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When your renovation plans have covered everything but the you-know-what, here's some useful information about sinks and how to pick them, based on this article.

Size

New sink, old counter: If you're replacing your sink, get out the tape and find out how much space the current one takes up. You may be able to find a sink that fits the existing hole in the countertop, but be sure to allow for the sink's lip, the part that sits on the countertop. Depth may be important: you may want to fit bigger pots in it, but will more depth make it too big?

New sink, new counter: Figure out how much space your new counters will give you, allowing for structural things like joists. Think about the space around the sink too: is there enough room to stack dishes, prep meals? Position is important too - you may want to move it forward for comfort.

Mountings

Like bathroom sinks and bathtubs, kitchen sinks have a couple of mounting options. The top mount is most common and easiest to install, just drop it in the hole in the countertop. Undermount, as you might guess, is the opposite: the sink sits underneath the counter. This is a cleaner look and easier to maintain. The farmhouse style is making a comeback as well; the sink is undermounted on three sides, and sticks out slightly from the front, like a tub.

Bowls

Besides the single or double, you can also get a triple bowl, with a smaller central basin that's handy for prepping vegetables, among other things.

Faucet holes

This is a chicken and egg thing. If you pick your kitchen faucet first, that will determine the number of holes. If you pick your sink first, and the model you absolutely must have only comes with three holes, you're either stuck with a double handle tap, or those holes will need to be covered with metal plates.

Drain placement

Where do you want it? Left, right middle or back? With an off-centre drain, you get more cabinet space below, and pots can be washed while the water drains. Centred drains offer better spacing for repairs, and can look better with a centred faucet.

Material

You name it, you can probably get a kitchen sink made from it, but these days the more popular options like stainless steel and enamelled cast iron are joined by granite, copper and stone. All have their pros and cons, so why not drop by our showroom where we can talk about them?

Need more advice on kitchen sinks? Get in touch with us. It's your Access.