Sinks are one of the most important and used appliances in your kitchen. When you want to get the right sink the first time there are 6 things you should consider when choosing one.
1. Sink Material
The material that you choose for your sink not only determines the aesthetic but also the durability. There are many different materials that can be used and some are more durable and easily cleaned than others. Stainless steel and fireclay are by far the most common as well as most durable and easy to clean. Materials like copper, quartz or other natural materials are popular with those who like to make a statement but can come with other traits like needing to be sealed and maintained due to oxidation or refinished due to the porosity.
2. Sink Configuration
When determining how you want your sink to be configured you really have to consider your lifestyle. How many sinks do you need? With your sink, how many different areas would you like to have? Did you know there are sinks available with three separate areas that are made for people who prefer hand washing their dishes? There are many things to consider when figuring out this step.
3. Type Of Installation
Now that you have figured out how you want your sink to be configured, you need to determine how it’s going to be installed into your kitchen. There are undermounts, drop-in, integral, and apron-front sinks (commonly referred to as Farmhouse). The various options have different benefits and different costs. Drop in sinks are the most budget friendly due to having an easy install and working well with budget friendly counter materials. While on the high end of the price range would be the integral sink which is fabricated from the same materials at the surrounding counters and appears seamless. We usually suggest an under-mount or Farmhouse sink depending on the client's aesthetic.
4. Sink Depth
How deep your sink is relates directly to how much under the sink storage room you have. That usable space changes again when adding in a garbage disposal. These are all things to keep in mind so you’re not surprised later down the road.
5. Sink Size
The next thing to consider before you’re finished picking out your sink is how wide you’d like it to be. The typical dimensions range from 24 inches to 36 inches. With this step you should consider the area it’s going in as well as how it works spatially with the rest of your kitchen.
6. Location, Location, Location.
When placing your sink you want to think about how it interacts with your kitchen. You want it to be in a place that is next to the dishwasher if you have one, with ample foot traffic room, and ideally with a nice view of the things happening whether it be into your living room or yard. A good designer can make suggestions based on the way you and your family live.
So now that you have picked out the sink for your new kitchen, what about the rest of the house? Do you need an interior designer? Contact us at Thomas Designs where we create comfortable, Eco-conscience interiors, remodels & additions that inspire you to live your best life!