Where Should You Put the Kitchen Sink?

Where should you put the kitchen sink in your remodel?  Do you put it facing a window or your guests? In a corner or near the dishwasher? Here’s how to find the best place for the kitchen sink.

To find your dream kitchen sink, you will likely spend a good amount of time browsing sink photos and kitchen sinks in the Houzz Shop. But don’t forget to think about where your sink will be located in your kitchen. If you’re remodeling an existing kitchen on a tight budget, you may need to leave it where it is. But if you can, consider where you’ll want to be standing while working at your kitchen sink, as well as what other appliances or elements should be nearby.

Here are 10 considerations to help you figure out the best place for the kitchen sink.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Northland Design and Build

Use Existing Plumbing

If you are undertaking a low-cost renovation or simply looking for areas where you can cut costs so you can splurge on your countertops or backsplash tile, consider reusing your existing plumbing as much as possible. If your kitchen layout is truly dysfunctional, this may not be an option. But I always consider leaving the plumbing alone to save money.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Jenny Martin Design

Give Yourself a View

If your kitchen is part of a new construction project, or you are either unable or disinclined to keep the sink where it is, then do yourself a favor and give yourself a nice view. I am not a fan of washing dishes by hand but would gladly take on the chore if I had this fabulous view to take in.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Bria Hammel Interiors

Think About Lighting

You need plenty of light when working in the kitchen, and that’s especially true while at the sink. Natural light from a big window or skylight above the sink is fantastic during the day, but be sure you also have adequate task lighting above and around the sink at night to safely illuminate the work area.

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the best place for the kitchen sink

Design Interiors Ltd.

Center on the Window – or Not

Speaking of windows, if you can place your kitchen sink under a window, try to center the sink on the center line of the window. Sometimes, however, this is just not feasible. For example, in this kitchen there isn’t enough room to center the sink under the window and also squeeze in the dishwasher. I find you can make it work if you center the sink or faucet with a component of the window. Here the sink is centered under one of the windowpanes, a good solution that brings a semblance of symmetry.

the best place for the kitchen sink

BR Nelson Designs LLC

Partner With the Dishwasher

This one is a no-brainer. You want your dishwasher and sink to be next to one another. This will make loading the dishwasher easier and more efficient; you can just scrape or rinse off your plates in the sink before setting them in the dishwasher. It’s also useful when you are emptying the dishwasher and need to dump out any water that has pooled on your dishes.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Jackson Design & Remodeling

This classic setup with the dishwasher on one side of the sink and a pullout cabinet for compost, trash and recycling on the other side makes kitchen cleanup easier. I highly recommend this layout if you can swing it. It does require a pretty long bank of cabinets to make it fit, because you need 24 inches for a standard-size dishwasher and at least 12 inches for the trash pullout. It’s also nice to have a buffer cabinet on the outside edges of the dishwasher and trash cabinet so the doors can open without running into a perpendicular cabinet or wall.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Sunstone Interiors

A Word About Corner Sinks

I generally don’t recommend corner sinks in a kitchen. They can cause traffic jams and make it difficult to access a nearby dishwasher. But if you are forced to work with existing plumbing or the location of the only window in the kitchen, consult with a design professional who can help you figure out the correct size and placement of the sink, and the dishwasher if you install one, to ease the squeeze around the sink area as much as possible.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Huntsmore

Give Yourself Work Zones

If your kitchen layout includes an island, you might find it nice to put either the cooktop or sink in it to create an efficient workspace. I’m personally not a fan of having a hulking vent hood smack dab in the middle of the kitchen, so I prefer seeing the sink there instead.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Jay Reinert Architect, LLC

Keep a Connection

Don’t turn your back on your guests if you don’t have to. If you plan to entertain often and have an open kitchen, this is an ideal layout. It allows the cook to prep in the kitchen while still conversing with guests or keeping an eye on kids.

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swa.studio//Sebastian Wiedemann Architektur

For those who want to see their family and friends while cooking and cleaning but don’t necessarily want kitchen messes to be on full display, there are many ways to design the sink area to get the best of both worlds.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

A cased opening or raised countertop above the sink can act as a visual barrier to disguise any messes in or around the sink. It provides a nice buffer to the area beyond where kids might be doing homework or guests will be hanging out having a drink and chatting with you while you finish dinner prep.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Studio Steinbomer

Be Social and Enjoy a View

If you are fortunate to have a large open kitchen that looks out onto a nice vista, think about orienting your sink toward the dining area and the pleasing view. Yes, everything is on full display, but this would be a fun kitchen to work in when you’re able to entertain large crowds of friends and family.

the best place for the kitchen sink

Soorikian Architecture

Work With Multiple Sinks

For those with large households or who entertain often, multiple sinks are definitely an ideal setup. Of course, you’ll need the space and budget to accommodate such a design.

Typically, there is one larger main sink placed under a window or facing an adjacent dining room or great room, and the dishwasher is placed next to it for easy cleaning and loading. The second sink may be a smaller prep sink in the island or a peninsula, and it is used more for hand washing and food prep. This configuration allows several people to use the kitchen at once without getting in one another’s way.

