The kitchen sink is the one feature in your home that is used most often. It is important for washing hands, rinsing vegetables, cleaning up afterwards and so much more – it’s something you will use every day so which sink to choose is a key decision in your kitchen design.
The kitchen sink is also available in many different sizes and materials so it is definitely worth thinking about when you design your kitchen.
If you are thinking of having a Quartz or Granite worktop, you can opt for under-mounted sinks where your worktop is fabricated with a polished cut out and your sink sits just below the surface and drainer grooves are cut in to allow for drainage. This makes the sink more invisible to the eye. It is also important to consider which side would suit you best to have the drainer grooves set, as this could make a difference if you are right or left handed.
An inset sink has a draining board attached and is dropped into a worktop cutout, this type of sink is mostly used in laminate worktops, but occasionally in solid surfaces or wooden worktops. A Belfast or Butler sink is appropriate in a country style or traditional style kitchen; these are available in single 600mm width or double at 800mm width. Made from ceramic these are fitted as under mounted to the worktop.
You may also want to consider whether you would like a prep sink. These are useful on an island when you have a large kitchen so that you have water to hand where you are preparing food. We usually use small round bowls for these and drainer grooves are not necessary. You may decide to install a boiling water tap here as well.
When looking at new sinks, durability is an important factor. You are going to have your kitchen for years to come, so you want to choose a material that’s going to work with your lifestyle.
For the busy family, a hard-wearing and easy to clean material will be a priority, while those who like to entertain may wish to have a more visually striking sink. There are lots of options on the market these days and there is far more choices of sink sizes in stainless steel.
The stainless steel sink trend at the moment is allowing for large single bowls some as big as 700mm wide.
One and a half bowls are still very popular in smaller kitchens and these are perfect for those who choose to have a waste disposal unit instead of composting. Other sink materials include ceramic, cast iron and fragranite, if you prefer to have a coloured sink finish.
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