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What is a Belfast sink?

Posted by Alistair Ward on 23rd Oct 2015

One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘What is a Belfast sink?’As the name suggests, Belfast sinks originated in that great city of Northern Ireland in the 17th century.  Apparently, they were designed to be big enough to wash a small child in – indeed, their ample size is what makes them such a practical choice for the kitchen today.The term ‘Belfast sink’ is often interchanged with ‘Butler sink’.  Nowadays there is little difference between a Butler sink and a Belfast sink, but when they were first used the Butler sink was smaller and didn’t have an overflow.  This is because they were designed to be used in London at a time when water wastage had to be discouraged.Also, at times you might see the Belfast sink referred to as the ‘farmhouse sink’.Whether you like to call them Belfast sinks, Butler sinks or farmhouse sinks, they certainly have long-lasting appeal.  Their sleek design makes them a great choice for both modern and traditional kitchens.Advantages of a Belfast sinkSize is a major factor. Belfast sinks are generally quite deep so they give you plenty of space for washing up.  If you have the room, you can even get a double-bowl Belfast sink featuring a dropped dividing wall.  We like the Shaw’s Classic 900 ceramic Belfast sink.There are lots of designs to choose from. You can opt for a single or double bowl Belfast sink in rectangle and square shapes.  While most are plain, you can get Belfast sinks which feature embellishments.  The Shaws Ribchester Belfast sink  is a particularly popular range.Disadvantages of Belfast sinksThere are few disadvantages to Belfast sinks which is perhaps why this style has enjoyed such longevity.  If you’re considering buying a Belfast sink, however, do be aware that they are ceramic, so you’ll need to be careful when you fill it with plates and glassware – breakages may happen!Choosing your Belfast sinkIt’s easy to choose a new Belfast sink – simply browse our range, there’s plenty of choice.  We offer Belfast sinks from many of the leading manufacturers, so if you’re looking for a Franke Belfast sink, a Caple Belfast sink or a Villeroy & Boch Belfast sink, among many others, you’ve come to the right place.  Remember, all our Belfast sinks come with our Price Match promise and we offer FREE delivery on orders over £25.If you need help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert sales team on 0844 576 5000.Browse Belfast Sinks at Appliance House.
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