When remodeling your kitchen, there are dozens of decisions to make about fixtures, materials, appliances, and everything else—including the kitchen sink. It may seem like a small choice, but the kitchen sink and faucet are two of the most frequently used items in a kitchen. Because they are also often a focal point of the kitchen, both form and function are important in the decision-making process.
Ergonomics for Ease of Use
How tall are you? Deeper sinks are great for washing large pans, but for taller people, they can cause back pain due to crouching. Your personal preferences will need to be taken into consideration, especially ergonomic requirements. Everyone should consider ergonomics during the design process. Poor functionality is more than just an annoyance; it can cause strain or repetitive motion injuries over time.
Most homeowners spend a significant amount of time at their kitchen sink prepping, cooking, and washing dishes. If you enjoy gardening, canning may be an activity that keeps you at the sink for hours. You don’t want to have fatigue or pain from a sink that does not meet your personal requirements for ergonomics. Consider your height, faucet placement (are you right-handed or left-handed?), and the types of items you want to have within reach in this part of your kitchen.
Customization Versus Simplicity: Configuration, Accessories, and Shape
Do you like using a single sink or do you require two, or even more, basins? What about accessories? Are you the type of person who would use custom cutting boards or inserts or would those items seem superfluous? Accessories to precisely fit your new sink are all the rage. Strainers for washing vegetables, cutting boards that fit over your sink’s lip, or sink grids are popular options. Minimalists find these extras to be nothing more than a nuisance; they’re one more kitchen item to clean. Other people find accessories that fit the kitchen sink useful; it streamlines their cooking and cleaning process.
Aesthetics play a role when considering sink shape; for example, farmhouse, or apron, sinks have been a trend for the past several years with no end in sight. Many people love the vintage feel of these single basin apron sinks, and they come in a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, fireclay, porcelain, and copper which is currently trending all over the kitchen. Some homeowners prefer square sinks with sharp angles, while others want a rounded or curved shape for ease of cleaning.
The Perfect Faucet Makes the Perfect Sink
Is a big sprayer faucet a must-have item for your kitchen requirements, or a pricey feature that you would never use? There are many different varieties of kitchen faucet, from automated and touchless versions, to industrial sprayers or stationary faucets. Again, consider which activities you are using the kitchen sink for. Pot fillers can be a wonderful add-on for the dedicated home cook, but industrial sprayers and fillers may be wasted on someone who does not cook often or wash many dishes. For the person who does not prepare frequent meals at home, one perk is getting to choose a sink and faucet based on aesthetic appeal.
Whatever choices you make for your new kitchen, we are here to help you through the entire process. At GJK Remodeling we can help you consider all of your requirements and desires for a new space in your kitchen remodel, including the kitchen sink.