The phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” is something that has passed our lips once or twice over the years, but the etymology of this sentence probably has something to do with the difficulty of removing the sink in your kitchen. We talk about changing kitchen cupboards and worktops when we purchase a new kitchen but in the majority of refits, the sink stays put.
It’s time to move the sink!
Many would struggle to think of a feature within the home that gets used as often as the kitchen sink. It could, therefore, be argued the replacement of your kitchen sink is one of the most important choices to be made – and ultimately can affect your day to day life for years to come.
We have detailed below the factors you need to consider when you are choosing a kitchen sink for your new kitchen.
Even if you heavily rely on your kitchen sink, you will need to ensure that you choose a sink large enough to soak your roast tray that only comes out at Christmas time- and a sizable sink that will be adequate to rinse your vegetables.
The majority of family homes prefer a one and a half sized bowl setup. Another option is a two bowl featuring a drainer attached allowing you to prep and wash up.
Just as important as the size is the material used. If you are having a new kitchen you will want your kitchen sink to match the overall look and feel. There are plenty of materials to choose from but chrome, ceramic, marble, and copper are the most commonly implemented choices. The natural colour of some of these materials may not fit with your overall theme so we recommend using samples before making a final decision.
Ceramic may offer the wow factor but it can easily stain and get scratched. If you are thinking of choosing this material then it might be worth considering a sink mat.
A synthetic sink is a popular choice for many; they come in a range of colours and are far more durable than other materials.
A stainless steel sink scores the most points for affordability, practicality, and maintenance. But it should be noted this type of material can look outdated in a modern new kitchen.
UNDERMOUNTED OR AN INSET
As the name would suggest an under-mounted sink is one that is fixed to the bottom of a worktop giving you much more space. This slick look, unfortunately, has no drainer. A drop-in sink or an inset sink is far easier to fit- especially if you have a wood or granite surface.
One of the most important things to consider is whether your chosen sink meets your needs and looks good in your chosen space. Remember this is a sink that you need to work with for many years to come, so don’t select too bold a colour if there is a possibility it will look dated in five years’ time.
We have briefly mentioned colour, but do ensure you choose a colour scheme that will stand the test of time. Your kitchen needs to look good today and in ten years’ time.
SHAPE OF BOWL
One of the most important things to consider, do you want a bowl that is deep with plenty of capacity or a sink that has sufficient drainage? Ask yourself what you want most from your sink and should be able to find a shape to suit your needs and requirements.
If you want the sink solely for items that don’t fit into the dishwasher then a circular deep bowl may not be sufficient.
Many people choose a sink with rounded sides instead of a more rigid shape. A sink with angles is easier to clean plus this appeals to those craving a minimalist look.
Did you know you can buy a sink with built-in sink accessories? Your choices include knife blocks, prep bowls, and cutting boards. The best way to buy a customised is to contact the manufacturer directly so you can get the exact sink you are looking for.
Although it may seem like a lot for just a sink, ensuring you choose the right one for your kitchen is vital to its finished look. The next step is to start researching with these considerations in mind. If you need further assistance do not hesitate to speak to the professionals who will be more than willing to help.