Selecting the right sink can help set the tone for your kitchen. But, with so many different options when it comes to buying kitchen sinks, how do you know which is right for you?
Budget is often one of the biggest factors for choosing a kitchen. However, there are a few other options to take into consideration when it comes to kitchen sink designs. Aesthetics, durability, and how easy it is to clean are all things to look at when you are buying kitchen sinks.
We’ve put together the top 5 factors you should consider when you are kitchen sink shopping.
The material of your kitchen sink should match your budget but it should also match your kitchen! Stainless steel for a minimal modern finish, fireclay or porcelain for the white bowl sink look – both are very popular options. Be aware that porcelain does stain and scuff although seldom permanently.
If you are looking for something different, composite granite is gaining popularity. It is durable, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing. Copper, quartz, colored stainless steel, and natural stone are also options.
Installing a sink should take into consideration the effect on other areas of your kitchen. For instance, countertops and cabinets may need to be adjusted to accommodate them.
Decide whether you would like to go with an undermount installation or a drop-in style. Both are very different and have their advantages and disadvantages.
Drop-ins are more cost-effective, are the easiest to install, and fit most countertops. Integral sinks are the most expensive. They are fashioned from the same material as the countertop. This creates a smooth finish between the two.
Think carefully about how many bowls (sinks) you want. If you have a large kitchen and wash a lot of dishes, a double or triple sink is great. Bear in mind it may be easier to wash large dishes in bigger single sinks.
However, more sinks mean more plumbing which adds to the cost. Also, take into consideration your countertop space when buying kitchen sinks.
4. Depth and Size
Different sink sizes suit different kitchens. Deeper sinks look great and take more dishes, but they also take up valuable counter space and can be uncomfortable for a taller (or shorter) than the average person.
Average sinks are between 22 and 34 inches in size. Work with your budget, but also your space. Sometimes the placement of the sink dictates the size. The best thing to do: proportion your sink to your kitchen.
5. Location Location
The position of your sink in your kitchen is much like real estate – location is important! Position your sink with something nice to look at. Under a window or facing into a room are great options to consider. Remember though, if you are putting a sink under a window, make sure it is centered.
Buying Kitchen Sinks
Now that you are excited about your renovation plan, what is the most important thing to take away? When buying kitchen sinks, fit your sink to your kitchen when it comes to size, material, and location.
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