Every kitchen needs a sink, but not all sinks are created equal. Does size really matter? When it comes to sinks, we tend to think it does!
When choosing a new sink for your kitchen renovation, there are a few things to consider. Much of it comes down to personal preference, but there’s also your kitchen layout to think about, the space you’re working with, and of course, your budget.
If all the choices seem overwhelming, not to worry, we’re here to help.
How We Measure Up
Here is how we measure sinks:
- Length: the horizontal measurement from one side of the sink to the other
- Width: the distance from the front of the sink to the back
- Depth: the measurement from the top of the counter to the bottom of the bowl
A typical single-bowl sink layout is approximately 27 to 30 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep. Keep in mind that the countertop will add additional depth to the bowl once it’s installed. This will get the job done in most kitchens, but again, your choice in a sink ultimately comes down to preference and space.
Petite sinks can be as small as 22 inches or less in length, while large and extra-large sizes can range between 32 to 38 inches in length. Double bowl sinks can get up to 48 inches long.
There are three different kinds of sink installations. The one that’s best for you will be mostly dependent on the size of your cabinet base.
- Undermount. This kind of sink is installed from inside the cabinet base, underneath the countertop. It lies flush with your counter and has a very sleek, modern look that is well suited to a contemporary-styled kitchen. Because of its more invasive installation procedure, undermount sinks can be more expensive. However, many homeowners love the aesthetic and clean look and find the investment worthwhile.
- Overmount. An overmount sink, also called a drop-in sink, is placed into the hole in the cabinet base and sealed. The overmount has a lip that protrudes and meets the edge of the countertop. While it is much simpler and less expensive to install, the downside is that it has a lot of crevices that tend to invite moisture and bacteria if it’s not cleaned well.
- Apron-front. Apron front sinks have an exposed front that extends over the face of your cabinetry, giving your kitchen a more rustic feel. It slides into the cabinet base under the countertop and is often deeper than other styles of sinks.
For proper installation, undermount sinks need at least three additional inches added to the sink’s dimensions. You should have 1.5 inches on each side to adhere the sink to the cabinet. Apron front sinks also need 1.5 inches for installation.
The absolute largest sink should still leave inches for installation. It may be better to go a bit smaller than the max, though. You’ll probably also want space on either side of your sink for stacking dirty and clean dishes. While it may be tempting to use the entire counter for a big sink, having landing space will make your sink area more efficient.
What Size Sink Is Right for You?
The size and style depend first and foremost on how much counter space you have to work with. If you’re installing a new sink onto an existing cabinet base, you’ll want to choose one that is the same size or larger than the hole that’s already there. You can cut it bigger, but it’s much harder to install a smaller sink in a big hole.
If you have a lot of counter space, do a lot of dishes, or have a large family, an oversized sink might be right for you. Most homeowners agree that bigger is better when it comes to sink space.
A deep sink can hold lots of water and is great for washing giant pots and pans, but it can also be ergonomically challenging. You may find your back aching if you have to bend over to fish cookware out of your deep sink. Plus, filling it up can drive up your water bill.
A smaller sink can still be super functional, especially if you accessorize it well. While some homeowners find integrated drainboards useful, they can eat up valuable space. Choose an open bowl to maximize your available countertop real estate.
In the end, no matter what size sink and installation method work for you, Foley Homes will do it right. With years of expertise and hundreds of satisfied customers, our team will help you find the perfect fit. Reach out today, and let’s talk about it!