Whether you are replacing an old sink or putting in a new one, you need to make sure you get a sink that will meet your needs. It should fit in with the style of kitchen whether it is a modern or traditional kitchen. The sink should be the right size and shape as well as be of the materials you prefer.Here are some of the tips you can use when selecting a new sink.
Size of the sink
Choose a sink that will fit in counter and cabinet. Remember the size specifications on the sink are for the inside of the bowl and do not indicate the total space. Every kitchen sink requires minimum cabinet size so that it can fit properly. The minimum cabinet size of a sink is the least top- counter or under-cabinet space that a sink requires to fit properly. The size is given on the product description of the sink. You should measure the counter space to find out if the sink will fit. Only choose a sink that can fit in the counter space.
If you are replacing a sink, you may need to get a sink that fits the already existing measurements while if you are renovating or building a new sink, you are free to customize the space to fit in the type and size you desire. Ensure you also measure the depth that the sink requires as you measure the width. Some sink bowls are deep and can go up to 12 inches and others are shallow at 6 inches. A deeper sink takes more cabinet space underneath.
Type of the sink
Sinks come in various designs. There are integrated sinks that are included with the countertop. They do not have joints and so they are easy to clean up. These sinks are usually custom made and require the installation of a new countertop. There are also the deep and roomy apron-front sinks, self-rimming or top mount sinks that are installed by dropping in the counter hole, under mounted sinks that are pushed below the countertop and flush mounted sinks whose edges flush with the countertop surface. Chose the type of sink that fits with the design of the kitchen and the materials used for the countertop. For instance, under mounted sinks are only suitable for waterproof counters while integral sinks are common in solid surface counters. There are various suppliers of different types of sinks such as Miseno Sinks.
Material of the sink
Sinks are made of materials such as stainless steel, ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, enameled cast iron, and engineered stone. Choose material that matches with the type of sink you need based on your budget, personal tastes and kitchen design. For stone and ceramic sinks, you can choose different colors that will fit your décor. The most popular is stainless steel since it is stain and heat resistant and suitable for different tastes and budgets. Sinks made of cast iron are heavy but durable and come in different styles while porcelain is classic, heavy but with an easy to clean smooth surface.
The configuration of the bowl
You can get a kitchen sink with one, two or three bowls depending on your needs and space in your kitchen. If you normally use large pots, then you may need a one-bowl, deep and large sink while if your kitchen is small, you may opt for a small single bowl sink. For a large kitchen, a three-bowl sink can suffice.
Choose the faucet when picking the sink
In most cases, you may want the faucet to match the style of the kitchen sink. Therefore, the best thing is to select the faucet when choosing the sink. However, remember that the function and finish of the faucet are important. Choose faucets that can withstand long-term use such as a touchless faucet finished in brushed nickel.