Bar and Prep Faucets 101 – Everything You Need to Know
If you’re considering installing or replacing a prep sink, or maybe even doing it yourself, there are a few basics you’ll need to know before tackling your new project. Whether you’re planning on adding to your indoor kitchen, bar area, or outdoor kitchen, the first thing to know is that a prep sink and faucet is not a “regular” faucet. Here’s a quick review of what you’ll need to know before you get started.
What Is a Prep Sink and Faucet?
A prep or bar sink is a small, often secondary sink that measures about 15 to 25 inches long by 15 inches wide and is 5 to 6 inches deep. Prep sinks come in round or square styles made from stainless steel, copper, or sometimes porcelain. They are available in top mount or undermount depending on the countertop. The bar and prep faucet typically features a high, curved spout with a single water valve handle but is available in a variety of styles to suit your needs.
Advantages of a Prep Sink
A prep sink in a kitchen is every home chef’s dream. It provides a secondary space for prepping ingredients and quick cleanup. For small or outdoor kitchens with little space, it can serve as the primary sink, and for bar areas, a prep sink and bar faucet turns a dry bar into delicious smoothie central. Adding a prep sink can also increase home value as well as increasing flexibility in your kitchen or bar by creating an additional prep area.
Installing a Prep Sink and Faucet
Prep sinks feature a single hole for compact install. If your prep sink is a new installation in granite and you’re not a professional stonecutter, consider hiring a local expert to cut the hole, as it can get complicated. Choose where you want your prep sink located in advance of the stonecutter or carpenter’s arrival. Once the opening is sized and cut, drop in your prep sink and you’re ready for the plumbing. Every faucet from Kingston Brass comes with step-by-step instructions for installation.
If you’re replacing an existing prep sink, measure the sink you have and order the same size if possible so no extra carpentry work is required on the countertop. Before you remove the old prep sink, snap a picture of the plumbing under the sink for later reference. Then drop the new sink in and attach the new faucet and plumbing to match the picture.
For more information about available options in prep faucets, visit Kingston Brass and you’ll find a wide variety of choices.