Do I really need a sink in my island?


Many homeowners view islands sinks as luxurious and convenient, but is it practical?

Before making the decision to install a sink in your kitchen island, first consider if it reasonably possible. Hooking up plumbing to your island is often tricky and can require extra pumps and extractors. This could mean heavy up-front costs and could lead to costly repairs down the road if you ever run into any issues. Keep in mind your initial budget as well as maintenance set aside for your kitchen down the road.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are considering your kitchen island features is how you utilize your kitchen space. Will your kitchen island be used for entertaining guests, or do you enjoy the extra space for meal preparation? If your kitchen island is long and wide enough, you can usually enjoy the benefits of both. But if your island adds valuable or necessary space to your kitchen, installing a sink may be more of a nuisance than a convenience.

Although kitchen island sinks can add a great deal of convenience, it’s important to keep in mind all of the other, and less favorable, things that go in/around the sink. Guests of your island may have a front seat row of your dirty dishes, sponges and dish soap. This usually means that you have to keep not only the countertops and dishes but the sink itself virtually clean all the time. This day-to-day maintenance could add unnecessary pressure for your family and entertaining guests.

Kitchen islands are a unique and aesthetic way to add more counter space to your kitchen area, and a sink adds to its appealing convenience. But don’t be fooled, a sink in your kitchen island is not always a necessary, and could leave you with more work and less space than desired.