We previously discussed the various materials of which both kitchen and bathroom sinks can be made. The variety of materials and differences between them can make a big impact on the look of your home and your budget. Two elements equally as important when picking the right sink option for your next project are the style and mount of your type of your sink. Just like the material, these choices need to make sense in fitting your lifestyle and home design.
When it comes to styles of sinks, there are three main options to consider: single bowl, double bowl, and farmhouse (or apron front). These may seem like silly options, but they really can make a big impact in the overall design and function of a space.
Single Bowl sinks have just that, a single bowl or basin. Think of the type of sink you would typically place in a bathroom. A single basin can also come in handy if you have a compact kitchen space, or you may prefer a large single bowl sink in the kitchen for cleaning up large cookware. A single bowl sink will also typically run a bit cheaper than a double bowl sink.
Double Bowl sinks have, you guessed it, two basins. These sinks are very popular for use in kitchens. They can allow for one side stacking dishes, while the other remains clear for hand washing and food preparation. There are many possible configurations as well, to include two equally sized bowls, one bowl larger than the other, or one bowl deeper than the other side. When making these decisions, it is important to ensure you choose a basin size that will allow for adequate space for cleaning larger cookware, even if that means spending a bit more for a larger sink.
Farmhouse/Apron Front sinks also come in single and double bowls, but they have one defining feature that sets them apart from other sink styles. The front facing section of a farmhouse sink actually replaces the front edge of counter and upper cabinet. These sinks tend to be a bit on the pricier side and require a bit more design when it comes to countertop planning. The tradeoff is gaining a very traditional or rustic looking kitchen.
Sinks get mounted, or placed, in the counter in one of two manners. This is an aspect that most people give the least amount of considerations to, but it can have some of the biggest impact when it comes to design.
Top Mount sinks, or drop-in sinks, get mounted above the counter. They have a lip or slight ledge around the perimeter that sits atop the counter, holding the sink the in place. This makes them easy to install and more budget friendly. On the flip side, they don’t have the sleek profile of a an undermount sink.
Undermount sinks, on the other hand, mount under the counter. This means that the sink has to be glued to the bottom of the counter, or in the case of heavier sinks, require an additional support system. These sinks also require extra consideration when choosing countertop materials, as the edge of the counter will be exposed and it is likely holes will need to be cut for faucets and fixtures. While this clearly adds up to higher costs, undermount sinks provide a sleek, modern look. The aesthetic appeal is why many choose this sink type for their homes today.