As one of the hardest working rooms in the house, the kitchen has to play double duty. All the features and materials have to be as functional as they are beautiful, and balancing those two criteria can be difficult.
This is true of both the kitchen sink and the faucet attached. While it may seem like a quick decision, you have to consider how you want to use the sink and if it will be conducive to your lifestyle.
Yes, it's a good idea to put some extra thought into your faucet and sink decision, but it doesn't have to be stressful. This guide will tell you everything you have to consider to get the perfect feature.
How to Choose a Kitchen Sink
When it comes to choosing a kitchen sink, there are a few features to consider. Each can contribute to the functionality and aesthetic of your kitchen.
Most kitchen sinks are usually either top-mounted or under-mounted. Top-mounted sinks have a raised edge that sits on the countertops. Undermounted sinks lack this edge and the countertop edge stops at the edge of the sink.
Each has its own functional benefits and style. Undermount sinks look sleek and seamless and allow you to swipe water or food right into the basin. However, top-mounted sinks tend to be easier and cheaper to install.
Number of Basins
Kitchen sinks tend to have one, two, or three basins. Single-basin sinks allow for a wide space that's ideal for washing large pots and pans. Single-basin sinks are also typically deeper than multi-basin sinks.
However, if you like some separation, a double- or triple-basin sink might be ideal. The partition allows you to soak some dishes while rinsing others.
The separation also creates smaller sections that can be hard to wash large cookware or servingware. With triple-basin sinks, the third basin is usually much smaller and only used as a prep sink.
For drain placement, you have the option of it being off-center, centred, and rear.
Off-center drains can be tricky to repair, and rear drains can be difficult to install. They both offer more room in the front of the sink. Center drains tend to drain faster, but they're often blocked by things placed in the sink.
Selecting the Right Faucet
The number of holes in your sink can affect the kind of kitchen faucet you're able to get. However, you'll still want to keep these factors in mind.
Match the height of the faucet to the depth of the sink. Shallow sinks should have shorter faucets to avoid splashing. Keep in mind that taller faucets will make it easier to wash large pans or baking sheets.
Most modern faucets have features that make the kitchen more functional. Look for faucet features like low flow to save on water bills. Touchless faucets will let you turn it on with just a tap. Consider features that aid in cleaning.
The Right Sink and Faucet for Your Kitchen
If you're planning on remodelling your kitchen, there are probably other features you would naturally focus on, such as the backsplash tile, the countertops, and the colour of the cabinets.
You shouldn't ignore details like the kitchen sink and faucet. While they may not be as fun to design, these features can greatly impact the functionality of your kitchen, which is much needed in a high-traffic and hardworking room.
Allow us to help you transform your kitchen and bathroom. Contact Plumbing Centre to start creating your dream home today.