DRAINBOARD SINK DECISIONS

 

Lovely drain board sink

Lovely drain board sink

I like the look and functionality of a drain board style sink. As the name suggests, drain boards ‘drain’ any water and mess around the sink nicely back into the sink where it belongs, making for an easier clean up. They were a popular choice in the fifties and well before that mostly made of porcelain.

L shaped kitchen with drainboard sink - illustration from Republic Steel Kitchen brochure

L shaped kitchen with drainboard sink – illustration from Republic Steel Kitchen brochure

For someone like myself who wants to bring a retro look to her kitchen, a drain board sink can definitely do just that. They do take up a bit more counter space so may not be ideal for a tiny kitchen, but I think we have enough counter space for one. There are a range of styles and prices to choose from out there and you can go for a vintage original or a newer version.

Original vintage porcelain drain board sinks that have been restored or are in great shape range from  about $1000 to $3000 on Ebay, but unless you live close to the seller; shipping a heavy old porcelain sink might break your budget. The one below is on Ebay for under $1000 (US) http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Newly-Refinished-1950s-Vintage-42-Single-Drainboard-Stamped-Metal-Kitchen-Sink-/251754617502?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a9dbe9a9e

Refinished 1950s drainboard sink on Ebay in shop Readytore

Refinished 1950s drainboard sink on Ebay in shop Readytore

You can also get reproduction sinks that look very close to the true vintage variety. NBI Drainboard Sinks is one company who carry a range of drain board sinks that include mid century and early century styles. The model below has a double sink and drain boards on both sides and is in the $900 range. And for Canadians like myself, this company ships to Canada for a flat rate of $89 which is pretty reasonable. http://nbidrainboardsinks.com/?product_cat=mid-century

Model DBDW6625 from NBI Drainboard Sinks

Model DBDW6625 from NBI Drainboard Sinks

 

I also like the more modern style stainless drain board sinks – I think this is what we might go with for our kitchen. This one from is available online from Home Depot http://www.homedepot.ca/product/tipo-8s-rh-stainless-steel/429602 and is made by the German company Blanco http://www.blanco-germany.com/en_ca/en_ca/home.html

Blanco Tipo drain board style sink in stainless, Home Depot

Blanco Tipo drain board style sink in stainless, Home Depot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get the drain board on the left or right side of the sinks.

Drainboard style stainless sink available from

Drainboard style stainless sink

 

 

 

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