The functionality of the utility room is expanding and so is the amount of time spent outfitting and decorating them so the rooms fit in with the rest of the house instead of just being the far corner where laundry gets done.
“The utility room is one of the new emerging spaces in the American home,” said Diana Schrage, an interior designer at Kohler Co.
To choose the right sink, homeowners need to think about many of the same things they considered when looking for a kitchen sink:
- Placement: is the sink going to be a stand-alone, drop-in, or undermount? Also consider where on the counter the sink will be installed; keeping it either left or right provides more counter space over all.
- Materials: stand-alone sinks are most often constructed of high-grade, molded plastic while drop-in and undermounts are available in a variety of materials. Stainless steel, granite composite, cast iron, porcelain and more.
- Holes for the faucet: sinks can come with pre-drilled holes for a faucet or not. If the final choice of sink already has holes for the faucet, make note and shop for the faucet accordingly.
Utility sinks have that moniker for a reason, though, so thinking ahead to how the sink will be, well, utilized should play a large part in how the sink is chosen:
- Will the sink become the spot where paint brushes get clean and delicates are washed by hand? Choosing a slicker surface that’s easy to clean would be the best choice.
- Will the sink serve as a washing station for small pets and treating stains? Something hearty like cast iron with a nearly-indestructible enamel finish might be the best way to go.
In many cases, the laundry/utility room is an entrance into the home, so it’s no wonder homeowners are choosing to outfit their rooms with the same amount of care as the rest of the house.