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#1 busymum01

Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:32 PM

Random question of the week - what's the general consensus when choosing sink placement in a kitchen island?

Yes, sink does need to be in the island, it won't fit elsewhere. The island itself is 3 and a bit metres long. But should it be centred? To the left, to the right? Off centre? All these decisions are hurting my head!

ETA - Plan down below!

Edited by busymum01, 08 October 2019 - 02:07 PM.


#2 seayork2002

Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:37 PM

View Postbusymum01, on 08 October 2019 - 01:32 PM, said:

Random question of the week - what's the general consensus when choosing sink placement in a kitchen island?

Yes, sink does need to be in the island, it won't fit elsewhere. The island itself is 3 and a bit metres long. But should it be centred? To the left, to the right? Off centre? All these decisions are hurting my head!
  


I guess it depends on how all the plumbing for it works? is there a choice of where? (I mean will the person plumbing it in know where it can or cannot go?)

#3 too tired to care

Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:37 PM

if you absolutely have to have sink in the island i would think about how you plan to use the island.

If you are likely to leave dishes drying and have sink full of dirty dishes waiting to be put in the dishwasher then i would put it on the part of the island that you won't use for prep and other work.

It should also be near enough to the stove so you can drain saucepans of liquid (ie pasta and water from rice.)

if might be easier for people to comment if you paste a plan of your kitchen.

#4 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:42 PM

View Postbusymum01, on 08 October 2019 - 01:32 PM, said:

Random question of the week - what's the general consensus when choosing sink placement in a kitchen island?

Yes, sink does need to be in the island, it won't fit elsewhere. The island itself is 3 and a bit metres long. But should it be centred? To the left, to the right? Off centre? All these decisions are hurting my head!
I like it off centre so that I maximise bench space for other things. As to which side it should go, that depends on your kitchen layout and how you intend to work there. There is no right or wrong answer, it's just preference.

#5 gettin my fance on

Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:45 PM

Don't put the sink so far down one end of the island, that you have no space to place dirty dishes one side and clean the other.

Edited by gettin my fance on, 08 October 2019 - 01:51 PM.


#6 ~J_F~

Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:49 PM

Centred.

I could never do off centre, that would drive me nuts!

#7 busymum01

Posted 08 October 2019 - 02:03 PM

That’s my thoughts too. 1) off centre might drive me mad but 2) maximise island bench space. Here is plan... if I can manage to upload. Ugh.

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Edited by busymum01, 08 October 2019 - 02:06 PM.


#8 More cheese Gromit

Posted 08 October 2019 - 02:28 PM

That is about where ours is, it’s a good position from the stove for me, we have an undermount sink with no drainer to maximise bench space.

I either put my dishes in the dishwasher to drip dry or just load the dishwasher to run when it’s full


#9 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:05 PM

if you didn't have much bench space, id say put it down one end, but it looks like you have a decent amount, so pop it in the middle.

maybe consider putting your stove top to the side a bit, to give you a really long stretch of bench.

#10 Mands09

Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:27 PM

Put it off centre so that when you are at the chopping board the chopping board is opposite your hot plates.

Get rid of the drainage space and go for an under mount sink. It chews up heaps of space and if you are having a stone bench jus tout a tea towel down on the bench and put the dishes you wash by hand on that until you finish and dry them up.

#11 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:37 PM

View Postbusymum01, on 08 October 2019 - 02:03 PM, said:

That’s my thoughts too. 1) off centre might drive me mad but 2) maximise island bench space. Here is plan... if I can manage to upload. Ugh.
We have similar. I put the sink off centre towards the left, with a 600mm wide drawer on the end, the dish drain over the dishwasher. It gave more useable food prep area on the island bench. Also meant more bench area together for people sitting on the other side (instead of sitting directly in front of a sink), which has proven to be good for when kids are sitting there doing homework or chatting to us while we are prepping dinner.

Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 08 October 2019 - 03:58 PM.


#12 aquarium2

Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:52 PM

is the cooktop induction? If so think about having that on the island rather than the sink and definitely off centre.

If that can't be, I'd have the sink off centre and in logical sense next to the dishwasher and bin. Sink, dishwasher and bin need to be as close together as possible.

Also I can't see where your fridge is going but interior design will tell you to think of a triangle shape, with cook top, fridge and sink at each point.  

The fridge should be at the first that most accessible point in the kitchen without having to go through the kitchen as such.

Edited by aquarium2, 08 October 2019 - 04:08 PM.


#13 Flaxen

Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:57 PM

We have a near identical kitchen to yours.
Our sink is a single large square inset bowl, no drainer.
Ours is off centre, approx between your microwave spot and current sink location.
Its a good spot.

#14 -Belinda-

Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:58 PM

That's a very symmetrical kitchen so I would keep the sink in the centre. Its bigger than my central island, I have dishwasher then double cupboard with double sink above and a bin drawer on the other side (rubbish in front, recycling behind).

We often drain dishes and these sit on a drainer over one of the sinks, I possibly wish that I'd done a proper drainer and a mini-sink as the second sink but would have thrown off the symmetry ;). The second sink and drainer can get a bit mucky.

