Pros and Cons of Corner Sinks

April 7, 2020

Finding the right type of sink for your kitchen can be difficult. Choices should be driven by your individual needs and preferences. Regardless of what kind of sink you ultimately choose, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various options that are available and the pros and cons of each. One of the most unique options is a corner sink. Here’s more information about them and some pros and cons of corner sinks to help you determine whether this is the right sink for you:

What is a Corner Sink?

A corner sink is a sink that is installed in the corner of your countertop. Corner sinks have many great benefits, especially in smaller kitchens where efficient use of space is imperative.

A corner sink is typically designed with multiple sink basins on either side of the counter’s corner and a sink faucet in the middle. However, many designs are available including single basins.

3 Pros of Corner Sinks

This type of sink offers several benefits, but there are both pros and cons of corner sinks. Here are just a few pros of corner sinks:

1. Corner Sinks are an Efficient Use of Space

Corner sinks are an incredibly efficient use of counter space because they take an area of the counter that is typically underutilized and make it very useful. The oftentimes “lost” space within the corner of a countertop can be used to provide space for a large sink basin that the kitchen may not have had room for otherwise.

Especially in smaller kitchen layouts, using this portion of the countertop for the sink can allow a homeowner to enjoy a full or even over-sized sink basin while preserving a greater amount of counter space for food preparation and cooking activities. Corner sinks also free up space on a kitchen island that is often a popular location for a sink.

2. They are Customizable

The customizable nature of corner sinks is another huge positive aspect of this style of sink. Typically, corner sinks are laid out in such a way that the sink basins sit at an angle to each other and meet at the corner of the countertop.

But, many shapes and sizes are available. Additionally, options are plentiful when it comes to the material of which the sink is made. With so many style, shape, and color options to choose from, homeowners are sure to find the perfect match for their kitchen.

3. A Corner Sink is Unique

Even with the many benefits that they provide, corner sinks are still less common than a more traditional style of sink. As such, they are unique focal points in a kitchen and will give your kitchen area some extra flair as well as the look and feel of customization.

Not every kitchen layout lends itself to incorporating a corner sink. If you choose a kitchen design layout that can work nicely with a corner sink, be sure to seriously consider this option in order to spruce up the kitchen space in your new home.

3 Cons of Corner Sinks

As with any home feature, there are some drawbacks to this type of sink as well as benefits. Here are a few cons of corner sinks:

1. Corner Sinks Can be More Difficult to Install

Corner sinks can require a more customized installation process, including extra custom cuts in a countertop. Other considerations need to be made during the installation process as well. For example, the placement of other items in the kitchen needs to be carefully planned.

The dishwasher needs to be positioned in a way that does not conflict with access to the sink. Lighting can also be a concern. Some kitchens might not be designed to have a window at the proper location for a corner sink, so additional lighting may be required above the sink.

2. They Make it Hard to Have Help

Corner sinks can free up a lot of counter space. They can even free up floor space in the kitchen by keeping food prep and dishwashing activities confined to otherwise unused space in the kitchen. However, if you are looking for help with any of those activities, you might find a corner sink creates a more congested feel and prevents others from being able to help.

3. A Corner Sink May Affect Upper Cabinets

Even though a corner sink may be a great way to increase the use of some wasted counter space, you need to consider that you may incur some loss of space in other areas. For example, a corner sink may require the elimination of more overhead cabinets than a more traditional “in-line” sink design.

Often, a choice must be made pertaining to what is more important in the kitchen for each individual homeowner. If you feel that conserving valuable counter space is most important, a corner sink might be the perfect fit for your new kitchen.

These are just a few of the pros and cons of corner sinks. Choosing the right type of sink for your new kitchen depends largely on your kitchen’s layout, and also on your needs. The sink that is right for one person, may not be for another.

That is why customizing your new dream home requires a lot of careful consideration and consultation with an experienced home builder. Taking the time to ensure each and every aspect of your new dream home is “just right” is one of the things we take pride in here at Custom Home Group. To start the conversation about your custom home, call us at 717-284-4090!