How to Choose a Kitchen Sink That’s Right For You
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It may seem like an ordinary part of any home, yet when it comes time to buy one, you might find that it’s difficult to choose a kitchen sink. While homeowners were once limited to a few basic designs, today’s kitchen sinks are as varied as personal tastes. Don’t settle for the first sink that fits the budget or the opening in the countertop. Look beyond just measurements and consider these features when choosing a new kitchen sink.
Double or Single?
Take stock of how many dishes tend to pile up around the kitchen when starting to choose a kitchen sink. Smaller families that rely on dishwashers and stay on top of pots and pans likely need just a single bowl. A double bowl best serves households that wash dishes by hand or stack up between meals. Double bowl sinks aren’t only larger; they make it easier to keep space clear for washing while still allowing for storing dirty dishes out of sight.
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Counter Versus Wall Mounted
Many homeowners completely overlook their options for breaking loose of the traditional countertop mounting styles. If under-mount, flush-mount, and top-mount sinks just don’t fit the space, consider a vintage-style wall-mounted sink instead. These designs go a step beyond the popular farmhouse sink that simply has a visible apron front. The entire sink is exposed, along with an attractive built-in backsplash designed to help secure the sink to the wall. These designs may require special installation to handle the weight.
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Straight lines and rounded square corners may be the standard for kitchen sink shapes, but curved designs are also available. Curved-edge sinks tend to offer a little more space and are considered by some to be easier to clean. However, getting a perfect cut in the countertop around an irregular shape can be tricky.
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Materials and Finishes
Finally, don’t forget to consider the many material and finish combinations available when you choose a kitchen sink. Polished or matte stainless steel is the classic option, but porcelain and fire clay sinks are still popular as well. Most styles of kitchen sinks are available in multiple material and finish options, even distinctive fixtures like farmhouse fixtures.
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