A dry sink refers to a piece of furniture that resembles a sink or washstand, but without the plumbing fixtures. It typically features a flat top surface where objects can be placed and storage compartments beneath. Dry sinks were originally used in early American homes as a place to wash and dry dishes, hence the name. Today, they are mainly used as decorative pieces or storage solutions in various rooms of a house. American, zinc lined cabinet with open tray top from the 19th century.