|Antique dry sink. Image by Hannah Manning for|
A dry sink is a functional piece of furniture that was commonly used in homes before indoor plumbing. Dry sinks come in many shapes, sizes, and designs, but often consist of a cabinet with a flat or recessed surface on top, and sometimes a backsplash on the back. The dry sink was designed to hold a basin and pitcher for hand and face washing and could be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and even on the back porch of farmhouses around the world.
Today, dry sinks are often retrofitted to be used as functioning sinks in kitchens and bathrooms.