Highly recommend a bin drawer or you think about where else the bin will go.

Place cutlery.crockery drawers/cupboards opposite dishwasher to make life easier. Less used things on other side of the oven.

With your plan, I would do a bigger pantry (as big as two doors can go) and shorten both the bench space and island, but all depends on your priorities.

#15 busymum01

Posted 08 October 2019 - 04:11 PM

View Postaquarium2, on 08 October 2019 - 03:52 PM, said:

is the cooktop induction? If so think about having that on the island rather than the sink and definitely off centre.

If that can't be, I'd the have the sink off centre and in logical sense next to the dishwasher and bin. Sink, dishwasher and bin need to be as close together as possible.

Also I can't see where your fridge is going but interior design will tell you to think of a triangle shape, with cook top, fridge and sink at each point.  

The fridge should be at the first that most accessible point in the kitchen without having to go through the kitchen as such.

A 90cm gas cook top for us. The fridge is on the end, near the laundry entrance.

Love the idea of undermount sink or sink with no drainer. I’m already grimacing at the cost of potential upgrade though.

Pantry we have a walk-in pantry. The builder just suggested keeping this ‘extra’ full height pantry here as a cost saving measure. To take it out we’d have to extend overhead cabinets and stone bench tops...

Edited by busymum01, 08 October 2019 - 04:12 PM.


#16 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 08 October 2019 - 04:20 PM

One plus for a drainer is you can empty a hot pot of water into the sink directly off the stove then put it down on the drainer. You shouldn't do that with a caesarstone.

#17 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 08 October 2019 - 04:28 PM

I miss my giant double sink with double draining bits either side that our last house had. We currently have a single, under bench sink, but at least it has a tiny draining area (also under mounted, if that makes sense) I like the sink you have on the plan, although I’d pick two full sized sinks, those half sized second sinks aren’t good for much. I couldn’t live without a draining area. If we re-do our kitchen I’ll be going back to double sink with drainers.

It’s not like you cant prep food on a draining area, in fact it’s perfect for fruit and vegetable and meat prep, because you wash the Veges or fruit, and chop them on the draining board (on a chopping board), and any juices or water or blood that drips off the chopping board are easily contained and washed away.

Good idea to have the second “pantry” in the kitchen there too. Your walk in is a bit far away, so you may use that small pantry for cereal and bread and other every day items to save you walking. Plus having crockery at face level can be handy too, saves your back.

#18 ~J_F~

Posted 08 October 2019 - 04:36 PM

I wouldn’t have a sink without a draining area either. We often leave dishes to dry on there, it’s great for hot pots and trays, good to cut on.

I don’t mind a smaller sink either.

I wouldn’t vary too much from the design you have myself :)

#19 Future-self

Posted 08 October 2019 - 05:55 PM

Move it down a square. Centred  just wastes space and interrupts the ‘zone’ if you want people to sit at it to eat or  serve from it buffet style. Moving it down still allows room on both sides for dishes to dry.

#20 susie78

Posted 08 October 2019 - 05:59 PM

Almost identical layout to our kitchen. We also have a 3m island and the sink is centred, there’s plenty of prep space on either side. I like symmetry so not sure if I could cope with a sink off-centre. We also have 3 pendant lights over the bench so the sink is directly under the middle light. I think it would look odd if it wasn’t centred but if you didn’t have lights it might not make such a difference?

#21 foofoo

Posted 08 October 2019 - 06:18 PM

Our bench is 3.5 metres and the sink is off centre.  It lines up with the stove on the back bench.  It gives us a a large amount of bench space for prep.  At the other end there is also enough room for another person to work at.  

We have undermount double sink with a drainer that can be used over one sink or on a tray on the bench.

#22 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:28 PM

How wide is the bench? We increased ours so it's 115mm wide x 270mm long. That way when the kids are eating at the bench they have plenty of room.

#23 busymum01

Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:40 PM

View PostFuzzyChocolateToes, on 08 October 2019 - 07:28 PM, said:

How wide is the bench? We increased ours so it's 115mm wide x 270mm long. That way when the kids are eating at the bench they have plenty of room.

That sounds dreamy, ours isn’t that wide! I’m not that concerned about people eating at the bench, there will be a dining table right next to it. I don’t have any specs for it but I do have a pic I took at the display home.Attached File  E1B85AD9-366F-4054-8FBB-93566E560221.jpeg   106.34K   99 downloads

#24 busymum01

Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:48 PM

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#25 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 08 October 2019 - 08:37 PM

we've had a few kitchen benches done. They usually don't recommend any more than a 300mm overhang without support (maximum length 3000mm).

We have a 4m kitchen bench. I love the sink - Oliveri Nu-Petite 1 & 3/4 sink. (there is similar in Monet and Petite styles too.) I use the smaller sink for washing up, bigger sink for rinsing off and dumping dirty things that we don't put in the dishwasher. smaller sink is a really good size - fits full plates, decent depth without being too deep.




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