Trough Sinks: Planning For A Trough Sink, Best Sinks To Buy Today

Friends of Hausera - 4/29/19 10:52 AM

What you may consider today part of an elegant, traditional, or even upscale bathroom design was once a rudimentary solution to an everyday problem.

Prior to the creation of modern plumbing, homeowners had to get creative when it came to building sinks for their homes. Typically, they would have crude, shallow troughs made of whatever materials were available to them, such as carved wood or stone that they would then line with another material such as zinc or lead. The sinks were often similar in build to those that would feed and water the animals outside. Thus, the trough sink became part of everyday home design.

Once called a “slopstone” sink for how they were carved out, trough sinks have been used in English countryside homes for centuries, helping with everything from washing hands to preparing food. The modern sink as we know it today didn’t become popular until the mid-1850s and 1900s, and it wasn’t until we had more information about how bacteria spread that the materials changed from wood to acrylic, cement, and stone.

Trough sinks are still used today, though in versions not quite as simplistic as they once were. These sinks are sometimes seen in upscale bathroom designs, Japanese bathroom layouts (which are communal by nature and accompanied by a similarly wide sink), and can also be installed in your home. Today, it is more common to see trough sinks in a more minimalistic design, with a clean ceramic or acrylic basin. It’s less common to see authentic trough sinks incorporated into interior design, given that they were rougher, less functional, and larger. However, you can still utilize those if you are looking to create a more rustic design.

Though they require a special layout to install, the benefits of having a trough sink aside from their appearance is that they are extremely functional when it comes to

Why Are Trough Sinks Popular Again?

Generally speaking, modern design incorporates more ancient, rustic elements than ever before. As opposed to the trends of the late 1900s, where inorganic materials such as plastics were more in fashion, now it’s more popular to use stones, woods, and other natural materials.

Trough sinks are sturdy and extremely versatile. They also give an instantly upscale and luxurious feel to your home. If you are not redesigning the entire layout of your kitchen, a trough sink might be hard to incorporate given that most cabinets are cut to accommodate a standard sized sink. However, they’re easier to include in a bathroom, especially one in which you want multiple people to be able to use it at once.

Instead of sweetheart sinks and mirrors, you can opt for a trough sink and extended mirror, merging the features into one. In other cases, you can incorporate a trough sink if you’re basing your redesign on a more rustic or farmhouse chic appearance.

Considerations Before Purchasing A Trough Sink

As homey and unique as trough sinks can appear, your space must be able to accommodate one. There are a few items you will need to check off before you’re ready to install your own.

Is the space available?

In a standard size kitchen, it often doesn’t make sense for an extra-long sink to be installed, one which will inevitably take up a lot of otherwise utilized countertop space and even make the room look disproportionately laid out.

However, if you do have the space, either in your kitchen, your washroom, or your bathroom, a trough sink is best utilized if you have more than one adult that will need to use the sink at a time. This is what makes it a great addition to a modern bathroom renovation (especially if you’re building your sink and cabinet yourself) — it provides a lot of space for two people to use the water at once.

Is the plumbing ready?

Along with multiple faucets is going to come the need for multiple water lines to run. If you already have your sink hooked up to a certain area of a bathroom or kitchen, this shouldn’t be too difficult. However, additional plumbing will almost always be a priority if you are going to have more than one faucet in the sink.

Our Favorite Trough Sinks

Once all of the technical details are in order, you can shop for just the right trough sink to fit your space. Here are some of our favorite products.

Barclay T48FC Universal 48" Single Basin Undermount Trough

Barclay T48FC Universal 48" Single Basin Undermount Trough

This single-basin under mount trough merges modernity with rustic hominess perfectly. With a minimalistic design and elongated basin, it’s perfect for a luxurious bathroom setup while still maintaining that contemporary feel as it is installed underneath the cabinet, making the lips invisible from the top.

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Kohler K-3202-0 Brockway 48" Single Basin Dual Mount Utility/Laundry Sink

Kohler K-3202-0 Brockway 48" Single Basin Dual Mount Utility/Laundry Sink

This gorgeous sink features a bi-color basin with a black base and white top, as well as two faucet openings that hang against the wall. Best for utility or laundry purposes, this sink has a distinctly Mid-Century feel to it and would be the perfect addition to that or a modern design as well.

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Barclay TSSSB2126-SS Whitesboro 23" Single Basin Dual Mount Bar/Prep Sink

Barclay TSSSB2126-SS Whitesboro 23" Single Basin Dual Mount Bar/Prep Sink

If you’re looking more for utility than design, this sink is the perfect choice. Simple, durable, and deep, this silver basin is perfect for everything, including heavy-duty washing or other household chores.

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 Kohler K-3188-NA Undertone 43" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink

This super-sleek, extra-long basin is a distinctly contemporary trough sink. Its thin, silver appearance and under mount setup make it a striking addition to a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room.

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Barclay TSSSB2118-SS Wolcott 33" Single Basin Dual Mount Bar/Prep Sink

 Barclay TSSSB2118-SS Wolcott 33" Single Basin Dual Mount Bar/Prep Sink

If you’re looking for a trough sink for your personal bar or kitchen prep space, this curved one is the perfect option. The rounded basin makes it easier to work with and to fit into a potentially cramped workspace.

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