The kitchen is the hub of your home. With so much time spent in the kitchen, you want it to not only be functional, but a beautiful space that creates a warm and inviting appeal every time you step in it. There are several basic elements in a kitchen that once you choose them, the plan is to have them in place for many years. When it comes to these basic elements, such as the kitchen sink, according to Homedit, it’s important that you research these elements well and know what is available and what you are looking for in a kitchen sink before you run out and spend money on one. Here are some things to consider before you buy your kitchen sink and have it installed.
How often will you use it?
It may sound like a silly question since most people might immediately assume everyone uses their sink on a daily basis, and possibly, multiple times a day, so what would this have to do with your choice of sink? Actually, in today’s busy world, you might be surprised to hear that a lot of people do a lot of eating or ordering out, while others find that they use their dishwasher more than they use their sink to wash dishes. If you’re one to rarely use a kitchen sink, this could be reason to look at a smaller sized sink and keep the majority of your space space to be utilized in a more practical way, like more counter space for food preparation and other tasks. This is especially true for small kitchens that are already short on counter space.
Sink shapes play a big role in how your sink sets off the look of your counters and the overall look of your kitchen. The shape you choose may be decided on how many dishes you do as well as what types, not to mention the look and statement you want to make with your sink. If you primarily wash plates and silverware, a simple round sink might suffice, however, if you typically prepare and clean-up after big family meals that produce plenty of dirty pots and pans and serving dishes too, you might be inclined to purchase a more practical shape, like a rectangular or Farmhouse-styled sink.
- Round sinks are rather popular today. They’re simple and multi-functional but may not be as practical for larger dishes and cookware.
- Rectangular shapes are one of the most common and can be very practical for holding a variety of shapes and sizes of dishes.
- Farmhouse shaped sinks are quite chic in many decor themed kitchens and although they are rectangular in shape, they have an easier edge to them with their curvy edges and softer lines.
The choices don’t stop with shapes; you can choose the material of your sink, too, and you have plenty of choices of materials to choose from, says Improve Net. Some of the most popular choices in material for a kitchen sink include, Stainless steel, cast iron, acrylic, granite, stone, and porcelain. You will want to choose a material that best suits your lifestyle and budget. The material you choose will have an impact on how your sink looks in your kitchen, and will have an overall impact on the look of the entire kitchen. That being said, you’ll want to research the different materials and what will be required to maintain the sink in order to keep it looking beautiful and in good condition. All materials require specific care, however, some of the more expensive materials, like the stone and granite, for instance, require a bit more care and maintenance, plus they are definitely more susceptible to damage than the typical stainless steel sink.
Choose other sink features
According to American Standard, there are other features that you’ll want to decide on when planning your kitchen sink. Don’t forget to choose features like the depth of the walls of your sink, which deeper set sink bottoms with steep side walls gives you more washing options, like soaking larger pots and pans. You may also prefer to have an off-set drain at the bottom of your sink as opposed to a middle-of-the-sink drain. You will have more use of the flat area of the bottom of the sink to place dishes without compromising the drain or having it unbalance stacked dishes. For double sinks, it is important that you choose a web divider that is lower than the outside walls so that water is allowed to flow from one side to the other without causing an overflow.
Sinks may seem like very basic and easy-to-choose elements for a kitchen, but when you realize all the choices that are involved to picking the best one for your home, your lifestyle and your budget, you’ll realize that it isn’t something you want to rush into purchasing without first researching. To get you started on choosing the perfect kitchen sink for your home, take a look at the following 20 beautiful kitchen sink styles and ideas to help inspire the look and functionality of your kitchen.
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