If there ever were an award for the most task-oriented space, it would go to the kitchen sink. Despite being the focal point, however, homeowners often underestimate how impractical sinks and taps can drag down the performance of the entire space. A sink isn’t something you can change in a jiffy, either– that goes to show that choosing the right kind is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your home interiors journey.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink Tip #1: Decide Based on Configuration
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The offset-style kitchen sink

A kitchen sink has ceased to be as single basin– today, they come in a variety of configurations, each suited to a different multi-tasking style.

Single basin sinks are most common because they allow you to wash plenty of large-sized utensils at once. This type of kitchen sink suits nearly any kind of kitchen.

The offset-style kitchen sink has two basins, one large and one small, and allows you to prep for cooking and wash up in the same space. These are better for smaller kitchens, where countertop space may be scarce. 
Finally, the half-and-half kitchen sink has two equal-sized basins which can accommodate a lot more pots and pans and free up space. This is ideal for homes that tend to entertain more or simply use a lot more dishes.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink Tip #2: Pick Out Your Preferred Shape
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Crisp top edges and rounded bottom sinks

Sure, you won’t be installing a fancy marble sink, but the shape of your it still matters. Many homeowners find that sinks with rounded edges are easier to clean because dirt and food don’t get stuck in corners.
Newer sinks hit two birds with one stone by displaying crisp top edges and rounded bottom corners. This type of kitchen sink, combined with an attached drainboard, is the ideal choice for homes of any kind. However, ensure you have enough countertop space to fit it!

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink Tip #3: Zone In On the Right Material
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Durable stainless steel sink

Stainless steel is everyone’s go-to when it comes to choosing a sink. It’s durable, long-lasting and virtually indestructible. If you have hard water coming out of your taps, you’ll likely see water stains forming, but that won’t affect the use of the sink much. 

Porcelain sinks sit better in vintage-style kitchens or those channelling a farmhouse aesthetic. Beware of chipping though! Stone and granite are also aesthetically pleasing choices, but they can prove to be expensive and high-maintenance in the long run.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink Tip #4: Accessorise with Practical Taps
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Perfect for filling large cooking pots

Taps may seem like an easy enough style decision, but they can make or break your experience. Even if you go for the classic two-knob tap, consider installing an extendable spray or shower arm– this will help clean out far corners of the sink and fill large pots easily. 

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink Tip #5: Maintain Standard Heights
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The correct height for a sink

The sink and countertop were the first elements of a modular design to get standardised. However, the kitchen counter height may vary according to the height of the person using the kitchen. Between your elbow height and countertop, there should be an approximate gap of 15cm. Subsequently, the sink is almost always the same height as the kitchen counter height for obvious reasons. However, the ideal depth of a sink is 56 cm.

Designing a kitchen can be a nerve wracking experience, but knowing your options beforehand will make it that much easier to cross tasks off your list!

You can also learn more about How to Make Your Kitchen More Efficient to make other parts of your kitchen work for you.

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— editor@livspace.com