The Case for 2 Kitchen Sinks
While the majority of American kitchens have only one sink, the trend toward two is growing quickly in new construction and major remodels. Why would you possibly need two kitchen sinks — that is, if you are in the fortunate position to be able to afford this luxury? In a nutshell, for better kitchen workflow.
Why Having Two Sinks Is So Great:
Everything in its place. Having two kitchen sinks allows one to be the dedicated cleanup sink and the other to be the prep sink. With this division of sink labor, the space around each sink gains a designated purpose. Prep tools, bowls, colanders and appliances can be stored near the prep sink, while dishes, silverware, serving pieces and glasses can be stored near the cleanup sink and dishwasher. When you separate the cleanup zone from the prep zone, you improve traffic flow and organization.
Multiple cooks in harmony. Another benefit of having two sinks is that multiple cooks can work in comfort simultaneously. With only one sink, prepping and cleanup activities all take place in the same location, creating a cramped work area no matter how expansive your kitchen is in square footage. Two well-placed sinks eliminate this problem.
Efficiency for solo chefs. The two-sink setup also works better for a soloist. It prevents dirty dishes from getting in the cook’s way or from forcing the chef to stop in the middle of a task to clean out the sink so that it can be used. Instead, dirty dishes go in the designated cleanup sink instead — and the cook(s) can keep right on cooking.
Have we convinced you to give two sinks a shot yet? If so continue reading on to look at some specific things that you will want to consider when you plan where to put your prep sink.
- Prioritize the Prep Sink
When planning your kitchen, it’s critical that you give the prep sink the best real estate in the room. You will probably spend more time chopping and prepping food than you do rinsing dishes.
- Know the Ideal Prep Sink Size
The most effective prep sinks are single-bowl, 16 to 21 inches wide, with a garbage disposal. The sink must be large enough to fit your largest colander and most frequently used pots and pans, without being so large as to waste important counter space. While the prep sink’s primary purpose is food preparation, you should also be able to comfortably wash a pot or pan within it as it comes off of the stove. This allows the prep sink to function as a secondary cleanup sink after a large gathering.
- Consider Counter Space
You’ll want as much room for food prep as possible. Four feet wide by two feet deep is the minimum continuous prep area that you should have next to the prep sink.
- Stay in the Food Prep Zone
The prep sink belongs in the food preparation zone. You should be able to move from the fridge to the prep counter to the cooktop or range in a couple of steps, with no obstacles in between. So make sure you don’t put your prep sink on the opposite side of the kitchen.
- Consider Prep Tool Storage
Since prep sinks function for before-meal preparation, you will want to include shallow drawers nearby for your tools: knives, peelers, whisks, spoons, measuring cups and all of your other favorite gadgets. It’ll ensure that it’s all in easy to reach places for when you need them most.
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