Choosing a Kitchen Sink That's Right for You
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 26, 2013)
For some strange reason when most people start planning to redecorate their kitchen, there is one part that they give very little thought to the sink. After all one sink is as good as another, isn't it? The truth is that there is more to choosing a kitchen sink that's right for you than grabbing the first one you find at your local home improvement store. Here are a few guidelines that you can use to ensure you get the best possible sink for your needs.
- Get measurements. When you are choosing a kitchen sink that's right for you, the first thing that you should do is get the measurements for what you will need. If all you are doing is replacing your existing sink, simply use a tape measure to measure the diagonal distance of one corner to the other of the sink. If you have a sink that has two or more basins then you will want to measure from the corner of the farthest left to the diagonal corner of the farthest right basin. However, if you are remodeling your entire kitchen, then you have a little more leeway. Just make sure that you choose a new sink that will fit within your new countertop.
- What are your needs? There different kinds of sinks that you can use, and as such it can make choosing a kitchen sink that's right for you a little difficult. While you can (and should) consider your aesthetic needs, you should also consider what you plan on using the sink for. For example, if you are going to be doing a lot of cooking in your kitchen, you will want to use a sink that has a lot of space and possibly a disposal. Additionally, if you have religious needs, or plan on doing your dishes by hand, you will want to keep that in mind.
- Style and material. Once you have your needs in mind, you can begin choosing a style that will help match those needs. For example, if you have religious needs or plan on doing your dishes by hand, then you will want a model that has multiple basins. Additionally, you should also think about the materials that you will want for your sink. Do you want stone, concrete, porcelain, or steel? All are options, and all have their own cleaning and care requirements. Make sure that you understand what those are, and that you are willing to undertake those requirements, before you make your final decision.
- Cost. Don't forget to consider your cost when you are choosing the right kitchen sink for your needs. As with most things in life, if you don't set a realistic budget for this particular item you can easily find yourself spending more than you would like. Do whatever you can to keep your purchase within budget that you have set, and if you can't easily find something that you like within that budget expand your search. This means that you can easily do some research on line, talking to professional contractors, and so on.
- Ease of installation. One last thing that you should consider when choosing the kitchen sink that is right for you is how easy it is to install. This can typically be told to you by the people who are selling it. If the model is too difficult to install for your skill level to install, then you may want to consider a different model, or hiring a professional to install it for you. However, if you do choose to have a professional install the sink for you then make sure that you include that within your budget, since it is an associated cost.
Keep in mind that these are only a few guidelines that you can use to ensure you are choosing a kitchen sink that's right for you. Add to or remove from these guidelines as you wish, until you are happy with your selection.
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