Kitchen Design: Where to Place the Sink
You’ve found the perfect kitchen sink. Now to figure out where to place it. Facing a window? Near the dishwasher? Here are a few things to think about when deciding.
1. Make Use of Existing Plumbing
If you’re trying to keep your renovation costs low, you’ll probably want to make use of your existing plumbing as much as you can. Not only will it save you money, it can also enable you to reallocate funds to other important areas that might be pricey, such as countertops or backsplash tile. Keep in mind that this may not be an option for you if your current kitchen layout is downright dysfunctional.
2. A Sink With a View
For those able to either relocate their sink or choose where to position it for a new construction project, go all out and give yourself the best view available. After all, if you have to be working at the sink, you might as well make it as enjoyable as possible.
3. Evaluate Lighting
Adequate lighting, especially when working at the sink, is very important for efficiency and safety. While natural light from a window is great during the day, be sure that plenty of light can be made available (think task lighting) above and around the sink after dark so that the area is safely lit.
4. Use Window to Center
When placing your kitchen sink beneath a window, try centering it with the window. If that isn’t possible because of other space restrictions, then at least try to center the sink or faucet with a part of the window. For example, center the sink with one of the window panes. That way you’ll at least have some sort of symmetry.
5. Pair With the Dishwasher
This may go without saying, but you absolutely want your sink and dishwasher to be adjacent to one another. Coupling the two will make loading and unloading much more efficient — rinsing and scraping dishes before setting them in the dishwasher, as well as pouring off any pooled water on the dishes before putting them away.
6. Corner Sink Considerations
Corner sinks can be tricky. Generally, they’re not recommended in the kitchen because they can create traffic jams and limit access to the dishwasher. However, circumstances may dictate the need for one. If that’s the case, it’s important to consult with a design professional who will help calculate the optimal size and placement so that you ease up the room around the sink area as much as possible.
7. Create Work Zones
For kitchen layouts with an island, consider putting the sink or cooktop in it to create a handy and efficient workspace. The sink might work better in this situation, since having a huge vent hood right in the middle of the kitchen isn’t very appealing visually.
8. Stay Connected
Do you entertain guests frequently? Consider positioning your sink so that you don’t have to turn your back on them. That way you can prep refreshments while still maintaining a conversation or monitoring the kids.
If having kitchen messes on display bothers you, there are many ways to work the sink area so that you can visit with friends and family and not have them see what you’re doing. For example, a cased opening or raised countertop above the sink makes a great visual barrier that will hide any messes while allowing you access to your guests.
9. The Best of Both Worlds
Since open floor plans are popular, you might be fortunate enough to have a big open kitchen that looks out onto a pleasing view. If that’s the case, consider aligning the sink toward the dining room and the nice vista. Although everything would be on display in the kitchen when entertaining, you’d be able to take in the gorgeous view as well as visit with guests while doing food prep — the best of both worlds.
10. Multiple Sink Option
Not an option for everyone, having multiple sinks is a good fit for large households or those who entertain frequently. This design will obviously require space and a healthy budget.
When choosing multiple sinks, most people position a larger main sink under a window or oriented toward an adjacent great room or dining room. The dishwasher is placed next to this sink to ease loading and unloading. The second sink, often a smaller prep sink, is put in an island or a peninsula and used for food prep or hand washing. This layout allows several people to work in the kitchen at the same time without interfering with one another.