Your Complete Guide to Choosing Sinks and Taps for Your Kitchen Design

Selecting a sink may not be the first thing on your mind when you embark on designing your new kitchen. However, given its crucial role in the flow and functionality of your kitchen, it’s an aspect worthy of serious consideration. Here’s our essential guide to help you make the right choice when it comes to selecting the perfect sink for your new kitchen design.

  • Determining the Number and Size of Sinks.


The layout of your kitchen, the width of your cabinets, and how you intend to use your kitchen design will influence the type and quantity of sinks you require. Consider the following:


– Main Sink: Think about the primary sink in your kitchen design, its size, and its location.

– Additional Sinks: Contemplate whether you’d like an extra sink in your kitchen design, perhaps in the island or a butler’s pantry, for tasks such as mixing cocktails, washing up, or convenience.

– Cooking Enthusiast’s Sink: If you love to cook, you might opt for a large, deep sink for your kitchen design to accommodate washing bowls, baking trays, and pots. On the other hand, if you mainly need a space for washing delicate items not suited for the dishwasher, a more modest sink may suffice.

  • Assessing the Number of Bowls and Drainers


The available space in your kitchen design, particularly around the oven, cooktop, dishwasher, and windows, will impact the sink’s configuration. Consider the following:


– Extra Bowl: If space permits, an additional bowl can be useful for your kitchen design, tasks like rinsing fruits and vegetables or draining pasta.

– Drainer: While a sink with a drainer is practical for your kitchen design, it may reduce the available bench-top preparation space in your kitchen design. Weigh the benefits against the space it consumes.

  • Choosing the Mounting Style


The type of mounting for your sink depends on the benchtop material you plan to use in your kitchen design. Consider the following options:


– Top Mount: Suitable for installation on top of all bench surfaces in your kitchen design.

– Under Mount: Designed for solid surface benchtops, where the sink is installed beneath the benchtop in your kitchen design.

– Flush Mount: A style that integrates seamlessly with the benchtop in your kitchen design.

  • Exploring Materials and Accessories for Kitchen Ideas


Sinks are crafted from various materials, including stainless steel, granite, or seamless solid surface materials that can be integrated into your benchtop in your kitchen design. Your sink can also be equipped with a range of accessories to enhance its functionality in your kitchen ideas. These accessories might include draining baskets and chopping boards for your kitchen ideas.


To gain a deeper understanding of sinks and their features in your kitchen design, refer to this informative “Cheat Sheet” from our friends at Oliveri.


Ready to start re-imagining your kitchen? Book your free kitchen design appointment at your nearest showroom.

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