Whether you're looking for a furniture design that appeals to the more contemporary style of designing, or you want furniture that has a vintage look and feel, a dry sink is what you need. Let us see what exactly this dry sink is.
The ages that have gone by have left us with some remarkably fetching furniture designs and styles. Among these, antique wood furniture is probably the most popular type of furniture. Among wood furniture lies a masterpiece called a dry sink. As the name suggests, a dry sink was used during the Victorian ages to place the sink in which people washed their hands and faces. It is basically a bathroom cabinet that has two dented troughs at the top. In these troughs were placed the basins of water for washing hands. Below the troughs were shelves that were enclosed by doors, thus completing the cabinet.
Uses of a Dry Sink in the Past
Previously, dry sinks were used to place the wash basins in the troughs. The cabinets below generally served the purpose of storing the towels and other toiletries. This was during the time when plumbing and running water was yet to be invented (Thank God for plumbing!). It was a piece of furniture that could be seen in almost every home. From an affluent family to a humble farmer's home. When people started using running water, the dry sink became redundant as a wash stand. People then started using it as a bathroom vanity. Gradually, they went out of production and today authentic antique dry sinks are quite difficult to find.
Contemporary Uses of a Dry Sink
There are plenty of furniture stores who do attempt to recreate dry sinks. They use various techniques like stripping new cabinets and scrubbing them with sandpaper to give the wood a distressed look. They also make new cabinets from old used wood in an attempt to make it look like an old one. However, the fake ones are quite easy to identify from an authentic antique dry sink. Today, a dry sink is used mainly as a piece of furniture which serves a dual purpose of decorating as well as storage. You don't need to limit using it to a bathroom for storage. You can use it in a bedroom or even in a living room.
As you can see, if you are planning to buy a dry sink, you are sure to be making a good investment. Just make sure that you buy an original piece. If that does not fit your budget, make sure you get a piece that explicitly mentions that it is a recreation. Getting a piece that you think is an original and then finding out otherwise will dampen your enthusiasm about it. And that simply cannot be allowed. So, go on and get yourself one of these wonderful masterpieces.