How to fit a kitchen sink tap

Updated February 21, 2017

While replacing your kitchen sink tap, first make sure the new tap will fit into the existing space. Most kitchen taps should fit all sinks, but there can be some reasons why they do not. Compare the old sink tap measurements to the new one to ensure it will fit before you begin working. Consider how many holes the old tap has, which will help you choose the new one. This will save you time and effort in the end.

Measure the spout length with a tape measure to ensure you have enough clearance between the end of the spout to the sink basin for cleaning pots and pans. Consider a goose-neck tap or a wall-mounted tap if this is a concern since they allow for high clearance.

Count the number of holes in your sink. Sink tap holes range from one hole to four holes. Most sink decks or escutcheon metal plates that cover the tap range from 15 to 45 cm (6 to 16 inches) wide. Try to keep a similar configuration for your current sink tap to ensure it fits.

Calculate the space between the holes if your sink has three or more holes.

Measure the width of the escutcheon plate or the distance between the outer holes with a tape measure. Record the measurements on a piece of paper.


Double-check your measurements to avoid problems later on.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
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