How to choose the right sink to suit your kitchen cabinet width
When planning your kitchen design, it is important to bear in mind how the sink of your choice will fit into available cabinet space. Most kitchen sink manufacturers specify the minimum cabinet width for each of their product, for instance Alveus has a cabinet size selector which will show you a full list of sinks suitable for cabinet widths from 300 to 1200 mm.
It is always important to consult with your fitter before you commit to final purchase, to show them the sink dimensions and installation instructions (available from our website or by email). They will need to confirm they are able to fit the product of your choice.
The factors that will affect the available space include not just the width of the sink and its bowl, but also the method of installation, the wall thickness of your cabinet, the depth of the sink, the type of plumbing kit, other appliances/accessories used in the area under the sink.
METHOD OF INSTALLATION
The traditional installation is the so called inset method, whereby the sink is positioned on top of the worktop and has curved edges to prevent water spilling over from its drainer.
With the advent of dishwashers, we tend to do less and less hand-washing, so new ways of installing sinks developed - under-mounting, flat-mounting or flush-mounting. Each of these methods uses variety of fixing clips, which require a certain amount of space around the sink, thereby affecting the necessary width of the cabinet. Composite sinks can also be top-mounted or under-mounted, which requires dedicated composite clips.
EXAMPLES OF UNDERMOUNTING
EXAMPLES OF FLUSH-MOUNTING
EXAMPLE OF GLASS SINK FITTING
DEPTH OF SINK
The sink's drainer can be positioned above the adjoining cabinet, i.e. across the cabinet wall as shown above and below. It is sometimes possible to fit a washing machine or dishwasher underneath the drainer.
EXAMPLES OF SINKS
300MM - Alveus Monarch Kombino 10 Bronze
Half bowl sinks like the Kombino 10 Bronze here, are perfect bar areas as well as small kitchen islands.
400mm - Wave UP 10 glass sink colour.
This glass sink comes with a magnetic basket and practical push pop up system making is practical. It is available in your choice of RAL colour.
450mm - Atrox 20
500mm - Jubilee
600mm - Stricto 20
800mm - Alveus Quadrix 60 Copper
If under-mounting this sink, you need to allow a minimum of 40mm each side of the bowl to allow for the fixing clips. This is a good example of how a different installation method can require a particular amount of space around the sink, affecting the overall required width for the cabinet. From the cabinet drawings below you can see that the cabinet size you require for under-mounting is 900mm whereas for top-mounting, you require 800mm.
Flat / Top-mount:
900mm - Alveus Atrox 50
The Atrox series offers brand new, highly functioning sinks in three different sizes with three working layers. A great choice of accessories are available to make cooking easy, fun and practical!
- Team Olif