When it comes to renovating or building your kitchen, it is easy to forget about some of the finer details. Although making your kitchen aesthetically pleasing is a very important aspect to consider, it is also very important that it is functional and the appliances and design are intended to make your life easier. The kitchen sink is probably rarely considered as a vital part of your kitchen design, however it can play a key role in determination of your kitchen tap, bench top design and under-sink storage space.
So, what is there to consider when buying your kitchen or laundry sink?
The first thing to determine is the configuration of your desired sink. Do you want a double bowl with drainer, or will a simple single bowl suffice? If wanting a drainer, will left hand or right hand side work best? Does a round shape or square shape suit best? There are many options in shape, size and added accessories. Remember to consult your architect and kitchen floor plans to make sure the desired sink and shape will fit your bench and cupboard space area
The next big decision is whether you want a top mount or under mount kitchen sink. A top mount sink, also known as a drop-in or rimmed sink are dropped into a hole cut into your bench top leaving a lip around the edge on the surface of your bench top.
Under mount sinks basically look the same as a top mount however without the visible outer lip. Under mount sinks are not suitable for all bench tops as they require a thicker bench surface and will hang a little lower underneath, slightly reducing your under-cupboard space. Under mount sinks provide a slightly sleeker, upmarket look however the choice mostly comes down to your own taste. One major functional advantage with an under mount sink is when cleaning, you can just wipe your bench top mess straight into the sink.
The bowl size and depth can be a big decision based on your cooking habits. Those that do a lot of cooking and baking will need a large, deep sink in order to contain large amounts of cooking implements. The depth will however effect the under-cupboard space so keep this in mind if you are installing an under sink waste bin.
Fabricated or pressed:
Pressed sink bowls are when a single piece of stainless steel is pressed over a mould and stretched into shape. This often means that the material over the corner and edge area is stretched, weakening the composition. A fabricated sink is when a piece of steel is folded and then the sides are welded together. This way, the material is uniform in thickness throughout the entire body.
When choosing a stainless steel sink, you often get the choice between a brushed or polished finish. A polished kitchen sink often looks great in a showroom but in the home environment when used all throughout the day, a polished kitchen sink will need regular cleaning and wiping to rid fingerprints and grime. A brushed kitchen sink is much more durable in terms of appearance. Scratches and water spots will be naturally hidden within the brushed texture making it much more family-friendly. In the end, it will most likely come down to what matches your pre-existing appliances.
Although right-angle corners and edges may look appealing, a slightly curved radius is a lot more practical when it comes to cleaning your kitchen sink. This way grime and bacteria wont build up in the corner area and your sink can be wiped clean in one swift motion. At the Renovator Store, the Swedia Stainless Steel Sink range all contain 10mm radius corners to make cleaning much easier.
Although rarely considered, the thickness of your sink can make a big difference. Sink thickness can be measured in ‘gauge’ where a smaller number denotes a thicker sink. Sink thickness often ranges between 16 and 22 gauge. Benefits of a 16 gauge or 1.5mm sink is that it will be stronger, more durable and last longer. The thickness can also help to reduce noise from clanging cutlery and help to reduce temperature retention.
Now that all the practical features have been discussed, its time to find a sink and style that suits you! The Renovator Store offer a wide range of stainless steel sinks that vary between 1.2mm and 1.5mm in thickness. The 304 grade stainless steel composition ensures strength, durability and long-life. Jump online today at www.renovatorstore.com.au. to check them out!