanent and fixed location in your home for years to come, you’ll want to ensure you choose something that fits your needs long-term and consider any updates you may wish to in the future.
As with bathroom sinks, the laundry sink comes in a variety of styles for installation. What you choose from the list below has to do with personal taste and any extras you may like.
Wall-mount utility sink
This is a good option if you want to keep the floor area clear, as there is no need for a structure, such as a cabinet or legs attached to the bowl, to hold up the sink. You’ll find vintage designs, like white enamel-covered cast iron, from manufacturers like American Standard. Cast iron is strong, won’t dent, and the enamelled finish resists scratches and chipping. Kohler offers a double basin that almost looks like a trough. Elkay makes an institutional model out of stainless steel with a built-in drainboard.
Freestanding utility sink
As the name indicates, this style stands on its own, supported by integrated or bolted-on legs or held in washstand-style support of a stainless-steel frame with legs. You can find models with built-in drainboards as well. The advantage of this type of sink is its portability. You can move the entire unit wherever you want, even the garage, as long as you have a hookup to water. Like the wall mount style, the pipes are concealed, and you don’t have to replace a cabinet for support below.
Self-rimming or drop-in utility sink
Probably the most straightforward and thriftiest choice, this sink drops into a countertop, and the sink is complete once the plumbing and faucet are hooked up. There’s no seam around the sink’s perimeter to catch grime.
Undermount utility sink
The right choice when you want a seamless, smooth appearance for your countertop. The sink rests below the counter surface and almost disappears.
Apron-front utility sink
This style was popularized in country-style or vintage-style kitchens, and the look carries over well to the laundry room. The apron front is excellent for deflecting water splashes when you’re standing before the sink—much like an apron.
Agitator utility sink
Some personal items may be too small for the delicate cycle of your washer or require just a quick swish with detergent. MTI makes a laundry sink with a micro-jet (like a whirlpool tub) that gently agitates the items for you.
Choose the Right Utility Faucet
Lastly, when deciding on the perfect sink for your laundry room, you’ll need to consider the sink faucet. As is always the case when choosing the best material for fixtures around your home, consider the resilience, design, and cost of the laundry tub faucet for your utility room or a laundry room. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Some of the most popular options of material for laundry taps include the following:
- Stainless steel
When looking for the right utility faucet, you’ll also want to consider the spouts and valves. For fixtures, you can choose from aerated or non-aerated options. Valves may not make a noticeable difference in your day-to-day use of your sink, but they can affect the long-term durability of the laundry sink faucet.