How To Choose The Right Size And Shape Sink For You

Choice – we all want it, but when you’re in the midst of a kitchen makeover the number of decisions you have to make can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. So we’re going to give you the low down on how to pick the right sized kitchen sink for you, hopefully making that final decision that bit easier.

First, you need to determine whether you’re replacing like for like or whether you’re starting from scratch with a complete refit or new build. If you’re simply refitting your kitchen sink, the likelihood is that you will need to choose the same size sink as before so that it fits into the gap in the worktop created by the previous model. If you’re unsure, take a picture of your sink area and show your kitchen retailer or installer to get their recommendations. If you have room you could go for something larger, however this will involve making the hole in your work top bigger.

If you’re completely overhauling your kitchen, there’s a multitude of shapes and sizes of sinks available and this is great as it gives you lots of flexibility to find what’s right for you, your lifestyle and the space. It doesn’t matter whether you’re kitting out a compact or large family kitchen, or even a utility room; there’s an option available to you.

Before deciding on the shape and size remember you need to think about your worktop. If you are going for a solid worktop you can go for any type of sink including an undermount but if you opt for a laminate worktop you will need to go for an inset sink.

Let’s start off by explaining the most common variations that you’re likely to be presented with. You’ll often see the sinks referred to as bowls, and usually in the following options; 1, 1.5, 2.0 or even a 2.5. Quite simply, a 1.0 bowl is a singular bowl and a 1.5 bowl features a main large bowl and usually a smaller sink which can be used for things like rinsing. And you’ve guessed it; a 2.0 is therefore usually two large bowls sat side-by-side, and a 2.5 is two large bowls with a smaller rinsing sink usually located in the middle.

Bowl Configuration

It’s important to note that not all variations of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 bowls will be the same size. You will have to look at the individual specifications to determine that. There are models which are designed with different things in mind, for instance some bowls have a slimmer width from the front to the back of the worktop, which is ideal if you have a narrow kitchen. By the same token, you will also find some 1.0 bowls with very generous proportions such as a Belfast sink or a large bowl only (no drainer) sink.

Dart 1 The Astracast 1.0 Bowl Dart is great for narrow worktops at just 435mm


When you’re trying to decide what’s going to be best for you, think about how you use your kitchen and what types of things you like to wash in your sink. What size sink is going to fit your pots and pans, or do you only need a smaller sink for rinsing salad and washing occasional items? If multiple people use the kitchen at the same time, this can be worth factoring into the decision making process too as you may be more likely to choose secondary bowls.

Whilst in most kitchens you’re likely to fit the sink straight on, you can also consider a corner fitting sink to make use of this space. If you go for a 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 version, you can pick a model with the option of fitting the sink to the right or left. Take time to consider your kitchen layout before you decide whether to fit the drainer to the right or left, so that you can create a really efficient space. If you have gone for a bowl only sink, you could also consider including a separate drainer.

Need further inspiration for your kitchen makeover? Why not head over to our Pinterest board to see some fresh ideas and share with us on Facebook your final designs.

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