We all want our kitchens to work hard and be as efficient as possible. Whether you are remodelling your kitchen or building a new one, consider a corner kitchen sink. Corner sinks work well in U-shaped or L-shaped kitchens and can add space to small kitchens where corners are often dead space or a catchall for small appliances or gadgets. Corner sinks are available in just about any material regular sinks come in and in several shapes. Among companies that make corner sinks are Dayton, Elkay, Franke, Suter, Blanco, Alpes-Inox and Villeroy and Boch.
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Stainless steel, still the most popular material for kitchen sinks, can be found in corner models that actually fit within the 90-degree angle of the countertop. Elkay makes a model with two equal-sized bowls that are positioned diagonally to one another from point to point. The V-space that forms between the two bowls at the top edge houses the faucet.
Composite countertops generally use a moulded seamless sink, which is made right into the countertop itself. The professional who measures for your countertop can design a single- or double-bowl sink for the corner. Before deciding to place it there, think about the distribution of work in your kitchen space---where you wash, cook and store food. If a corner sink would be more centrally located to these tasks, then it might be a good choice for you, according to "The Corner Sink."
Growing in popularity is the farmhouse or apron front sink. Made of a number of materials---including copper, porcelain, granite and soapstone---farmhouse sinks can be placed in a corner if the corner is squared off, allowing the apron to fit. This requires considerable cabinet work to retrofit in existing cabinetry. In new construction, installation is no more difficult in a corner placement than in straight applications.
If you are moving your sink position to the corner, consider the distance the plumbing will require.
If you are not the only cook usually working in your kitchen, remember that a corner funnels people into a smaller amount of space. Therefore, the washing of foods for preparation as well as dish washing or any other task that requires standing at the sink will be difficult for more than one person at a time.
Also, if you have your heart set on staring out the window as you wash dishes, make sure your new sink corner has one or two close by.
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