Countertops and Sinks: The Four Questions You Need to Consider
July 3, 2020
Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Bacon and eggs. Countertops and sinks.
What do these duos have in common? They’re all classic combos where each component makes the other even better.
With all the consideration that goes into choosing the right material and design for your countertop, we want to make sure you pick the right additional pieces to make your space pop. And your sink is at the top of that list!
To get you thinking about which sink fits your kitchen’s style and complements your surfaces, there’s four big “hows” we recommend that you ponder – and we’re breaking them down below to make it even easier for you:
1st Question: How many bowls do you really need?
One and two bowl options are far and away the most popular choices here and provide enough versatility for most situations. While three bowls sink are available, we will be focusing on the one and two bowl configurations here.
When most people picture a kitchen sink, they see a two-bowl sink with the stainless-steel metal divide down the centre.
Functional, practical and gets the job done. But there are so many other options these days! Modern design trends have made much larger single-bowl options available.
But how do you decide?
Think about how you use your sink on a day-to-day basis and even on special occasions. Do you want a separate area for food prep? Do you need one side for washing and the other for drying? What will fit your largest pasta pot or roasting pan? Your choice here really depends on how you envision using the sink as part of your day-to-day routine.
2nd Question: How low should you go?
No, we’re not talking about limbo-ing.
In addition to the number of bowls, you also need to decide how deep your sink should be. The typical range for most kitchens is from four to twelve inches in depth.
Don’t know what you need?
Again, think about what you put in your sink and how you do it.
Here’s what we know: deeper sinks are better for preventing splashing and accommodating larger items. But if you have an accessibility concern or just don’t like bending over frequently, a shallower bowl might be best for you.
3rd Question: How should you mount it?
When you’re able to answer the first two questions, you’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to consider different ways to position your sink in your counter – and alongside your countertop.
There are generally three ways to mount a sink:
- A top-mount sink will have a finished edge that sits right on top of your new countertops. If you’re a frequent remodeler, this option might be useful, but it can also leave room for dirt and grime to build up along the edge.
- An under-mount is secured beneath to make the sink less noticeable. This allows your countertop to run smoothly along the length of your counters without being interrupted by metal.
- If you’ve watched a home renovation show in the last decade you’ll be familiar with an apron-front or farmhouse sink. This style protrudes slightly from the edge of the countertop so that you can see it more prominently. It works best with a very sleek sink design. It’s bold but has the potential to make your sink a true focal point in your room.
4th Question: And finally, how much do you want it to stand out?
There are few items in your home that are used as frequently as a sink.
For you, is your sink just a place for dirty dishes and washing veggies? That’s okay!
But it can be so much more than that, too.
Shapes, colours, materials – you can play with so many aspects to customize the look, feel and function of your sink.
- If contrast fits your style, check out shiny stainless steel or colourful enamel on cast iron. However please understand that cast iron is notably heavier than other materials and may require additional supports.
- Round sinks can be dramatic but provide less usable workspace.
- Large sinks can be more functional but may require a larger cabinet to install.
Don’t know where to start? That’s why we’re here.
Play with our online kitchen visualizer and test drive how your favorite combinations work together.
And if you need some suggestions or you’re ready to put your plan in motion, contact us for a personalized consultation with our experts, who can provide the best suggestions for your home.