A well-designed laundry room can almost function as an extension of your kitchen. When we replaced the cabinets in our kitchen, we had the old ones (still in decent condition) installed in our laundry room, which made movement between the two rooms much more convenient.
What would make our laundry room even more functional - that we haven't done yet - is installing a sink.
And while we're big fans of farmhouse sinks for kitchens, we'd argue they're even better fits for the aesthetics of a nice laundry room because of the exposed apron front.
That sink design is actually based on an un-mounted utility tub, which makes it a great fit for your laundry room's aesthetic.
In this article, I'm basically shopping around for a laundry room farmhouse sink for myself.
I'll list what I come up with so other can benefit as well.
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Counter Tops, Cabinets, and Plumbing
If you're going to put an actual farmhouse sink in your laundry room and not just a utility tub, you're going to need a cabinet system with countertops, like you'd have in your kitchen. Most newer laundry rooms will have a cabinet and counter top system, though keep in mind this article assumes you have those in place.
Just to give a quick rundown, you'll need to following before you have a sink installed:
- Installed cabinets
- Plumbing run into the room for hot and cold water
Once you choose your sink size (more on that below) your contractor can cut the countertops and cabinets for a proper install. For plumbing, you'll need to consult a plumber or contractor, though it should be fairly simple to run a hot and cold water line off whatever is feeding the washing machine.
Assuming all that has been taken care of, here are the farmhouse sinks we'll recommend:
Best Farmhouse Sinks for Laundry Rooms
Kraus Kore Workstation
Mayfair SW1 Farmhouse Sink
Lordear Black Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink
Black Stainless Steel
30 x 21 x 10
How Big Should a Farmhouse Sink for a Laundry room Be?
For a laundry room, I'd recommend going with something a little smaller, probably in the 30 to 32 inch width range. Everything I've chosen for this page fits that sizing requirement.
1. Kraus Kore Workstation
While this particular sink does come with a handful of accessories, I'm more excited about the spacious bowel design, the soundproofing, and the nice drain add-on. It's all very laundry room friendly and durable enough to double as a utility tub for rinsing off muddy shoes or more heavy-duty workloads.
The accessories are a take-it-or-leave-it type thing, but the sink itself is one of the 30-inch models that still feels like a really big interior. We also like the flattened front and stainless steel look.
Kraus also puts up this model at a really decent price point at just over $300, which we'd consider an ideal amount to spend on a laundry room sink that isn't going to get the most use in your house.
2. Ruvati Classico Farmhouse Sink
This is one of the recommendations in our main best farmhouse sinks roundup, which we love for the simple, minimalist design and the organic fireclay mixture. It's heavy and resistant to scratching, though still includes the grid you see in the picture which can further protect the sink's interior from damage.
The front is almost completely flat, but would still be exposed and beveled in the front of your cabinet system,
Here's what it looks like installed:
The front panel gives you a clean and smooth look, ideal for laundry room aesthetics.
We've linked to the 30" version of the Bocchi Classico, though there are other sizing options as well. It's heavier at about 75 pounds, which could mean your contractor will need to install some supporting beams underneath your sink in the cabinets.
Since fireclay is a bit more expensive you'll be closer to $500 for this model, and the white isn't ideal for heavier workloads. Though this is a better option for those wanting the minimalist and white aesthetic in their laundry room.
3. Mayfair SW1 Farmhouse Sink
Mayfair's SW1 is another rectangle-shaped fireclay sink with a protective glaze and a lifetime warranty. It's also a little cheaper than the Ruvati Classico, though does not include a drain or protective grid.
The SW1 is more curved on the front panel and has more of a slope going towards the drain in the bowl. This makes it a bit more convenient for quick rinse offs and short jobs that could involve draining dust or dirt.
Again, the plain white look is great for laundry rooms.
Here it is a picture in its more common kitchen context:
We'd rather see it made in the United States instead of imported, but it's still an incredibly strong and durable option, especially with the added protective glazing. I wouldn't recommend beating it up too much, but it's tough enough to handle some grimy laundry room duties.
4. Lordear Black Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink
For around $400 Lordear puts together what I'd consider the quintessential laundry room farmhouse sink. You have a thick exposed front, sound-protected material, a scratch-resistant surface, and a fast drain design to top it all off.
While it doesn't have the aesthetics of the white fireclay models, it does look really nice and is probably the most functional of the sinks I've mentioned thus far.
For high-traffic laundry rooms or families with a lot of kids that need their sinks to take some abuse, this Lordear model is one of your best options.
Pros and Cons of a Farmhouse Sink in your Laundry Room
The alternative to a farmhouse sink in your laundry room is a more traditional top-mount sink or some kind of utility tub. I don't like utility tubs simply because of how they look, which is not to take away from their functionality. However, I'd argue that you can achieve the same kind of functionality with a nice farmhouse sink, and get a comparable level of toughness.
Pros of a Farmhouse Sink in your Laundry Room
- They look a lot nicer than utility tubs
- Usually more width
- Aesthetics are more in keeping with laundry room design trends
- Still very strong and durable
Cons of a Farmhouse Sinks
- Less height than most utility tubs
- More expensive to install
- Require cabinets and countertops
The advantage of a cheaper sink or a utility tub in a laundry room is that you just don't really care about it. With a nice farmhouse sink, you probably won't want to beat it up and use it with a little more care. I suppose that's the most significant sacrifice you'd make: You'd trade an element of convenience for an element of pristine aesthetics. Both sides have merit.
Features to Consider
While we've touched on most of the main features to consider, I'll list each one of them here just so you know what we're looking for as it pertains somewhat uniquely to laundry rooms.
How Deep the Sink Is
To mimic the functionality of a utility tub, we prefer our farmhouse sink to be deeper, though this certainly isn't a deal breaker.
I like to see some kind of sound proofing technology for a laundry room, especially if I'm looking at a stainless steel option.
Material's resistance to Scratching
Since laundry room tubs and sinks will likely take more abuse, we need a farmhouse sink that can hold its own against scratches, stains, and abrasions.
For width, we'd actually want to target something a bit smaller, since laundry rooms aren't going to have nearly as much counter space as kitchens. Go for depth and keep width around 30-32 inches.
Now, let's summarize quickly:
- Go for depth, not width
- Stainless steel is better for functionality
- Fireclay is better for aesthetics
- Countertops, cabinets, and plumbing (duh) are all necessary components
Personally, I think the trade off of the "roughneck" utility sink for the nicer-looking farmhouse sink is a decent swap. Getting that room to look nice makes the chore of doing laundry so much more enjoyable. Plus, it gives your laundry room some potential for overflow food prep if needed.
The best farmhouse sinks for a laundry room should be both functional and nice to look at.
Hopefully this helps you as I've mulled over some decisions I have to make about our own laundry room.