Choosing the right kitchen sink for your household

17 July 2018 - 5 min read

If you’re planning the design of your new or renovated kitchen, one of the most important practical aspects to consider is the type and size of sink you should have. Take advantage of these great tips from our kitchen design experts. 

If you’re planning the design of your new or renovated kitchen, it’s important to think about both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the room. As fun as it is to muse over quirky colour schemes and cute crockery, having a practical layout and efficient appliances in your kitchen should be your first priority. While it might not be the first area that springs to mind, one of the most often used spots in the kitchen is the sink, which is why having the right type of sink for your household’s needs is essential.

The size of the sink has a remarkable impact on the functionality of every kitchen. Choose a sink that’s too small for your everyday needs and you’ll forever have dirty dishes on your bench. On the other hand, if you opt for a sink that’s too big it’ll become an unintentional focal point, monopolising much-needed bench space.

Choosing the right sink type and size of sink may require some careful thought, so don’t forget to take into account the following matters:

  • Position your sink as close as possible to your dishwasher. This will enable you to rinse and transfer dishes with minimal mess.
  • The most popular sink sizes are a one-and-a-half or two-bowl sinks, as they provide ample space to rinse, clean and drain dishes. As anyone who has lived with a one-sink bowl can attest to, it can be very frustrating trying to wash dishes in a one-sink bowl as there is nowhere to rinse and clear out leftover food or drink residue. While one-sink bowls are sufficient in hotels or even small apartments, having two drains is definitely necessary for everyday family living.
  • Every household has different kitchen habits. If you tend to rinse dishes straight away and put them directly into a dishwasher you can get away with a smaller sink size, but having two drainage points is still preferable.
  • Undermount sinks are becoming increasingly popular in modern kitchens, as they are much easier to clean than top mount sinks and also offer a seamless, streamlined appearance than can enhance the aesthetic of your kitchen. However, they are harder and more expensive to install and are not easy to replace, so it’s a good idea for your household to discuss which type of sink would be better for your needs.
  • The size of your sink is an important factor. Even if you intend to wash the majority of your dishes in your dishwasher, consider the size of sink you’ll need to rinse and wash larger items, such as pots, woks or saucepans.
  • A small galley or bar sink is a great addition to a separate galley preparation area, if you’re lucky enough to have one. This area will allow you to keep the cleaning and clutter contained in a separate space.

Remember that sink size, style and placement is just one important aspect of smart kitchen design.