Sinks

Buying a New Sink?

You use it every day. Whether you’re washing dishes, food or maybe even the baby, your sink works just as hard as you do. You want a sink that combines functionality and style. With so many colors, designs, depths, widths and new materials to choose from, it will be an exciting adventure to replace an old sink or install a new one to match your kitchen design and décor. You’ll need to consider the space, countertop, and cabinetry while selecting a sink.

In order to find the best sink for your home, the following information on sink configuration, materials and installation will guide you to finding your perfect match.

Select the Kitchen Sink That's Best For You 

There are several things to consider when selecting a sink. You need to consider the space you have to work with.

Configuration refers to the size of the sink and the number of bowls. Think about the size of your kitchen and how you use your rink. The scale of the sink should match the scale of your kitchen.

Number of Holes: The majority of top-mount sinks are available with 1-4 pre-drilled holes for the faucets and accessories such as separate sprayer, soap dispenser, hot water or filtered water unit. Make sure that the sink has the necessary number of holes aligned to accommodate your faucet and accessories. If the sink you selected has more holes than needed, you can purchase a decorative cover to hide them.

Kitchen Sink Selections

Depth:

Most kitchen sinks are 8” deep. If you cook with large pots or baking pans you’ll want to consider sinks with a 10” depth, making it easier to wash or soak oversized items. When replacing a sink with an extra deep bowl, make sure that the depth will not interfere with the existing plumbing or disposal unit.

Drain Position

The most common is a center-drain. Some sinks have an off-set or rear-positioned drain, which offers more usable bowl space and cabinet space underneath. Sine the pipes run at the back of the sink, it may require a change in plumbing.

Kitchen Bowl Sink Types

    Get the Right Look For Your Kitchen
    Whatever your requirements are, there is a sink to meet your needs. Here’s how to determine if a single bowl, double bowl, triple bowl or bar sink is the perfect match for your space and lifestyle.

    Single Bowl Sink

    Generally used in small kitchens where counter space is at a premium. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends a 22” x 24” single bowl sink for kitchens 150 sq. ft. and smaller. Single bowl sinks vary in size, ranging from 14” – 50” or more in width and a large single bowl is becoming a popular option in kitchen design. If you have a tiny kitchen, consider a corner sink designed for installation in an L-shaped countertop making great use of wasted space otherwise.

    Double Bowl Sink

    The traditional kitchen usually has a 33” Double Bowl Sinks. It can be two equally sized 13” wide bowls, one used for washing and one for food prep; or a dual level sink with one oversized bowl to wash in and a significantly smaller bowl for rinsing or for garbage disposal.

    Triple Bowl Sink

    These sinks have two large bowls for washing and rinsing on either side of a small center bowl for food prep and garbage disposal. They are often found in large gourmet kitchens or busy homes where food prep and washing goes on at the same time. Wider sinks may require custom cabinets.

    Bar Sinks

    Today, it is trendy to have two separate sinks. Bar Sinks, also known as entertainment or prep sinks, are great for kitchen islands.These are small sinks range from measurements of 15” – 25” long, 15” wide, 5” – 6” deep, often round or square and are usually made of either stainless steel or copper. These sinks can also be installed in a home bar or entertainment area.

    Faucets

    Kitchen Faucet Types and Styles
    Functional Kitchen Faucets

    A new kitchen faucet can dramatically change the style of the room. While the main functions of proving hot and cold water for food prep and clean up remains the same. Today’s faucets are not only easier to use, more functional and durable, but are also works of art. If you haven’t looked at kitchen faucets in a while, you’ll be awed by the number of styles, sizes, finishes and features available.

    Consider Mounting
    The first thing to consider is mounting. A Deck Mount faucet, installed on the sink or behind it on the counter, is commonly found in most kitchens. If you prefer an easy to clean countertop, a Wall Mount faucet, installed directly above the sink, may be the best choice for you. Once this decision is made, you can move on to handles, spout types, sprayers, finishes and mechanisms. So besides looking great, here’s a look at the other factors involved when selecting your new kitchen faucet.

    Easy To Handle
    Kitchen faucets have one or two handles or levers. This seems like a simple choice until you consider the specialty faucets on the market today. It is important to make sure the faucet’s spout will effectively reach the entire sink and that the size of the spout works with the size of the sink and with the overall kitchen space.

    Single Handle Faucets
    Are equipped with one handle you move from side to side to control the hot and cold-water temperatures by using just one hand. Single handle faucets are easier to install, can be attached to the faucet or stand-alone, and require one or two sink holes. Many models come with a mounting plate to cover up three unused holes and a side sprayer that is integrated in the main faucet deck.

    Double Handle Faucets
    Come with two separate handles that control the hot and cold water for more precise temperature settings. The double handle faucet requires three sink holes and is harder to install. The handles may be deck mounted or mounted individually. The sprayer is typically separate from the faucet head and requires a sink hole.

    Faucet Arc Types

    When it comes to the type of arc you select, it is important to make sure that the faucet’s spout will effectively reach the entire sink and that the size of the spout works with the size of the sink and the overall kitchen.

    High Arc Spouts
    Also known as “Gooseneck” spouts, are generally 8” – 10” above the surface of the sink providing more room to easily accommodate items such as pots. While high arc faucets add style, they can cause splashing in a shallow sink.

    Low Arc Spouts
    Also known as standard spouts, are generally 3” – 5” above the surface of the sink. These compact models are often less expensive but make it hard to fit oversized items underneath.

