If You See a Small Sink in a Hallway, This Is What It’s For

It makes perfect sense—it's a helpful mop sink!

For people who love charming, vintage details, there’s a good chance they also love historic homes. You’ll find features in old houses that aren’t found in modern construction today. We’re talking quirky additions such as little hallway closets designated for card tables and even random toilets in the basement.

Of course, there are features that a truly enchanting as well, like original woodwork, brick and ornate fireplaces. And in some homes, you might even find a tiny sink, or a mop sink, tucked away in the hallway.

What Is a Mop Sink?

Mop sinks have historically been used to assist in cleaning a home. The sink was used to rinse out mops and rags, along with dumping dirty mop water and filling a bucket with fresh water. This made work easier for a housekeeper and kept dirt out of the kitchen or bathroom sinks.

Mop sinks may also be referred to as a butler’s sink. However, the sinks most commonly called butler’s sinks are usually quite wide and deep, and are still found in contemporary kitchens today. The names have been used interchangeably at times, though.

Finding a small sink tucked away in an older home can seem a bit strange nowadays. But it did (and still could!) serve a helpful purpose.

What Can I Use It For?

If you happen to have a mop sink in your home, it can be used for its original purpose. Just be sure to confirm it’s still connected to proper drainage and a water source. What a great way to make cleaning the house that much easier and more efficient! Another option? Plug the drain and use it as a water bowl for your dog. Prefer to try hiding it instead? Opt to use it as a lovely plant stand. The options are endless!

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.