The sink might not be the first thing that comes to mind when it's time for a kitchen renovation, but it's a vital part of any upgrade. When you're sorting through the myriad of options available in cabinetry and appliances, the sink might seem like an afterthought. But if you're going to the effort and expense to remodel, don't overlook the one thing in the kitchen you'll probably use the most. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Things to consider when choosing a sink for the kitchen include material, shape and colour, as well as how the sink will be mounted. The material and colour of the sink often are coordinated with or determined by the countertops, although it's not a requirement that they be exactly the same. Make your choice of sink shape based on the way you use your kitchen and the most common tasks you perform. Finally, mounting style usually will be determined by the material of the countertops
The most common sink materials available today are stainless steel, porcelain, acrylic and solid-surface materials (also called composites). Each material has its own particular benefits, so you'll have to think about which qualities are most important to you.
A stainless steel sink is easy to clean and install.
Double-bowl sinks are common these days, but many renovated kitchens now feature sinks with three bowls: often two large ones for everyday use and a smaller one for the garbage disposal. The third bowl doesn't have to be in the middle; some models place it in the corner or on the side, making the main bowls easier to reach.
A deep sink with a high-arc faucet makes cleaning big pots easier.
A small sink on a wet bar makes a
trip to the kitchen unnecessary.
Another popular option is an extra-deep bowl on one or both sides - perfect for washing large pots or giving a baby a bath. A high-arc faucet that swings out of the way gives you even more space in the area.
Specially shaped sinks are available for corner placement, and small models are perfect for use on wet bars or side counters in the kitchen. Some homeowners choose a small sink with a built-in filter for drinking and cooking water, and a separate, larger one for cleaning and other everyday uses.
Sinks can be attached above the countertop (top-mounted), below it (under-mounted), or level with it (flush-mounted).
A top-mounted sink has a lip that rests on the surface of the countertop.
An under-mounted sink sits blow the surface of the countertop.
An offset drain hole frees up space underneath the sink for storage.
Farmhouse sinks (also called apron sinks) feature an exposed front that sometimes juts past the front of the cabinetry that surrounds it. They are commonly used in kitchens with a rustic or country-style decor, and the sinks themselves often are deeper than average. Farmhouse sinks can be integrated with furniture pieces that serve to replace the traditional cabinet sink base, creating a custom look for the kitchen. They often have no deck, so the faucet and other accessories are mounted directly into the countertop behind the bowl.
When you buy a new sink, you must decide how many holes you will need in the "deck" - the flat part behind the bowls. Depending on the style of faucet you choose, you will need one to three holes to accommodate the taps and spigot. More holes will be needed for a hot-water dispenser, a spray accessory (if it's not integrated into the faucet) or a built-in soap dispenser. It's difficult, if not impossible, to add holes once the sink is in place, so get as many as you think you'll ever need. Special accessories are available to camouflage un-used holes.
A sink with the drain hole placed farther back than the usual centre position frees up space underneath by pushing the pipes closer to the back of the cabinet. Look for this feature if you need to keep garbage or recycling containers under the sink.