A utility room isn't complete without a sink by the same name. Their wide, deep basins are perfect for more heavy-duty chores like washing gardening tools, your delicates, small pets, emptying the mop bucket, arts and crafts tools, dying linens, and so on. Due to their broad range of use, utility sinks come in all sorts of different models and styles to suit the users' needs.
Also referred to as laundry sinks or tubs, the utility sink is mainly different from other sinks due to its size. Many sinks are floor-standing models and include helpful features like adjustable legs or extra basins. Manufacturers offer accessories such as washboards, soaking pans, wire racks, and even backsplashes to protect your walls. There are even portable models that hook up to a hose and don't require you to be indoors!
It is important to find the right kind of sink to suit your needs. Because it will ideally be in your home for many years, you will want to make sure you choose something that is both pleasant and practical.
Self-rimming: Also known as drop-in and over-mounted sinks. These sit within holes of the appropriate shape cut into the top of your counter or base material. Once a hole has been cut to allow the sink to be placed within it, the rim forms a close seal with the surface. Very easy to install and tends to work well with most countertops/surfaces.
Undermount: With these sinks, the edge of the countertop material is exposed and finished to flow seamlessly into the sink beneath it with the aid of a waterproof sealant. This is a very contemporary style that makes wiping things into the sink from the counter a breeze. Some of these models may offer matching covers that will essentially turn them into even more counter space while not in use.
Wall-mounted & Floor-standing: These sinks are installed separate from countertops as freestanding units.
While most sinks are available in many types of materials, some (such as undermount sinks) can only be made from certain things or will require extra support depending on what is used to craft them. This is an important part of the decision making process, as picking the right material is both practical and durable.
A utility room isn't complete without a sink by the same name! Their wide, deep basins are perfect for a wide variety of chores. Due to their broad range of uses, utility sinks come in all sorts of different models and styles to suit the users' needs... and so do the faucets they require.
While a simple hook-up with hot and cold running water – either single or double-handled - might work if you are planning to use your utility sink for basic things like washing up garden tools or your delicates, more heavy-duty uses will require some further thought into the right faucet for your needs. Some models come with side sprays and variable settings to make the washing of your pets, kids (you know those muddy days!), mop buckets, arts and crafts tools, and so on much easier.
Here's where you can add a touch of personality and charm to an otherwise utilitarian installation. Handles for faucets come in three different types – round, lever, and cross are the standards. If you prefer a more minimalistic look you might want to consider a single-handle option, but two-handle faucets are much more user-friendly in that they allow you to customize the temperature of the water you use.
Their necks range from short and stout, to long and arching. Once again, it is important to keep in mind what you intend to use the sink for, as the wrong size of faucet spout could make tasks difficult. If you are planning on washing huge stock pots that you cannot fit into your kitchen sink, think big.
Laundry sinks will also often come with an attached soap dish, so if you're looking for that extra bit of usability, it's something you'll want to keep in mind while shopping.
The sheer variety of finishes available makes it very easy to find something to your taste. Brass, the rust-resistant alloy, is the material most commonly used to create faucets in modern times, but that's just the basic material. Here are a few of the more popular coating options available:
Spouts can be either aerated or nonaerated. Aerated spouts use a screen and resistor in combination with air to create limited water flow in addition to better overall pressure. Nonaerated spouts do not have that screen, and therefore water can flow more quickly and freely. Another important thing to keep in consideration is spout reach. Water should be able to go directly from the spout into the center of the sink; a faucet too small for your needs could spell disaster and get lost, and a large faucet might be a bit messy and get in the way.
Four different valve types are used in the construction of faucets today. While they won't make much of a difference in your day-to-day use, some are easier to repair than others.