The kitchen sink tends to be a focal point of any traditional kitchen design. Design trends have changed and the sink isn’t the feature it once was - there are many other gadgets and new ideas to distract us from the sink. Dishwashers and splashbacks are usually higher on the 'kitchen features' priority list.
It makes sense then that kitchen sinks have become smaller. Indeed, why would you need a large sink when everything pops into the dishwasher? Smaller sinks are also a reflection of less generous living areas and limited bench space – I mean, why would you install a sink you could wash a small child in when you could replace it with a smaller, more functional vessel half the size.
Small Kitchen Sink Options
Generally, kitchen sinks come in 3 main bowl designs. One bowl, two bowl and three bowl. For a small kitchen or those who rely more on the dishwasher, a one-bowl kitchen sink is the best option to take.
Below, you’ll find various ways to solve your sink woes through great designs for one-bowl small kitchen sinks. Small kitchen sinks can provide you with more bench space and can help save you water too.
An undermount sink can save space by not taking up valuable bench space with the traditional fixed draining rack. Instead opt for a portable drain rack that you can pop away after you finished with it.
Franke sinks, taps and sink accessories dominate the kitchen sink market through-out the US, UK and AUS. It is obvious why! Franke seem to be able to take an everyday sink and give it the designers edge... whether it is a single bowl sink or a triple bowl with a large side drainer.
If you're in the market for new small kitchen sink it's worth considering a few extras to make the most of your new sink...
Consider a pull out tap for quick and practical hand washing. Here is one created by Astracast, who also have a wide range of single bowl sinks.
A portable drainer is another great accessory. They can either be placed on the bench next to you or placed over the sink – this is a great space saving idea instead of having a permanent draining rack attached to your sink recess.
Don’t miss out on a stylish chopping board that can be placed over your sink to save space or to match your new small kitchen sink. This one is designed by Carron.
Savvy small kitchen sink designs
If you're in the process of brainstorming your new kitchen, here's a few small kitchen designs and resources for you to draw inspiration from; Apartment Therapy runs an annual competition for the coolest small kitchen awards and small apartment designs. Take a peek at 2007’s Coolest Small Kitchen Winner and the other finalist for some creative small kitchen concepts.
Kitchen sinks can be installed by a tradesman or you can try doing it yourself. There are many books and websites dedicated to kitchen DIY. Some sink manufacturers will supply concise installation instructions, however the more intricate a sink design, the harder it is to install and more often than not, it should be left to the professionals. In the case of undermount sinks (which are the most difficult to mount) - they should definiteley be left for a qualified tradesman to install.
If you do want to try installing your own sink, here are a few sites that will help you on your way;