In theory it is not difficult to choose a kitchen sink. All you need to do is choose the material, colour and size.
In practice, you have to account for a number of things in order to avoid cutting the cabinet to fit the sink, changing the kitchen worktop or the plumbing kit, and complaining about bad positioning of the sink which makes typical kitchen operations a hassle.
As kitchen sink producers we have heard of just about any issue experienced by people who have not properly thought their sink choice through. In this article we will share our experience about:
- where NOT to install a sink
- why it is better to buy a granite sink with ready-made holes
- when the sink won’t fit in the cabinet
- which worktop material to choose
- what the small bowl in the 1.5-bowl sink is for
- how NOT to choose sink colour
- the most important feature of a good kitchen tap
- how to get rid of stains from a granite sink
Let’s now answer these questions.
Where NOT to install a sink
Sinks come in various shapes and sizes – rectangular, round, with or without a drainer.
Such a wide selection enables customers to choose sinks that best fit their kitchens. However, what customers very often don’t take into consideration is … the space next to the sink.
For practical reasons, it is best not to install the sink:
- immediately next to the cooktop – dirty water and the washing-up liquid may get into the food while it is being cooked
- with the bowl located in the immediate vicinity of the fridge or wall – the washing-up is inconvenient with a fridge or wall right beside
- underneath a low hanging cabinet – such a cabinet makes it difficult to wash, remove or put large objects into the sink, and blocks the view when a tall person is doing the washing-up.
- by the window – when installing a sink by the window, you should be aware that a convenient place for a sink drier in the cabinet above the sink will no longer be available. In addition, the tap may cause inconvenience while opening and closing the window.
If you are planning to install a food shredder, you need to allow for a lot of space under the sink.
Did you know?
Our offer includes plumbing kits mounted by the wall which do not require as much space as traditional solutions, thus leaving space for waste segregation bins in the cabinet under the sink.
Why it is better to buy a granite sink with ready-made holes
Granite sinks can be divided into those which:
- have mounting holes made by the manufacturer
- have no holes but there are places where they can be punched and sanded on one’s own
- have no holes or special places for them, in which case they must be made with a special drill bit
For obvious reasons, punching a hole is not an ideal solution – it can sometimes result in chipping the edge of the hole, which cannot be compensated for by sanding. Please note that such a defect is not covered by the warranty.
Additionally, if we buy sinks with holes to be punched, we will not be able to make them elsewhere without drilling.
Drilling a hole in a sink requires a special drill bit (from about 60 PLN), a handle (for about 80 PLN) and a lot of time.
What is more, there have been instances of sinks breaking up during both the drilling and the punching process. For this reason, the fitters with no experience with this sometimes refuse to make holes because they do not want to take responsibility for any damage to the sink.
Did you know?
When you buy a sink from our shop, we will make holes for you for free – as many as you want and in as many places as you want!
When the sink won’t fit in the cabinet
Most kitchen cabinets are manufactured in sizes of 40 cm, 45 cm, 50 cm, 60 cm and 80 cm. Sink manufacturers are aware of this fact, so very often the description of their product will include the cabinet size that a given sink will fit into. However, there is one thing that can make the sink impossible to fit into the cabinet it is designed for – the washing-up liquid dispenser.
But let’s start with the basics.
In order to fit the sink that is placed on the kitchen worktop (the most popular type of sink by far) into the cabinet, its bowl(s) must fit in between the walls of the cabinet. In other words, the outer width of the bowl (or bowls) must be smaller than the inner width of the cabinet. (The size of the drainer does not matter, as it does not enter the cabinet)
Here is how it looks.
However, if you want to install a washing-up liquid dispenser, you may find that the place where the dispenser is to be installed is in the the sink wall. Here is how it looks.
Apparently, installing the dispenser in the selected place will make the sink impossible to fit in the cabinet and a space on its side will have to be cut for the container. That is why we recommend that you carefully consider the position of the sink accessories in terms of how much space they require underneath the cabinet.