    Faucet Sprayer Types

    Sprayers are convenience that allows you to get close to whatever you are filling or cleaning – pots, vegetables or the sink itself. The targeted spraying with added water pressure gets you faster results. Some faucets incorporate pullout or pull-down spray heads into the spout, combining style with function by leaving the sink deck clean. Whatever you select, make sure the handles are easy to maneuver and that the sprayer returns easily.

    Pull-Out Faucets
    This is the most popular type of faucet. The spouts are curved or angled, allowing the head to be pulled out and extended with a flexible spray hose that can be directed right where you need it. Pull-out faucets have a longer section of the head that pulls away, allowing for a larger grip area.

    Pull-Down Faucets
    These faucets are equipped with faucet spouts that rise into a high arc, allowing the head to be pulled down into the sink. They are available for single or double handle faucets, allowing for more space and flexibility in the sink.

    Kitchen Faucet Styles

    Style is another factor to consider when selecting a faucet. There are three faucet types to choose from, traditional, contemporary and transitional faucets. You’ll want to determine which style will work the best with your chosen decor. 

    Transitional Kitchen Faucets
    Combine the appearances of traditional and contemporary faucets for an enduring style. If you’re looking for a faucet the mirrors more of a modern design, combining practicality and comfort, then this is perfect style for you.

    Traditional Faucets
    This faucet has a vintage style, effortlessly adding class to any room. Its high arc is perfect for filling basins, while adding an exciting display of the flowing water. This faucet is perfect for the person who wants something simple, yet classic.

    Contemporary Faucets
    Provides a sleek and minimalistic look, perfect for the modern home. Originally inspired by Bauhau’s “art into industry,” its symmetry reflects a pure and uninterrupted style, allowing you to focus on its functional precision with its streamlined design.

    Faucet Design Types

    There’s an array of faucet design types which can easily add style and functionality to your home. Explore your options and see how you can effortlessly enhance your workspace.

    Bridge Style
    Provides a classic look for double-handle faucet design. With a nostalgic feel, bridge faucets have a high reaching swing spout and exposed spoke-style handles, that can be deck or wall mounted.

    Commercial Style
    Brings the industrial look of a professional kitchen and the hardworking features of a commercial-style faucet into your home.

    Pot Filler Faucets
    Allow you easy access to water so you can fill pots without going to the sink. A pot filler is usually a cold water faucet that can be wall mounted over the stove or deck mounted on the countertop next to it. Look for an extra long swivel arm to fill pots on both the front and back burners and an arm that folds back against the wall when not in use.

    Bar Style
    This style is made to coordinate with your secondary sink, whether it’s used for food prep or entertaining. When selecting a bar faucet, it’s best to choose one that has both hot and cold water. Many manufacturers offer faucet families where the bar faucet is a smaller version of the kitchen sink faucet.

     

    Vanities

    No matter what your personal tastes are – traditional, contemporary or somewhere in the middle – a bathroom vanity is a truly helpful and stylish addition to your home. There are so many different sizes and styles of vanities available that you’ll be able to find one that expresses your personal style while providing you with a functional piece of furniture.

    Type of Bathroom Vanities

    Depending on the size and shape of your bathroom, you can choose from a single sink, double sink, corner or wall-hung vanity. The type of vanity you choose is dependent on how much space you have, how much storage you need, and finding an aesthetic that works for you. If you have a larger space, you’ll have more freedom to experiment with extravagant double bathroom vanities that transform the entire room. Small bathroom vanities or single bathroom vanities, on the other hand, should be as functional as possible.

    When you’re choosing your vanity, keep in mind a few important things: the size and style of your bathroom, materials, price, style and who will be using the vanity.

    Vanity Styles
    When choosing a vanity style, your personal taste is the most important factor, but keep in mind that the vanity needs to fit in with the rest of the décor. Check out the rest of the bathroom fixtures and accessories to get a sense of what would fit in.

    Traditional vanities will have classic lines and decorative trimming. Traditional vanities will be warm and inviting, and will showcase an elegant and regal look. Dark woods like mahogany or oak will be used, or polished and sculpted metals.

    Contemporary vanities feature smooth and sleek lines and simple yet striking design. There will be minimal decorative flourish, but unique curves and angles will be pleasing to the eye. Colors will generally be monochromatic. White bathroom vanities or black bathroom vanities are a natural fit with contemporary design.

    Vanity Sinks
    Choosing the sink that goes along with your vanity can have a great impact on the overall look of the unit. Think about how the sink will generally be used and how often, and choose accordingly. Choose from self-rimming, under mount and vessel sinks.

    There are a variety of different materials you can select for a vanity top, including wood, concrete, ceramic, stainless steel and even glass bathroom vanities. Be careful when you’re shopping for a vanity top, as many of the tops come with pre-cut holes to fit different styles of vanities. You don’t want to be stuck with a double sink vanity top when you have a single sink vanity. Think about the type of sink you’ll be pairing the top with, then find a top that will be complementary, or vice versa.

    Function and Storage
    The size and function of your bathroom vanity will be dependent on the size of your bathroom. More space in your bathroom allows you to find a larger vanity, which in turn gives you more storage space. If you have a smaller room, you’ll want to find a vanity with as much storage as possible without taking up a ton of space in the room.

    Vanity Creativity
    Be creative when you’re choosing a bathroom vanity, as they allow you the most freedom and potential to do something truly unique. You can create a beautiful and distinctive bathroom that truly expresses your passion and taste for design. 

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