Solid, watertight installation is essential when installing a kitchen sink. There are three key measurements - width, length, and maximum depth. If you're building a new counter space, you'll need to measure the cabinet length between joists for the size of the sink itself. If you're replacing an existing sink, you'll need to be exact on all three of these dimensions. Drop-in sinks are quite common, and they'll usually require a .5-inch lip. If you have or will be installing a garbage disposal, be sure to include its size in your depth measurement.
Drop-in sinks are very popular because of their simple design and even simpler installation. The sink basin or basins truly just "drop in" to your pre-cut opening. These may be single, double, or triple basin and can be made of a variety of materials, but are most commonly stainless steel.
The farmhouse style, also called an apron sink, features a wide, deep basin, often with a front that's exposed instead of hidden behind a cabinet. These are traditionally made of incredibly durable white porcelain, but also come in stainless and other finishes.
For a super-slick appearance and easy-to-clean functionality, choose an undermount sink. In styles similar to drop-in, these sinks are installed from below a cleanly cut countertop so there are no visible seams.
A single bowl is traditional, but generally seen in fewer kitchens these days. Choose a deep and spacious single bowl and you'll have space for doing dishes, filling pots, and more.
A two-bowl configuration is simple, effective, and popular. Having two basins allows you to separate prep and cleaning, clean and dirty, or wash and rinse. Some sinks have bowls of equal size while some offer main basin and a smaller, secondary side bowl.
A sink with multiple bowls allows you to really customize your kitchen for the way you use it. You can arrange your setup so the faucet and accessories are focused over one or two of the bowls or center everything for total access. These big sinks allow maximum versatility for food prep and dishwashing.
Your sink may come with pre-drilled faucet holes for every accessory you add, so you'll need to plan out the entire design beforehand. Here's a look at some of the most common configurations.
For the cleanest look, a single faucet hole and a single-handle faucet offer a simple one-handed kitchen solution.
Add a sprayer, soap dispenser, or hot water dispenser to your single-handle faucet with a two-hole sink.
Three-hole setups are quite popular, accommodating a traditional double-handle faucet or a single-handle faucet with popular accessories.
Four - or more - faucet holes allow you to install just about any faucet you need along with plenty of accessories. Instant hot water, dishwashing sprayers, elegant soap dispensers, and more - if you have the counter space, use a sink with plenty of holes and build the setup of your dreams.
Kitchen sinks are crafted from a variety of materials, some more common than others. The most frequently used material is stainless steel. Read on a quick tour of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing and maintaining different types.
- Beautiful stone finishes, eye-catching look
- Nonporous - resistant to chips and scratching
- May break delicate glassware
- Beautiful glossy finish
- Super heavy-duty, easy to clean
- Scratches relatively easy - use racks and rinse baskets
- Nonporous like composite, glossy finish like cast iron
- Scratch-resistant, use soft abrasive cleaners
- Plastic molded to shape
- Reinforced with fiberglass for strength
- Easy to clean - buff out scratches
- Inexpensive material
- Durable when receiving physical damage
- Does not conduct electricity
- Eco-friendly - copper is 100% recyclable
- Unique, eye-catching color and designs
- Will develop patina over time
See our gauge guide below for SS thickness and quality
- Great sound insulation and long-lasting material
- Resistant to chipping, cracking, and peelin
- Easily shows water spots and soap deposits
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