Did you know?
If you decide to order a sink from us, we will make holes for mounting the accessories in the places of your choice. This service is free of charge. All you need to do is give us the right information in the order message.
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Which worktop material to choose
A kitchen worktop, together with an appropriate sink, are the most displayed and visible elements of the kitchen. However, it is worth considering carefully the choice of the material for the worktop as any bad decision here will stand out for years to come.
Stone, granite or composite will be good for both sinks suspended under the worktop and those placed onto it.
For the latter, tops made of laminated chipboard can be used. They can make use of different types of veneer – including those that imitate wood. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty of providing proper protection for the edges of laminated worktops against water, it is not a good choice for suspended sinks.
On the other hand, a real wood worktop, despite having a beautiful look, will not be a good choice in most kitchens.
Wooden worktops are not very resistant to long-term effects of water so they require impregnation. Only oak and teak wood, which are more resistant, are an exception. However, even if you have a worktop made of such wood and carry out regular impregnations, you should remember to constantly wipe off stains so that the wood does not swell and deform over the years.
For this reason, we recommend a wooden worktop only to people who use the kitchen occasionally and wash the dishes mainly in the dishwasher.
What the small bowl in a 1.5-bowl sink is for
The small bowl in 1.5-bowl sinks can be used in a variety of ways. It is most often used for defrosting meat, washing fruit and vegetables or cutlery. However, sometimes it is also used as a place to soak cutlery with dried dirt, for example, before properly washing it up.
Check out our range of 1.5-bowl sinks.
How NOT to choose the sink colour
We often come across an opinion that the it is best to select sink colour in the shop.
However, the truth is that by choosing colour this way we are not able to determine what it will look like in our kitchen.
This is because the lighting conditions and colours in the kitchen directly influence the colour presentation. For this reason, the colour of the same sink will look different in the shop and in our kitchen.
It is even worse if we choose colour only when looking at a photo on screen.
The colours on monitor screens and displays vary depending on the technology of the display, its settings, as well as the camera and lighting used during the product photo shoot.
So what is the best way to choose the colour of your sink?
The best and at the same time the most convenient way to choose the right colour for your kitchen sink is to order colour samples.
Did you know?
You can order colour samples of our sinks completely free of charge. If you order them today, within a week you will receive 5 x 5 cm samples with the colour of your choice, made of the same granite as our sinks.
What is the most important feature of a good kitchen tap
It wasn’t such a long time ago when practically in every kitchen one could find traditional solutions with two taps for hot and cold water. Some of them were fitted to the sink, whereas others to the work top or the wall. However, all of them had the same disadvantage – a low-positioned water outlet from the spout.
This made it difficult to pour water into the kettle or put large pots in or out of the sink.
Such taps are still available, but we warn anyone who looks at them with sentiment. A good tap should have a water outlet placed at least 15 cm from the base of the tap. Only then will it be easy and convenient to use the sink and the tap.
An ideal solution, on the other hand, is a tap that not only has a high water outlet but also a pull-out spout. This is an invaluable solution in kitchens with a single bowl sink, which is often filled with dirty dishes.
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How to get rid of stains from a granite sink
Sometimes it is possible to come across opinions in Internet forums that one can see stains on granite sinks that are difficult to remove. Is this true?
First of all, the main reason for the formation of stains is the high content of scale in the water, so stains will not be everybody’s problem.
In order to prevent scale from settling on the sink, it is enough to regularly wipe the sink with a washing-up liquid and dry it with a cloth. The sink can also be impregnated with cooking oil so that scale settles on it more slowly.
However, if the scale content in the water is high and we haven’t cleaned the sink for a long time, larger stains may appear. In order to get rid of them we recommend that the sink is wiped with a kitchen sponge with a bleach (e.g. Domestos) and after a few minutes dried with a cloth.
We warn against using strong caustic agents, such as Cif, and scrubbing with wire scourers. Using them may irreparably damage the surface of the sink.