What is a Belfast sink and is it different to a Butler sink?

ceramic Belfast sink
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Just what is a Belfast sink? It can actually be a little confusing to understand the difference between this type of sink and a Butler sink, which is very similar in design, and the practical benefits it offers. 

The best kitchen sinks for you will be styles that accommodate all your needs, so understanding how different styles work is important. The Belfast sink has long been a popular feature in kitchens and utility rooms but for many, what makes up this style of fitting remains something of a mystery, leading to questions about how to differentiate between other, very similar, types of sink.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.