Kitchen Sink Placement
- Primary purposes for sink are for preparation and cleanup.
- Sink must be adjacent to or across from both the cooking area and the refrigerator.
- Include at least 24" wide landing area to one side of the sink and at least 18" wide landing area on the other side.
- If your primary preparation area is immediately next to your sink, on one side, include a section of continuous countertop of at least 36".
- The sink should be no closer than 3" from the back wall or 3" from the edge.
- Sinks come in all shapes and sizes. Sizes range from 33"- 36" - 39" - 42" and even up to 7' long, like the galley sink (click here see our past blog post on galley sinks).
- The standard size is 33" wide x 22" deep.
- Sinks can be a single bowl, or double bowl. It depends on the users preference; a double bowl allows for some drying space inside the sink. Some new sinks come with a low divide that allows you to turn the sink into a single divide when filled.
- They can also come in all kinds of materials; stainless steel, granite composite, copper, fire clay, just to name a few.
- Sinks are most commonly placed under a window or in an island; sometimes they are placed on a diagonal. If a sink is on a diagonal, a dishwasher cannot be too close to the corner; NKBA standards require 21" from the opposite corner for proper clearance.
- When designing, I often flank the sink with both a dishwasher and a garbage pullout.
- Many kitchens have a secondary sink, usually referred to as a vegetable sink. These are good to have if the range is too far away from the primary sink, or can just be a convenience if your larger sink is occupied with prep and cleanup for such things as hand washing. Vegetable sinks are usually 12" - 25" wide.
- Many homes have a wet bar area, this is usually most adjacent to the dining or living area. I find that many people want to center their bar sink, but I recommend setting it off to one side, leaving ample counter space for drink preparation.
I hope you enjoy the information in my blog! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! - Richard