Since your kitchen sink is at the heart of your home, it’s a topic that inspires lots of love at Riverbend Home. Here are a few more tips to take into account when you’re choosing a new one — plus one neat new trend just for fun.
Is your sink age-appropriate?
Children can be tough on a sink! Unlike sinks meant for more decorative areas of the house, kitchen sink materials are all quite resilient; but if your family is young, you may want to consider an extra-durable material such as granite composite.
Stainless steel is often recommended for durability but our consultants point out that it will show scratches and wear over time – even the occasional dent. The best reason to buy stainless for a family kitchen is that you can get a relatively inexpensive model now, then replace it later on when the kids stop washing their rock collections.
If you are planning on staying in your home as you get older, the height and location of your sink can make a difference. Even the depth matters: a too-deep sink can be hard on your back. Consult a designer that specializes in aging in place for advice.
Easy as one, two, three
If you’ve got a tight space, chances are you’ll go with a single basin. If you have a bit of room and you opt for two or three basins, you can choose from a wide range of configurations: equal basins, oversize/extra deep on the left or right, etc. In any case, like many kitchen sink choices lifestyle should play a starring role in your selection.
- Single basin kitchen sinks are handy for washing pots, pans, baking sheets, and oversized kitchenware. They’re also great if you will be using the sink to bathe little ones or pets.
- Double basin kitchen sinks are the most popular choice for resale purposes. You may also want one if you like a prep sink but don’t have space for a separate one, or if you wash a lot of dishes by hand.
- Triple basin kitchen sinks allow for maximum multi-tasking in the kitchen. You can have two basins for prep and washing and a third basin dedicated to a garbage disposal.
Some brands have introduced appliance sink lines that come complete with integrated accessories, such as colanders and roll mats, which blend seamlessly into the sink design. For example, the Prevoir Collection from American Standard includes a perfectly coordinated glass cutting board, colander and protective grid.
These accessories make prep and cleaning a breeze and provide a sleek, uniform look. Some models even come with a sink basin cover which provides additional counter space when the sink is not in use.
Back to basics
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