Welcome to our quick and easy guide for creating a beautiful yet functional laundry room.
We spend a lot of time in our laundry rooms, so naturally we want it to be a place that looks and feels good, but it also has to be functional.
How do you create a functional but beautiful laundry room? It all starts with the laundry tub.
In this article, we’ll be running you through everything you need to know about laundry tubs and mixer taps to make laundry time faster and fun*.
Gloves at the ready? Let’s go.
*OK, maybe not fun, but certainly more enjoyable than it currently is!
Is a Laundry Tub Different from a Kitchen Sink?
What is a laundry tub anyhow? Is it the same as a kitchen sink? Kind of yes, kind of no. A laundry tub is a bigger and deeper version of a kitchen sink. It provides the necessary space required to soak and rinse all your laundry goods.
Apart from size, the main difference between a laundry tub and kitchen sink is mainly in the thickness of the steel and quality of craftsmanship. Most laundry tubs can't be used in the kitchen because they're cheap thin steel pressed sinks, whereas kitchen sinks are sturdy and thick.
At Buildmat, our kitchen sinks are best in class with 1.5mm thick SS304 stainless steel all around, with sound deadening pads to help make laundry time quiet.
Just like kitchen sinks, laundry tubs come in double or single bowls, depending on your needs.
Why the Right Laundry Tub Will Change Your Life
Doing the laundry isn’t a particularly enjoyable job – at least for most of us. So, the less time we spend doing the laundry, the better.
Without the right laundry tub, you’re making laundry time longer than it needs to be – and we don’t want that! We want to get in and out with as little effort as possible.
Not to mention laundry rooms aren’t typically the most aesthetic room in a home – but that doesn’t mean we can’t create a comfortable and beautiful space to make doing the laundry more enjoyable.
Types of Laundry Tubs
Undermount laundry tubs are installed underneath the counter, which gives it a nice modern look and maximises your bench space.
Top Mount tub
A top mount laundry tub is installed in a way so the rim sits on top of the counter. Top Mount tubs are typically the more inexpensive option.
Tub & cabinet floor-standing unit
You can also get an all-in-one laundry tub, which is great for small spaces. This basically includes the tub and storage in one unit.
Budget Vs Premium Laundry Sinks – How to Spot the Difference
Is it worth investing in a premium laundry sink? Nobody except the family sees the laundry tub, so why does it matter if you opt for a cheaper tub?
Well, as with anything, you get what you pay for. Most laundry tubs on the market are cheap thick steel-pressed sinks, whereas generally kitchen sinks are a lot sturdier.
Whereas the premium laundry tubs are a lot thicker, will last longer and will come with extra features (like how the Buildmat sinks come with sound deadening pads).
Like with kitchen sinks you have a top mount and under mount. Undermount laundry tubs are installed underneath the counter, which gives it a more modern look and maximises your bench space.
A top mount laundry tub is installed in a way so the rim sits on top of the counter. Top mount tubs are typically the more inexpensive option.
Budget versus premium also comes to down material – more on that below.
What’s the Best Laundry Tub Material?
The first thing to think about when choosing a laundry tub material is the aesthetics of your home. For example, if you have a rustic themed laundry room, having a stainless steel laundry cabinet may look out of place and you might instead opt for a stone benchtop with a flush mount or undermount laundry sink instead. Or maybe you don’t do much laundry – so you may consider a large concrete counter basin to suit the style.
You can also find laundry tubs that are made of a variety of materials like glass, wood, porcelain, and even stoned-based finishes. It’s a good idea to look at your homes’ existing design and theme and aim for a balance between beauty and functionality.
If you ask us what we think the best material choice for a laundry tub is, we’d always recommend stainless steel (metal).
Stainless steel sinks are incredibly popular and for good reasons: They are tough and easy to maintain; commercial stainless steel sinks can withstand high heat easily as well as being strong which means that it won’t break down even after more than 20 years of constant usage. The durability of stainless sinks means that you will be saving a lot of money in the long run compared to other types of sinks.
Stainless steel laundry tubs can often get a bad rap because they look “dull” - but at Buildmat, we have a range of beautiful tubs at an affordable price to suit every home, style and budget.
What Size Laundry Tub Do I Need?
As mentioned, laundry tubs can come in single or double bowls, and the size of your laundry tub will depend on the space you’re working with, as well as the size of your household and how much laundry you typically do.
Of course, the bigger the tub, the more litres it can hold which means the more laundry you can do (faster and more efficiently!)
Basically, if you’re only washing a few pieces of clothing, you don’t need anything bigger than a small laundry tub.
If you are cleaning garments for more than 4-5 people, however, you’re going to need something larger – preferably a 700x450mm large laundry tub that can handle more clothing in one washing run.
And What About Mixer Taps?
Mixers are also an important part of a beautiful and functional laundry. They’re a smarter and more convenient option for a laundry that you can get to match the tub and overall aesthetic of your laundry.
They come in a range of colours like black, brushed brass cold, copper, nickel and so on, while also coming in different styles like pull-out spray mixer, dual mixer, square mixer and gooseneck mixer.
The right mixer tap will make laundry time a breeze.
Check Out Buildmat’s Range of Premium Laundry Tubs & Mixers Today
At Buildmat we have a range of premium laundry tubs and mixers that will not only make your laundry room beautiful, but will also make doing the laundry that much easier and faster – freeing up your time for more important things.