What is a Butler Sink?

Heard the term butler sink, but don’t know what they are or if you need one in your new kitchen? Here, we’ll reveal all.

When looking for kitchen renovation inspiration, you’ve no doubt come across butler’s pantries and the term “butler sinks”. But what is a butler sink, how do they differ from farmhouse sinks and do you really need one in your new kitchen?

In this article, we’ll discuss the answers to these questions as well as where to go when you need help from the design and renovation professionals.

Butler Sinks: The Basics

Butler sinks came about in Victorian era London to give people more room to complete their household chore where additional space was required, such as bathing small children or pets.

Traditionally made of fireclay, they are more durable and sturdy than your average sink. Set into the worktop of your kitchen bench, they are now considered a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen – even though our use for them has progressed beyond a place to wash pets or babies.

What’s the Difference Between a Butler Sink, Belfast Sink and a Farmhouse Sink?

Technically, Belfast sinks and farmhouse sinks operate in pretty much the same way as your traditional butler sink. The butler sink was devised first complete with an overflow due to lack of water in London.

The Belfast sink is a variation on this, with the overflow removed due to the increased water supply. Similarly, the farmhouse sink has its origins in France and is much larger than the other two options as they were typically found on larger properties.

Do You Need a Butler Sink if You Don’t Have a Butler’s Pantry?

Unfortunately, that’s a decision only you can make. However, they are incredibly useful even if you don’t have a butler’s pantry.

They are also very stylish and something home buyers tend to enjoy. So if you’re renovating with the intention of selling your house, they might be a worthy addition.

What Are The Benefits of Having a Butler Sink?

There are several reasons why kitchen renovators choose to add a butler sink. Some of the most common are:

Elegant & Classy

Regardless of whether or not you have a butler’s pantry, there’s something elegant and classy about a butler sink. It just gives a home that extra sense of luxury.

It might sound silly, but a butler sink may be the thing that wins buyers over when deciding whether to purchase your property when it comes time for you to move on.


We’ve already touched briefly on how spacious a butler sink can make a kitchen seem. Not only does it look great, it also gives you more room to prepare your meals and space to clean up. This is especially helpful if you love entertaining.

Size & Versatility

While there was little variance in size, style and materials with the original butler sink, these days, there is no end to its versatility.

Butler sinks are available in a wide array of colours, sizes, and styles so you have the luxury of choice, particularly when choosing from our range at BDW.

Where to Go For Expert Assistance

If you ask us, there’s no better place to go than our stores at BDW when you’re looking for your new butler sink. With access to some of the highest quality products from leading manufacturers both nationally and internationally, we have no doubt you will find what you need.

And it doesn’t stop there. Our experienced design and renovation team will walk you through the design process so you can be certain of having the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted (including a butler sink!).

Discover our range of top notch butler sinks today, or speak to our qualified staff for the latest advice.


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