Sink Spotlight: How to Decide on a Great Kitchen Sink Design
You want your new kitchen sink to look great in your home, don’t you? Of course, you do! That’s why we’re going to guide you through the different kitchen sink design choices available to you for your next kitchen renovation project. We’ll cover the various numbers of sink basins you can choose from, and continue on to the different ways you can mount your new kitchen sink.
If you’ve decided on a kitchen sink design but want to learn about other aspects of choosing the perfect kitchen sink, check out some of the other instalments in our sink spotlight. Click any of the links below to learn about a different topic related to kitchen sink design.
- How to Pick the Perfect Size of Kitchen Sink
- Which Kind of Kitchen Tap is Best?
- Add Function With Kitchen Sink Accessories
- Our Top Advice for Hiring a Plumber
Choosing the perfect material for your new kitchen sink is one thing, but deciding on the design is a whole different matter. In this installation of our sink spotlight, we’ll go over single, double, and triple basin sinks, as well as sinks with built-in drainers to help you choose your perfect sink.
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What is Your Ideal Kitchen Sink Design?
For a classic and timeless kitchen sink, look no further than a single basin sink. This kitchen sink design is versatile and looks great in any style of kitchen. From farmhouse to modern to everything in between, a single basin sink can fit in with your kitchen no matter the aesthetic.
Single basin sinks are available in any sink material possible. This includes ceramic, cast iron, copper, stainless steel, and more. You can find single basin sinks in many different sizes, meaning that if you’re looking for a small kitchen sink, a single basin sink is perfect for you.
If the only space you have available in your kitchen is the corner of your worktop, don’t worry! A single basin is ideal for a corner kitchen sink, as it takes up less space than a sink with more than one basin.
Do you find a single basin sink a bit limiting? You might be interested in a double or triple basin sink. Or if you already have a single basin sink but want to maximise its functionality, add a rinsing basin or another kitchen sink accessory. We’ll go over our favourites later in this article, so stay tuned.
This type of sink is quite common in kitchens across the world, and for good reason. Having two basins in your kitchen sink allows you to wash dishes and rinse dishes at the same time. You can also have a dish rack in one basin, allowing you to wash dishes and leave them to dry in the sink. Another option is to reserve one basin for washing dishes and the other for washing food. That way, you minimise the risk of cross-contamination between your sink basins. Of course, you still need to be careful about food safety and clean up as you’re cooking. As long as your double kitchen sink works for you, that’s all that matters.
Double basin sinks are available in many materials, including stainless steel and ceramic. The sink in the photo is made of fireclay, which is a durable and long-lasting material for apron front sinks.
Having three basins in your kitchen sink may seem a bit over the top, but they can be quite useful for busy cooks or messy kitchens. Most triple basin sinks in residential kitchens have two equally sized basins with a small basin in the middle. The outer basins can be used for washing and rinsing dishes, washing produce, and more. The smaller middle basin could be used for washing hands or even for storing your sponge and dish brush if you don’t find yourself using it often.
If you’re working with a shallow worktop (meaning that the distance between the edge of the cabinet and the wall is short), a triple basin sink could be perfect for you. These sinks are usually less deep than single or double basin sinks and can fit in kitchens with less counter space. Most triple basin kitchen sinks are made of stainless steel, which is hygienic and easy to clean.
For a truly bespoke and cohesive look, consider having a built-in draining system installed when you install your new kitchen sink. There are a few ways to make this happen. First, you can install a drop-in sink that has an attached drainer. This option will likely be made out of stainless steel and will look a bit industrial or institutional. It’s perfect if you want a no-nonsense kitchen or are installing a sink in a business or rental property.
Another option for a built-in drainer is to install new worktops and have grooves put into the surface of your worktop. This works with solid worktops like granite, quartz, concrete, and other stones. Sloping grooves will allow water to drain from your worktop into your sink, allowing you to leave dishes to dry on the countertop instead of on a dish rack. You could also have a stainless steel worktop with a built-in draining system and sink for a sleek and modern look.
Not only will a built-in drainer tie your kitchen together, but it will also help to prevent mould and mildew from growing on your worktop. If you’re prone to leaving wet dishes or utensils on your worktop without drying them, a built-in drainer is perfect for you.
What About Sink Mounting?
Your next decision revolves around the way your kitchen sink will be mounted in your worktop. There are a few different ways a sink can fit into your worktop, and you can learn about them by clicking on any of the links below:
- Budget-Friendly Inset Kitchen Sink Pros & Cons
- Pros and Cons of Undermount Kitchen Sinks
- Pros and Cons of a Butler Sink
Adding a Second Sink
If you host dinner parties on a regular basis and have room for an island, consider installing a second sink. Even if you don’t entertain often and you simply have a busy household, a second sink can do wonders for the congestion levels in your kitchen.
The most common location for a second sink is on a kitchen island. Second sinks are generally smaller sinks meant for wet bars. Their purpose is to wash hands and pour out drinks. These sinks are extremely useful if you have children running around. Your kids can use the smaller sink while you maintain control of the main sink. If you’re having a party or event, you can also fill the smaller sink with ice and use it as a makeshift cooler. A sink full of ice looks better than a cooler meant for camping, after all.
When you’re choosing your second sink, we recommend choosing the same material as your main sink or a contrasting material. Choosing two materials that look similar but aren’t the same will make your kitchen look a bit awkward. The faucets should also have the same style in order to tie your whole kitchen together. In the photo above, you’ll notice that both faucets have a distinct curve in them and are made of the same material.
Have we helped you choose your ideal kitchen sink design? If we have, that’s great! We’d love to see photos of your new sink on social media. We’re @bidvine on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, so tag us in your photos of work done by a Bidvine pro!
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