 

Jennifer Ott, Blog contributor for Houzz 

San Francisco-based architectural color specialist and design writer. Jennifer’s work has been featured in many print and online publications. Her recently-published book, “1000 Ideas for Color Schemes,” is a beautifully illustrated and easy-to-navigate guide that takes the guesswork out of selecting the perfect color palette for your home or special event. For more information on Jennifer Ott Design, visit http://jenottdesign.com/.

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The Perfect Sink for Your New Kitchen

Are you remodeling the kitchen and having problems choosing the perfect kitchen sink? There are so many to choose from; so many materials, shapes, and sizes, colors and styles. It’s difficult to know where to start your search if you aren’t sure how each of them would look. If you’ve been putting off making a decision because you simply don’t know how to choose the right kitchen sink for your newly remodeled kitchen, allow us to help simplify the decision.

Choosing the right kitchen sink depends on your cooking style as well as the style and the size of your kitchen. A standard stainless steel sink with two basins is very practical and traditional. This doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Take a look at all other options before you make up your mind. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

How Do You Cook?

Are you an avid cook and need a lot of space for prep and cleanup? A single basin sink that is deep and wide is a good option. A deep basin is versatile, because it has the space you need while cooking, and allows you to easily clean large pots and pans. Since you’ll be running the dishwasher most of the time, you probably won’t need that double basin sink.

How Big is the Kitchen?

If you have a small kitchen a large kitchen sink will overwhelm the space. Consider installing a smaller sink that’s the perfect fit for your small kitchen. The sink should flow well with the rest of the room, the sink can make a statement or not stand out and draw attention.  This is where form and function converge.  Your personal style combines with the size of the kitchen in consideration of the product selection.

What Materials are in Your New Kitchen?

When it comes to material, there are a multitude of options, stainless steel is potentially the most popular. The lower the gauge number, the thicker and more durable the stainless steel sink will be. High-gauge options are thinner, and therefore more likely to dent and scratch easily. Despite the benefits of stainless steel sinks, there are a range of materials to choose from. Copper, cast iron, fireclay, porcelain, silgranit, and natural stones are a few options.  It’s okay to go with something else, as long as it fits well into the surrounding materials.

What Shape Sink Do You Prefer?

Once you have those key issues decided you can play around with the other features, such as shape, e.g. curved vs. angular shaped. The traditional sink is rectangle or square. That doesn’t mean your new sink has to conform to that standard. Go out on a limb and choose something truly unique if it suits you.

Functionality and Durability Over Appearance

The kitchen sink is a big part of your daily life, so you want to make sure it’s functional and long-lasting. Choose a durable material that increases the overall functionality of your kitchen while looking amazing. But never sacrifice durability for appearance.

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Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink holds the most important place in a kitchen just like the kitchen holds the most important place in a home. It is the most frequently used appliance in the kitchen even when compared to the oven or dishwasher. The kitchen sink is one of the most important decisions you will make while planning your new kitchen because it is the only appliance that is not portable and can’t be moved if you decide the placement is wrong.

Your choice in kitchen sinks will affect your daily kitchen time for many years. As such there are some quite important features that need to be considered while selecting a sink. Let’s take a look at a few very important things to keep in mind.

Type of Sink

The sinks can be classified into different types depending upon the method of installation. The top-mount sink is the easiest to install as the sink is fixed into a hole in the counter. The disadvantage with this type is that the debris of food particles get caught up in the space between the basin and the countertop and you have to regularly clean it up with a brush.

The second type, the under-mount sink is installed under the counter and are supported from beneath by the cabinet structure. They are easy to clean as you can clean your countertop perfectly by wiping out all the smallest food particles directly into the basin.

There is another type of sink, the flush-mount sink, that is installed into the countertop and cut properly to make sure the top rim of the sink is in level with the worktop. It allows easy cleaning and seamless work surface.

Number of Basins

While deciding the number of basins in the sink, you have to keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of the configurations, consider your daily activities and daily sink utilization.

  • Single large basin kitchen sinks allow ease of washing of big pans and other large dishes. They offer plenty of space to stack dishes while you’re still busy working on other things. The downside is that you have to juggle with the vegetables while washing them and you may run into the issue of dishes being in the way of cleaning foods during food prep.
  • The traditional two basin sink is very popular, but presents the disadvantage that you cannot wash large dishes easily in it.
  • Sinks having two or three basins of different sizes allow you to prepare food easily in the smaller one while washing large dishes in the bigger basin. The size of the sink is determined by the size of the kitchen; large sinks for big kitchens while small sinks or single bowl sinks for small kitchens.

Sink Material

If you are looking for a cost effective, usable and durable material, stainless steel is the best choice. It has a shiny and smooth look and can be cleaned easily just by wiping with a clean cloth. There are other options including ceramic, cast iron, fireclay, and other metals. Cast iron does not go well with under-mount sink because it is quite heavy and requires a strong base to be supported while fire-clay is durable and classy but an expensive option.

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