What to consider when getting new sinks

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Whether you’re having a kitchen or bathroom renovation, it’s important to think about what type of sink design you want. With all of the work that goes into bathroom or kitchen remodeling, the sink’s design may become an afterthought for some homeowners, but the truth is that there’s a lot to think about and you’ll likely use that sink multiple times a day every day.

Here are some of the most important things to consider when it comes to choosing the right sink design for your home.

Focus on the materials
The brand name really doesn’t matter compared to the materials used. It’s much more important to get a sink that will be durable and resilient.

With stainless steel, its gauge explains its thickness. A lower gauge means a thicker metal. Stainless steel sinks are very popular, especially in the kitchen, because they’re so durable. Enamel and acrylic sinks are less durable, with acrylic sometimes melting under heat, Consumer Reports explained.

This sink showcases a well thought out and perfectly executed design.
This farm sink showcases a well thought out and perfectly executed design.

Think about size
Homeowners should tie the size of their sink to the square footage of their room. If your kitchen remodeling project is expanding your kitchen, you may want to consider a larger sink or multiple sinks. Bathroom sinks are usually smaller, but should be proportional to the room. If you’re making a larger bathroom, feel free to put in dual sinks.

Get creative
Sure, it’s important to decide whether you want undermount or self-rimmed sinks, but there are so many possibilities when it comes to sinks that you should get more adventurous. Houzz showcased some unique sink options with everything from shape and configuration to accessories.

Know what you’re asking for
Many people choose a sink simply because they like the way it looks. While there’s nothing wrong with this method, you may end up with a sink that is nice to look at but impractical for your needs. Farm sinks, like the one pictured above, are great for kitchens that accumulate a large quantity of dishes. The spacious, deep basin provides plenty of space and the semi-industrial look creates a chic atmosphere. For homeowners who have back problems, a low and deep sink may not be the most advantageous option, though.

As for double sinks, couples tend to think that these are the best sink designs to choose for their shared bathroom. However, consider that while you’re getting two sinks, they’re smaller in size than your typical sink and take up twice as much room. Explore traditional undermount sinks and vessel bowls for a more modern look or even a pedestal sink if you are looking for a higher height option.

The whole point of a bathroom or kitchen renovation is to improve your space, so why not make it customized to you? Check back soon for an in-depth guide to the various styles of sinks.

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