Kitchen Sink Installation Options

There are plenty of options available when it comes to kitchen sink installation. You will be able to choose from a number of materials and also choose the way that  the sink is installed into the kitchen. A little knowledge about these options can help guide you in making an informed choice when you’re ready for a new kitchen sink installation.

Sink Materials

One of the most common materials for a kitchen sink installation is stainless steel. The biggest advantage of stainless steel is the fact that it doesn’t corrode and can be bought in several different finishes. However, beware of thinner grades as these can scratch very easily as well as being quite noisy during operation.

Vitreous china is a very attractive and non-porous option but it is generally only limited to smaller sinks.

Both composite and solid surface sinks are expensive but are easy to look after. They are also available in a huge range of finishes and colors. The only problem with composite materials is that they’re still quite new on the market so their durability over an extended number years hasn’t been tested.

Cast iron is another option which might seem old fashioned but it will keep water heated for a longer period than most other materials. On the downside, cast iron does tend to discolor over time.

Glazed fireclay looks wonderful and never suffers from fading or rusting. It also resists scratches very well. However, it can stain quite easily which often makes it problematic for kitchen sinks.


There are three realistic options for configuration in a kitchen sink installation. The first is a large single basin sink which is fine where the kitchen is small or if there are only one or two people living in a home.

A two-basin kitchen sink is much more common. Recently-made models can be generally found with one sink that is large and deep while the other is smaller and more shallow. The larger sink is used for washing while the smaller sink is either used for rinsing or as a prep sink.

Triple basin sinks might be the norm for restaurants but they’re not very common in houses because there’s simply not enough space for them. Where they do exist in residential constructions, there are generally two larger sinks with a small one in between them which is used for prep work.


There are four possible choices of kitchen sink installation procedures. The most widely used is the self-rimming method where the rim of the sink sits on the countertop while the sink itself fits into a hole in the countertop. This makes for easy installation but silicon must be added around the rim or food can become trapped underneath it.

Some sinks can be mounted under the counter top. This gives a more pleasing line and makes them easier to work with. The counter can be wiped clean with waste food going straight into the sink. However, not many sinks are made this way.

An integral, or one-piece, sink is really only going to be found on solid surfaces where counter and sink are made from a single block. This method can also be found in stainless steel models where sink and draining board are constructed from a single piece of metal.

With tile countertops, there is also a tile-in method where tiles extend all the way to the edge of the sink with no upper or lower rim. Although attractive, this tends to be a very expensive option.