A main part of any kitchen or bathroom is the sink. It’s used on a regular basis, so it only makes sense that thought should be put in to what type of sink you would like to have. There are many different types of sinks, each with its own pros and cons.
Also called “apron-front”, these types of sinks have a deep basin with a broad front part that blends in to the cabinets. They create a vintage look in any kitchen because of their traditional look. They are oriented closer to the front so it is easier to get closer to the sink to wash. Their deep basin adds to its functionality, as more can be placed into the sink, and it is less likely for water to splash up onto the countertops. Until recently, these sinks have needed custom cabinetry because of the front apron. However, KC Cabinetry can design these sinks into your kitchen remodel with standard semi-custom cabinets
This type of sink requires a metal rim around the sink. The frame is usually rounded and attaches directly to the countertop. The frame covers the gap between the sink and the countertop. This type of sink is the easiest to install and the most common in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as the cheapest. However, it lacks any sort of artistic flair.
These easy to install sinks have the rim of the sink overlapping the countertops. Heavy sinks are held in place because of their weight, while lighter sinks are simple bolted or clipped into place. It works with any type of kitchen or bathroom, and can be installed without damaging or ripping out any of the countertops.
These sinks are installed by bringing the sink up from under the counter. This makes installation easy, as there are no changes needed to fit into the base cabinet. No rim shows above the countertop and it creates a seamless, sleek, and modern look. However, solid materials such as granite, quartz, or marble should be used. If laminate countertops are used, the edge above the sink is exposed. Condensation can enter under the countertops, causing it to bubble up.
This bathroom sink is mounted on to the wall at a functional level. They hang on a bracket and often have a shroud and backsplash tile to make it look more attractive as well as to cover up the piping. These are perfect for smaller bathrooms because they do not take up much floor space. However, they do take away from storage space, as there are no cabinets underneath. The faucet needs to be long enough to reach the sink, and they do not have an overflow hole. They also need to be fitted with a grid drain. However, they do add certain flair to the bathroom, and are very functional for those in wheelchairs.
While they are a significant investment, pedestal sinks are also perfect for smaller bathrooms. They are incredibly versatile in style and some even have the options of having two faucets, one for hot water and the other for cold. They are very easy to clean and maintain. However, installation can be a hassle because of the piping. They also have the same faucet and overflow problems as wall-mounted sinks. These are a good choice for impressing party guests and are very beautiful in any type of bathroom.
Free standing basins:
Also called vessel-style, these bathroom sinks have the basin sitting on the countertops for a look that can be integrated into any style. They come in many different types of materials and do not necessarily have to match with the bath or toilet, and go with any type of countertop material. However, there are many installation changes to consider. The countertops, for example, must be installed at a lower height in order for the sink to be at the right level. A way to get around this is to install the sink on a piece of furniture that is designed specifically for vessel sinks. Another difficulty is the faucet. If the water falls onto the side of the sink, a significant amount of splashing will occur. The faucet needs to be long enough for the water to fall directly into the middle of the basin, as well as giving enough space between the faucet and basin. While there are some difficulties with the free standing basins, they come in so many shapes, colors, styles, and are so versatile that their style makes up for any installation complications. KC Cabinetry can help you decide on the perfect sink, for your new kitchen renovation. Call or come in to our kitchen showroom today!
- Cassandra Cordova, KC Cabinetry intern