Choosing A Kitchen Sink For A Remodel
When it comes to your kitchen, few fixtures will see as much use as your kitchen sink. It’s a vital area for food preparation, cleaning, and more. In fact, it can be argued that choosing your kitchen sink is one of the most critical choices you’ll make when you remodel or update your kitchen.
The model, size, and style you choose will affect your daily life for many years into the future. So what are your choices? Let’s explore some features to consider when selecting your sink, like basin configurations, shape, and accessories.
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Kitchen Sink Basins and Configurations
Single basin, double basin, shallow, or deep, you have a few choices to consider when choosing your kitchen sink. Each configuration has pros and cons. Start by reflecting on how you use your sink and what shape will best fit the way you work in the kitchen.
Large Single Basin
On the plus side, a single deep basin gives you the flexibility to soak a big pan and the space to prep lots of food. However, rinsing veggies while soaking a large casserole might require some juggling.
In the past few years, sinks have gotten wider, deeper and more flexible. Today, many homeowners and designers are opting for a single, deep basin sink, typically 33 to 36 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep. It’s an incredibly versatile size that works for both prep duty and cleaning duty at the same time. Many manufacturers are adding lines of accessories like fitted rinse baskets that make pulling double duty easier.
Two-Basin Sink (60/40 or Offset Sink)
The two basin sink allows you to separate tasks like food prep and cleaning efficiently. A 60/40 sink, typically has two basins, an 18 inch and a 14-inch side by side. The idea is that you can clean up in the large side and prep food in the smaller one. The large side may include a garbage disposal unit making clean up even more efficient. Dual basins are also handy when you have non-dishwasher safe items. You can use one for soap, and the other to rinse. The downside? A smaller basin makes it harder to wash and soak large pans and casserole dishes.
If you want some flexibility, a two-basin sink is a great choice. While the most common configuration is the 60/40 style, thanks to modern manufacturing the customization options are nearly limitless, so you can get exactly the size you want and need.
Two-Basin Sink (50/50 Configuration)
The same concept, pros, and cons of the 60/40 configuration, but this features two equal sized basins. If you love symmetry in design, this configuration is a great choice.
Usually configured as two equal sized large basins with a smaller basin and garbage disposal in between. This is a nice set-up because it allows you to use the disposal independently of the sink. While it’s not the most convenient set-up for just sweeping food scraps off the counter and into the sink, there are many accessories like cutting board inserts that can make this a convenient configuration.
Choosing the Shape of Your Kitchen Sink
The shape of your kitchen sink is one option that is about form over function. While rounded sinks can be a little easier to clean, the shape of your sink is more about design aesthetics than anything else. You have several choices including:
The Farmhouse Sink
Most are simply a single large basin sink. The distinctive feature is their apron front which offers a real vintage vibe that works in almost any style kitchen from traditional to modern. If you choose porcelain or enamel, there are a wide number of color options which can add a focal point to your kitchen. The only drawback is that a farmhouse sink makes a definitive design statement, if your tastes change, this can be a problem.
Double Farmhouse Sink
Same benefits as any other double basin sink, and it offers the same design statement. The only real con is that because it is “non-traditional” a double basin farmhouse sink doesn’t offer the “true” vintage look of a single basin.
Many homeowners consider a rounded sink easier to clean than one with angular edges. While it offers a distinctive look, a rounded sink may not work in a more minimalist or modern kitchen design. Manufacturers are now offering sinks that have crisp, angular corners at the top of the sink where it meets the countertop, with rounded edges near the bottom offering a more “modern look” while keeping the benefits of easier cleaning.
These are great for draining dishes, so if you hand wash your dishes, it’s a convenient feature. It also allows you space to dry fruits and veggies after washing or prep. The only drawback is that this style is much wider than a standard sink and can take up extra counter space so it might not be a great choice for smaller kitchens.
Today manufacturers offer a variety of accessories to enhance the functionality of your sink. From colanders and cutting boards the slip over the basin, to built-in dish drying racks, produce baskets, and stainless steel racks that fit over the bottom to prevent scratching, manufacturers are adding new accessories all the time.
When choosing your sink, speak with your designer, or design-build remodeler to discuss your options. You should also educate yourself. Create an idea file online, read the home decor magazines, and visit stores to see and touch a variety of options. Today, you have a variety of choices when it comes to colors, styles, and sizes. With a little research, you can find the perfect sink to meet your needs and fit your lifestyle!