Unless you are planning and building a new kitchen from the ground up, you will generally want to keep your new kitchen sink in the same location as your previous one to prevent costly plumbing and drain relocation. Even within the same basic area, several factors come into play when changing a sink, including how the sink is mounted and the appropriate material, color, and design for your remodeled kitchen.
Undermount vs. top-mount
When it comes to upgrading your kitchen sink, there are numerous alternative mounting types to choose from. The two most often used types are “top-mount” sinks, sometimes called drop-in sinks, and undermount sinks. Whichever material you pick is determined by the sort of countertop you have and the type of sink you choose.
A top-mount sink is the most common option, owing to its ease of installation and compatibility with nearly any countertop material. The term is fairly self-explanatory; the sink is inserted into a precut hole in the countertop and is secured in place by the edge or rim. Additionally, these are referred to as “self-rimming” sinks. Additionally, some top-mount sinks have clips or screws for added stability. Top-mount sinks are typically less costly than undermount sinks due to the ease of installation.
An undermount sink is also a descriptive word for a sink that is installed beneath the counter. This eliminates the lip or rim on the top of the sink and is often used in conjunction with solid-surface countertops such as granite. Undermount sinks offer a more modern appearance and may make cleanup easier, as countertop dirt may be simply swept into the sink.
Style of sink
Kitchen sinks come in a variety of designs and configuration combinations, and each has its own set of advantages, while there is no one-size-fits-all option. Several of the most popular kitchen sink styles include the following:
- Front of farmhouse/apron. The farmhouse or apron-front sink, a long-forgotten classic design, has made a resurgence in recent years. These are frequently combined with a wall-mounted faucet and have a wide and deep single bowl with an open front. This method is very effective for soaking and cleaning really big pots, pans, and platters.
- Drainboard. Another time-honored design that is regaining popularity is sinks with integrated drainboards, which allow you to prep veggies and drain them without clogging the counter.
- If your kitchen is large enough to accommodate a corner sink, choose an L-shaped or rectangular design. Corner sinks provide greater counter layout flexibility and give additional under-sink storage.
Size of sink
Often, the shape and design of a kitchen sink are dictated by its size. If you’re remodeling the kitchen, you may be constrained by the available space. The three dimensions to examine are the length, also referred to as the side-to-side dimension; the width, also referred to as the front-to-back dimension; and the depth.
Standard kitchen sinks generally measure 22 inches in length for single bowl sinks and 48 inches in length for double bowl or farmhouse style sinks. They are typically between 24 and 32 inches wide, depending on the width of the supporting cabinets. Smaller bar or prep sinks are typically 10 to 22 inches long and 8 to 10 inches broad to fit into a corner or on a kitchen island. The usual depth of a kitchen sink is 8 to 10 inches, while more spacious sinks measuring 12 to 15 inches deep are available if you’re prepared to sacrifice under-sink storage space.
Material of sink
Modern materials have left their mark on kitchen sinks, and customers may choose from a diverse range of options at a diverse range of pricing ranges. Metals, stone, pottery, and a variety of man-made materials are available. The following are some of the most often used materials in kitchen sinks:
- Stainless steel is the most commonly used material for kitchen sinks. Stainless steel is lightweight, affordable, resilient, and low-maintenance, and it complements both classic and modern décor. The gauge refers to the thickness of stainless steel; higher gauge sinks are thinner, while lower gauge sinks are thicker and more costly.
- Granite, quartz, and granite composite sinks are highly popular, but real granite sinks are among the most costly options. Granite and quartz are natural stones that have an appealing, diverse look as a result of the many minerals that comprise the stone.
- Cast iron with a thick enamel coating was formerly the de rigueur construction material for kitchen sinks, but its popularity has waned as new materials have become fashionable. Enamel-coated cast iron is hefty, sturdy, and simple to clean, and it may last a lifetime.
- Copper is a wonderful metal that can be hammered or moulded into a number of shapes, giving it an ideal complement to a wide variety of decorative styles. Additionally, copper is naturally antibacterial, making it a popular choice for health-conscious customers.
Color of sink
The most common material in kitchen sinks also defines the most popular color: stainless steel. Stainless steel fixtures and appliances continue to reign supreme in kitchen design, while natural stone finishes such as granite and quartz in deeper colors have seen a recent surge in popularity.
White, off-white, beige, and sand continue to be the most popular colors in enamel-coated cast iron and fireclay, since these adaptable neutrals complement a wide variety of design styles. In recent years, darker hues like black and navy blue have been increasingly popular.