Adding an Outdoor Sink in the Garden

Adding an outdoor sink in the garden can be both useful and decorative. The sinks do not have to be new. They can be recycled from old sinks and installed into accent planters or newly built outdoor tables.

Choosing a Location for Installation

When installing an outdoor sink, it is necessary to choose a good location where it can be accessed easily. Sinks are important when washing hands, fresh produce, and other gardening objects or tools. Therefore, consider the most accessible part of the garden when deciding where to install one.

In addition, consider an area with good shade, especially when the weather in your area can be too hot. Also, the sink should be installed as close as possible to the source of water in order to lessen plumbing costs.

Choosing a Sink

As mentioned above, the sinks can be recycled to avoid having to buy a new one. Find a good one at an auction, the classifieds, or online sites like eBay. When deciding to purchase a new sink from the supply store, consider the material it was made of, the design, and the size. Since it will be installed outdoors, choose a stainless steel or ceramic type. Remember to buy one that is designed for outdoor use. The size of the sink will depend on one’s preference. A kitchen-sized sink is probably sufficient. When the budget is low, a plastic basin can be made into a temporary sink.

Building the Sink Frame

The sink frame can be made out of an outdoor table. The height of the frame should be accessible for anybody, but will depend on the user’s preference. When a table is not available, build a frame for the sink instead. Look for a good design and build it either DIY style or hire a professional to do it. Determine what type of countertop to install as well. Make sure that the top layer of the countertop is designed for outdoor use. In addition, if the sink will be movable, do not secure it to an outdoor wall.

Installing the Sink

Use the sink template to mark the surface of the countertop and cut it accurately with a reciprocating saw. Fit the sink into the hole and secure the mounting hardware as per manufacturer’s instruction. Do not forget to caulk around the edges of the sink to keep water from leaking through.


Install a good faucet onto the sink and connect the faucet to the main water supply line using PVC pipes. If the sink is movable, however, just attach a garden hose to the faucet without bothering to install new water supply pipes. Do not forget to install a drain under the sink as well so that the water can go back to the garden. Direct the drain pipe to the main drainage system or to the garden’s irrigation system. When using a plastic basin as a sink, simply pour the wastewater into the garden soil whenever it fills up.