The cast iron laundry room sinks by Kohler: Gorgeous. And I discovered a number of them — available in a variety of colors and faucet configurations — to ogle. Yes: Laundry room porn. You could also use these sinks in your utility room, mudroom, potting area or craft room. Above: The Hollister utility sink, which is designed to sit on brackets. Very cool!
Note, I updated this story in 2021. Several of the sinks are discontinued, but I left them in the story. Maybe you can now find them new old stock. You could also ask Kohler if they sold their remaining inventory to someone…
The chief difference between a kitchen sink and laundry room sink is that the latter is deeper — usually 12″, sometimes even more. I love these Kohler designs because they are cast iron, finished with porcelain enamel (like our kitchen sink favorite, the Kohler Delafield). The real, old fashioned deal. Among the seven designs, some have an early 20th century feel, like the Kohler Harborview sink (alas, discontinued, it sure was a beauty) above. It’s a 48″ wide behemoth that comes in either a one- or two-faucet configuration.
Yes, this one makes me wish I had a space for a floor sink. I guess I would use it to give Astro showers? The Kohler Oceanview sink (alas, now continued, this was a beautiful thing) is 48″ wide and 7″ deep. It could also be installed as a countertop sink. I love cast iron sinks.
The Kohler River Falls is similarly sized. All these sinks seem to be available in a variety of colors and hole and mounting configurations. If you are truly interested, study and compare all the specifications and features carefully. ‘Til your eyes bug out.
The Kohler Tandem laundry sink — boo to the hoo, you guessed it, the coolest one is also discontinued — is contemporary and cute as a button. It came with a variety of accessories so that you can wash your delicates more easily.
Can these also be used as kitchen sinks? Be careful: My experience with very deep kitchen sinks is that they are back-breakers. It’s okay to have a deep utility sink — it gives you lots of depth to wash out buckets as well as all your other tools. But if you were to use a sink like this in the kitchen, you would sort of have to “bend down” to get to the bottom all the time. So, check the depth of the sink you are considering. Note: The Harborview (first sink shown) is “only 10” deep; that would be fine for a kitchen, I think.
I have heard of folks putting kitchen sinks in the bathroom — so they give the babies their baths. Hmmm…. Juust wash the baby in the kitchen sink — that’s what we did.
Finally, don’t flip out too much at the retail prices you see on the Kohler website. Just tapping around the www a bit, I see these marketed at 50% less at major online retailers. It pays to shop around — assuming you get the customer service required.