Choose the Right Sink for Your Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands add space for dining, cooking, prepping, and more. With a little extra work, you can add a sink and other fixtures to make the island an important addition to the kitchen. The ideal triangle workspace is easily designed around a kitchen sink. Make sure you’re putting the right sink with these recommendations.
Minimum Kitchen Island Size
There are minimum kitchen island sizes, specifically the length, required for certain features. Sinks are easy enough to fit into relatively small islands. You’ll need a minimum length of six to seven feet for a sink. This leaves enough space inside the kitchen island for sink plumbing too. If you want both a cooktop and sink on the same island, you’ll need closer to nine to ten feet.
Depth of Counter
Many kitchen islands feature a more narrow measurement than the other counters in the kitchen. If you only have a narrow kitchen island to work with, you may want to look into farmhouse sinks as they tend to be only 18″ and because they are installed at the front of the cabinet, you do not lose precious counter space. Compact kitchen sink options also tend to fit narrow islands.
Since islands sit out in the middle of the kitchen, it’s harder to add a backsplash to control droplets and splashes. Choose a deeper sink that features an undermount or flush placement. This keeps water in the sink when there’s no backsplash or raised edge. Longer faucets that reach deeper into the sink also reduce splashing.
Consider a Sink Cover
Want to use your kitchen island as a breakfast nook or informal dinner table despite having a sink installed? Invest in a sink cover that matches the countertop material. Undermount sinks are the easiest to cover because there’s a clear edge to support a cover. Semi-recessed and vessel sinks are harder to cover, but it’s still possible. There’s no need to worry about forks or cups sliding into the sink when it’s covered.
Pick a Conversation Starter
If the kitchen sink is the centerpiece, make it a conversation starter. Open front farmhouse sinks are a great option. You may have to modify your kitchen island to support its weight, but it’s a worthwhile investment that may increase the home’s overall value. Stainless steel sinks with an undermount design are also a good choice for modern kitchens with minimalist designs.
Choose a kitchen sink that fits the size and shape of your island. Here at Kingston Brass, we have all the compact kitchen sinks you need to complete a renovation or new installation.